Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT)

A lot of people find it really hard to cope with the stresses imposed upon them by life. In an environment where expectations are high and the competition is very stiff, a lot of individuals experience negative or harmful behaviors increasing. This can present in the form of emotional disorders, mental health disorders, and worst of all behavioral disorders. In cases such as this, dialectic behavior therapy is useful.

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What is DBT?

Dialectic behavior therapy (DBT) is purposefully designed for people who are in need of adjustment in behavior. This includes self-harm, substance abuse, suicidal tendencies, and the like. People who are undergoing mood swings can also benefit from DBT.

DBT is an improved form of cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT. CBT was developed during the 1980’s and as time progressed, DBT was soon developed. DBT has been very effective in treating a variety of behavioral disorders such as mood swings, eating disorders, and even traumatic brain injuries. This form of therapy is also being used to help people who suffer from PTSD and people who are chemically dependent.

 

How Does DBT Work?

DBT incorporates standard CBT techniques to regulate emotion and reality-testing. This also is coupled with concepts and elements that were derived from meditation and self-focus practices.

This therapy has been proven to be very effective. It is the very first therapy that has been shown a positive effect in treating borderline personality disorder. According to experiments, people who were introduced to DBT showed a significant decrease in suicidal ideation.

 

What makes DBT treatment successful?

There are four major components that contribute to the success of DBT treatment. These components complement each other and are used in a manner which makes the patient comfortable and enables them to open up and respond positively to the treatment.

 

The DBT components are:

Mindfulness

Closely connected with meditation techniques, mindfulness stresses the importance of “living in the moment.” By paying attention to bodily sensations, your immediate environment, and your internal emotional state, mindfulness allows you to increase self-acceptance and active involvement in the behavioral choices made.

Distress Tolerance

Useful as a coping technique, distress tolerance is practice in dealing with and getting past emotional and even physical pain. In addiction treatment circumstances, distress tolerance proves helpful in resisting urges to use and to help manage the severity of withdrawal symptoms.

Emotion Regulation

Emotion regulation focuses on minimizing negative or painful experiences and accentuating positive ones. The process teaches how to identify negative emotions, reduce emotional vulnerability by pre-planning positive experiences and reliving them, decreasing emotional suffering.

Interpersonal

DBT interpersonal skills teach patients ways to manage both the expectations and the tendency to dwell on negative experiences that come with interpersonal relationships. This allows the practitioner to help ensure they are getting the most positive results in their interpersonal relations while minimizing negative self- reflection.

The main objective of DBT is for people to get their lives back together again, to give them a chance to live a life worth living. The therapy aims to give them the chance to take control over their actions and to regulate emotion and behavior in a positive way.

Living in a highly competitive environment does push people to their breaking point but it also pushes them to become a better person in the end. People who get into trouble need help. That is why we are here. If you need any assistance please don’t hesitate to contact or visit us. We would love to be there for you and your loved ones especially in times of need.

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