2 patient evaluations for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy taken for the purpose of 'borderline personality disorder' with a perceived effectiveness rating of Major

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Jan 17, 2017 (Started Oct 31, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for outburst of anger)
  • Side effects
    None (for Overall)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 90 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: This was my second time in a DBT Skills group. This group was run exactly how the treatment is supposed to be run: with diary cards, coaching, homework, and a certified DBT counselor (unlike my last group). I was in this group for 2 and a half years, and I can't believe how much I have changed and all that I have gotten out of the group. I feel the most important aspect is to stay persistent in attending the groups and attempting to do the homework and skills, even when it felt impossible or if it had to be done 5 minutes before the start of group. I didn't realize was in it, but my bad habits such as my anger, self-injury, binge drinking and self-criticism have decreased significantly. I don't feel as destructive and am not able to not react as if everything was a catastrophe. I just feel more in control of my life. It was very important to be surrounded by other women/(occasional men) in the group who were struggling with the same issues, and with similar family backgrounds which we could all relate. I felt less alone/crazy being there. I am still continuing with my weekly therapist with my DBT therapist, but I am doing a lot better and do not experience as much suffering as I used to. I am not cured of Borderline Personality Disorder or depression, but I feel more able to cope. I feel more confident in having relationships now and being able to deal with interpersonal problems and asking for things. I am still struggling with existential depression, and mood swings but a lot less than what I remember. I still am working on the skills with my therapist and incorporating in my life. Also, the new edition of DBT is a lot better, so I got to go through the old modules and the new one. I would recommend to anyone who has tried or is looking to try DBT to find an"official" group that is more than a couple months long, and it with a therapist who is specialized in DBT and follows the treatment by the books. You need a lot of time to establish the skills or they aren't going to stick. Overall, being in the group has made a major impact on my quality of life. I will miss the support!
Cost: $100-199 monthly

Jan 16, 2013 (Started Oct 31, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Side effects
    None (for Overall)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 90 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: Solidified and created an accountability for DBT skills. I like the group therapy atmosphere. I had a hard time keeping up with the diary cards, but I think this treatment helped me the most realize that I need to meditation everyday
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Feb 18, 2011 (Started Apr 23, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Side effects
    None (for Overall)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: DBT helped me learn skills to help me regulate my emotions. As a consequence I have stopped all self-harming behaviors. This is a huge accomplishment for me because I had been injuring myself for a long time. The most important thing was making the commitment to show up every week for the group therapy sessions and making the weekly appointments with your individual therapist. You have to make a conscious commitment to learn the skills and actually apply them in your life. It works if you work it!
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 7, 2009 (Started Apr 23, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Side effects
    None (for Overall)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2.5 hr Weekly
Advice & Tips: This treatment was prescribed by my doctor to help treat borderline personality disorder so that I might stop my self-injurious behavior that often accompanies this disorder. This group requires a year-long commitment and meets weekly for two and a half hours. During the week we are responsible for keeping up a diary card which is gone over in individual therapy meetings. So far my incidents of self-injury are way down as well as my suicidal urges. It has been an excellent treatment.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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