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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

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Alcohol Abuse and DBT

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, alcohol abuse may contribute to signs and symptoms of co-occurring problems. Most commonly, these symptoms are related to depression, anxiety, psychosis, and antisocial behavior. How DBT can be leveraged as treatment for alcohol abuse Alcohol abuse is often a sign of coping or self-medication that evolves into dependence. Often,  dependence on alcohol will cause consistent mood issues and weaken an individual’s ability to manage emotions. DBT is commonly used in instances of mood dysregulation, and as such, it can be a good fit for alcohol abuse patients also dealing with anxiety and depression. DBT emphasizes learned coping techniques, which can help an alcoholic make positive changes in their life and find other means of coping. Additionally,...

Breaking the Stigma

More celebrities leading the way for mental health awareness.  Mental health awareness has been brought into the spotlight as of late. More and more artists, celebrities, musicians, and actors have been coming forward with their own accounts of personal struggle with mental health. By using their influence to spread knowledge about the stigma surrounding mental health, positive strides have been made for everyday people struggling with mental health problems. The stigma surrounding mental health can be broken down into two parts. As Dr. Graham Davey writes, “Social stigma is characterized by prejudicial attitudes and discriminating behavior directed towards individuals with mental health problems as a result of the psychiatric label they have been given.” The other facet of stigma when it concerns mental health is perceived...

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How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Blends Acceptance and Change

By Dr. Kathryn Korslund Although most therapists are aware of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) in some way, shape, or form, few non-practitioners understand what, exactly, is implied by the approach’s “dialectics.” Generally speaking, the notion of a “dialectical” process suggests compromising, blending together, or creating something entirely new; transforming black and white into grey, so to speak. In the context of DBT, however, dialectics involves a push for coexistence, an effort to hold two ostensibly opposing forces next to each other without compromising either’s integrity while searching for synthesis; weaving a black-and-white plaid, so to speak. In fact, the practice of DBT itself emerged from Dr. Marsha Linehan’s attempts to reconcile acceptance- and change-based therapies without losing the effective elements of either. Change vs. Acceptance Change-based treatments have typically...

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