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Sensory Body Awareness Skills to Reduce Distress

September 20, 2019
Sensory Body Awareness

Dialectical behavior therapy – or DBT – is a form of therapy created specifically for individuals with borderline personality disorder. Through DBT, highly sensitive people learn distress tolerance skills that allow them to navigate uncomfortable or painful situations and manage urges to engage in harmful behaviors. DBT creator Marsha Linehan, divides distress tolerance skills into…

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Survive a Crisis Situation with DBT Distress Tolerance Skills

August 26, 2019
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Everyone experiences uncomfortable situations – sitting in a traffic jam, realizing you’re out of coffee as you go to make your morning joe, or having low phone battery without access to a charger. At times in our lives, we suffer through more serious distress and pain, like the end of a relationship, the death of…

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What Parents Should Know About Youth Athletics and Mental Health

May 28, 2019
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For decades, youth sports in the United States has been an avenue for kids of all ages to make friends, be physically active, challenge themselves, and learn skills such as teamwork, sportsmanship, and the value of hard work—all of which can provide great stepping stones towards personal growth and achievement later in life. When it…

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Comparing Bipolar Disorder vs Borderline Personality Disorder

March 20, 2018
bipolar disorder vs borderline personality disorder

Bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder are two mental illnesses that can cause significant disability and disruption in someone’s life. Despite being commonly grouped together or even used interchangeably in movies, TV, and other pop culture references, they are two separate and distinct illnesses that have different diagnostic criteria and require different treatments. Find out more about how…

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Understanding Cutting and Self-Harming Behaviors

January 4, 2018
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Skyland Trail Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ray Kotwicki, discusses cutting and self-harm behaviors and how they are treated. Individuals who cut themselves or engage in other self-injurious behaviors often are using this unhealthy coping strategy to deal with emotional pain or confusion that they do not know how to process in any other way. This…

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4 Differences Between CBT and DBT and How to Tell Which is Right for You

August 27, 2017
CBT vs DBT

Psychotherapy is one of the best treatment methods available for a number of mental illnesses. One of the most common types of therapy is called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Also called talk therapy, CBT focuses on talking about your problems to help you frame your thoughts differently. If you feel like negative thoughts are always in…

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Using DBT to Confront Black-and-White Thinking

June 2, 2016
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From time to time, we all experience black-and-white thinking or fall into an all-or-nothing frame of mind. For some people, a pattern of black-and-white thinking over time may reinforce a recurring automatic negative thought – “I can’t do anything right” – to the point that it becomes a permanent negative core belief – “I am…

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