TW: Discussion of Suicide and Self Harm

This article written by Brittany Carrico and reviewed Vara Saripalli, Psy.D, for PyschCentral is a great primer for Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Famously developed by Marsha Linehan in the early 1980s to treat BPD, DBT has proven effective in treating a wide number of mental health conditions:

“Dialectical behavior therapy takes into consideration that some people react more intensely to emotional situations within interpersonal relationships and teaches skills to help manage emotions, like:


emotional regulation

distress tolerance

interpersonal effectiveness

Borderline personality disorder is characterized by intense emotions, lack of stability in relationships, black and white thinking, and an unstable self-image. People with borderline personality disorder tend to have higher rates of self-injury and suicide.

Research suggests that DBT helps reduce suicide behaviors and lowers hospitalizations for people living with borderline personality disorder.

But DBT doesn’t only help there. It can help no matter if you’ve been diagnosed with a mental health condition or not, and it can also help with other conditions.”

You can read the article in its entirety here

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