Problem Solving

Choose a problem

The first step in problem solving is to choose a problem. One way to identify problems is to pay attention to how your mood changes through the week. Notice what’s happening when your mood goes down: what were you thinking about, where were you, what happened just before your mood changed?

Consider the problems that are bothering you the most. Pick one of the smaller problems that directly involves you and is happening now. Later, you can move up to bigger problems.

Try to be specific and detailed. For example "Things suck” isn’t very specific or detailed: it’s not clear what the problem is. “I don’t want to get into so many arguments with my dad about homework” is more detailed and makes it clear what’s going wrong and what needs to change.