You may have been referred to DBT from another therapist or psychiatrist or you may have read something about DBT on the internet. But you might be asking yourself, “Is DBT the right treatment for me?”
As you contemplate entering DBT treatment, you may ask yourself if you can identify with the following statements:
- My moods change quickly and it usually takes a long time for me to “get over” things. People often refer to me as “overly sensitive.” I feel like I am more emotionally sensitive than other people I know.
- I definitely have a problem with anger. When I get angry I tend to act out and “explode” (e.g., verbally attack someone, self-injure, break things, drive recklessly, abuse alcohol or drugs). But sometimes I stuff my anger inside and have trouble expressing it at all.
- My emotions can get really intense. I sometimes feel as if I have been “hijacked” by my emotions, and when they take over, I end up doing impulsive things (e.g., hurt myself, binge or purge food, spend money excessively, abuse alcohol or drugs, engage in risky sexual behavior) that I later regret.
- My relationships tend to be chaotic. I find that I often have conflicts with my parents, my partner, and other significant people in my life. In fact, many of my relationships in the past have been intense, unhealthy and have ended on a bad note. At times, I have gone through periods of isolating to avoid rejection and being hurt or abandoned in relationships.
- I often feel empty inside and do everything possible to avoid that empty, numb feeling. I’m not really sure who I am sometimes or what the “real me” is all about because I’m so different across different situations.
- Sometimes I have trouble thinking straight, especially when I’m upset. I tend to take things way too personally. I start blaming other people or blaming myself too much. I have difficulty coming up with different solutions to problems and end up going back to the same bad decisions over and over again.
- My difficulties with emotions have gotten in the way of me achieving my goals (e.g., with regard to jobs, school, and relationships) even though I know I am capable of achieving them.
If you can relate to some or most of the above statements, DBT may be the most effective treatment for you. Meeting with a DBT therapist for an intake session is often the best way of determining if you can benefit from DBT. If you are interested in making an appointment, please call us.