Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) was originally developed as an offshoot of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for the purpose of addressing and treating borderline personality disorder. Over time, clinicians and researchers began to realize the efficacy of this form of therapy for other mental health disorders. DBT is effective in the treatment of disorders ranging from anxiety to substance abuse. It’s often possible to treat depression with very positive results. Therefore, if you have an interest in dialectical behavior therapy in Pennsylvania, consider reaching out to Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge (PAATC) to learn more.
PAATC clinicians use DBT for depression, both in dual diagnosis treatment—when there is a co-occurring substance use disorder—and on its own. To learn more about the efficacy of DBT for depression, how mental health treatment works at PAATC, and whether you are a good candidate for this effective therapy, reach out today. Call us at 844.442.8673 or fill out this online form. One of our caring and knowledgeable staff can answer all your questions.
Whether you have been officially diagnosed with depression or simply find yourself mired in a tenacious state of depression, looking for professional help is the right decision. A professional mental health clinician will be able to diagnose you if you are previously undiagnosed and can suggest a treatment plan that will work for you. The primary forms of depression include:
- Major depression – With this diagnosis, an overpowering, unavoidable dark state of depression takes over. It can last months or years. Sufferers no longer feel interested in things that they once loved, can’t sleep or sleep all the time, and feel as if life is pointless and they have no value. They may have thoughts of suicide.
- Persistent depressive disorder – Similar to major depression, this form of depression is characterized by a depressed mood that has lasted more than two years. Sometimes people with a persistent depressive disorder receive a misdiagnosis because they can have breakthrough moments of pleasure. Sufferers can experience low energy, feelings of hopelessness, sleep dysfunction, and low self-esteem.
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – SAD is triggered by the changes brought about by the changing day-night cycles of fall and winter, including changes to serotonin levels. It is serious depression that lifts as the days lengthen.
- Bipolar disorder – Episodes of depression alternate with manic phases in which energy is high.
In addition, women can be susceptible to forms of depression that are affected by reproductive hormones. These include perinatal depression (also known as post-partum depression) and PMDD, a severe form of PMS.
All forms of depression are treatable. Symptoms can be fully alleviated in many cases and never return. For others, cycles of depression may affect them throughout life. When that happens, it will be necessary to treat it as needed.
DBT for Depression
Dialectical behavior therapy can be used in conjunction with medication or on its own. It’s a comprehensive behavioral, cognitive, acceptance- and mindfulness-based approach that leaves depression sufferers with the skills they need to cope with life triggers and internal triggers that affect their mental health.
Many people who have received treatment for depression that has not been fully effective find that DBT for depression often works where other modalities didn’t.
DBT is structured, usually time-limited, and effective in both individual and group therapy. It focuses on ways of thinking and skills for living. DBT seeks to help you:
- Improve interpersonal effectiveness
- Manage difficult emotions
- Tolerate emotional distress
- Develop mindfulness practices
Mindfulness is the basis for achieving the goals of DBT. In fact, mindfulness helps you recognize events, thoughts, and beliefs that may make depression worse. Beliefs such as “I am not worthy” or “life is unfair” can be reframed in ways that are reflected in your feelings and actions, alleviating depression over time.
DBT for Depression at PAATC
At PAATC, our clinicians can utilize DBT to treat your depression, a substance use disorder, or co-occurring SUD and depression. Whatever level of support you need to get well, we can provide. Want to know more? Reach out to us today to speak to one of our compassionate and knowledgeable staff.