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Reducing Teen Social Media Use with CBT

Helping Our Teens Reduce Their Social Media Use

Social media, when overused leads to insomnia, depression, irritability, and potentially other mental health problems.

Two ABCT members, Drs Anne Marie Albano and Kate McKnight, working at Lumate Health, are exploring ways to provide high-quality, evidence-based care for teens with anxiety.  They say that “social media is an inescapable part” of adolescence, and they counsel parents on ways to work with their own children in dealing with over-use. 

McKnight recommends parents have open dialogue with their kids, making it judgement free.  McKnight and Albano say it’s important for parents to understand social media’s siren call for teens.  They don’t recommend cold turkey withdrawal but, rather, parents providing alternatives at home to capture their children’s interest as well as time limits. 

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What Is Cognitive Behavior Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a type of treatment that is based firmly on research findings.  It places emphasis on changing your cognitions (thoughts) or behaviors (actions) in order to effect change in how you feel. These approaches help people in achieving specific changes or goals.

Changes or goals might involve:

A way of acting: like smoking less or being more outgoing;
A way of feeling: like helping a person to be less scared, less depressed, or less anxious;
A way of thinking: like learning to problem-solve or get rid of self-defeating thoughts;
A way of dealing with physical or medical problems: like reducing back pain or helping a person stick to a doctor’s suggestions.

Cognitive behavioral therapists usually focus more on the current situation and its solution, rather than the past. They concentrate on a person’s views and beliefs about their life. CBT is an effective treatment for individuals, parents, children, couples, and families. The goal of CBT is to help people improve and gain more control over their lives by changing behaviors that don’t work well to ones that do.

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The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) is an interdisciplinary organization committed to the advancement of a scientific approach to the understanding and amelioration of problems of the human condition. These aims are achieved through the investigation and application of behavioral, cognitive, and other evidence-based principles to assessment, prevention, and treatment.