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How thinking can keep depression going

Emma had taken a really positive step in deciding to go to school. Despite this, she still found going to school very difficult and had a tough day. Her thoughts …

Depression and negative thinking in teenagers

Most research about depression has been carried out with adults. Because teenagers are obviously not the same as adults, the University of Reading has carried out research to see if …

Thoughts, feelings and behaviours

We’re often not aware of the impact our feelings and behaviours have on each other, and because of this relationship, changing our behaviours can have a very big effect on …

The teenage brain, thinking and depression

We tend to easily notice how children develop physically on the outside – every year they need new clothes and shoes, and our photographs provide clear evidence of their many …

When values don’t match up

For the purposes of the course, we’ve produced a short simulated video to illustrate how a conflict in values caused problems for Jack and his parents when planning valued activities, …

Planning valued activities

To make a change in mood, you don’t need to make big changes in behaviour. Big changes are often so difficult to do we give up before we’ve even started, …

Why is encouragement helpful?

For depressed teenagers, even getting out of bed can feel like a marathon. Parents and professionals can help by encouraging every little non-depressed behaviour, to increase the amount of positive …

The role of behaviour in the CBT model of depression

In Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), we use the following diagram to make sense of people’s experiences, and guide intervention. It’s assumed that thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are all related, and …

How can behaviour keep depression going?

Our behaviour can change for many reasons, and reduction of activity or withdrawal from certain types of activities is common in depression. When you’re depressed everything feels much more of …

Your family’s approach to exercise

Many families will already have a well-established pattern around exercise and activity. Children and young people learn behaviours and attitudes about exercise that are largely based on what their parents …