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date: 13 November 2019

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Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive multidiagnostic, modularized behavioral intervention designed to treat individuals with severe mental disorders and out-of-control cognitive, emotional, and behavioral patterns. It has been commonly viewed as a treatment for individuals meeting criteria for borderline personality disorder (BPD) with chronic and high-risk suicidality, substance dependence, or other disorders. However, over the years, data have emerged demonstrating that DBT is also effective for a wide range of other disorders and problems, most of which are associated with difficulties in regulating emotions and associated cognitive and behavioral patterns. This chapter both describes DBT and its associated empirical support as well as the origins and theoretical framework underpinning the treatment.

Keywords: dialectical behavior therapy, behavioral intervention, DBT, emotion regulation, cognitive and behavioral therapy

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