Distress Cycle

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The Distress Cycle

Understanding your distress and how to manage it.

Here is a overview of The Distress Cycle. It helps turn the chaos of Distress into something you can understand and tackle. The link to the worksheet is above, work through it after you experience distress. Do it often enough and Distress won't take you by surprise and overwhelm you.

The Distress Cycle Worksheet

Understanding your distress and how to manage it.

This worksheet accompanies Dr Al's talk on the distress cycle. Use it to get a better understanding of the process of distress so you can do something about it before you become overwhelmed. 

Download the handout from our Members Resources page. It's free!

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The Distress Cycle with DBT skills.

Putting the two together. 

If you have done any DBT therapy, then this video will explain which skills to use at each stage of the distress cycle.