DBT is …
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, also known as DBT, was created by Marsha Linehan PhD. DBT is a therapeutic modality that is based on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Basically it means it is a behavioral approach that builds upon some basic foundations founded within the CBT model. DBT is a therapy that has been effective in treating affective mood disorders. One of the first tiers of DBT is learning the DBT skills composed of four main themes: Core Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation and Distress Tolerance.
DBT has shown to be effective for people that are having constant suicidal thinking, engaging in self injurious behaviors and generally have a hard time regulating their emotions. DBT is also effective for persons diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). When Dr. Linehan initially started using and testing the effectiveness of DBT, most of the patients were women with high suicidality. Now DBT has been used with many more populations and is showing to be effective in helping adolescents struggling with emotional disregulation.
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