Managing maladaptive mood and arousal

Donna B. Pincus, Ryan J. Madigan, Caroline E. Kerns, Christina Hardway, Jonathan S. Comer

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Learning to identify and manage negative mood and arousal are critical skills for youth to develop in order to successfully navigate through everyday, developmentally appropriate activities; these skills are also essential for enhancing youth’s resilience and fostering healthy developmental and mental health outcomes. There are several empirically supported cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) skills that specifically target children and adolescents’ maladaptive mood and arousal: 1) emotion identification, expression and regulation, 2) Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR), 3) Applied Tension, and 4) Breathing Retraining. These techniques are included in numerous empirically supported treatments for anxiety and depression in youth. In this chapter, we describe key features of competent implementation of these skills; we address how each of the skills would be incorporated into anxiety and depression treatments; we make recommendations for developmentally appropriate adaptations, and we provide suggestions for therapists to overcome common obstacles to their effective implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEvidence-Based CBT for Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents
Subtitle of host publicationA Competencies Based Approach
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781118500576
ISBN (Print)9781118469255
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescent
  • Anxiety
  • Applied tension
  • Breathing retraining
  • Child
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Depression
  • Emotion
  • Mood
  • Progressive muscle relaxation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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