Who We Help
DBT for Bipolar Disorders
DBT helps people with emotion regulation challenges to build mastery over the ups and downs of everyday life. With Bipolar I and II, many people struggle with the lows of depression and the highs of hypomania and mania. 2.6% of the adult population have Bipolar Disorder (NIMH). DBT skills help people learn about emotions and how they work, and provide tools to help people build resiliency to negative emotions and to shift out of emotions or be successful in riding out emotions.
DBT has been researched with people who have bipolar disorders. The sample sizes of the research studies have not been large enough to be statistically significant. There is preliminary evidence however, that DBT skills reduce depressive symptoms, improve affective control, and improve mindfulness self-efficacy in bipolar disorders. Its application warrants further evaluation in larger studies. (Journal of Affective Disorders, Van Dijk, Jeffry, Katz, 2013).
At Awake DBT, we have seen first-hand many individuals with bipolar disorders benefit from treatment.
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Source National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).