This week’s featured product on the Mental Health @ Home Store is a mini e-book on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills for Mood Disorders.
DBT may have been developed for use with borderline personality disorder (BPD), but many of the skills it covers are transferrable to other disorders, and particularly mood disorders. When Dr. Marsha Linehan developed it, she was looking to address some of the areas where CBT fell short when it came to people with BPD. As a result, some elements will be recognizable to people who have done CBT, but there are also a lot of new ideas.
Personally, my favourite element of DBT is the notion of wise mind.
It really helps with conceptualizing how I can get pulled in one direction or another. I like the idea that our judgment is at its best when we’re balancing some of both reasonable and emotional mind.
I also like the fundamental dialectic of DBT, that acceptance and desire for change can exist at the same time. There is an acknowledgement that you’re doing the best you can at any given time, but you can still learn new things to help you manage better.
As a bit of a side anecdote, I used to work with a male nurse who was arrogant as all get out and thought that essentially any female with a mood disorder had BPD. He would tell them to read up on DBT, which would inevitably lead to them reading about BPD, and as a result they would react negatively to the idea of DBT because what they read about borderline just didn’t describe them. When approaching DBT with a mood disorder I think it’s important to do so with the caveat that not all of it will resonate with you, so take what works and leave the rest.
This mini e-book will introduce you to skills that can be very useful in mood disorders, in the areas of mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.
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