Here are a few books and web resources I would recommend to those wanting more information about Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

"DBT is hard work sheer unadulterated gritty painful hard work and I LOVE IT!"

  • Smartphone App: (For iPhone and iPAD (IOS-5)) DBT Diary Card and Skills Coach has a number of good prompt features, and should prove useful as a mobile tool. Does require a good deal of familiarity with DBT concepts, but I'd definitely recommend this app.
  • Book: "Emotions are complex, but they are not abritrary". So begins this excellent manual, looking at strategies to manage chronic stress, by focusing on the stress itself, what it means, rather than seeking to escape from it. The Stress Response: How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Free You from Needless Anxiety, Worry, Anger, and Other Symptoms  by Christy Matta is filled with highly practical DBT exercises, all elegantly related back to Marsha Linehan's bio-social theory.
    With chapters covering how our thoughts interact with the experience of stress; on how thinking dialectically (letting go of extreme thinking, accepting multiple truths, understanding internconnections and embracing constant change) to help you come to terms with those thoughts; on acknowledging and tolerating pain and stress-inducing life events (again, extremely practical strategies); relationship skills; Mindulness; how to offset stress and pain against more positive and joyful experience and emotion; how growth is achieved through consciously not  avoiding stressful problems; on reducing "self mistrust" and finding alternatives to harmful 'coping' strategies; and on maintenance strategies for long-term recovery.
    It could quickly become the book to recommend for anyone undergoing Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for stress, showing how adaptable DBT is, beyond Borderline Personality Disorder.

Borderline Personality Disorder resources

For a range of online and offline resources for those who wish to know more about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

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