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How can comprehensive dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) improve your life skills?

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Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a form of talk therapy that helps you identify and change negative thinking patterns and to change unhelpful behaviors. Comprehensive DBT focuses on 4 ways to enhance life skills:

  • Distress tolerance: Feeling intense emotions like anger without reacting impulsively or using self-injury or substance abuse to dampen distress.
  • Emotion regulation: Recognizing, labeling, and adjusting emotions.
  • Mindfulness: Becoming more aware of self and others and attentive to the present moment.
  • Interpersonal effectiveness: Navigating conflict and interacting assertively.

From: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 21, 2018

SOURCES:

Linehan, M.M. , July 2006. Archives of General Psychiatry

Dimeff, L. and Linehan, M.M. , 2001. The California Psychologist

Linehan, M.M. , 1999. The American Journal on Addictions

Robins, C.J. and Chapman, A.L. , 2004. Journal of Personality Disorders

Brody, J.E. , June 15, 2009. The New York Times

American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Borderline Personality Disorder."

National Institute of Mental Health: Transcript of lecture on Feb. 8, 2011, by Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, to the NIMH.

Behavioraltech.org: "Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Diary Card."

Chapman, A.L. , September 2006. Psychiatry

Pennay, A. , July 8, 2011. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment

Bohus, M. , March 2011. Psychother Psychosom Med Psychol

Spoont, M.R. : , May 2003. Psychiatric ServicesA Journal of the American Psychiatric Association

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 21, 2018

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