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Distress tolerance is one of the four core skills taught in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). DBT is a type of therapy that helps people learn to manage their emotions and behaviors in a healthy way. Distress tolerance skills are especially helpful for people who experience intense or frequent negative emotions.
One of the most well-known distress tolerance skills is ACCEPTS. ACCEPTS is an acronym for the following skills:
How to use ACCEPTS
To use ACCEPTS, simply go through the acronym and choose the skills that are most likely to be helpful for you in that moment. For example, if you are feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, you might try the following:
Tips for using ACCEPTS
Here are a few tips for using ACCEPTS effectively:
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