- How is Timberline Knolls' Mood Disorder Treatment Unique?
- We Understand the Emotional Experience of Mood Disorders
- What Makes Our Mood Disorder Treatment Plans Effective?
- What Will A Woman Experience At Our Treatment Center?
- Why Do We Focus on Co-Existing Conditions With Mood Disorders?
- What Should Parents or Friends Say If They Are Concerned?
Women suffering with severe symptoms of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, or compulsive behaviors often feel little hope that they can benefit from a recovery-oriented treatment program.
Many women have experienced poor results from past treatment that doesn’t provide sufficient structure, support, or empathy to allow them to work through the emotions brought out in treatment. Women with such experiences often fear that seeking treatment at a residential treatment center will actually worsen their symptoms.
How is Timberline Knolls’ Mood Disorder Treatment Unique?
Treatment for mood disorders at a holistic residential treatment center like Timberline Knolls helps a woman realize that she is not alone, and that she too can recover.
Whether she’s working to overcome severe depression, an anxiety disorder, self mutilation, bipolar disorder, obsessive or compulsive behaviors or a personality disorder, our expert staff understands the importance of providing a safe and recovery-oriented environment for each resident. Our caring staff creates an atmosphere where women find comfort expressing their feelings or talking about their trauma without being judged. A woman with a mood or anxiety disorder will learn from staff and other residents who understand the emotional, physical, social and spiritual aspects of her healing journey. We will help her develop the skills she needs on a daily basis to reclaim her life and obtain life-long recovery.
An Integrated Approach to Treating the Whole Person
Effective mood disorder treatment begins with acknowledgement of unmanageability related to certain feelings, thoughts and behaviors that interfere with a woman’s efforts to life a full life.
Even if she is not suffering with substance abuse or chemical dependency, a woman with a mood disorder will benefit from the integration of recovery principles across our integrated treatment program. Additionally, women whose symptoms interfere with their relationship with food, body and eating may also require support from our experts in treatment for eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and compulsive overeating.
Mood disorder treatment at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center combines dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) with twelve-step recovery principles into an integrated, holistic treatment program uniquely tailored to helping women who suffer from mood disorders, as well as co-occurring eating disorders or addictions. Dialectical behavioral therapy is a form of treatment combining behavioral, cognitive, and supportive therapies. Developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, DBT emphasizes teaching each woman how to constructively experience her emotions and create a life worth living. DBT works to replace an “either/or” perspective (e.g. either experience emotional chaos, or attempt to manage it through destructive thoughts or behaviors) with a perspective that allows the resident to develop a “both/and” approach to life.
We Understand the Emotional Experience of Mood Disorders
Guided and supported by experienced mood disorder treatment experts, each woman will explore ways to become more mindful of her feelings. Our mood treatment program addresses each woman as a whole person:
- Social relationships
Each woman receives coaching and reinforcement in key areas of interpersonal skills, distress tolerance and management, reality acceptance skills, and emotional regulation skills. These life skills not only help her take ownership of her treatment and recovery, but also prepare her to make the most of a life free from symptoms that may have held back her success in school, work or personal relationships.
One of the benefits of mood disorders treatment at integrated residential treatment centers like Timberline Knolls is that a woman will realize she is not alone: either in experiencing emotional swings, or in addressing other co-occurring disorders, addiction or eating disorders. We understand the importance of creating an environment where women feel safe expressing their feelings, sharing traumatic life experiences, and talking about their symptoms without being judged for what they share. A woman with mood disorder symptoms will learn from staff and other residents who understand her struggle to make healthy choices when confronted with overwhelming emotions.
What Makes Our Mood Disorder Treatment Plans Effective?
Assessment of a woman’s treatment needs starts during our admissions review process. We ask both the woman and her family to provide perspective on how symptoms and behaviors may have led to setbacks in work, school, and/or relationships with loved ones.
A woman’s admissions counselor will also seek her permission to communicate with outpatient treatment providers to gather additional information about medical history, psychiatric history, and progress in past treatment programs. We also work to understand her stumbling blocks to achieving or maintaining recovery from eating disorders, mood disorders, or dependence on drugs or alcohol.
In the case of a school age woman, we communicate with her school to assess the roadblocks her symptoms of depression, anxiety or compulsive behavior may have created in the classroom. This enables the staff at TK Academy to support her progress towards graduation during residential treatment, and helping her develop confidence in her educational potential.
Following admission, each resident undergoes a comprehensive medical and psychiatric assessment. She is then assigned a treatment team with several key members whom she will meet individually after she settles in on campus:
- Primary therapist
- Family therapist
- Psychiatrist (MD)
- Internal medicine physician (MD)
- Addiction specialist and / or eating disorder specialist
- Registered dietician (RD)
Each treatment team member provides an assessment within the woman’s first days at Timberline Knolls. The findings are integrated and reviewed with our entire clinical staff, including other therapists and psychiatrists. As a result, our full knowledge about successful mood disorder, eating disorder, drug abuse, and addiction treatment is integrated into each woman’s treatment plan.
If new symptoms appear during her stay, a woman may also undergo additional psychological testing to assure that her anxiety or personality disorder treatment considers all relevant aspects of her mental health. Additionally, women with other medical symptoms or complications from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, drug abuse or addiction may be referred to consulting healthcare providers such as a neurologist, orthopedic surgeon, cardiologist, gynecologist, dentist, or gastroenterologist.
