Kids Helpline presents Brain Basics series

Have you ever wondered what happens in your brain when you're freaking out?

When you have a stress or anxiety response, three parts of your brain are involved.

These are:


Your brain stem

Also known as your 'animal', or 'survival' brain.

This part of your brain is responsible for keeping you alive. It controls things like your heart rate, your breath, your body temperature, your sleep/wake cycle, and your movement. 

Your limbic system

Which includes your hypothalamus, hippocampus, and amygdala.

Also known as your 'emotional' brain, this part of your brain is responsible for regulating your emotions.

Your frontal lobe

Also known as your 'neocortex', 'thinking', or 'smart' brain.

This part of your brain is responsible for higher functioning and deep thinking.

It controls stuff like communication processing, reading, writing, talking and listening, critical thinking, and problem-solving.

This series by Kids Helpline will give you the tools to understand what is happening to your brain in stressful situations, and the tools to cope at times when emotions are high and you don't quite understand your feelings.

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