Category: Mental Health

Emotion Regulation Challenges Among Teenage Girls Who Have Anorexia or Depression

Girl walking and struggling with Emotion Regulation Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center Given the physical, psychological, and social transformations that are characteristic of adolescence, it is not uncommon for a teen to experience temporary challenges related to healthy or appropriate emotion regulation strategies. For teenage girls who have developed anorexia nervosa or a depressive disorder, the likelihood that they [...]
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Emotional Avoidance Maintains Mental Illness

Young girl struggling with Emotional Avoidance Imagine requesting your patient place their hand on a hot burner and allow themselves to fully engage their awareness and presence with the sensation of their burning flesh. This seems counter-intuitive, unethical and downright cruel. It certainly would not add therapeutic value. Surprisingly though, learning to move toward the physical discomfort and even pain that [...]
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Texas Christian University Exemplifies State of the Art Counseling Support for Students

TCU Frog Fountain Dr. Eric Wood is the Director of Texas Christian University (TCU) Counseling and Mental Health. He offers insight into TCU’s counseling support and observations and direction on improving college counseling centers in this interview. At Eating Disorder Hope and Addiction Hope, we are continually contacted by college students seeking help for eating disorders, substance abuse, [...]
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Rethinking the Traditional Model of College Campus Counseling

TCU Library There’s much talk in the field of college mental health about the ever-growing “mental health crisis [1].” Much of this talk centers on the narrative that universities are overwhelmed by a generation of college students reporting more stress and more psychopathology than ever before. Though the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors reports [...]
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Can Borderline Personality Disorder Cause an Eating Disorder?

Woman struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder and an eating disorder Contributor: Melissa O’Neill, LCSW, Director of Clinical Operations at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center Decades of research have revealed a connection between eating disorder (EDs) and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) — EDs are far more prevalent in those struggling with BPD: 53.8%, as opposed to the nationwide average of approximately 6%. Most people have a [...]
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Eating Disorders, Experiential Somatic Awareness and Integration

Woman struggling with eating disorder Body distress or somatic integration often occurs when a person is under an extreme amount of stress and/or experiences trauma. Somatic awareness is when a person acknowledges their own self within their environment and uses sensations to identify the psychological, physiological and social factors to promote healing and self-regulation [1]. What is Somatic Experiencing and Mindfulness [...]
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Processing Emotions and Learning to Tolerate Painful Feelings

Woman getting therapy Tolerating uncomfortable emotions can be difficult at times. It is about being able to identify feelings, process them, and coping with them as they arise. Often our society teaches us to push down negative emotions and show only positive ones. We are taught that certain emotions are not appropriate to share or express. Being unable [...]
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