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Re: DBT for severe depression?

Posted by rnny on May 10, 2010, at 20:12:13

In reply to DBT for severe depression?, posted by Roslynn on May 10, 2010, at 13:35:42

Who you are when you are feeling centered and not in the throws of your mood disorder is called your "baseline". Baseline is not a term exclusively used in the psychiatric community. A person's baseline is what is "normal" for them. In depression and the use of DBT, the goal is to teach the patient to reign themselves in from two thing: 1) the length of time they stray from their baseline and 2) the level of intensity of symptoms they are experiencing while not at baseline. Cognitive behavioral therapy is the type of therapy behind DBT. Actually what it boils down to is you learn to not stay depressed as long as you might otherwise be, and not to be as depressed as you might otherwise become. That is the goal of DBT however such can be acheived through means other than DBT. DBT originally started for another illness but it was found it was effective in spectrum mood disorders. It is really not all that complicated. A. Stop you from being depressed for as long as you stay depressed and B. Stop you from being as depressed as you get. Get you back to baseline through the use of DBT techniques. And teach you how to do this for yourself.




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