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Re: Wow

Posted by hrguru on April 21, 2010, at 11:56:29

In reply to Re: Wow hrguru, posted by Dinah on April 21, 2010, at 8:19:53

Hi Dinah!

Thanks for making me feel welcome :)

I have not done too much with DBT. My P-doc incorporates it into my therapy from time to time, and I think it works best when I'm not "catching onto him." It allows for more candid responses from me as the patient, I think.

The first tactic he used was when he asked me to write down 1. my expectations of myself, 2. what I thought others expected of me, and 3. what I expect from others (something like that). It was a homework assignment. Then we assessed how realistic these expectations were during my next visit. It was mind-boggling, and intriguing. This is my biggest problem area, so we have focused mostly on expectations; but, since DBT helps a person to explore their whole "inner world," I could really see how this technique could change someone's life. It would take some time, though (like many other effective therapy methods do). My psychiatrist has never called it DBT- I figured it out when I googled the style of therapy he was using :) I thought, "This is a strange technique he's using on me. It's random and he's asking me questions that are totally out of the blue!" I think he was suspecting Borderline at the time, as I had not yet been diagnosed Bipolar, but I'm glad I figured it out. Because he doesn't like to give away his methods. To his credit he's been practicing for over 50 years, and he's a genius when it comes to reading people. It's amazing.

I have heard of Biofeedback, but I don't know very much about it. Is that the method where they use an EEG? Am I way off or thinking of something else?

I am so glad that you've found meds that work. To be honest, after I posted what I did, I thought- "Who am I to be doling out medical advice? I'm no doctor!" I just worry about people who have never even touched these meds before, that's all. However, if a doctor prescribes a medication for their patient, then I should keep my mouth shut, because the doctor is the expert. Grandiosity tends to rear its ugly head when I get hypomanic. I don't want to use that as an excuse though, so I am sorry if I offended you or anyone else with my post. I really am glad that anti-psychotics have been working, as well as mood-stabilizers. I take a mood-stabilizer, and it is fantastic for migraines, and better than any tranquilizer I've found for anxiety! But every person is different. Xanax, in small doses, is my life saver for dysphoric mania, and klonopin is my last resort to bring me out of a hypomanic cycle. Ah...the drug cocktail.

 

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