Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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How to Manage Anxiety When Struggling with Bipolar Disorder

Most people can relate to feeling anxious, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Worries over health, employment, and the future in general are common right now. For many, the symptoms of anxiety can be easily managed. But for those who are struggling with another mental health concern like bipolar disorder, anxiety can be difficult to control, making it harder to maintain stable moods.

Many of those who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder will also struggle with some form of anxiety at some point in their lives. The presence of anxiety can trigger mood episodes and make it difficult to differentiate between the two conditions. Luckily, with the right tips and treatment plan, you can manage anxiety.

What Does Anxiety and Bipolar Disorder Look Like?

An anxiety disorder that co-occurs with bipolar disorder can complicate diagnosis and treatment. It’s important to understand the signs and symptoms of each and how they might affect each other.

Bipolar disorder causes dramatic shifts in mood and behavior, including depressive episodes and manic episodes. Episodes of depression and mania can each last for weeks at a time.

An episode of depression might include the following symptoms:

  • Feeling sad or empty
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Loss of interest in once enjoyable activities
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Change in appetite and weight
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

An episode of mania can involve:

  • Increased energy
  • Restlessness
  • Extreme irritability
  • Racing thoughts
  • Needing little sleep
  • Having unrealistic beliefs about oneself
  • Use of alcohol and drugs
  • Inappropriate and impulsive behavior

The goal of bipolar disorder treatment is to achieve mood stability. However, when anxiety is present, this can be a trigger for episodes. Anxiety disorders that are common with bipolar disorder include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder.

Signs that you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder along with bipolar disorder include:

  • Panic attacks
  • Significant anxiety
  • Excessive worry
  • Avoidance of certain places or activities due to uncontrollable fear
  • Difficulty sleeping and anxiety that is present even when not in a manic state

When these symptoms exist with episodes of depression and mania, both bipolar disorder and an anxiety disorder may be present. Suffering from both an anxiety disorder and bipolar disorder can greatly affect your quality of life. Luckily, with proper treatment, you can effectively manage both conditions.

Tips for Managing Anxiety

There are some things you can do when you feel stressed or anxious. These strategies won’t necessarily eliminate symptoms of anxiety, but they can make it easier to manage symptoms and avoid mood episodes. Here are some tips to try when feeling stressed or anxious:

  1. Find ways to mentally distract yourself – When you begin to have stressful or anxiety-provoking thoughts, it can help to distract your mind with a task that requires your mental focus, like painting or reading.
  2. Follow a routine that works – Establishing a routine can help you gain a sense of control and ensures that you have adequate time for things like sleep, self-care, exercise, and relaxation.
  3. Practice listing things around you – When you feel overwhelmed with thoughts, it can help to turn your attention outward. Try listing five things you can see around you, four things you can touch, three things you can hear, two things you can smell, and one thing you can taste.
  4. Have a self-soothing strategy – By forming a self-soothing strategy or coping kit before anxiety sets in, you can be better prepared to manage symptoms. This might include a calming playlist, essential oils, and anything that can help quiet your mind.
  5. Challenge anxious thoughts with facts – When you have negative thoughts and worry about the worst-case scenario happening, try challenging them with proof. If there is no evidence to back up your worries, you may be unintentionally overexaggerating your fears.
  6. Share your plan with your inner circle – It can be easy to become isolated when feeling anxious, but it is important to allow support from others. By sharing your coping plan with someone close to you, they can help remind you of your strategies and understand how to support you.
  7. Don’t be afraid to ask for help – Even with a coping plan in place, anxiety can sometimes still trigger a mood episode. It is important to know when the anxiety is becoming too difficult to manage and when it is time to seek professional help.

If you are struggling to manage anxiety and bipolar disorder symptoms, you are not alone, and help is available.