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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Go Ahead, Label Me

Elizabeth Barnett | Posted 10.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Barnett

My labels aren't what make me who I am or how I experience my mental health or lack thereof. My labels just give my treatment team an idea of where I fall on the spectrum and help them to decide various strategies for recovery.

Lindsay Holmes

Depression Is Not One-Size-Fits-All, And Neither Is The Treatment

HuffingtonPost.com | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 10.01.2014 | Healthy Living

Living with depression can be overwhelming enough, but when it comes to figuring out treatment, the weight of the disorder seems to increase exponenti...

Does Meditation Equal An Empty Mind?

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 04.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

Have you ever been told you need to "clear your head" or "get rid of all the clutter"? For many, including myself, the idea of sitting quietly with an empty mind seems impossible. If fact, this idea is often a barrier to any attempts to meditate or try mindfulness exercises.

10 'Beliefs' That Are Holding You Back

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

If you are stuck "doing the right thing" while sacrificing what you want, your beliefs about how you "should" act may be holding you back.

Psychologist Jennifer Taitz's Timely Antidote to Emotional Eating

Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W. | Posted 12.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W.

No dieter plans on eating emotionally from Halloween to New Year's Eve, and yet, that's what the overwhelmed majority end up doing year after year after year. If anyone is equipped to reverse this unhealthy trend, it's Jennifer Taitz.

11 Signs You Need To Change Course

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 09.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

It is possible to change how you communicate with others. You may have habitual ways of interacting, but like driving or playing the piano, communicating is a skill that can be practiced and learned.

8 Facts About Anger

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 08.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

When left unattended, strong emotions can lead to destructive behaviors. Attending to times that you feel hurt, belittled, let down, disrespected, insulted or threatened is key to dealing with the anger that often comes from those experiences.

How To Take Control Of Stress At Work

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 08.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

Job demands can certainly cause stress. But your own reaction to those demands can have a significant impact on the intensity of stress you experience.

Words to Say When You Need to Stand Up for Yourself

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 07.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

We all smooth over the truth and bend in our standards from time to time in order to reduce conflict and make relationships work. But when pleasing others becomes a habit you may find yourself resentful, which ultimately damages your relationships.

Best Overlooked Strategy To Help You Stay Motivated

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 07.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

What we too frequently overlook, when we try to make changes, is what is happening around us that either boosts motivation or contributes to slipping back into the status quo.

Communicate With Confidence: 10 Quick How-To Tips

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 06.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

Let's face it: How you interact matters. In fact, how you act when you communicate may matter as much as and sometimes more than the words that you say.

Calm Your Body To Transform Your Thinking

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 06.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

It's painful to be stuck in negative thinking. When this goes on for a long period of time or when it interferes with your ability to function it's important to find strategies to lessen these symptoms.

Finding Joy When It Seems Out Of Reach

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 06.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

When you have good reason to be stressed out, it's hard to make positive changes. However, it's important to ensure that positive life experiences balance out stressful and overwhelming times.

Taming Your Stress Response

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 06.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

If you've ever been threatened and felt that rush of strength and energy that made you more physically capable than you have been at other times, then you've experienced the body's stress response.

What Mindfulness And Acceptance Can Do For Your Self-Esteem

New Harbinger | Posted 12.26.2011 | Healthy Living
New Harbinger

DBT skills are flexible and can be used to help with self-esteem issues, other emotional problems, and simply to help you live a healthier, happier life.

Back From The Brink: Living With Borderline Personality Disorder

Stacy Pershall | Posted 12.21.2011 | Healthy Living
Stacy Pershall

Borderline personality disorder, the whispered thing I'd heard, was a wicked jungle-bred stepchild of a diagnosis. Borderline was Glenn Close in "Fatal Attraction."

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

New Harbinger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
New Harbinger

The main reasons DBT is so effective in such a wide range of problems, is that it teaches people to manage their overwhelming emotions more effectively.