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I am just curious if anyone has had their child participate in DBT therapy for helping with anorexia symptoms. If so, was it helpful? Thanks!
Other forum members have recommended  it highly.  We don't have a proper DBT center in my area or I would have tried it. xx

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Here is a thread form 2015.
Many have found DBT helpful.
When within yourself you find the road, the right road will open.  (Dejan Stojanovic)

Food+more food+time+love+good professional help+ATDT+no exercise+ state not just weight+/- the "right" medicine= healing---> recovery(--->life without ED)
Hi bobcat,

Yes my d. did DBT when she was in residential and then we did a family dbt group together later.

It is a tool in the toolbox to try some strategies which may help with intrusive thoughts and anxiety. Since there have been some studies done which show that people suffering from anorexia sometimes have difficulty interpreting other's intentions and facial expressions, it seemed helpful to me to also take a look at how we interact and communicate and what we understand about others.

Here is a link to a workbook about dbt if you want to learn more.


Hi My D did DBT but not until her brain worked and she was WR as before then it wasn’t helpful at all
Mum to 17yr old girl with AN. Fighting hard for recovery since she was 13.
DBT was hugely helpful to my daughter. Many with anorexia have had issues with emotion regulation long before anorexia and it is very helpful for that. It is important to remember that other than distress tolerance skills, it is unlikely to be very effective until properly weight restored. This was true for my daughter. She knew DBT backwards and forwards but could not use effectively until her physical health had been restored. Even a little DBT can be helpful I believe. However, it is MOST effective when presented just as designed. You would want to look for an adherent DBT program. In its totally adherent format, it is a significant investment of time. My daughter has been recovered for more than 4 years and still finds DBT helpful. I learned it with her and also found it life changing. It turns out I had my own issues with emotional regulation!
Enjoying my 23 year-old daughter's achievement of active recovery that was made possible by the resources and education I found on this forum.

Don't give up hope!