CBT is one approach to understanding our mental health. CBT explains that our thoughts, behaviors, and feelings are all connected and impact each other. CBT is a type of psychotherapy that helps people learn how to identify and change unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaviors.
The way we think (our cognitions) influences what we do (our behavior) and how we feel (our emotions). CBT looks at the way we interpret events. Imagine that your classmate walks past you at the mall without saying hi.
The way we interpret (or think about) a situation impacts how we feel and behave. Also, the way we feel can impact how we think and behave. In addition, the way we behave can impact how we feel and think.
There are reasons that humans (and animals) have emotions – we need them to survive! Emotions help prepare us for action as well as communicate to ourselves and others.
Feeling anxious, sad, or angry is pretty common for most people, and this is particularly true during adolescence. There are a lot of transitions and stressors during these years! That being said, how you respond to these challenges can make a big difference.