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Young Adult Life Is Challenging. DBT Can Make It Manageable

DBT for young adults

Emerging adulthood, which is the time between ages 18 and 25, is a period of gaining new freedoms, experimentation and taking risks. As young adults go through this part of life, they form and learn about their identity in different ways. Becoming more independent can make it feel like a very unstable time.

As young adults learn to take care of themselves, they face new obstacles and can feel highly stressed. The adjustment to moving away from home, starting college or a new job, exploring their sexuality, and forming new friendships and relationships can be hard. College students need to balance friends, family, classes, homework, jobs, and athletic activities, which makes getting enough sleep and following a healthy diet difficult during these years.

Young adults often:

  • Question everything about themselves and their life.
  • Struggle with their sense of self and self-worth.
  • Doubt their direction in life and can feel lost or misunderstood.

Additionally, college students face issues of test anxiety, procrastination, perfectionism, and difficulties with time management, organization and goal setting.

All of that can combine and lead to:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-harm behaviors
  • Suicidal behaviors
  • Insomnia
  • Alcohol and drug abuse

All of this can be overwhelming and hard to manage. Learning to use healthy coping strategies, such as DBT, is an important way to deal with stress. Coping skills will help young adults academically, emotionally and socially.

The goal of the DBT program at Suffolk DBT of Long Island is to help people by teaching problem-solving skills, emotion regulation skills, distress tolerance skills, and mindfulness skills. Let us show you easy ways to manage change and challenges.

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