Based on a cognitive-behavioral perspective, this study explored the presence of different categories of irrational beliefs in relation to depressive symptoms in a sample of to year-old adolescents. Results showed an increase in depressive symptoms from the beginning to the end of adolescence. Girls demonstrated a higher level of depression, while boys became less depressed once they entered adolescence.
There is often an irrationality associated with adolescence that can be terribly frustrating to parents. It is difficult at that time to reason your way out of conflict. Let me offer an illustration that may explain the problem.
Disclaimer: The resources available on Therapist Aid do not replace therapy, and are intended to be used by qualified professionals. Professionals who use the tools available on this website should not practice outside of their own areas of competency. These tools are intended to supplement treatment, and are not a replacement for appropriate training.
It is normal for teens to worry. Grades, friends, dating, competitive sports, family conflicts and other situations can be nerve-racking. Teen anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health conditions that arise during adolescence, causing teens to feel excessive amounts of worry, fear or nervousness. The people closest to an anxious teen may describe them as tense, distracted or always on guard.
The Challenging Anxious Thoughts worksheet will teach your clients about the CBT concept of irrational and rational thoughts, as they relate to anxiety. Psychoeducation is interspersed with examples, and opportunities for your clients to write about their own experiences. Because irrational thoughts can be difficult to pin down without practice, we suggest working closely with your client as they make their way through this worksheet.
Unwanted intrusive thoughts are stuck thoughts that cause great distress. They seem to come from out of nowhere, arrive with a whoosh, and cause a great deal of anxiety. The content of unwanted intrusive thoughts often focuses on sexual or violent or socially unacceptable images.
Teenagers are irrational and make bad decisions. Or do they? A new Duke study finds that adolescents ages 10 to 16 can be more analytical in their economic choices than many slightly older young adults.
Understanding some basic psychology can be helpful when trying to understand the seemingly unexplainable behavior of your teens. People generally behave in a manner consistent with their thinking. A really smart cognitive-development psychologist named Lawrence Kohlberg theorized that moral reasoning and development fall into three levels and six stages.
Everyone experiences anxiety. It is a natural and important emotion, signaling through stirrings of worry, fearfulness, and alarm that danger or a sudden, threatening change is near. Yet sometimes anxiety becomes an exaggerated, unhealthy response.
One of the most common components of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy CBT is identifying and answering irrational thoughts. Once you can label and dissect an irrational thought, you take away some of its power. The longer these patterns are allowed to continue, however, the more likely they are to become ingrained, lifelong habits. These habits of thought contribute to development of the hard-to-treat personality disorders that often bedevil bipolar adults.