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Using DBT to Confront Black-and-White Thinking

June 2, 2016
putting puzzle pieces together

From time to time, we all experience black-and-white thinking or fall into an all-or-nothing frame of mind. For some people, a pattern of black-and-white thinking over time may reinforce a recurring automatic negative thought – “I can’t do anything right” – to the point that it becomes a permanent negative core belief – “I am…

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Supporting LGBTQ Adults Experiencing Mental Illness

May 11, 2016
LGBTQ supportive community

Several aspects of our psychiatric treatment program make Skyland Trail an effective and welcoming environment for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer or Questioning) adults – including cisgender, transgender, agender, genderqueer, and gender questioning individuals – who are experiencing mental illness. Treatment Philosophy We encourage our patients to define their own values and establish their…

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Supporting a Loved One After Residential Mental Health Treatment

April 20, 2016
couple at computer planning

People who have a strong support system of family and friends are more likely to stay healthy and successfully manage their illnesses long term. Just showing your love and letting your loved one know that she matters to you and many others in the community can go a long way. You can also take a…

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The Brain in the Body: New research into the causes of mental illness

January 26, 2016
genes and stress diathesis model

What causes mental illnesses, nature or nurture? Short answer: both. Many mental illnesses are genetic. The most heritable is bipolar illness. About 80 percent of diagnosed individuals are born with the genes for bipolar illness. When you consider that some individuals born with the genes for bipolar disorder never develop symptoms, the role of environmental factors becomes clearer. We know two significant environmental factors…

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5 Important Facts about Mental Health Therapy

December 15, 2015
professional mental health counseling

1.    You don’t have to be sick. The journey of self-awareness and self-exploration is lifelong, and is beneficial for anyone. Therapy can deepen this experience and bring about the insight to improve relationships and overall well-being.  2.  Therapy will not “fix you.” You are not broken. The purpose of therapy is to help you…

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4 CBT Skills for Managing Anxiety

November 24, 2015
controlled breathing for anxiety

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be very effective in reducing anxiety to a manageable level. Check out these tips. 1. Evaluate Distorted Thinking Our thinking influences our anxiety more than we realize. When experiencing anxiety, look for these skewed thinking patterns:  seeing situations in all or nothing terms (dichotomous thinking), only viewing what could potentially…

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DIY “Hope Notes” with Fresh Flowers and Stationary

October 7, 2015

Horticultural therapy is a unique part of the recovery experience at Skyland Trail. Clients work with our expert horticultural therapist in our greenhouse and in the many gardens on our campuses to use nature as a tool for growth.  Unique hands-on projects in each season help clients reconnect with a sense of purpose and wonder…

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3 Categories of Mental Illnesses Treated at Skyland Trail

October 1, 2015
DSM-5 diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders

1. Mood Disorders Mood disorders include an array of illnesses characterized by shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels. Mood disorders include major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder, among others. They often cause disability and, because they are linked to suicide, can be life-threatening. Major depression is the most common mood disorder. Between 7 and…

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3 DIY Fall Nature Craft Ideas

September 23, 2015
DIY finger labyrinth

1. Let Bulbs Show Your Potential for Recovery Grab a few tennis balls and a sharpie. Write words on the tennis balls that describes your POTENTIAL in recovery. Toss the balls into your yard, garden, or wooded area. Plant bulbs where the balls land. Anchor the tennis ball at that spot with a stake. Watch…

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6 Habits to Improve Mental Health

May 5, 2015
man sleeping 8 hours a night

1. Exercise Cardiovascular and strength training exercises help physical conditioning and also contribute to better mood and anxiety control. 2. Sleep Adults require as close to 8 hours of sleep per night as possible. Sleeping more than 9 hours can trigger depression in certain people, and less than 7 can contribute to mania in others. Sleep also is essential to learning. Instead of…

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