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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

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Those Who Attempt Suicide & the Clinicians Who Work With Them

The arrival of National Suicide Prevention Month (September) stirs up a plethora of emotions for those in the community, both from survivors of suicide attempts, their families, loved ones, mental health treatment providers, and others . In addition to the devastating loss experienced by the families and loved ones of those who die by suicide, those affected are often left grief-stricken, with a greater risk of mental illness and suicide themselves. In an effort to increase awareness and make good on the memory of those fallen, throughout the month you will likely be reminded of the country’s current battle to help those struggling with suicidal behaviors make different choices. You may be reminded that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S....

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CE Event: The Story Behind the Dance: Overview of DBT

We are excited to announce the first in a four-part CE event, presented by local DBT expert and THIRA's Clinical Director, Dr. Kathryn Korslund! Click here to rsvp Join us on Saturday, September 28th, at Overlake Golf & Country Club, as THIRA Health hosts the first of a four-part CE series focusing on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) presented by world-renowned DBT expert, Dr. Kathryn Korslund. DBT is a comprehensive, cognitive-behavioral treatment for individuals with multiple, complex, and difficult to treat disorders. Developed for acutely and chronically suicidal individuals with emotional dysregulation, interpersonal chaos, impulsiveness, confusion about the self (identity) and cognitive rigidity, DBT has been found to be effective for a wide range of clinical problems such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders and substance use problems. Dr....

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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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