I rearranged my post order to jump this post straight to today. Last night I ended up putting the #Venti channel of the Discord on hiding because it became such a ball of anxiety for me and it did not seem to be helpful for the members.
“Venting is a 2-way process: the person venting and the person hearing the vent. As a matter of fact, positive venting can reduce stress, but negative venting can lead to heightened stress and physical health concerns. It is not just about the person venting, but equally important, the person who is hearing the vent.“
Sometimes, it’s good to be able to release some tension and just say something to strangers. I’ve had vent channels in some of my other Discords, which is where the idea came from. But I started to get worried because there were a lot of the same people entering the channel. With the same problems. We had repeat talks about suicidal ideations and at one point, someone was venting that DBT had failed them.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy doesn’t always work for everyone. There’s a reason why not every psychiatrist recommends it. And not every therapist is trained in it. DBT alone isn’t enough to always treat someone either. It’s not a magical pill that alleviates all of the problems. You aren’t suddenly able to cope with everything just because you’ve learned about DBT.
A person using DBT has to know that the self-treatment portion is what this therapy is about realistically. You do check in with a therapist and get assistance, but if you aren’t willing to put in effort towards it, there won’t be any progress. This is true with all kinds of therapy, you get as much out of it as you put in.
Taking an active part in your treatment is always important. Even concerning the medications. Be aware of what medications you are taking. What are their names, what is the dosage you are currently taking, are you aware of what happens if you miss a dosage, and is it one of those medications that require a bit of time to actually build up in your system? What are some possible side effects of the medication? Anything you need to remain aware of? A lot of these, doctors will inform you about it, but it’s always good to educate yourself. Some medications need to be taken with food to work better.
I pulled the following straight from this website.
So DBT is part of Behavior Therapy. Which is only one of five different types of therapy available. Just as some medications don’t work for some people, some forms of therapy won’t work for others. I think this is something important to be aware of. I feel terrible that some people aren’t able to find solace in DBT, but you’ve got to continue looking for what will help you. Mental Health care can be overwhelming and daunting, but at the end of the day, you are the only person who is 100% invested in your own mental health care.
Please be selfish. Take care of yourself. Love yourself. Fight for yourself. I know it’s hard. Especially during the months when mental health awareness isn’t as prevalent. Sorry if I was on my soapbox too long today, but this has been eating at me for a few days and I felt like this was something I needed to address.
Please remember there are so many resources to reach out to if you feel suicidal or overwhelmed.