Dialectical Behavior therapy is the modified version of standard cognitive-behavioral therapy, the goal of the therapy is to help people diminish negative thoughts and let positive thinking overcome the negative thinking patterns. DBT identifies and modifies the negative self-destructive behaviors (such as substance abuse) and unhealthy emotional regulations.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy follows four compulsory modules:
1. Mindfulness:
“Live in the moment” is the correct explanation of Mindfulness. Mindfulness helps you focus on the positives of your presentation instead of the negatives of the past or future. Mindfulness enables you to observe your inner self and surroundings with keen consciousness and stay non-judgemental towards all aspects.

2. Emotional Regulation:
Acceptance is the main helping factor in emotional regulation. To help
an individual with the problem, it is necessary to accept the problem
first. After acceptance, one can positively regulate emotions. DBT
helps control and regulate emotions through acceptance.

3. Distress tolerance:
Distress tolerance is when one faces intense emotion and does not
react impulsively. Through DBT, therapists teach different techniques
to handle intense emotions in harmless ways. A few of these are stated
• Self-soothing
• Stating pros and cons
• Distraction
• Improving the moment

4. Interpersonal effectiveness:
Interpersonal effectiveness helps individuals to foster healthy
relationships. Dialectical Behavior therapy develops effective
listening and communication skills, which are necessary for healthy
relationships. Interpersonal effectiveness allows one to communicate
with others and explain their perspective honestly and humbly.

DBT can effectively treat the following disorders:
• Suicidal thoughts
• Substance abuse
• Generalized anxiety disorder
• Anorexia nervosa
• Bulimia nervosa
• Binge eating
• Borderline personality traits
• Bipolar disorder
• Major depression disorder
• Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
• Obsessive-compulsive disorder
• Family and relationship issues
• Post-traumatic stress disorder

Dialectical Behavior Therapy provides an optimal opportunity to modify negative behaviors into productive ones by using different psychological techniques such as mindfulness, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation to mitigate the symptoms of a range of mental illnesses.

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