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Week 36: How to Start Going to Therapy

anonymous asked:

Advice on DBT therapy? I'm nervous to go for my first time

hi anon,

DBT is fantastic. Seriously, it has been one of the most helpful things I’ve done in my treatment and I know so many others feel the same way. DBT is intense and you have to commit to it, but it is so worth it in the end. The skills you learn in DBT are so helpful for anyone.

It’s Ok that you are nervous and that is normal, but try your hardest to really commit to it.

DBT is usually composed of group,individual and phone coaching. In group you learn the skills of DBT (distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness). Individual therapy in DBT is very different than “normal therapy”. It is very structured and particular which can be a hard adjustment but is helpful. You and your DBT therapist focus on targeting unhelpful and maladaptive behaviors and replacing those with better coping skills. Phone coaching is another thing available for those in DBT programs where you allowed to and encouraged to call your therapist for skills coaching if you are in distress and need immediate help. If you are able to do a full DBT program, I would encourage you to do so. This is just a basic rundown of what DBT is, but each place and program will be a little different.

Here are some additional resources on DBT

DBT resources

Good luck anon and I hope you find this helpful.

Lina

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anonymous asked:

I think somethings wrong with me. I can't control my emotions. I go from loving and sweet to furious in seconds. I love my boyfriend to death and we've been dating almost two years now. I always want his attention and I never feel good enough for it, im insanely jealous and he accepts me for it. But I'm scared for him. When I snap i hit him. I get so angry and I feel so out of control that I actually hit him. I feel terrible. I feel like im out of control, what should I do? Whats wrong with me?

Hey Anon,

Mood swings like that can indicate a number of things. I’d really talk to a therapist to get an handle on things for sure. What helps a lot to develop emotional stability is self confidence and practicing mindfulness. As off topic as that may seem, it can really help (without making anything worse with a possible misdiagnosis). Here are some great places to start:

And here’s some info on getting and talking to a therapist.

~Christa

Trying to explain what it was like to regular people.
  • Human:So, what did you do last night?
  • Me:oh my god oh my god I watched the finale omg
  • Human:Oh it was that good huh?
  • Me:*Starts blubbering* NO YOU DON'T UNDERSTANDDDDD! HE SAID CLOSE YOUR EYES! AND HE WAS GOING TO; IT WAS SO FEELS YOU FEEL ME??? AND THE DARKNESS WHERE DID THAT MUDHOLE COME FROM??? FURKING CLIFFHANGERS ASDFGHJKL;'
  • Human:I'm going to get you a therapist now.