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The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Diary: Monitoring Your Emotional Regulation Day by Day [Paperback]

Matthew McKay , Jeffrey Wood
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1 May 2011
Difficult emotions like anger, fear, sadness, guilt, and shame are part of being alive and are meant to help protect us, but when they get out of control, these emotions can also cause severe pain. When you're in the grip of an emotional storm, it's all too easy to overreact, lash out at others, or become angry with yourself. Therapists created dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, to help people with overwhelming emotions calm themselves when their feelings become too painful or out of control."The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Diary" presents an overview of each of the four DBT skills-distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness-and includes a journal you can use each day to monitor your successes, chart your progress, and stay on track making productive changes in your life. With this diary, you can: Learn over twenty techniques to use when you feel overwhelmedObserve and record your progress each dayFind out which coping strategies work best for youDiscover nutrition and lifestyle changes that can make you feel better

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications (1 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572249560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572249561
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew McKay, Ph.D., is a psychologist and professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. In private practice, he specializes in the treatment of anxiety and depression. He is coauthor of more than thirty popular books, including "Self-Esteem," "The Daily Relaxer," "The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook," "The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook," "Thoughts and Feelings," "When Anger Hurts," and "Couple Skills." He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jeffrey C. Wood, Psy.D., is a psychologist who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and biofeedback. He is author of "The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Workbook for Personality Disorders" and coauthor of "The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook." Wood lives in southern Nevada. Visit him online at

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant diary for anyone with b.p.d 14 Aug 2012
By Faye
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I bought this to use as a diary to track my mood for b.p.d. The diary is brilliant as at the start it has some exercises it teaches you to help you deal with things and then you use the exercise to track how you are getting on each day. I was in a treatment programme, using medication and using the diary everyday side by side with each other. I have just found out that I no longer need therapy for my b.p.d. I think using this diary has a lot to do with that so I strongly recommend it to anyone with b.p.d :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars So useful - 5***** 19 April 2014
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First part of the book explains each of the modules and skills. The second is a 365 day, week by week DBT skills diary to last you the year.
The only criticism is perhaps slightly different names for some of the skills than Marsha Lineham's DBT skills, but this is quickly overcome. So useful to have a DBT diary for the year, no more cumbersome photocopies, crinkled up bits of paper, a neat, well organised skills diary. At A5 size I can even fit it in my handbag if needed.

There are no dates on the diary pages, which is even better, so you can start it from week 1, at any point in the year, and it will serve you a full 52 weeks. I Might even buy myself a second copy, so I have one for the following year.
If you have BPD, never ever stop practicing your DBT skills, or you can backslide rapidly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful if you are undergoing DBT 30 Nov 2012
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Useful in DBT and DBT led therapies.
Easy to read, understand and fill in. It makes it a bit easier to keep a record of your daily feelings, etc
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
Excellent way for self improvement. I enjoyed this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for ongoing DBTers 6 Sep 2011
By Betsy - Published on
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We have introduced this diary to our "advanced" DBT group -- those who completed 15 weeks of skills training. Some used the big workbook during their training, while others used Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life. All were taught using Marsha Linehan's handouts and procedures.
Clients like the succinct diary card and explanations (review) of skills.
Some say they would like more space to journal, and a way to track feeling states. We have encouraged them to keep a separate journal for these purposes -- or use an "old style" diary card in addition to the book.
It's a good size -- easy to slip into a purse or tote, so people can keep it handy without screaming to the outside world, "I'm an emotionally dysregulated Borderline!"
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good, basic product 7 Oct 2011
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This is a great diary for anyone in a DBT program. It is very basic- to be honest, you could probably print similar sheets from the internet for free- but there is something soothing and official about having it in a book form to look back on later. I wish it didn't mention DBT or emotional regulation on the front. "Journal" would suffice.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great resource book. 4 Nov 2011
By Annie M daffodils - Published on
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This is a good companion book to the the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Workbook - in fact,there would be no point in getting this diary without the workbook. The two together are great for anyone who would like to evaluate their reactions to life and other people and find better ways to handle situations. This would apply to anyone who has any sort of anger "issues", especially with past events, family, friends, co-workers, etc.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition- can't print diary page 3 Sep 2013
By kugelschreiber-schribly - Published on
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For content, I would have given this five stars. It very concisely explains through the four elements of Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness) and gives lots of practical tips and applications. It doesn't go into a lot of detail on the theories behind the therapy, but that is great for me because I have trouble focusing on reading and if the book were any longer, I probably wouldn't have read the whole thing.

The diary portion is very helpful for monitoring and recording your use of the four strategies on a daily basis. HOWEVER, this is the main problem with the Kindle edition: it contains a low-resolution image of the diary worksheet at the end of the book, and there is no way to print it. It is high enough resolution that you can read the words on the worksheet when you zoom in, but not high enough resolution that you would want to print it, even if there were an easy way to copy and paste or print the image (which there isn't).

I realize the authors and Amazon do not want people to steal their worksheet and mass produce it, but for consumers that simply want to read the Kindle edition of this book and then print off the worksheet for their own personal use, there should be an easier way to do it; otherwise, the diary portion of this book is pretty much useless for Kindle readers.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to carry with you as an easy reference and diary 25 Jan 2013
By Betty Prat - Published on
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For someone who likes to write and journal, I wasn't to keen to the set-up of the DBT diary cards themselves. So when I found this gem which has a whole intro section on the four modules of DBT (for review when needed) and then the rest of the book has a years worth of a Diary Card Journal section-this was perfect. This is wonderful to carry with you so you can check off a skill when you use it as well as review any of the modules if you need it. I recommend it highly!
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