Why I love DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a behavioral treatment that was created to treat Borderline Personality Disorder but is now being used to treat a whole host of mental illnesses. It’s a therapy that is designed to help you change thought patterns and so much more. It teaches you how to re-program your brain and I’ve found it to be extremely helpful in whatever ways I’m trying to improve myself. It’s definitely on my list of self-care. Personally, I think it’s something that we should all learn just because it teaches us really good coping skills. My anxiety workbook, Breathe, heavily focuses on the different points of DBT to help with anxiety. Here are the four main points of DBT. Mindfulness: How to be in the moment instead of what happened a month ago/ year ago/ decade ago. Focus on the present and separating yourself from past baggage. Don’t let how you were…

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How To Help: Suicide Prevention Awareness

September is Suicide Awareness Month and I wanted to have a conversation about it. We need to have conversations about it. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among persons aged 10-14, the second among persons aged 15-34 years, and the fourth among persons aged 35-44 years. sourceAn estimated 9.3 million adults reported having suicidal thoughts in the past year and 17% of students in grades 9-12 in the U.S. seriously considered attempting suicide in the previous 12 months. Suicide is something that we need to talk about. We need to stop the stigma. Mental illness is real. The struggle is real and we need to stop the shame surrounding it. The shame of being able to say: “I don’t have the skills to cope right now.” “My depression is making things difficult for me.” “I need help.” Depression is a medical condition. It’s no different than having a…

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The Best Apps for Anxiety

As you’ve read before (and here and here and here) Anxiety and I have been frenemies for 15 years now (Check out my anxiety workbook!) . At different times in my life, for different types of anxiety, different things work for me. I’m pretty sure that whoever invented the cellphone was thinking of us anxiety suffers. Pop in headphones and people leave you alone (that’s how it’s supposed to work right?). In an uncomfortable social situation? Hello, phone with facebook and twitter and all sorts of fun things! Don’t want to talk on the phone? Well, that’s what texts are for! As much as I love meditation, chanting, and all of those other things that help with my anxiety, I also really love my phone. I’m going to share my favorite apps for anxiety. They’ve helped me when I’m struggling and I hope they help you too. Don’t just use your…

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When You’re a HSP Living In A Scary World

If the state of the world is seriously messing with your sensitive and tender heart right now, I want you to know you aren’t alone. It’s okay if it’s making you want to shut down right now. I feel it too, HSP (Highly Sensitive Person), that I am. HSPs are sensitive to emotions. Not only do we feel our own emotions deeply, but we feel the emotions of other people deeply as well. The last few months, the last few years, have been hard. Challenging. It’s difficult to sort out how you feel, why you feel it, and what to do about those feelings. It’s okay to be sensitive. To feel deeply. I’m right there with you. I’m sad. Confused. I’m angry and I feel that layer of discord that’s coloring my world. I wish I could pack up my favorite blankets and books, my cats, my collection of teas,…

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