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5 Inappropriate Responses to Robin Williams’ Suicide

5 Inappropriate Responses to Robin Williams’ Suicide

1. Suicide is selfish/cowardly, how could he do that to all the people who loved him? This is an extremely common reaction to any suicide, and not only is it just factually wrong that suicide is selfish or something that you do to other people, it also continues the stigma against suicide, leading to fewer people seeking treatment or opening up when they’re struggling. It is undeniable that ... »

DBT Skills: DEAR MAN

DBT Skills: DEAR MAN

We have finished the mindfulness skills of DBT! Mindfulness is woven throughout all of the other skills in DBT, as it’s helpful to be aware of what skills you need to use and to give you the space and time to use them. From here, we’re going to move into interpersonal effectiveness, which is really just skills that are helpful when dealing with other people. These are incredibly practi... »

DBT Skills: The Benefits of Mindfulness

DBT Skills: The Benefits of Mindfulness

So we’ve covered the elements of mindfulness in DBT, but what’s the point? Doesn’t this all just sound like spiritual woo woo? What is this whole “being present” business and why should we want to do it? There are a number of things that are quite helpful about practicing mindfulness that are incredibly practical, evidence based, and generally have nothing to do with ... »

DBT Skills: Mindfulness “How”

DBT Skills: Mindfulness “How”

This is the third part in a series. Read parts 1 and 2. Last week we looked at the “what” skills of mindfulness. These are the things that you can actually practice in your day to day life to help you be more present. This week, we’ll go over the “how” skills. You can use the mindfulness how skills in just about any part of your life, while you’re doing anything... »

DBT Skills: Mindfulness

DBT Skills: Mindfulness

The first set of skills that we’ll take a look at are the mindfulness skills. There are two different types of mindfulness skills: how and what. The what skills are actual activities that you do, while the how skills describe how you aim to carry out those mindfulness activities. The how skills are non-judgmentally, effectively, and one-mindfully, while the what skills are observe, describe ... »

DBT Skills Part 1: Learning Emotional Management

DBT Skills Part 1: Learning Emotional Management

As young people, we spend a lot of time being taught things. We go to school, driver’s ed, sports teams, sex ed, religious classes, classes about “morality”…we have people giving us information (good or bad) about nearly everything. And yet oddly enough, very rarely is “understanding emotions and emotional management” included in our education. Sure, we get it s... »

Treating Depression is Not Medicalizing Sadness

Treating Depression is Not Medicalizing Sadness

Cross posted from We Got So Far To Go One of the criticisms I often see leveled at therapy and medication is that it’s turning basic human emotion into an illness. There was a huge outcry of this when the DSM V took out the grief clause from the diagnosis of depression (previously one could not be diagnosed with depression 6 months after a major loss), people often throw this at ADD, and in this o... »

Do Your Research: Campus Sexual Assault

Do Your Research: Campus Sexual Assault

It’s about the time of year when many high school students are choosing a school for next year and getting ready to take the big leap into collegeland. Most of these young people, and probably the subset of them that reads here, have done a lot of research on the school that they will end up choosing: the number of students, location, ranking, specialties, required courses, food, dorms, dive... »

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