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Sensory Body Awareness Skills to Reduce Distress

September 20, 2019
Sensory Body Awareness

Dialectical behavior therapy – or DBT – is a form of therapy created specifically for individuals with borderline personality disorder. Through DBT, highly sensitive people learn distress tolerance skills that allow them to navigate uncomfortable or painful situations and manage urges to engage in harmful behaviors. DBT creator Marsha Linehan, divides distress tolerance skills into…

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Survive a Crisis Situation with DBT Distress Tolerance Skills

August 26, 2019
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Everyone experiences uncomfortable situations – sitting in a traffic jam, realizing you’re out of coffee as you go to make your morning joe, or having low phone battery without access to a charger. At times in our lives, we suffer through more serious distress and pain, like the end of a relationship, the death of…

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The Pharmacology of Antidepressant Medications

July 31, 2019
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Evidence-based psychiatric treatment relies on trust between physicians and their clients to find the best solutions possible for dealing with mental illness. Clients should be receptive to medications that can improve mood and quality of life while their doctors make a medication choice based on the client’s personal history, diagnosis, and lifestyle that has the…

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Sleep and Brain Health

June 26, 2019
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We all struggle through times when sleep is in short supply: when college exams, a new baby, or a financial worry prevent us from getting a peaceful night’s rest. But research continues to uncover the consequences of regularly missing out on healthy sleep and the potential perils of sleeping too much. Sleep seems to be…

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What Parents Should Know About Youth Athletics and Mental Health

May 28, 2019
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For decades, youth sports in the United States has been an avenue for kids of all ages to make friends, be physically active, challenge themselves, and learn skills such as teamwork, sportsmanship, and the value of hard work—all of which can provide great stepping stones towards personal growth and achievement later in life. When it…

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7 Ways Skyland Trail Attacks Treatment-Resistant Depression

March 27, 2019
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Roughly one-third of people with major depressive disorder are affected by treatment-resistant depression, also known as TRD.

Specialized, evidence-based treatment can help people battling treatment-resistant depression reduce their symptoms, improve functioning, and feel better.

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Evidence-based Mental Health Treatment for Trauma

February 28, 2019
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Research shows that trauma – particularly adverse childhood events (trauma that occurs before ages 5 or 6) – is very predictive of developing all mental illnesses.

Even for those who did not experience trauma as a child, a traumatic event in adulthood – for example an assault, car crash, or combat situation – can exacerbate mood and anxiety disorders or lead to the development of PTSD.

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Mindful Social Media Use For Mental Health Recovery

January 30, 2019
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Skyland Trail helps clients better understand the difference between healthy social media use and unhealthy social media use and recognize how social media may impact some symptoms of mental illnesses like depression and anxiety.

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The Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness

January 8, 2019
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Three Questions with Dr. Ray Kotwicki, Skyland Trail Charles B. West Chief Medical Officer 1. Why do we see mental illness emerge in young adults in their 20s? We’re identifying mental illnesses a lot earlier than we used to. Traditionally, young adults in their late teens and early 20s were considered most at risk. Current…

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Psychosis: Diagnosis and Treatment

November 13, 2018
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What is psychosis? Psychosis is not a diagnosis, but rather a symptom of several psychiatric illnesses. Individuals experiencing psychosis may have trouble distinguishing which of their perceptions and thoughts are real and which are not. They often see, hear, smell or believe things that other people do not, or have persistent thoughts, behaviors, or emotions…

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