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4 Differences Between CBT and DBT and How to Tell Which is Right for You

August 27, 2017
CBT vs DBT

Psychotherapy is one of the best treatment methods available for a number of mental illnesses. One of the most common types of therapy is called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Also called talk therapy, CBT focuses on talking about your problems to help you frame your thoughts differently. If you feel like negative thoughts are always in…

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A Positive Outlook on Living With Bipolar Disorder

August 25, 2017

People rarely view psychiatric conditions in a positive light. In the U.S. and other countries worldwide, mental illness carries a stigma. Social and perceived stigmas impact people diagnosed with a psychiatric condition in significant ways. In the U.S., fewer than half of adults with a psychiatric disorder sought out health services in the past year, which help…

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Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Improve Mental Health

July 19, 2017

Clients in the psychiatric residential and day treatment programs at Skyland Trail benefit from a powerful mix of evidence-based therapeutic approaches.  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT, is an important component of treatment for many clients. Who Benefits from ACT? Some modalities like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) work best for clients with specific diagnoses and…

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How to Choose the Right Level of Psychiatric Treatment

July 17, 2017
adults participating in mental health therapy group as part of residential or day treatment

Finding the right level of psychiatric treatment can make the difference between recovering and getting stuck in the cycle of your symptoms. There are many factors that will determine what kind of treatment is best for you. If you’re having a hard time with anxiety, but can still get yourself to go to work or…

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5 Ways Families Can Support a Loved One During Mental Health Treatment

April 20, 2017
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1. Educate yourself  The best thing for family members to do is to educate themselves about their loved one’s mental illness and treatment. Knowledge can provide families practical insight and understanding. Find local educational programs and support groups in your area through NAMI or participate in our Family STEP Program Tuesdays at 6:30 PM. A strong support network can…

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Understanding Midlife Depression

April 17, 2017
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The first episode of mood disorders like bipolar illness and major depressive disorder typically occurs in adolescence or early adulthood. However many adults in their 30s, 40s, 50s or older begin to struggle with depression in new ways as an older adult. Medical problems and the losses we experience as we age can affect how we view ourselves and how we relate to…

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6 Steps to Develop a Safety Plan

February 24, 2017
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Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the Unites States. Every year, more than 44,000 Americans die by suicide. While there is no “one size fits all” treatment for someone experiencing suicidal thoughts, evidence shows that protective factors can help lessen the likelihood of suicide among adults. At Skyland Trail, clients learn to identify…

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Benefits of Music Therapy for Adults with Mental Illness

February 17, 2017
music therapy

Music therapy is one of the adjunctive therapies offered at Skyland Trail. Each week clients in our residential and day treatment programs have the opportunity to participate in music therapy. During these groups, clients use breathing and rhythm exercises to encourage expression of emotion through activities such as drumming and guided imagery. Clients also have opportunities…

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10 Questions to Ask Mental Health Residential Treatment Programs

January 17, 2017
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1.What type of accreditation or licensing does the program have? Mental health residential treatment programs may qualify for a number of different types of accreditation or licensure.  Skyland Trail has received The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval since 1998. Accreditation from the Joint Commission indicates excellence in ensuring patient safety and quality of care.…

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5 Tips for Protecting Your Mental Health at College

September 9, 2016
college students on campus

1. Get involved on campus. Even if you commute to school, make connections with other students. You could join (or start!) a study group with other commuters in a class, or join a student organization. These connections can be very meaningful across the course of your life. If you have a mental health diagnosis, consider…

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