I recently came across an article published last year by the NY Times, "Expert on Mental Illness Reveals Her Own Fight." I find this article particularly powerful, as it retells Marsha Linehan's, the developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), personal struggle with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). The article illustrates beautifully how Linehan saw a need for others with similar struggles; how she came to develop key concepts in DBT, notably the core dialectic of "acceptance and change" and the idea of "radical acceptance;" and worked relentlessly at developing an empirically sound treatment approach now known as DBT. I use DBT in my counseling practice and see it make a difference in client's lives everyday.
Click here to read the full article by Benedict Carey. I'd love to read your thoughts about the article in the comments section below.
Until next time!