Although it was originally conceived and developed to treat patients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) has also proved to be a useful tool in the treatment of those with Bipolar Disorder, specifically Bipolar 2.
A number of trials and studies have been completed to date, with participants tending to exhibit significant improvements in various different areas. As DBT specialists, we are pleased to be able to offer DBT for Bipolar 2 to patients across the UK, via online treatment programmes delivered by our team of fully qualified and experienced therapists.
DBT for Bipolar 2: How the Treatment Works
Bipolar 2 is a disorder that is characterised by unexpected mood changes, which are often swift and dramatic. It is therefore not surprising to learn that a type of therapy designed to combat emotional dysregulation in BPD patients is also able to help Bipolar 2 sufferers. DBT consists of 4 core modules, all of which teach patients how to take control of their emotions:
Emotional Regulation – In this module, patients learn what emotions really are, how they affect our day-to-day lives and some of the best ways in which they can be regulated. At the end of this module, each patient should be better equipped to manage their emotions.
Interpersonal Effectiveness – The final module that forms the core of our DBT for Bipolar 2 programme is Interpersonal Effectiveness. It is designed to teach patients how to set boundaries in their personal relationships and how to communicate their desires and expectations to others. With more stable relationships, it is easier to maintain a more stable frame of mind.
Mindfulness – This module is concerned with teaching patients how to be more aware of their state of mind at any given moment in time. With a greater awareness, it is possible to identify potential emotional issues and to address them before things get out of control.
Distress Tolerance – The second module focuses on how to cope with emotional crises, furnishing patients with skills and techniques they can use for the rest of their lives. For Bipolar 2 sufferers, the ability to deal more effectively with distressing situations is a valuable asset.
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If you would like to discover more about our DBT for Bipolar 2 programme in the United Kingdom or you are ready to book an assessment with one of our therapists, please feel free to contact us now.