Addressing the thoughts
There is a connection between anxiety and depression. When you experience one, it usually affirms the presence of the other.
As one struggles with depressive thoughts, they tend to avoid situations that make them feel worse. As they avoid uncomfortable situations, feelings of incompetence and worthlessness increase.
For instance, a child who is failing in school may believe they are incapable and worthless. This belief leads them to deal with the situation by avoiding schoolwork, so assignments pile up and go uncompleted.
As the work accumulates with no plan of attack, this confirms their earlier thoughts they are incompetent and incapable.
The negative feedback in their mind becomes a vicious cycle of depressive and anxious thoughts, falsely confirmed by the external pressures mounting around them.
Addressing anxiety and depression simultaneously helps break the cycle.
It’s important for children to feel validated when facing longstanding negative thoughts. This problem may have been going on for years unaddressed.
In therapy, we will address the thoughts and behaviors that continue to have devastating effects on their life by understanding their origin and how they continue to manifest in daily situations.
Then we will discover how to diminish their importance and increase positive feedback and action to move forward.