DBT was originally developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan to help those struggling with suicidal thoughts and self-injurious behaviors. It became specifically geared for individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, a mental health condition impacting one’s worldview, relationships, and ability to regulate emotions.
Although that was the original application of DBT, research has shown that it can also help with more generally impulsive or risky decision-making. DBT is an effective treatment for substance use, mood instability, unsafe or dangerous behaviors, intense anger, fears of abandonment, and patterns of unhealthy interpersonal relationships. DBT skills can even be useful for distracting from anxiety or generally managing emotions.