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Turning The Mind and Accepting a Painful Past (DBT Mindfulness Skill)

Yesterday during DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) group, we did one of the mindfulness exercises on Dr. Marsha Linehan’s CD, “From Suffering to Freedom Through Acceptance.”  At the beginning of each class, we practice one of the 5 minute exercises, and this time it was “Turning the Mind.”During this exercise, Dr. Linehan reminded us that: “Trying […]

Crying Over Coleslaw | Everything Has “Cause” (Emotional Reactions to “Small Things”)

According to Dr. Marsha Linehan, founder of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), designed to help those of us with Borderline Personality Disorder (and other mental illnesses): “Everything has cause.“By this she means that something happened before whatever is happening now, and if that event had been different, so would whatever is happening in this moment. Everything is part […]

Dr. Marsha Linehan, DBT Founder, Comes out as having Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Tomorrow, the weekly DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) group that I attend and that has been helping me signficantly in my walk with Borderline Personality disorder delves into the skills of Interpersonal Effectiveness. I am really excited about this, because I think that my lack of skills in this area have been a stumbling block in […]

DBT Distress Tolerance Skills

Photo Credit: Sarah Cardwell I am a bit overwhelmed with my own emotions right now.  I have been caught up and in my own internal drama as I work hard to not let it consume me.  Yes, I am working VERY HARD to use my DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) skills to help me through this […]

Anxiety, Lack of Appetite, and Wise Mind

I am writing this so that I can stay in Wise Mind.  Wise Mind is something you learn about in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT. Wise Mind Handout Credit: Marsha Linehan Here’s what it’s all about: Suppose we have two states of mind: The Emotional Mind and the Reasonable Mind. If we lived in the […]

It’s the Little Things | Every Day Pleasant Life Activities for Adults

In DBT group, we have a handout called “Adult Pleasant Events Schedule.” It is a checklist of 197 little things we can do each day (we are encouraged to pick at least one daily or make up our own) to make life more enjoyable. There are 3 pages total. Here is Page 1: Page 2: […]