Teenage Anxiety and Depression

Teenage Anxiety and Depression

I think that it is time to revisit anxiety and depression and other negative emotions. There is a recent Time magazine article that highlights the anxiety and depression that is almost endemic in teenagers. It makes the point that it is hard to get away from social media. As we have seen in the Amanda Todd case, there can be a lot of extreme cruelty spewed out over the internet, and the only way to get away from it is to get away from the internet. Having said that, it is also true that most distress is self-generated. There is a recent article on recurrent depression that makes the point that self-statements are the primary cause of recurrent depression. That is, if someone says, “Nobody likes you,” that is just noise unless you then say to yourself, “Nobody likes me.” It is what Albert Ellis was preaching so many years ago: If you tell yourself a bunch of nonsense, you will upset yourself. That is just the way it is. Unfortunately, teenegers, many of whom are low in self-esteem, do tend to put themselves down. Dialectic Behaviour Therapy seems to be the treatment of choice these days, not that DBT is anything new except for the packaging. But packaging is not to be sneezed at.

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