Grow Up! (Once You Have A Quarter Century Behind You)

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Adulthood begins at the age of 25 as far as psychologists are concerned, according to a BBC report.

Child psychologist Laverne Antrobus told the news outlet: “The idea that suddenly at 18 you’re an adult just doesn’t quite ring true. My experience of young people is that they still need quite a considerable amount of support and help beyond that age.”

Reportedly, child psychologists will now see patients up to the age of 25.

“We are becoming much more aware and appreciating development beyond [the age of 18] and I think it’s a really good initiative,” Antrobus told the BBC. “Neuroscience has made these massive advances where we now don’t think that things just stop at a certain age, that actually there’s evidence of brain development well into early twenties and that actually the time at which things stop is much later than we first thought.”

Consultant clinical psychologist Sarah Helps explained adolescent brain development:We used to think that the brain was fully developed by very early teenagerhood and we now realise that the brain doesn’t stop developing until mid-20s or even early 30s.”

Reportedly, scientists acknowledge three stages of adolescence: early (ages 12 to 14), middle (ages 15 to 17) and late (18 and older).

Apparently, President Barack Obama agrees. Under the Affordable Care Act, “children” are eligible for coverage under their parents’ health insurance plans until the age of 26.

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  • Chester

    I know a good part of the reasoning on covering children until they turn twenty-six is that a lot of them are in school up to twenty-two or three, and don’t have any company benefits to use for at least a year after leaving school.

  • Barb334

    When Children become Adults, they should then be allowed to vote-at age 27.

  • Alan

    And some peoples brains never stop developing, as proven by the generous lack of intelligence displayed by those who lord over us…..lol! Take a close look at the likes of Hank Johnson who thinks an island can actually capsize if too many people inhabit one side.

  • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

    And today most 18-25 year olds act like children…and not all of it is their fault….From the time they were born…They have been INDOCTINATED…NOT EDUCATED…So they show absolutely no characteristic of an adult…but simply a child that wants everything handed to them…And when they don’t get their way…THEY THROW A TEMPER TANTRUM…JUST LIKE THE MENTAL UNSTABLE OCCUPANT OF THE WHITE HOUSE…

    • 4thHorseman of the Confederacy

      cant argue with that! The kids sense of entitlement today just blows me away…that being said, the parents mostly, followed by the consumer-driven media that the parents do not regulate….so whaddya do?

  • Keith Foster

    I was 20 years old when I completed my second tour in Vietnam in “68”, is that child abuse? Mamby-pamby liberals, grow some…………

  • Robert Peterson

    Damn it I missed the boat. I’m 52 and I still haven’t grown up.

    • IsThisAmerica

      I’m 56 and the same way. LOL.

  • guy r west

    some of these kids to day think they are entitled to every thing they want with out working for it . gheses i worked for my frist car my first watch and was proud of them cose i earned them. even if it was bagging coal buffing floors diging septic tanks and laying carpet . mabye ime wroung but i realy dont think so you earn it your prouder of it take better care of it and appreachaite it more than if its just handed to you. and i know plenty of young people to day who are out looking for work . tought ill also have to admit its not easy to find for any one

  • Chris

    What a bunch of baloney. Everyone develops at their own pace, I guess. I got my full-time fed. gov’t. job at the age of 17 and purchased my home at the age of 23 or 24……….a fixer-upper I took a small loan for, but in time, with renovations along the years, now worth a lot more. And I did not come from a rich family…….my parents barely made ends meet, but I came from a good home where dad worked and mom was home. I thank God for giving me a brain and a lot of common sense to grow up early. I see teenagers around me today who just sit around and do nothing and don’t care to do anything, but I also see kids in their mid-teens who are doing great in school and are go-getters……..and that is so refreshing to see. A good home life is important, but what also counts is how those kids behave on the outside……….are they followers or leaders?

  • Robert Messmer

    Insurance companies for decades have charged male drivers under the age of 25 outrageous premiums on the basis of them not being “adult” enough.