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How Can Self-Care Support Mental Health?

January 30, 2020
self-care

Taking care of yourself—both physically and mentally—is an important part of overall wellness. The idea of self-care has grown in popularity in recent years, filling social media timelines and news feeds with tips and tricks. Self-care activities can be great tools for anyone looking to manage stress, be more aware of their feelings and emotions,…

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Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

December 19, 2019
Teen with OCD washing hands at sink

In psychiatry, OCD is sometimes referred to as “the great imitator” because the behaviors of someone with OCD can look like symptoms of many other disorders. Psychiatric evaluation by a mental health professional is a crucial first step to ensure patients with OCD receive an accurate diagnosis and are matched with an evidence-based treatment plan. OCD is a chronic illness. By engaging in evidence-based mental health treatment, individuals with OCD can control the symptoms and manage the associated disability.

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6 Ways to Fight Loneliness During the Holidays

December 5, 2019
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Original post date December 12, 2017 Holidays don’t have to feel lonely. Skyland Trail Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Primary Counselor, Luke Smith, LMSW, shares tips on ways to stay socially connected over the holidays. Plan in advance and get a few things on the calendar so you have something to look forward to. 1. Plan ahead and…

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DIY Floral Turkey for Thanksgiving

November 20, 2019
DIY Floral Turkey for Thanksgiving

Fashion a fun DIY project for Thanksgiving this year with a floral turkey. Each year around Thanksgiving, clients participating in horticultural therapy as part of the residential mental health treatment program harvest autumn color from the many gardens and natural areas of our campus to craft a beautiful floral centerpiece reminiscent of America’s favorite holiday…

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Smoking, Vaping and Mental Health

November 13, 2019
woman in mental health treatment breaking cigarette

Skyland Trail has joined a small group of residential psychiatric treatment organizations that are leading the field in integrating nicotine and tobacco cessation with behavioral health treatment and will contribute to a growing body of evidence and best practices for helping clients simultaneously learn to manage psychiatric symptoms and adopt skills and strategies for long-term health and wellness.

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Skyland Trail on 11Alive’s Atlanta and Company

October 30, 2019
Skyland Trail adolescent psychiatrist on set being interviewed on 11Alive Atlanta and Company

Allison Nitsche, MD, MPH, the Medical Director of the Skyland Trail adolescent treatment program, appeared on 11Alive’s Atlanta and Company in October 2019 to talk about the opening of the J. Rex Fuqua Campus for adolescents ages 14 to 17.

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Accepting Reality Using DBT Skills

October 28, 2019
radical acceptance shown as chutes and ladders board game

DBT teaches that the only way to end suffering, which occurs as a result of pain and non-acceptance, is to accept reality and face the pain head on. Learn three reality acceptance skills that can help individuals find respite from suffering.

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Sensory Body Awareness Skills to Reduce Distress Through DBT

September 20, 2019
Woman lying on back practicing DBT skill sensory body awareness

Sensory Body Awareness is a DBT skill for distress tolerance. Learn how to use practices like paired muscle relaxation, half smiling, and willing hands to navigate stressful situations or intense emotional pain.

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Survive a Crisis Situation with DBT Distress Tolerance Skills

August 26, 2019
a woman reading a book with a cup of tea

Learn how to use DBT skills like the STOP Skill, Pros and Cons, Wise Mind ACCEPTS, TIPP, IMPROVE the Moment to weather overwhelming situations or intense emotional or physical pain.

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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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