Ten years ago this week – on June 17, 2011 – Marsha Linehan, PhD, the developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), gathered 300 friends, colleagues and family members at the Institute of Living in Hartford, Connecticut. In a presentation about the origins of DBT she revealed, for the first time, that as a teenager she had been institutionalized for more than two years in that very same place. Her family psychiatrist had recommended she be sent to the Institute of Living for depression, self-harming and suicidal behaviors, likely as a result of Borderline Personality Disorder.
Her stunningly honest story was reported in the NY Times and many other newspapers across the country.
We were witness to that event as we were, with Marsh’s permission, recording her presentation on video. In the coming weeks, Marsha requested that we not release the video until after she completed a memoir she wanted to write about her life. Based on our 25 year professional and personal relationship with Marsha, we respected her request. Her book Building a Life Worth Living has been published and now we are very pleased to announce that the one hour video of that momentous day will be released in the upcoming weeks!
DBT is now considered one of the most successful treatments in the world for suicidal behaviors, Borderline Personality Disorder and a number of other health conditions.
Here’s a clip from the video.
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