What is DBT?

DBT means Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which could also be referred to as becoming more open minded. A dialectic is a dialogue between opposites. Dialectical therapy seeks the ability to tolerate opposites and to see truth in more than one perspective. DBT is an offshoot of CBT, or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This branch of psychology is aimed at helping you understand your thinking and behavior choices so they are more effective for your life and happiness.

Mindfulness is balancing emotion mind and wise mind.Distress Tolerance is when you have a problem you cannot solve, but you don't want to make it worse.Emotion Regulation is having less negative emotions and vulnerability, and more positive emotional experiences.Interpersonal Effectiveness is asking for what you want and saying no effectively.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

What is DBT?

DBT is research-based treatment for suicide, affective disorders, substance abuse, personality disorders, eating disorders and self-injury.
A Dialectic is seeking a dialogue between two opposites.

DBT can be applied to its original population - Borderline Personality Disorder, aka Emotional Intensity Disorder.  It can also be applied to Bipolar Disorder and Addictions, including Eating Disorders.

Download Emotional Empowerment DBT brochure (page 1, page 2).

Emotions
 Heightened emotional sensitivity
• Quick and intense emotional reactions
• Slow return to normal mood
• Chronic problems with depression, anxiety, anger or anger expression

Behavior
• Repeated suicide threats or attempts
• Self-harm behavior such as cutting and burning
• Relationship difficulties including hypersensitivity to criticism, disapproval,
rejection or abandonment
• Impulsive and potentially self-damaging behavior in areas such as binge eating
and purging, alcohol or drug abuse, sexual promiscuity, and gambling orspending sprees
Thinking
• Extreme (black or white) thinking
• Difficulty with problem-solving and decision making
• Unstable self-image or sense of self
• “Detached” thinking, ranging from mild problems with inattention to episodes of
complete dissociation

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