The dialectic behaviour (DBT) therapy is a state-of-the-art, evidence-based form of cognitive behavioural therapy for teenagers and adults who experience trouble managing their emotions, thoughts and behaviours. In order to more effectively managing intense emotions that can lead to impulsive decision-making and problematic behaviours, patients participating in the DBT for teens learn how to practice mindfulness — fully being present in the moment and focusing on one thing at a time, without judgment — along with new problem-solving skills.
When attentive awareness combined with effective problem-solving skills, sensitive and emotionally reactive teenagers and young adults have the tools to respond flexibly to difficult and stressful life experiences. This approach has helped teenagers and young adults who struggle with any or all of the following:
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- Impulsive/disturbing behaviour
- Changes in moods that often occur
- Self-injurious and suicidal behaviours
- Depression and anxiety
- Family conflicts and peers
- Explosion of anger
- Drug abuse or alcohol
- Bad coping skills
Great research has been carried out on DBT for teenagers and adults, and some randomized controlled research trials have shown its effectiveness. It treats many young people who struggle with emotional tides and help families who want to help their children manage these intense emotional fluctuations. DBT is a very good choice for those who want comprehensive care that teaches emotional, behavioural and cognitive skills.