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The Reality of Pain

by Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008, National Eating Disorders Awareness Advocate, Community Relations Specialist

Our imaginations are powerful. Growing up, I could play for hours by myself: dressing up in my mom’s old clothes and venturing to magical worlds, writing stories about mythical times and places, or building “forts” with my brother or friends in the living room. Escape from the monotony of everyday life was a joy – […]

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One Word… A Lifetime of Pain

by Melissa O’Neill, LCSW, Director of Clinical Operations

Fat is not a four-letter word; and yet, this single monosyllabic word has the power to devastate people’s lives. In fact, most females can’t think of anything worse than being called fat. Years ago, research studies confirmed that young girls would rather be called stupid than fat, while adolescents would prefer to receive a cancer […]

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Can All Foods Fit?

by Colleen O’Sullivan, Timberline Knolls Nutrition Services Team Member

A heathy approach to life should never consist of a “diet” as eating should be addressed as a lifestyle.  Diets don’t work.  Period. What does work is a lifestyle consisting of balance, variety and moderation. Sometimes I like to challenge residents to think of a single food that can result in end of life and […]

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Involvement of the “Second Brain” in Treatment

by Maggie Garrity RD, LDN, Director of Nutrition Services

Many of us think the nervous system and the digestive system are two distinctly different networks. It turns out the nervous system is not purely contained in the brain and spinal cord. Whereas the central nervous system does consist of those two organs, there is a secondary system in the human body called the enteric […]

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Just Numbers

by Special Guest Contributor Vanessa P., Timberline Knolls Alumnae

Here we are. The beginning of 2018. This is an exciting time for a lot of people as they plan for their next adventure, set personal/professional goals for the new year, and celebrate with friends and family. For those struggling with or in recovery from an eating disorder/body image issues, this time can bring a […]

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Sexual Assault and the Power of Speaking the Truth

by Cindy Cole, LMFT, LPC, Director of Primary and Family Therapy

It seems as if every day another sexual abuse story explodes in the media. Although politics and entertainment often figure prominently in the headlines, as recently as this past week another scandal came to light directly linked to the US Olympics. Evidently, young female gymnasts were routinely experiencing sexual assault from the team doctor. The […]

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What Parents Need to Know About Bullying

by Melissa O’Neill, LCSW, Director of Clinical Operations

Fall is back-to-school season and throughout our country children are hoisting on new backpacks while teenagers are trying to figure out their new class schedules. Although children often lament the end of summer vacation, most students look forward to a new school year for a variety of reasons. It could be rejoining friends, kicking off […]

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Suicide, Perfectionism and the New School Year

by Iyad Alkhouri, MD, Assistant Medical Director

In this blog we often write about the escalating suicide rate among young people across America, and for good reason. According to new government data, the suicide rate among girls between the ages of 15 and 19 reached an all-time high in 2015 for the 40-year period beginning in 1975. This is “back-to-school” season throughout […]

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Mother’s Day: When It Isn’t Filled With Glue and Glitter

by Cindy Cole, LMFT, LPC, Director of Primary and Family Therapy

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. For some, this means tea parties, brunches and handmade gifts covered in glue and glitter. For others, the holiday is bittersweet. Those who have lost mothers, are estranged from mothers, or long to be mothers themselves may struggle with complicated and mixed emotions as the day approaches. For […]

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Fat Shaming: The Product of Small People with Big Egos

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

Two weeks ago, America went wild over Super bowl 51. Immediately following the big event, MVP Tom Brady had only one thing to worry about: where was that darn jersey. Conversely, halftime entertainer, Lady Gaga, was faced with a far more serious issue: intense fat shaming. Despite the fact that this world-famous singer gave a […]

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