DETECTIVE THINKING ANXIETY WORKSHEET
Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes (like a rapid heartbeat).
Anxiety disorders are a group of mental health problems that include;
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Social Phobias/ Social Anxiety
- Specific Phobias (for example, agoraphobia)
- Panic Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Detective thinking is the process where children learn to think realistically. This is based on the premise that events and circumstances are not fully responsible for our feelings.
What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a type of psychotherapy that helps individuals identify negative thought patterns, learn how to regulate responses to anxiety-producing situations, and develop healthy coping strategies.
- Art Therapy
Research shows that art therapy has a positive effect on children with mental health conditions including anxiety.
Art therapy combines psychological therapy with art-making (e.g., painting) to help manage anxiety and express themselves without verbal communication.
- Exposure Therapy
This therapy exposes individuals to situations or objects that cause anxiety. Through repeated exposure, individuals acquire an increasing sense of control over the situation, and in return, their anxiety diminishes.
How Will This Worksheet Help You?
This worksheet is intended to help children identify a shift in their worry/ anxiety-related situations.
This worksheet will also teach individuals how to relax, look at situations in less frightening ways, and develop better coping and problem-solving skills.
How Should You Use This Worksheet?
This worksheet should be used to look for actual anxiety-related evidence to determine if your thinking is true, factual, or biased.
You can download this worksheet here.
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