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The finding that Dialectical Behavioral  Therapy (DBT) reduces depressive symptoms, improve effective control, and improve mindfulness self-efficiency are not surprising to the Meehl Foundation DBT therapists, who have been using DBT since the start of the foundation in 2005.  The step-by-step process of emotional regulation is a core component of DBT rarely taught to the general public let alone people with mental illness. “A randomized, controlled, pilot study of dialectical behavior therapy skills in a psychoeducational group for individuals with bipolar disorder, has just been completed.   This study shows significant improvement in mindfulness awareness, less fear, and more control in emotional states and fewer emergency room visits.  Having a measure of control in emotional states is the key component.

No one likes to “feel” out of control.  DBT mindfulness is the key to learning the “what and the “how” skills to taking control of your own mind.  Learning that you do not have to believe every thought you think, is the first step to emotional regulation and reducing your distraught feelings.   Learning then, the skills to radical acceptance and “letting go” are the set of skills used to learn distress tolerance which increase your threshold of tolerance to feeling upset. When you increase your threshold to tolerate being emotional you can then make better choices in any situation.

Bipolar Disorder is still under diagnosed and misdiagnosed.  Not surprisingly, Borderline Personality Disorder- characterized by maladaptive coping skills, has been clinically proven to affect 50% of people with Bipolar Disorder.  The thought behind this is that people struggle desperately to manage their chemical imbalance of the brain, eventually not being able to cope well with life’s challenges. Many of the characteristics of Bipolar Disorder are carried over to BPD.   The correct therapy and the correct medication change lives. The Gold standard for years has been DBT therapy. Having an “intensively trained” DBT therapist is the key to leading you to a calmer and richer life.

The Meehl Foundation is delighted to have the scientific proof that DBT for Bipolar Disorder with medication is now considered the treatment of choice.   The “ring of fire” in the SPECT image below shows Bipolar Disorder.  The right medication with the right therapy can give someone their life and family back.

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Debra Meehl

Debra Meehl, DD Pastoral Counselor, DBT Trained Skills Trainer, Board Certified Hypnotist & President, Meehl Foundation Intenselevly Tained DBT Team

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Speaking Engagements
Texas TAAP Convention-San Antonio, TX
August 15, 2014 (11:00am-12:30am) www.TAAP.com
West Coast Symposium- Cape Cod
Bipolar Borderline & Substance Abuse
Sept, 13, 2014 (10:45am-12:15am) www.CCSAD.com
NAADAC- Seattle, WA
Radical Acceptance-Getting to the root of the problem
September 28,2014 (1:30pm-3:00pm) www.NAADAC.com
NASW-Texas State Conference
Bipolar Borderline & Substance Abuse
San Marcos, TX October 18, 2014 (2:30pm-4:00pm) www.naswtx.com
NASW-Atlanta, GA State Conference
Using DBT Therapy for Mood Disorders and SA October 23, 2014 (9:00am-12:15)
Radical Acceptance-getting to the root of the problem
October 24th, 2014 (1:30pm -3pm) www.naswga.com
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