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  • Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT) 8:33 am on October 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Emotional Sensitivity May Be Influenced by High Blood Pressure | Psych Central News 

    Emotional Sensitivity May Be Influenced by High Blood Pressure


    According to a new research paper, a person’s ability to recognize emotional content in faces and texts may be linked to their blood pressure.The recently published study by psychologist Dr. James A. McCubbin, a Clemson University researcher, suggests that people with higher blood pressure have reduced ability to recognize angry, fearful, sad and happy faces and text passages.“It’s like living in a world of email without smiley faces,” McCubbin said. “We put smiley faces in emails to show when we are just kidding. Otherwise some people may misinterpret our humor and get angry.”McCubbin believes some people have “emotional dampening,” a characteristic that may cause them to respond inappropriately to anger or other emotions in others.“For example, if your work supervisor is angry, you may mistakenly believe that he or she is just kidding,” McCubbin said. “This can lead to miscommunication, poor job performance and increased psychosocial distress.”In complex social situations like work settings, people rely on facial expressions and verbal emotional cues to interact with others.“If you have emotional dampening, you may distrust others because you cannot read emotional meaning in their face or their verbal communications,” he said. “You may even take more risks because you cannot fully appraise threats in the environment.”McCubbin said the link between dampening of emotions and blood pressure is believed to be involved in the development of hypertension and risk for coronary heart disease, the biggest killer of both men and women in the U.S.According to the research team, emotional dampening also may be involved in disorders of emotion regulation, such as bipolar disorders and depression.Emotional dampening also applies to positive emotions, said McCubbin.“Dampening of positive emotions may rob one of the restorative benefits of close personal relations, vacations and hobbies,” he said.The study is published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, and was supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the National Institute on Aging.

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  • Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT) 9:33 pm on September 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    DBT DIARY CARD The sound is not great initially but stick with it !! 

  • Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT) 9:21 pm on September 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply

    Chain Analysis Rocks!! 

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  • Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT) 11:17 pm on September 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    An Overview of the DBT Journey 

  • Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT) 10:29 pm on September 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

  • Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT) 10:15 pm on September 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: DBT ACES, Inaugural Conference, Professor Sue Clark, Professor Tom Lynch, Radical Openness DBT, Society for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy   

    The Inaugural Conference of the Society for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy on the 22nd of November is now open for registration.
    The conference will feature keynote addresses by:
    Dr Kate Comtois creator of the DBT ACES (Accepting the Challenges of Exiting the System) programme, which teaches DBT Stage One graduates additional skills to help them exit the mental health system permanently.
    And Professor Sue Clark, Principal Investigator of the Dorset Site for the REFRAMED Randomised Controlled Trial that examines the effectiveness of Radical Openness DBT for the treatment of treatment resistant depression versus treatment as usual. Radical Openness DBT is a treatment modification created by Professor Tom Lynch.
    Registration includes the cost of annual membership in the Society for DBT at the affiliate level.
    To register please following this link:

  • Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT) 11:59 pm on July 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , emotions, facial recognition, – People With Borderline Personality Disorder May Misinterpret Facial Emotions 

    In studies, patients sometimes saw anger in a ‘neutral’ face and reacted to that threat.

    THURSDAY, May 23 (HealthDay News) — Symptoms of borderline personality disorder often mimic traits of other psychiatric disorders, complicating diagnosis and treatment. But researchers in Canada say they have identified a characteristic that may be unique to borderline personality disorder: a tendency to misinterpret emotions expressed by the face.

    “They have difficulty processing facial emotions and will see a negative emotion on a neutral face,” said Anthony Ruocco, a clinical neuropsychologist and assistant professor at the University of Toronto. “This is not seen in bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.”

    Inaccuracies in recognizing anger, sadness, fear and disgust also were noted in Ruocco’s recent study, with greater deficits related to anger and disgust.

    Although more research is needed to understand the brain mechanisms involved in these misperceptions and their significance, Ruocco called these “potentially important” deficits.

    “There may be neurobiological factors that contribute to these biases in emotion perception,” he said. Pinpointing those factors might lead to better understanding of the illness and improved treatments.

    But whether these misperceptions trigger the outbursts so common among people with borderline personality disorder was not within the scope of the studies.

    People with borderline personality disorder have trouble regulating their emotions. They tend to act impulsively, lash out in anger and have stormy relationships. Many fear abandonment, complain of feeling empty and engage in bodily self-harm, such as cutting. High rates of suicide also are associated with the condition.

    Ruocco discussed the study, published in the journal Psychological Medicine, at recent conferences co-sponsored by the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder in Boston and New Haven, Conn.

    His research, called a meta-analysis, involved a review of 10 previously published studies on emotion recognition. More than 500 people were involved: 266 with borderline personality disorder and 255 mentally healthy people, or controls. Participants were overwhelmingly female, with an average age of 29.

    Not only did subjects with borderline personality disorder misread facial emotions, the studies showed, but they also took more time to interpret facial emotions than others. And when they perceived anger, it induced stronger reactions than in healthy control subjects, Ruocco’s team found.

    Two of the studies analyzed noted that patients were more likely to report negative emotions when viewing faces displaying no emotion.

    “Neutral faces are simply faces that were produced by actors with the intention of showing no emotion,” Ruocco said. “Typically, researchers have tested these faces with healthy individuals and confirmed that nearly all people perceive them as neutral.”

    A smaller study conducted by Ruocco’s team, which is not yet published, found that individuals with borderline personality disorder also reported mild expressions of sadness as more intensely sad than others do. This was true even when the researchers accounted for depression.

    About 6 percent of adults in the United States have borderline personality disorder, according to the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder, which also estimates that 20 percent of all psychiatric hospital admissions and 10 percent of outpatient treatment involve the condition.

    More information

    The National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder has more about borderline personality disorder .

    SOURCES: Anthony Ruocco, Ph.D., clinical neuropsychologist, assistant professor, graduate department of psychology, University of Toronto, and assistant professor, department of psychology, University of Toronto, Scarborough; Dec. 2012, Psychological Medicine

    Copyright © 2013 HealthDay

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  • Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT) 8:21 pm on May 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Video Post on DBT Distress Tolerance Skills I 

  • Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT) 2:00 am on March 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Exposure Therapy 

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