DBT Skills: What are they and how can they help someone who is suffering psychologically?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT for short, is a type of behavioral therapy used to “identify and change negative thinking patterns.” (1) Negative thinking not only affects the mind and body, but it can also lead to the development of other psychological conditions. The term “dialectical” devices from “the idea that bringing two opposites in therapy—acceptance and change—brings better results than either one alone,” according to WebMD.

Who is DBT good for?

DBT  is often recommended for someone who is struggling with suicidal thoughts or has developed self-destructed behaviors. DBT may also be used to treat someone who is suffering from a mental health issue that is likely to threaten their “safety, relationships, work, and emotional well-being.”

DBT skills include 

Mindfulness, Distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation 

Ex. https://dialecticalbehaviortherapy.com

If you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours and can be reached at 800-273-8255.

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