Awareness & Prevention

International Efforts to Stamp Out Eating Disorders

by Melissa O’Neill, LCSW

Families are profoundly impacted by an eating disorder. When a daughter moves into the dangerous world of anorexia or bulimia, her parents often feel as though they are all alone in this struggle. Fortunately, as they gain in personal knowledge and reach out, parents soon discover that eating disorders have reached epidemic levels in our […]

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The Troubling Tide of Suicide and Self Harm Among Children

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

We are well aware of the escalating rate of suicide in teenage girls and young women. Today, suicide is the second leading cause of death in female adolescents and college students. However, less known, but equally critical, is the increase in child self-harm and suicide throughout our country. According to a new study, the percentage […]

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Netflix: How Many Reasons Do You Need?

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

On March 31st of this year, Netflix began streaming a series—13 Reasons Why—in which a teenage girl, Hannah Baker, commits suicide in the first episode. Each of the following one-hour segments showcases a specific student who shamelessly bullied her and ultimately contributed to Hannah’s death. The final episode graphically depicts her suicide: the meticulous planning, […]

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Alcohol Consumption: On The Rise in Older Women

by Megan Wilson, CADC, Addictions Program Coordinator

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. It was established in 1987 by the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) to help reduce the stigma of alcoholism. This time is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of the problem and the importance of getting treatment for those that need it. This is an important message […]

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ARFID: A Growing Threat to Young People

by Rachael Clauson, MAAT, Eating Disorder Specialist

Throughout the United States, those in the medical and behavioral health fields are very familiar with anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. Due to extensive media coverage in the past several years, the public at large is also fairly knowledgeable about these food-related disorders. Recently, an eating disorder getting more attention is Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake […]

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Early Identification is Key to Saving Lives

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

A recent research study validated something that treatment professionals have always known: early identification of eating disorders is crucial; and in fact, may be key to saving young lives. According to a six-year study conducted at Newcastle University in the UK, girls and boys with more eating disorder symptoms at age nine also had a […]

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Demon Rum is Killing White Women

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

Certain products on the market have an inherent gender bias. The best advertising team in the world cannot make men use feminine hygiene products or buy pantyhose; it just is not going to happen. Which is why when a potential audience “can” be exploited, the advertising community unleashes their best and brightest. This is exactly […]

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The Connection Between the Holidays and Process Addictions

by Roseann Rook, CADC, Clinical Addictions Specialist

For those in recovery from a substance addiction or eating disorder, the holidays can prove an extremely challenging time. Certainly, this is the case for those with alcohol or food-related issues, due to the pervasiveness of spirits and treats during this season. But they are not alone. From Thanksgiving all the way through January 1st, […]

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Research Reveals Brain Connection in Eating Disorders

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

In the United States today, approximately 30 million people have some type of an eating disorder.  A full two-thirds of these individuals are female. This comes as no shock. Our society in and of itself is far harder on females than males in every possible regard. Advertising, primarily geared to women, say we must purchase […]

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Celebrating the Family in Recovery

by Valerie Jencks, MS, LMFT, LCPC, Family Therapy Staff

September is National Recovery Month. It is a time designed to bring awareness and increased understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate those in recovery. At Timberline Knolls we have the greatest respect for those women and girls who have completed treatment, and sustained their commitment to their recovery months and years after […]

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