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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Using the Practice of Mindfulness to Harness Emotions

by Jancey Wickstrom, AM, LCSW - Director of DBT & Training
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Mindfulness has been helping people lean in to their emotions and tap into their own wise minds for centuries. Mindfulness can mean many different things, but at TK, we use mindfulness daily to help our residents (and ourselves) become aware of the thoughts and emotions we have all day, every day. Just as we are […]

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Ever Onward, Ever Upward

by Kirsten Haglund - Community Relations Specialist
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The spring season brings along a spirit that reminds me of New Year’s – both are times of spiritual and emotional renewal. Rebirth. Each year, we welcome these times of setting new goals and welcoming fresh starts. We put off the old and put on the new. Snow melts and flowers bloom as we move […]

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