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DBT - June 17th 2012, 05:56 PM

Anyone done it? Has it helped you? Following a suicide attempt last week, my therapist has asked me to decide whether or not I actually want/am able to continue with DBT. I've done emotion regulation and am most of the way through distress tolerance, so I'm nearly halfway through and I am using the skills that ehy're teaching us, but I can't see any improvement yet. In fact, over the past few week, I think my mood has gotten a lot worse (both depression and having unpredictable, extreme mood swings). I'm waiting for a referral to a psychiatrist to try and find some meds to help with the moods, so maybe once my meds are sorted out and I'm more stable, it will be easier for me to continue with the DBT? I dunno if I'm in the right place to do it at the moment, but I was on the waiting list for over a year and I don't want to set myself back by not carrying on with it. Can anyone give me some advice on what to do?
   
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Re: DBT - June 17th 2012, 06:04 PM

I never tried it but I may in the future. I heard it can be hard. I would stick with it because its not going to be easy no matter what its going to take work and effort. DBT or any kinda of therapy is not always supposed to be easy. Thats the point in doing DBT its supposed to teach you how to feel better. I would stick with it and at least try the best you can. Meds can help too get that all situated and Im sure you will be fine.
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Re: DBT - June 17th 2012, 06:06 PM

Hi there Ella,

I had tweleve, three hour group sessions of DBT and I think the thing about DBT is you have to put in so much effort and hard work as well as learning how to use the techniques you use for it to actually be beneficial. So yes, If I were you, I would carry on because I had mine over a year ago and I still don't find it helpful all the time, because I am still learning it and working on how to use the techniques that I was taught. DBT can be hard to learn so it does take time and its going to take a lot of your time up out of the sessions you have.

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Re: DBT - June 17th 2012, 08:37 PM

Thanks for the replies. I think I'll try my hardest to stick with it. I desperately want to get better. I really hope my psychiatrist appointment coems through soon. I really think I need some different meds. I hope DBT can help me. I'm trying everything that they're throwing at me
   
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Re: DBT - June 18th 2012, 06:19 AM

Sometimes with such therapies it is hard to keep the motivation to put in the work needed, and in some cases, medication is needed to stabalise you so you can get the best from the therapy. While the therapy may not be helping right NOW don't give up on it. It may take time for you to be able to use the techneques or understand them but once you've learned how to do them and are in a more stable place, you will be able to put the methods into good use. Good luck

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Re: DBT - June 18th 2012, 05:39 PM

It's really up to you! It might be really benefitial for you and you may actually love to continue to do it.
You may see some improvement when it's over!

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Re: DBT - June 19th 2012, 11:27 AM

Thanks for the replies everyone! I had group today and it went really well, I was able to focus for the first time in ages and I actually feel like some of this stuff is going to be able to make a difference. I'm definately going to continue. I'm seeing my individual therapist tomorrow so I'll tell her then. I've also been signed off work for a week (minimum) because of my depression and lack of sleep and anxity, so I feel like instead of sitting around waiting for myself to feel better, I can be really focussing on practising the DBT skills and then if nothing else, at least by the time I go back to work, I will be a bit better at the skills, which will help me cope with stuff.
   
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Re: DBT - June 19th 2012, 10:35 PM

Thats great to hear, Keep up the good work sounds like your making progress.
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