Well, here we are, it is the second day of research papering, and I think it's time to admit yesterday was a red herring, or a mulligan, or a deep dark hole of nothing. There is not enough research on psychological treatments of dyspareunia readily available to me to write a paper about it.
So the first criteria for a topic is wide availability of research on it, and so I am writing about a very hip thing to write about- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. So hip the NYTimes wrote an article about it's creator Marsha Linehan LAST WEEK. So what's this paper I'm writing? It is an overview of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. It will cover the proposed etiology for emotional dysregulation, the historical treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder, the historical development of DBT as a treatment for BPD, the therapeutic process of DBT, and the exxpansion of DBT for other conditions that also manifest partly as emotional dysregulation.
So that's 5 subtopics, which I hope have a logic to their order. And this paper is TOPS 10 pages, so let's assume there's an average of a page and a half to each subtopic. Now I need a source for each subtopic.
1)A Biosocial Developmental Model of Borderline Personality: Elaborating and Extending Linehan’s Theory
Psychological Bulletin, Vol. 135, Issue: 3, Date: May 2009, pp. 495-510
Crowell, Sheila E.; Beauchaine, Theodore P.; Linehan, Marsha M.
2)Borderline personality disorder
The Lancet, Vol. 364, Issue: 9432, Date: July, 31 - August, 6 2004, pp. 453-461
Lieb, Klaus; Zanarini, Mary C; Schmahl, Christian; Linehan, Marsha M; Bohus, Martin
4)An illustration of dialectical behavior therapy
In Session: Psychotherapy in Practice, Vol. 4, Issue: 2, Date: Summer 1998, pp. 21 - 44
Linehan, Marsha M.
5)Special Series Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Adaptations And New Applications
Commentary on innovations in dialectical behavior therapy
Marsha M. Linehan ,
University of Washington, USA, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice
Vol: 7 Issue: 4, Autumn, 2000
I'll come up with something for 3. Whatevs.
And then I'll need some other sources, but I can probably pull those from the references above.
What is DBT? DBT is a cognitive behavioral therapy, which means the therapist teaches the patient how to choose their thoughts and actions in an adaptive manner. In DBT the therapist teaches the patient emotion regulation skills. BPD patients both experience emotions more intensely than the general population, and they don't have the emotion regulation skills many of us learned in childhood. BPD is characterized by black and white thinking, suicide attempts, self harm and mutilation, problems caused by impulsivity, and intense, erratic relationships. In DBT the therapist teaches the patient how to identify and be mindful of their emotions without acting out the maladaptive behaviors the patient was using to cope with those emotions.
What factors create BPD? Linehan proposes a bio-social model. People with BPD come into the world with a vulnerability to intense emotions. They are then placed in environments that retard their emotion regulation skills. These could be abusive households, or simply families which demand they hide emotions, which causes the person to oscillate between stoicism and extreme emotional lability.
The first goal in DBT therapy is to put an end to suicidal or self harming behaviors.
That's all I can write about this without reading these articles. Thanks for being a part of this planning session.