The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder: Using DBT to Regain Control of Your Emotions and Your Life

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New Harbinger Publications, 2009 - Self-Help - 233 pages

Even if you've just been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, it's likely that you've been living with it for a long time. You've probably already developed your own ways of coping with recurring depression, the consequences of manic episodes, and the constant, uncomfortable feeling that you're at the mercy of your emotions. Some of these methods may work; others might do more harm than good. The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder will help you integrate your coping skills with a new and effective dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) plan for living well with bipolar disorder.

The four DBT skills you'll learn in this workbook-mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness-will help you manage your emotional ups and downs and minimize the frequency and intensity of depressive and manic episodes. By using this book in conjunction with medication and professional care, you'll soon experience relief from your bipolar symptoms and come to enjoy the calm and confident feeling of being in control.

  • Learn mindfulness and acceptance skills
  • Cope with depressive and manic episodes in healthy ways
  • Manage difficult emotions and impulsive urges
  • Maintain relationships with friends and family members


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User Review  - selfcallednowhere - LibraryThing

This book was reasonably helpful. It said some stuff that didn't really get through to me, but it also had a fair number of ideas that seemed useful. I'm still trying them out so I can't really speak to how much it actually helps yet, but I'm hopeful. Read full review

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DBT is the current fix it all therapy of the moment. Although ineffective for many,
proponents feel hoisting this upon everyone with
an emotional issue will be successful.
Want to give up the right to feel anything at all?
DBT will work for you.
Want to spend months, possibly years, learning skills
while blocking immediate distress ( perhaps), does
nothing to facilitate conflict resolution or implementing actual change.
DBT is great for that.
At best, DBT is a bandaid.
At worst, DBT tells those in pain to just stop
feeling that way and it's your fault you feel sorrow
or anger, even if those emotions are valid.
This is a great money maker for someone.
No thanks! I'd rather work through my pain and
honestly address my feelings than try to pretend
it doesn't exist. This nonsense will be sure to provide
mental health practitioners with business for years
due to the damage it will cause.


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Skills for Family Members of People with Bipolar Disorder

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About the author (2009)

Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice and at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Ontario, Canada. She specializes in treating psychiatric disorders, including bipolar disorder, using dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness practice.

Foreword writer Zindel V. Segal, Ph.D., is the Morgan Firestone Chair in Psychotherapy and a professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is also director of the cognitive behavioral therapy unit at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He continues to advocate for the relevance of mindfulness-based clinical care in psychiatry and mental health.

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