Taking Ownership of Treatment
Our staff feels that it is vital for each resident to take ownership of her treatment and recovery from the very beginning. Once the treatment team formulates their initial objectives and recommendations, a woman’s first care conference will be scheduled. The woman will provide her input and feedback, and sign off on her initial treatment plan. Held weekly throughout her stay, care conferences are attended by a woman’s primary therapist, family therapist, psychiatrist, discharge planner, nursing staff and lodge staff. These individualized conferences encourage a woman to provide input and feedback to her entire treatment team at once. They also allow her team to help her choose the most clinically beneficial electives to complete her therapeutic program.
Looking Forward to Recovery
In addition to the weekly care conference, treatment team members also consult each other as often as needed to and plan for the next stage of treatment. They work informally with lodge staff to monitor progress and symptoms, and to make sure her recovery needs are being fully supported. A resident’s treatment team also coordinates with her discharge planner to plan for a successful transition from residential treatment to a lower level of care, or to her home.
Our experienced admissions team can help you determine whether residential treatment for compulsive behaviors and mood disorders might help you or a woman you love find life-long recovery. Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center accepts women and girls (ages 12 and up) for admission seven days a week.
What Will A Woman Experience At Our Treatment Center?
Comprehensive, Integrated Treatment and Recovery
Each woman recovering from personality disorders, major depression, obsessive or compulsive behaviors, or anxiety disorders must develop tools she can trust to live in recovery when she experiences symptoms or feels overwhelmed by her emotions. Our treatment team helps residents learn to recognize the conscious choices they make when they experience unexplained feelings of sadness, anger, anxiety, shame or fear. We offer ongoing support as women learn to practice recovery skills in situations where they would have previously acted on unhealthy impulses. Women gain confidence in their potential to confront difficult emotions in a healthy, adaptive manner. Life-changing breakthroughs like these result in:
- improved self-esteem, body acceptance, and increased self-awareness
- reduced stress and anxiety
- acceptance and healing of traumatic life experiences
Mood disorder treatment plans at Timberline Knolls are comprehensive and individualized. Each woman’s treatment team will work with her weekly to combine therapeutic approaches proven to help women and their families recover from the effects of mood disorders. Specific components of therapy may include:
- weekly psychiatric consultation
- one-on-one therapy sessions
- expressive and recreational therapy
- group sessions to teach and practice behavior modification and emotion management
- family therapy (including family participation, if appropriate)
- twelve-step facilitation, including onsite and offsite meetings of Emotions Anonymous and Self-Mutilators Anonymous, Al-anon, AA, OA
- trauma awareness and recovery
- education about disease processes and recovery
- regular consultation with fitness and dietary staff
- educational services (for school-age women)
Expressive Therapy Offers a Release for Difficult Emotions
Expressive therapy may be especially healing for residents who have suffered setbacks in their schooling or career because of unaddressed mood disorder symptoms. In addition to providing a therapeutic creative outlet for women during their stay at a residential treatment center, expressive therapy has been clinically proven to promote long-term healing and recovery. The Timberline Knolls expressive therapy program includes a variety of outlets a woman can select based on her personal interests:
- art therapy in a historical art studio that supports painting, sculpture and other media
- equine assisted psychotherapy
- dance/movement therapy
- empowerment group (experiential trauma recovery)
- self-defense in our on-site fitness facility
- outdoor recreation such as volleyball, basketball, soccer, badminton or gardening on our 43 acre campus
Why Do We Focus on Co-Existing Conditions With Mood Disorders?
When treating residents for anxiety disorders, depression, or personality disorders, the treatment specialists at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center never assume they are treating an isolated disease process. Frequently, drug addiction, alcoholism, or eating disorders develop from attempts by a woman to either:
- Alleviate feelings of self-loathing, shame, or anxiety worsened by psychiatric conditions that we refer to as co-occurring disorders, or
- Soothe intense emotions related to unresolved traumatic experiences in her past
Women suffering from a mood disorder and a co-occurring eating disorder or chemical dependency face unique challenges that require integrated treatment and support in recovery. For these women, the holistic treatment approach at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center can inspire a new hope for recovery and confidence in a bright future.
Co-occurring addictions or psychiatric disorders are recognized frequently in women with mood disorders. Still, they remain under-diagnosed, are not always addressed appropriately by professionals who are primarily concerned with treating symptoms of other disorders. Medical researchers have found that a large percentage of those diagnosed with an addiction or chemical dependency also have at least one other mental illness and/or mood disorder. Co-occurring disorders describe a situation where an addictive disorder persists along with at least one other psychiatric illness that is active and negatively impacts the recovery process. Women with co-occurring disorders tend to experience more severe symptoms of each disease and face a higher likelihood of relapse.
Several psychiatric conditions frequently co-exist with substance abuse, eating disorders, and other addictions:
- anxiety disorders
- personality disorders
- bipolar disorder
- panic disorders
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- self mutilation
- various phobias and compulsions
For patients with co-occurring disorders, attempts to treat only the mood or anxiety disorder, substance abuse, or eating disorder in isolation is at best incomplete, and at worst counterproductive. Life-long recovery requires an understanding of each disease and the complex interactions between them all.
What Should Parents or Friends Say If They Are Concerned?
Call Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center today to learn more about how our mood disorder treatment specialists may help you or a woman you love to overcome anxiety, compulsive disorders, severe depression, bipolar disorder, a personality disorder, eating disorders, or other co-occurring disorders. We accept women and girls (ages 12 and up) for admission seven days a week.