Realistic Thinking

Trigger Situations

Certain kinds of situations can really start up (trigger) depressive thinking. Common triggers for teens may include going to a party, finding out about a scheduled exam, or family arguments. Write down some of your trigger situations:

If you find yourself in trigger situations, practice your realistic thinking. Talk back to the depressive thoughts! Don’t allow depressive thinking to happen without fighting it: every time you talk back, you make the depressive thinking weaker and realistic thinking stronger. 

As you keep practicing the skill of realistic thinking, you’ll find that it begins to feel right for you. Eventually you’ll be able to accept realistic thoughts.