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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