Dielectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)–now with less crazy!

Dielectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a form of psychotherapy originally designed to treat schizophrenics and borderline personality disorders. Please note, as of the writing of this blog, I am not, nor have I ever been crazy. Eccentric sometimes, perhaps, but not to the point of pathology.

At it’s core, DBT is a series of techniques forming methodology for coping with intense stressors. It combines theory from cognitive behavioral theory, Buddhist meditative techniques, biofeedback training, and emotional regulation research to devise a practical, day-to-day scheme for handling all of the crap life sometimes throws your way. And, as it turns out, it’s a really effective scheme for living with vertigo.

I won’t get into too many of the particulars here, partially because I’m still learning what the technique has to offer and partially as an incentive for you to read through my blog as I discover more about it, but in essence, there are four tenets of DBT: Mindfulness meditation, distress tolerance, emotional mindfulness, and conflict management (aka interpersonal skill development.) Each of these components offers a different methodology for approaching a stressful situation.

So, without further ado, if you’re interested, I welcome you to join me on this journey through vestibular rehabilitation!

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