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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TikTok and Eating Disorders in Adolescents

TikTok and Eating Disorders in AdolescentsScrolling through TikTok offers a welcome escape during the pandemic, something more adolescents than ever have been doing to stay connected with friends.

But the video content the social platform serves its users is not always harmless entertainment. Many adolescents are seeing videos that promote eating disorders, and the impact on their mental health can be devastating.

Videos Promoting Eating Disorders

TikTok is most popular among adolescents ages 10-19, who use the short-video app to create their own videos, connect with friends, and watch user-generated content.

Over the last year, more adolescents have turned to social media sites like TikTok to manage the stress and loneliness caused by the pandemic. In fact, researchers at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago surveyed 2,000 parents and found that 63% of the respondents believed that their teens were using social media more often because of the pandemic.

But in addition to videos of trending dances and lip syncs, TikTok has been serving many adolescents content that promotes eating disorders.

These videos depict harmful eating and exercise behaviors, or they show users who have slimmed their waistlines, added muscle tone, or changed their facial structures using body-editing apps.

Some users try to counteract these harmful videos by posting content that discusses their eating disorder recovery journeys. But experts say that these recovery stories can sometimes do more damage than good because before and after images can be triggering, or a person may not talk about recovery in the most accurate light.

Working Against the Algorithm

TikTok has made efforts to restrict content that may be harmful to its users. The platform’s community guidelines ban videos that promote behaviors that could lead to the development of an eating disorder.

And in February 2021, TikTok added a new feature that connects users with support and resources if they search for the hashtags #edrecovery, #proana, or other eating disorder-related phrases.

But these efforts haven’t stopped harmful content from reaching vulnerable adolescents, who only need to watch a video once for similar content to start showing up in their For You page.

TikTok’s algorithm recommends videos based on various factors, including the way a person interacts on the platform; the hashtags, sounds, or captions they use; and personal settings like their country or device type.

Users can control the content they see by tapping “Not Interested” or hiding content from certain creators. But this places a heavy responsibility on adolescents, who often don’t understand the impact of the media they are consuming.

How Parents Can Help

Parents can play a powerful role in the way adolescents use social media. Here are some tips for how parents can promote healthier social media consumption:

  • Talk to your child about setting limits – Help your child understand why it’s important to set healthy limits on their social media use.
  • Limit social media use – If your child is struggling with how much they are using social media, set limits on how long they can access their social media accounts each day. TikTok has a parental control setting that allows you to set time limits directly in the app.
  • Openly discuss body image and eating behaviors – Talking to your child about the types of bodies and eating behaviors they are seeing on social media can help them form a healthier relationship with food and their body.
  • Give them opportunities to disconnect – Offline interactions without filters and editing can remind your child how beautiful real life can be.

The content your child is viewing on TikTok can put them at risk for lower self-esteem and body image concerns. And for those who are already struggling with an eating disorder, the consequences can be even more damaging.

But creating a safe space for your child to discuss these feelings with you can help them learn to use social media in a healthier way.