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

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has 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 has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being 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.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

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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The Link Between Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder

  Many people who suffer from an eating disorder are intensely anxious about their appearance. But in some cases, it’s not just the eating disorder that’s contributing to these troubling thoughts.

Eating disorders often coexist with body dysmorphic disorder, a mental health condition that causes a person to become overwhelmed by thoughts or feelings about their looks.

Researchers from Anglia Ruskin University surveyed more than 1,600 health club members in the U.K. and found that the people who reported having an eating disorder were 12 times more likely to struggle with obsessive thoughts about perceived flaws in their appearance.

Of the 30% of survey participants who said that they suffered from an eating disorder, 76% reported that they also suffered from body dysmorphic disorder. And women reported struggling with the symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder more often than men did.

There’s no doubt that living with an eating disorder can cause serious body image concerns. Body dysmorphic disorder can amplify those concerns by making it even harder to control obsessive thoughts about your appearance. When a person suffers from both disorders, it can lead to devastating — and even fatal — consequences if left untreated.

Understanding Body Dysmorphic Disorder

We’ve all had days when we’re sure that everyone is judging us for that blemish or a hair that’s out of place. But people who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder can’t stop fixating on those anxieties, and they spend hours trying to hide what they perceive as unforgivable flaws.

“Body [dysmorphic disorder] can result in anxiety, stress, and reduced quality of life,” said Mike Trott, Ph.D., a researcher at Anglia Ruskin University and the lead author of the study. “While sufferers of eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia nervosa, share similar traits to those with body [dysmorphic disorder], research into any correlation between the two is sparse.”

Someone who is struggling with body dysmorphic disorder feels overwhelmed by invasive thoughts and feelings about their appearance. They may have a distorted view of themselves that makes them believe that they are ugly or deformed, so they try to “fix” the way they look through clothing, makeup, or diet and exercise. They may also feel intense shame about their appearance when they are around others, so they may stop going to school, showing up at work, or attending social gatherings.

Like an eating disorder, body dysmorphic disorder can be isolating and lonely for the person who is living with this condition. In more severe cases, untreated body dysmorphic disorder can lead to self-harm or even thoughts of suicide.

The Importance of Holistic Treatment

Because it’s possible to struggle with both an eating disorder and body dysmorphic disorder, some symptoms of these conditions can overlap. That’s why it’s crucial to get a comprehensive assessment to determine how these disorders have been affecting your daily life.

By seeking holistic treatment that addresses both conditions, you can build a healthier relationship with your body. Your treatment team can develop a plan of care that includes personalized interventions that address your specific body image concerns.

When you’re struggling with both conditions, you might want nothing more than to hide from the world. But with appropriate treatment, you can find hope for a future in which you can appreciate yourself and your body exactly as it is.