5 thoughts on “Live the Life You Want

  • July 26, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Christy, I really like how you demystify DBT here. I also think for everyone living a life you want takes a lot of hard work. And like you mention here, coping with your emotions healthfully is key. And the importance of a stable and positive sense of self can’t be overemphasized.

  • July 28, 2010 at 2:59 am

    A great explanation of DBT and the process of feeling out of control of your behaviors and emotions to living a life you’re happy with. I wish the process were as simple as the explanation of it… ahh, such is life.

  • December 18, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    I don’t understand DBT thinking,I found some info online and at the library and plan to buy the workbook.I am a multi tasker and have been so from a very young age,I believe 10.DBT talks about focusing on only one thought at a time.This really frustrates Me,and I can’t seem to do this! Can You help Me here? Accepts the other DBT lesson helps alot! I can write out my current bothersome probs,priortize and then let it go! This works everytime! It’s wonderful! Sometimes while sleeping I experience bad psychosis,sort of in my mind seeing all this static.When this happens,I know now that I am too overwhelmed.Now my men health nurse wants Me to find a way to overcome this prob without relying on someone for help.This is scary but I know I can do this! (Smile)

    • December 20, 2010 at 10:16 am

      It sounds like you’ve found some real benefits with DBT and have been using many of the skills to improve your life. Focusing on one thought at a time can be one of the most difficult skills. Especially in the world we live in today, where we are constantly bombarded with multiple demands. Focusing your thoughts is often taught in mindfulness, which emphasizes the need to practice and begin by simply noticing when you’re lost in thought. It might be more about learning to bring your mind back than in being able avoid thinking in multiple directions altogether. Thanks for commenting.

  • January 3, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I could not understand DBT. Lineham’s books are written in such clinical fashion, that when you are in an emotional status, trying to understand is very difficult. I found the book “Out-of-Control, A Dialectical Behavior Therapy ( DBT ) –
    Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy ( CBT ) Workbook
    for Getting Control of Our Emotions and Emotion-Driven Behavior”
    by Melanie Gordon Sheets, Ph.D.
    Plain english, meaningful worksheets, I could almost do it alone. I work with my therapist, but have made HUGE and Tremendous changes in the matter of just weeks as compared to the 3 years I have been working with the therapist alone. I do chapter by chapter, and then we review what I learned and how I was able to use it, or how I could have used it in situations that I didn’t and what outcomes I could have had. It is amazing!


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