I am unsure as to which type of therapy I should pursue; would DBT or insight be best? I realize we are all different & require individualized treatment, but I am wondering which has helped anyone else.
I must say that when I was in therapy regularly there wasn't such a thing as DBT but from what I have read about it, it sounds like it develops all the skills necessary to cope with the symptoms of bipolar and BPD. In fact, most of what is covered in DBT is just plan sound coping skills that I learned through general cognitive behavioral therapy. I found that learning how to contend with my emotions was the most beneficial. I did alot of rational emotive therapy and found it to be very helpful.
You spoke of insight therapy and I'm not sure what type therapy that is. But insight is extremely critical to developing sound coping skills. Finding a therapist you trust is to me the first step in beneficial therapy. Don't be afraid to interview a therapist. Se how you click with them. If you are comfortable and can open up to the therapist then that is half the battle. Being honest with our feelings can be scarey so having someone we trust is important.
I've been in therapy since I was kid because my mom has Bipolar II, and I've needed help coping with it. So, it feels like I've always had a one-on-one therapist to help me cope with life in general. Then I had an episode of depression which was followed a few months later by an awful manic episode. We think I have some form of mixed-bipolar, because sometimes my episodes have equal symptoms of depression and mania. I continue to see the same family therapist and have now added on a FANTASTIC Psychiatrist that has quickly and easily gotten me onto the medicines I need to live a normal life.
So, basically, I think you need someone to talk to--someone that considers you a patient (because they can't repeat anything without your permission), and someone to provide you with the proper medical care that actually cares about you.
I can't even begin to tell you what a mixture of love, supportive friends and family, and proper medication can do for this disorder!
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