Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Do you (or someone you love) struggle with intense emotions? Do you often feel like your emotions are too strong to cope with? Do you often turn to unhealthy coping behaviors – such as cutting or burning yourself, talking about suicide, or using alcohol, recreational drugs, or other substances?
People who develop this pattern of living, are sometimes said to be emotionally dysregulated, for whom Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an a well-researched and effective treatment. Ordinary life events that create strong emotions are rapidly escalated to the point that it seems that only drastic, self-destructive actions will bring relief. While using these behaviors such as the ones described above can temporarily relieve someone from intense emotional distress, they also can make the person’s life more miserable in the long run. The basic life issues that are the cause of the distress are typically not actually being addressed.
Those who show this pattern of behavior are often (but not always) described as having:
- Borderline personality disorder
- Chronic suicidality
- Non-suicidal self-injury
- Major depressive disorder
- Substance use disorders
- Eating disorders (binge eating and bulimia)
To the people who are emotionally dysregulated, their loved ones, and sometimesthe health professionals who treat them, the behaviors used to manage emotions can seem very complex and severely interfering of daily life. Unfortunately, the standard methods of treating psychological difficulties have not been effective. DBT was developed to help specifically the emotionally dysregulated person who may not have found help with other treatment methods.