Living With Borderline Personality Disorder
ENG101 Composition I
All therapists’ approaches to the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder are different. One form of treatment is DBT or Dialectical Behavior Therapy. DBT was created by Marsha Linehan, a psychologist at the University of Washington. It was developed from the structure of CBT, or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT is a type of goal-oriented psychotherapy that takes a hands-on approach to problem solving and changes patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, and changed the way they feel. It is used to help treat a wide range of issues, such as anxiety and depression, drug and alcohol abuse, sleeping difficulties, relationship problems, people's attitudes, thoughts and negative self images, and beliefs, and attitudes. An important advantage of CBT is that it's short or around six months for emotional problems. CBT is based on a model or theory that it's not events themselves that upset us, but the meanings we give them. Negative thoughts can block us from seeing or doing things that don't fit what we believe is true. In other words we continue to hold onto the same thoughts and fail to learn anything new. CBT can substantially reduce the symptoms of many emotional disorders, depression, and anxiety disorders. The benefits may last longer too. Not everyone will fully recover with CBT, and it's unrealistic to expect that they will, however, research suggests that it helps bring about a real change that goes beyond just feeling better while the patient is in therapy. Cognitive Therapy is complex, and works in a many number of ways at the same time by teaching patients skills for dealing with their problems. DBT or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals suffering from borderline personality disorder or BPD. DBT can teach new coping skills that generalize to a person's natural environment, increase the motivation to change by providing positive reinforcement, decrease the frequency and severity of self-destructive behaviors, and teach people skills for dealing with their problems. Recent research that utilized DBT, suggests that most people experienced significant and long-lasting periods of symptom remission. Many people will not experience a complete recovery, but will still be able to live meaningful and productive lives. DBT has been found especially effective for those with suicidal and other multiple occurring disorders. Research has shown DBT to be effective in reducing those suicidal behaviors, hospitalizations, treatment dropout, substance abuse, anger, and interpersonal difficulties. Psychotherapy is often used either alone or in combination with medications to treat BPD. Together they are called therapy for short. Psychotherapy actually involves a variety of treatment techniques, during which a person meets with a licensed and trained mental health care professional who helps him or her identify and work through the factors that may be triggering the illness. Psychotherapy helps people with mental disorders to regain a sense of control and pleasure in their life, identify life problems, that contribute to their illness, and help them understand which aspects of those problems they may be able to solve or improve, understand the behaviors, emotions, and ideas that also contribute to their illness, and learn how to modify them, with coping techniques and problem solving skills. CBT helps people with mental illness to identify and change inaccurate perceptions they may have of themselves and the world around them. It is recommended for patients who refuse or are unable to take antidepressant medication DBT helps these people learn coping techniques that they did not receive in their invalidated childhoods, and...
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