Palcohol Is Nobody’s “Pal”

by TK Staff
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One important characteristic of alcohol is its sheer liquid volume. An individual could not walk into a concert with a bottle of vodka; a flask maybe, but not an enormous bottle. Further, given the volume, there are physical limits to how much a person can consume in any given time frame. Therefore, the level of […]

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Selfies and the New Age of Digital Narcissism

by Kimberly Dennis, MD - CEO & Medical Director

In 2013, the word “selfie” was elected “Word of the Year” by the Oxford English Dictionary. Selfie refers to a photo that a person takes of herself then posts on social media sites. As with so many things, the original idea behind the selfie was probably good, providing just another way to share a moment […]

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World Bipolar Day: Dedicated To Education

by TK Staff
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Many years ago, bipolar disorder was a condition that was misunderstood and undoubtedly went undiagnosed. Those who suffered with this illness were probably thought to be insane, or even worse, possessed by demons. Fortunately, science and medicine have come a long way and today we not only understand it, but are able to treat it […]

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Distress Tolerance: Acceptance Not Avoidance

by Jancey Wickstrom, AM, LCSW - Director of DBT & Training
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People who struggle with addictions, eating disorders, or mood disorders have finely-tuned methods of dealing with emotions by using substances, eating disorder behaviors, or engaging in self harm or other ineffective coping skills; each of these methods keep emotions stuffed inside. And, unfortunately, when not used as intended, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Distress Tolerance skills […]

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Blender Addiction: When Juicing Jeopardizes Health

by Amy Klimek, MA - Eating Disorders Specialist

America does love a good fad, especially when it is embraced by celebrities. It seems the only thing that can trump a celebrity craze is one that also involves weight loss. Diet-related fads rarely cause long-term damage to consumers because by their very definition, a fad comes and goes quite rapidly. A particular craze is […]

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Implications of Neuroplasticity on Trauma Recovery

by TK Staff

The brain is arguably the most fascinating and impressive organ in the human body. Medical and scientific professionals alike are only beginning to mine its vast complexities. Of particular interest to those involved in the field of trauma recovery is the area of neuroplasticity. This refers to how the brain is wired and its extraordinary […]

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Honesty in Art: Expressing Feelings in Collages, Paintings and Drawings

by Melissa Rocchi, MAAT, LCPC, ATR - Director of Clinical Operations

Verbal interaction is critical in a therapeutic relationship. Questions must be asked and answered; experiences and events must be explained. However, at Timberline Knolls, we often treat women and girls who have experienced situations that are so shockingly painful, so rife with heartbreak or terrifying emotions, that they simply cannot speak of them. This is […]

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Leaning Into Our Emotions

by Jancey Wickstrom, AM, LCSW - Director of DBT & Training

Recently, a national conversation has focused on the idea of “Lean In” as put forth by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, in her book of the same name. Idea, business, media, academic, and other leaders have weighed in on her ideas of how women can “lean in” to the uncomfortable realities faced in the professional […]

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The Dangers of Ignoring Mental Health & Addiction History in Prescribing Opiates to Women

by Kimberly Dennis, MD - CEO & Medical Director

According to a CDC report released earlier this month, 6,631 women died of opioid overdoses in 2010, five times more than a decade ago. The rate surpassed the increase seen in men over the same time period. In a NY Times article about the study, researchers hypothesized that it might be because conditions associated with […]

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Prescription Drug Abuse in the Workplace

by TK Staff
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In June we celebrate the fifth annual National Employee Wellness Month which focuses on how engaging employees in sustainable lifestyle change helps to improve employee health and productivity, lower health care costs and create a workplace culture of health. A startling statistic shows that more than 70 percent of substance abusers hold a job, according […]

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