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Women Helping Women: An Interview with Dr. Moore

Recently, THIRA's founder and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Mehri Moore, was interviewed by Reflections Magazine for her work in mental health supporting women. Whether it’s because women are more willing than ever to talk about mental health or because incidents are rising due to cultural pressures, the number of women diagnosed with depression and anxiety is increasing across all age groups. Dr. Mehri Moore has dedicated her entire career to addressing the trend. Moore is a pioneer in the area for women’s mental health. In 1991, she founded the Moore Center for Eating Disorders, an intensive outpatient program in Bellevue  focused on supporting patients with eating disorders. It was the area's first. Check out the full article here! ...

Alcohol Abuse and DBT

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, alcohol abuse may contribute to signs and symptoms of co-occurring problems. Most commonly, these symptoms are related to depression, anxiety, psychosis, and antisocial behavior. How DBT can be leveraged as treatment for alcohol abuse Alcohol abuse is often a sign of coping or self-medication that evolves into dependence. Often,  dependence on alcohol will cause consistent mood issues and weaken an individual’s ability to manage emotions. DBT is commonly used in instances of mood dysregulation, and as such, it can be a good fit for alcohol abuse patients also dealing with anxiety and depression. DBT emphasizes learned coping techniques, which can help an alcoholic make positive changes in their life and find other means of coping. Additionally,...

The Power of Women-Centered Treatment Groups

Prior to the 1970s, there was little recognition of the specific, separate needs of women and men in mental health treatment. The troubles and anxieties of both genders had been often grouped together in the development of mental health care models for most of the 20th century—regardless of inequalities in economic and social life, hormonal fluctuations, and the various (and significant) differences between how each sex experienced depression. Over the decades that followed the Women’s Movement of the ‘70s, greater recognition emerged for the variables influencing the treatment for men and women, and distinct tracks began to form for women seeking gender-specific support. Our founder, Dr. Merhi Moore, started THIRA to offer intensive, focused, and individualized mental health treatment for women and girls grappling with anxiety and...

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

By Emily Fitch, RD and Allison Thompson, RD   It’s National Eating Disorder Awareness week. We’ve been struggling with what to write – there are already blog posts with Eating Disorder (ED) facts, statistics, mottos for recovery, and much more out there. We know that children are 242 times more likely to develop an eating disorder than type 2 diabetes, for example – yet we hear so much more about the importance of a ‘healthy weight’, and not so much about how to promote balanced and nourishing messaging about health and weight. We know that recovery isn’t just about weight restoration, eating disorders often coexist with diagnoses like anxiety and OCD, eating disorders aren’t just about food, and recovery isn’t a straight line. Eating disorders are complicated medical and...

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5 Tips For Improving Bad Habits

Our habits, over time, build up the experiences that define our lifestyle and the way we approach life. A habit can be physical and health-related, such as eating fatty foods and sweets or smoking cigarettes, or it can be emotional and mental - such as the re-telling of a personal narrative that causes us stress. Habits are patterns of behavior that often happen outside of our awareness. While you may be most aware of the habits that work against you, what matters most is taking action for change. It is crucial to understand that ineffective habits don’t go away on their own. Unfortunately, breaking a bad habit can be quite daunting for people, and there’s deep-seeded behavioral reasoning for this. We’re hard-wired to re-create experiences that...

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Breaking the Stigma

More celebrities leading the way for mental health awareness.  Mental health awareness has been brought into the spotlight as of late. More and more artists, celebrities, musicians, and actors have been coming forward with their own accounts of personal struggle with mental health. By using their influence to spread knowledge about the stigma surrounding mental health, positive strides have been made for everyday people struggling with mental health problems. The stigma surrounding mental health can be broken down into two parts. As Dr. Graham Davey writes, “Social stigma is characterized by prejudicial attitudes and discriminating behavior directed towards individuals with mental health problems as a result of the psychiatric label they have been given.” The other facet of stigma when it concerns mental health is perceived...

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Healing Through Artistic Expression

Creative expression is as innate to humans as walking or speaking. All humans suffer from respective emotional or physical pain or trauma. Therefore, all humans can benefit from therapy in some way. However, not all humans are built the same or have faced the same experiences, and thus the approach to therapy should be unique to the individual. The process of healing through artistic expression has always been a part of humanity. In recent years, it has been awarded an actual label in the psychology and therapy realm. To understand what art therapy is and how it is used, the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) describes, “Art therapy [as being] used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight,...

5 Benefits of a Social Media Detox

The original intent of social media sites such as MySpace or Facebook was to create an online platform in which people could connect. This concept took advantage of the far reaching potential of the internet and sought to do something positive and simple -- bring people together. No one can argue that social media has not achieved this goal. It is hard to imagine that virtual networking could come with so many negative side effects, but it does, and consumers feel the impact of them each and every day whether they realize it or not. Taking a step back from sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can feel like you’re folding in the middle of a very exciting game. Social media has no off season,...

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How to Stay Present during the Holiday Season

The Holiday season is all about relaxing and enjoying your time off from work and school. But preparing for them, buying gifts and planning parties can get demanding and stressful very quickly. As we get more overwhelmed, it can get difficult to focus on what’s important during the holidays: spending quality time with your loved ones and enjoying the moments we have with them. Staying present is an important skill to have - especially during this time. That’s why the team at THIRA put together a few quick tips on how to be - and stay - present this holiday season.   1. Pause and appreciate: As you do any holiday-related activities, like choosing a gift, decorating a tree or even just calling a family member, pause...

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Our Favorite Wellness Gifts from 2018

This holiday season, our team wants to make it easier for our friends and community to give the gift of mindfulness and peace. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite gifts that inspire positive habits, restfulness, and holistic living. Check out our list below and feel free to share your favorite wellness gift ideas with us!   DAVIDsTEA: Inspire coziness and self-care with a variety of gift options from  DAVIDsTEA. The brand offers over 150 types of tea, including exclusive blends, limited edition seasonal collections, traditional straight teas and exotic infusions from around the globe. Not to mention the largest collection of organic teas and infusions in North America.         Home Garden Kit: A little indoor planting over the Winter can go a long way in boosting...

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