The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Diary: Monitoring Your Emotional Regulation Day by Day

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New Harbinger Publications, Mar 1, 2011 - Self-Help - 168 pages
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Difficult emotions like anger, fear, sadness, guilt, and shame are part of being alive and are meant to help protect us, but when they get out of control, these emotions can also cause severe pain. When you're in the grip of an emotional storm, it's all too easy to overreact, lash out at others, or become angry with yourself. Therapists created dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, to help people with overwhelming emotions calm themselves when their feelings become too painful or out of control.

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Diary presents an overview of each of the four DBT skills-distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness-and includes a journal you can use each day to monitor your successes, chart your progress, and stay on track making productive changes in your life.

With this diary, you can:

  • Learn over twenty techniques to use when you feel overwhelmed
  • Observe and record your progress each day
  • Find out which coping strategies work best for you
  • Discover nutrition and lifestyle changes that can make you feel better

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    Matthew McKay, Ph.D., is a psychologist and professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. In private practice, he specializes in the treatment of anxiety and depression. He is coauthor of more than thirty popular books, including Self-Esteem, The Daily Relaxer, The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook, Thoughts and Feelings, When Anger Hurts, and Couple Skills. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    Jeffrey C. Wood, Psy.D., is a psychologist who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and biofeedback. He is author of The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Workbook for Personality Disorders and coauthor of The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook. Wood lives in southern Nevada. Visit him online at

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