We all know that eating disorders are a thing. But most of us act as if it is something that happens to other people and other families. You hear stories, whispers about terrible struggles. You know the numbers are growing. Close to 30 million Americans will have an eating disorder in their lifetime. Even with all this swirling around us, you may never take the time to learn more — until it is right in your face. Then again, eating disorders are not always obvious. The signs can be subtle.
One advantage of dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is that it is based on skill acquisition and development. This encompasses four distinct types of skills: emotion regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness. These are useful for treating many types of conditions and mental health problem.