Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

What is DBT?

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Dialectical behavior therapy is an evidence-based psychotherapy that began with efforts to treat personality disorders and interpersonal conflicts. Evidence suggests that DBT can be useful in treating mood disorders and suicidal ideation, as well as for changing behavioral patterns such as self-harm and substance use. Wikipedia

Due to their environment, some people, during their early years in life and also due to biological factors, are more apt to react abnormally to emotional stimulation. This type of person is more prone to have their arousal level stimulated more quickly and have that sense peak at higher levels. It also takes more time for this type of person to return to a normal baseline.

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of talking therapy. It’s based on the psychological treatment called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), (which has been proven to reduce symptoms of various mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety disorders) but DBT is specially adapted for people who feel emotions very intensely. This is why some people have crisis-strewn lives and EXTREME emotions that shift rapidly. These types of people do not possess methods for coping with these sudden intense surges of emotion. The goal of DBT is to help the person understand and accept these feelings.

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