DBT assumes analysis and insight of problems are not enough. Therefore, problem solving strategies go beyond simply understanding the origins of problems and focus on active attempts to develop a plan for making change.
These strategies address specific problems that come up in everyday life.
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I grew up listening to Dr. Ruth Westheimer’s call in radio show. As a teenager, I’d tune in on Sunday nights and listen to Dr. Ruth answer all manner of sexual questions. One main point in each answer was clear. You must take responsibility for your own satisfaction.
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People whose behavior is out-of-control usually report extreme, intense negative emotions. They will often fluctuate between extremes of anger, anxiety, depression and shame.
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The central goal of DBT is to change problem behaviors. This is accomplished through focusing on changing the thoughts and emotions that precede problem behaviors, as well as by solving the problems you face that contribute to problematic thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
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