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Decry DBT
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DBT--Dialectical Behavior Therapy--is a form of therapy used to treat Borderline Personality Disorder. Borderline Personality Disorder is a mental disorder characterized by nine (9) diagnostic criteria set forth by the American Psychiatric Association in its publication, the DSM-IV--Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a highly stigmatized d/o--thanks mostly to the media--and is often diagnosed arbitrarily, especially in young women. It is a common belief that BPD results from childhood sexual abuse, especially in females; this is not always the case. While there may be genetic factors in a person's developing BPD, it appears that the causes are primarily due to the emotional environment in which a person was raised. When it is diagnosed correctly, BPD is often co-morbid with mood disorders, anxiety disorders--including PTSD--and other personality disorders.

DBT is a combination of cognitive, behavioral, and rational-emotive techniques, and is presently considered the most effective treatment for BPD patients. While DBT in itself can be an effective form of therapy, that does not always prove the case. Not all therapists trained in teaching DBT to patients are suited for doing so, and in some cases, can even cause more harm to the patients than help. Therapists who are biased, unethical, judgmental, and irrational in their decisions can cause harm to patients seeking treatment.

This community is not here to demonish the reputation of DBT. Rather, we are here to provide a living testimony to the fact that there is a high prevalence of harmful, rather than therapeutical, DBT experiences.

A Few Rules:

1. Constructive criticism of therapeutic techniques only. No bashing.
2. No attacking or bashing other members OR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS. This is not a place to whine about your therapist making you mad.
3. This is not a support group. Please do not post here seeking support. There are lots of support communities on lj, but this is not one of them. If you have a medical emergency, please seek medical help or call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number.

Other rules will be posted if they are needed. So far, this is an open community and is not moderated. If we stick to the rules, we can keep it that way. : )