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Changes in your mind

A girl thinking.

During puberty, changes don’t happen only to your body — changes happen in your mind, too.

  • You are able to understand more complex matters.
  • You are starting to make more of your own moral choices.
  • You know more about who you are, and what your likes and dislikes are.
  • You may have some new, strong emotions.

The teen years can seem like an emotional roller coaster, with worries about your changing looks, the demands of school, and pressure to fit in. You might feel alone on this ride, but everyone struggles with it. And some of your experiences have to do with the physical changes of this age, including shifts in your hormones and a brain that’s developing just like your body is.
Learn more about the changes of these exciting times:

  • What’s on your mind? Check out the girlshealth.gov Your feelings section to learn more.
  • To read about handling friendships, dating, and your parents, read our Relationships section.
  • Did you know that the changing teen brain can be more sensitive to the effects of alcohol and drugs? Learn more in our Drugs, alcohol, and smoking section.
  • Are you having strong feelings of attraction? We have info on your sexuality and tips for talking to your parents about sex.
  • Wondering about what lies ahead? Find out about the different paths you can take in our Future section.

A new you

Even though this can be a stressful time, it’s also a great chance to figure out who you are, what you care about, and how to value and respect the person you’re becoming!

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by some of the changes you’re going through, talking can help. Don’t be afraid to go to a parent, school counselor, or other adult you trust. They were young once, too!

 

Content last reviewed April 15, 2014
Page last updated June 13, 2014

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