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Evidence that DBT Works

DBT has been widely researched for more than twenty years. The evidence from these studies has established that DBT works (Kliem, Kroger, & Kosfelder, 2010; Lieb et al., 2004). Across all treatments available for Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT is considered to have the largest and strongest base of evidence supporting its effectiveness (NHMRC, 2013; NICE, 2009).

DBT is associated with reduced risk of:

  • Suicide attempts
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Hospitalizations
  • Emergency room visits
  • Impulsive, self-damaging behaviours
  • Substance abuse
  • Hopelessness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

In addition, DBT is associated with improvements in:

  • Overall adjustment
  • Social adjustment
  • Anger management
  • Participation in treatment

Recent research has also supported the effectiveness of DBT for adolescents (Mehlum et al., 2016). In particular, studies show that adolescent DBT is better than treatment as usual in:

  • Long-term reduction in self-harm
  • Rapid recovery from suicidal ideation
  • Improvements in depression
  • Reduction in symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder

Contact us today to see if DBT can help you.