Research has shown that DBT is also an efficacious treatment for other disorders characterized by emotion dysregulation, for example:


  • Major depressive disorder (MDD) and elderly patients with MDD (Lynch & col., 2007) (Harned & cols., 2008).


  • Substance abuse disorder:
    • DBT for heroine dependence (Lynch, T. R. 2000).
    • DBT for women with BPD and opioids dependence (Linehan, Dimeff, Reynolds, Comtois, Welch, Heagerty and Kivlahan, 2002).


  • Women victims of gender violence (Fruzzetti & Levensky, 2000; Iverson, Shenk & Fruzzetti, 2009)


  • BPD and co-morbid PTSD due to infant sexual abuse (Bohus y col., 2013).


  • Eating Disorders (Harned y cols., 2008).
    • Binge eating disorder (Telch, Agras and Linehan, 2001).
    • Reduction of dropout rate and faster decrease of symptoms (Safer, Robinson and Jo, 2011).
    • Promising results about symptoms reduction in anorexia nervosa (Lynch et al., 2013).


  • Relatives of patients with BPD:
    • Adolescents with borderline traits and their families (Rathus and Miller, 2000).
    • Adolescents at risk of suicide and their families (Woodberry and Popenoe, 2008).
    • Skills training for relatives of patients with BPD (Hoffman, Fruzetti et al., 2005). (Hoffman et al., 2005; Hoffman et al., 2007; Rajalin et al., 2009) (Wilks, Valenstein-Mah, Tran, King, Lungu and Linehan, 2016).
    • DBT for relatives of individuals with behavioral disorders (anxiety disorder, depression disorder, PTSD) (Wilks, Valenstein, Tran, King, Lungu and Linehan, 2016).
  • DBT for couples (Fruzzetti y Payne, 2015).


  • DBT skills training for mental health professionals treating patients with BPD (nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists) (McCarthy, Lewis, Bourke and Grenyer, 2016).


  • In health professionals for reducing burnout (Camel, Frunzzetti & Rose, 2014; Haynos and cols., 2015).