DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) is an evidence-based mental health treatment that gives people the tools they need to manage strong emotions and control impulsive behavior. It was originally developed for people with Borderline Personality Disorder in the early 1990s and it remains the gold standard of treatment for BPD today.
It's like you get hijacked by your emotions. Once you feel something, the feeling takes over and you can't control your actions anymore. Sometimes you catch yourself doing things that you know are unreasonable, but you can't stop yourself - you just feel ashamed later.
It feels like every unpleasant emotion needs to be fixed. You do things that you'll regret later in order to manage uncomfortable emotions right now. You'll go to just about any lengths to change the way you feel, even if that means drinking, or using, or self-harming. Or maybe you're self-destructive in more subtle ways: self-sabotaging your own career, or refusing to make new friends because you know they'll just end up leaving.
Even though you're terrified of driving your loved ones away, you can't stop doing the things that concern them. Other times, you feel like you fall in love or friendship too fast with the wrong people, only to wind up getting hurt.
You know you don't want to go on like this. You know you need to make a change. You're ready to try something new.
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