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CBT vs. DBT: Which One Should You Choose and Why

February 19, 2024 By: LifeStance Health Read Time: 5 Minutes
CBT vs. DBT: Which One Should You Choose and Why
Therapy is a transformative tool, offering people alternative pathways in life. Among them, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) emerge as two key pillars, each rooted in evidence-based practices and years of successful patient outcomes. Yet, how do they differ? And more importantly, how can you determine which one aligns best with your or your loved one’s needs? CBT vs. DBT: What’s the Difference? Cognitive Behavioral Therapy CBT is a well-established form of Psychotherapy that centers on identifying and re-shaping unproductive thought patterns. It’s grounded in the belief that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are intricately interconnected. CBT aims to engender healthier behav...
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Top 5 DBT Techniques for Managing Emotions

Why DBT Is Beneficial As an offshoot of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is designed to help individuals strengthen their emotional management skills, improve their interpersonal relationships, and navigate distress more effectively. Think of it like a toolbox, filled with a diverse range of strategies, ready to equip us in handling the stressors of everyday life. In this blog we outline five DBT related techniques that help people on their way towards emotional mastery and greater balance in their lives. As you read on, remember, these are more than mere techniques; they are the steppingstones towards a more emotionally fulfilling life. Mindfulness...

By LifeStance Health

Published: February 14, 2024
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Disorders

How to Deal with PTSD Triggers to Regain Control of Your Life

Common PTSD Triggers and How to Control Them Navigating life with PTSD is like trying to find your way through an unpredictable maze. PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is classified as a Trauma Disorder. It is a mental health condition that occurs in response to experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Trauma disorders, including PTSD, are characterized by the emotional and psychological distress that arises from exposure to events that involve a serious threat to one’s life, physical integrity, or emotional well-being. PTSD symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares, hypervigilance, avoidance behaviors, and negative changes in mood and cognition. According to the National Center for PTSD, 5% of adults in the U.S. have a PTSD diagnosis in any given year, and while each person’s experience is distinct, one commonality remains—mental intrusions that momentarily take people back to the traumatic event. Understanding and navigating these triggers is crucial to progress and healing. This article sheds light on the nature of triggers for PTSD including fewer known ones, helping people living with PTSD to recognize them and equip themselves with ef...

By LifeStance Health

Published: February 12, 2024
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Depression

Healthy Habits to Support Your Depression Treatment

This content has been updated from the previous article on September 24, 2020. According to A recent Gallup poll, as many as 29% of Americans have been diagnosed with Depression. Depression is a serious mental health condition that requires professional care. Each person with Depression is unique, and treatment plans should be tailored to each person’s needs. Professional care for Depression can involve psychiatric services like Depression Medication Management, Psychotherapy, or a combination of both. These methods are effective for many people, though it might take time to feel relief. If you have already been diagnosed with Depression and have a care plan, that should be your number one priority. If you haven’t yet started psychiatric services or therapy, be sure to find a care team first and foremost. Remember that Depression can be life-threatening when left untreated, but compassionate mental health care providers can help....

By LifeStance Health

Published: February 7, 2024
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Anxiety/Stress

How to Stop a Panic Attack: A Checklist to Help You Through Anxiety

If you live with Panic Disorder or any other Anxiety Disorder, the fear of a panic attack may worsen your symptoms. One of the best ways to ease that Anxiety is to prepare for a possible panic attack and have a plan. But what if you forget your plan when the time comes? If you’ve ever had a panic attack, you know: no matter how many times you’ve talked through it with your therapist, it’s hard to recall calming techniques when your mind is racing. That’s where your panic attack checklist comes in. Print or write out a list of the things you can do if you feel a panic attack coming and keep the list with you at all times. It may seem small now, but it can change everything if you need it. Step 1: Take Inventory of Your Mental Health Toolbox...

By LifeStance Health

Published: February 5, 2024
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How to Stop a Panic Attack: A Checklist to Help You Through Anxiety
Anxiety/Stress

Physical Anxiety Symptoms Without Feeling Anxious: Understanding Your Body’s Response

Anxiety isn’t just about how we feel emotionally. It’s a comprehensive response that can affect our bodies in ways we might not readily associate with feeling anxious. In many instances, people experience physical symptoms of Anxiety without attributing them to state of their Mental Health. It’s crucial we learn how to identify the physical responses to mental or emotional stimuli so that we can find ways to soothe our Anxiety and become the best version of ourselves. Many people ask, “What does anxiety feel like physically?” The answers might surprise you. Which Types of Anxiety Cause Physical Symptoms? Anxiety is a natural and occasional response to life’s challenges. For some, however, Anxiety can become pe...

By LifeStance Health

Published: January 31, 2024
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Physical Anxiety Symptoms Without Feeling Anxious: Understanding Your Body’s Response
Types of Therapy

Understanding the Types of Therapy for Children

Navigating childhood is a complex journey filled with ups and downs. Even with supportive families and stable environments, kids can face emotional and psychological challenges they’re not equipped to handle alone. While it’s completely natural for children to experience difficulty in processing and expressing their emotions, sometimes they need a little extra help. Therapy can offer a safe space for them to explore their feelings and nurture healthy coping mechanisms. It’s not about labeling them, but about giving them the tools to grow in a balanced way. What Is Therapy for Children, and How Does It Work? Therapy for children isn’t just a scaled-down version of adult therapy. It’s a specialized field t...

By LifeStance Health

Published: January 29, 2024
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Understanding the Types of Therapy for Children
Disorders

What Parents Should Know About Children and OCD

This content has been updated from the previous article on June 17, 2021. While popular media would have people believe that OCD exclusively affects adults, children can develop the condition. In fact, early-onset OCD is one of the more common mental illnesses of children and adolescents, with a prevalence of 1% to 3%. It impairs the quality of life of the affected young people but is often diagnosed only after a delay. Researchers have found that COVID-19 has worsened OCD symptoms in children and teens with the disorder. Furthermore, it appears that some people are developing OCD in response to COVID-19 trauma, even when they did not live with the disorder before. Parents who know about this disorder’s symptoms, causes, and treatment options can look out for signs of OCD in children and help their kids if the problem ever arises. Symptoms of OCD i...

By LifeStance Health

Published: January 24, 2024
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What Parents Should Know About Children and OCD