According to the Linehan Institute, Dialectical Behavior Therapy
(DBT) was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD). DBT has been successfully integrated into the recovery process for eating disorders as well. Research has shown that it is effective in treating a wide range of other disorders. Dialectical behavioral therapy treats conditions such as substance use disorders, mood disorders, anxiety
, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). DBT helps clients develop the skills needed to regulate distress and find a balance between thoughts and emotions.
DBT focuses on developing skills, such as engaging mindfulness, becoming more effective in interpersonal relationships, improving emotion regulation, and increasing distress tolerance. This method can help manage impulsivity, suicidal behaviors/ideations, feelings of emptiness and hopelessness, feelings of abandonment, unstable interpersonal relationships, and engagement in dangerous or life-threatening behaviors. With the combination of commitment, motivation, and practice, Dialectical Behavior Therapy can assist people in eventually becoming more regulated and self-sufficient.