A good website for anxiety is www.youth.anxietycanada.com, and for depression is http://dwdonline.ca.
In Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), youth are taught about depression to help them recognize when they have changes in their mood and to identify triggers. They are then taught strategies to help improve mood including scheduling activities and replacing overly negative thoughts with realistic ones.
Anxiety disorders that begin in childhood or adolescence can continue into adulthood if the person does not receive help.
Our mind tries to make sense of our experiences by looking for patterns in our life, like putting pieces together to make a puzzle. Based on the patterns it finds, the mind comes up with ideas about how the world works. These ideas are important because it helps our mind process information quickly and easily.
Anxiety disorders can occur at any point in a person’s life, but certain types of anxiety disorders are more common in particular periods of life. For example, worries about social situations tend to be more common in the teen years.
Opposite action is one way to change your mood. The opposite of being by yourself and doing nothing is to do things, preferably with others. This is called ACTIVITY SCHEDULING.
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders. It affects about 10-20% of children, adolescents, and adults.
When you are depressed, your thoughts become too negative and stop matching the reality of the situation. It’s like you are looking at everything through negative lenses. One way to improve your mood is to look at your thoughts and test whether they are realistic by looking at the evidence for and against them.
When you are anxious, you can feel afraid and worried, and it can affect your body (e.g., stomachaches, can’t sleep), thoughts (e.g., what-if thoughts), and behaviour (e.g., avoiding things). A person has an anxiety disorder when anxiety is excessive and gets in the way of daily life and activities (e.g., a person who is unable
Negative Thinking When you are depressed, your thoughts become too negative and stop matching the reality of the situation. It’s like you are looking at everything through negative lenses. One way to improve your mood is to look at your thoughts and test whether they are realistic by looking at the evidence for and against