Thursday night I videotaped a female Bipolar survivor speaking on her experience with the disorder, for public access. It was a NAMI presentation, at the public library, and I heard again good things about the new treatment aid for Borderline Personality, PTSD, Bi-Polar Disorder, Depression, and stressed folks without a disorder. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was developed after my stint in graduate school and in fact after I retired! Curious, I finally purchased a second-hand copy in excellent condition via Amazon, and for ten dollars have the skilled workbook for my own use. (Total bill was $10-something). Now I know what everybody has been talking about! Instead of my measly list of suggestions for self-soothing in my blog last Monday, I have at my fingertips a list of more than 100 self-soothers! There are only two I would take umbrage with: 1. watch television [not today!] 2. Call a family member you haven’t spoken to in a long time [not if you’e a survivor of incest].
Anyway, now I know what it’s all about and I’m starting my first lesson!
BTW, it’s called The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook, by McKay, Wood, and Brantley, 2007.