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Author: Dr. Mehri Moore

THIRA Health / Articles posted by Dr. Mehri Moore

Women in Mental Healthcare through History

Most of these mental healthcare professionals couldn’t legally vote, or hold office, or openly reject the sexism of their age—but they still changed healthcare and humanity forever. Melanie Klein (1882-1960) Klein was a controversial figure in her day—and as the founder of Kleinian psychoanalysis—she was the first mental health professional to apply the tenets of traditional psychoanalysis to children. This methodology flew in the face of the academic and medical establishment, which at that time considered women to be unreliable, second-class scientists who were semi-invalid during their monthly menstrual cycles. Klein pioneered “play-therapy” as a way to better understand the communication, intention, and neurosis of children. This methodology is an important underpinning for the modern behavioral analysis of children, and is an unshakeable contribution to the psychoanalytical school...

Announcing THIRA Health’s 7-day Partial Hospitalization Program!

THIRA Introduces a 7-Day PHP Treatment Option THIRA Health is delighted to announce the expansion of our Partial Hospitalization Program to a full 7 days per week. This expansion builds on the strengths of our current 5-day, DBT-based Partial Hospitalization Program.  Like all of THIRA’s programs, the newly-expanded offering caters to women and girls aged 13 and above with anxiety and depression, and for whom intensive treatment is clinically appropriate. Our PHP model allows patients the flexibility to remain in their own living environment while undergoing intensive, effective treatment.  THIRA’s program is housed in our beautiful downtown Bellevue facility, designed to be a warm, welcoming, and comforting environment; a contrast to the institutional environment that a hospital stay requires. Our 7-day PHP is ideal for those looking to maintain the support and...

Maintaining A Balanced Fitness Program in 2018

By Dr. Mehri Moore, M.D. We’d like to take a brief moment to discuss the at-times aggressive, counter-productive resolutions that so often accompany the New Year (“new year, new me”) which can cause feelings of anxiety and depression. Instead of feeling pressure to hit the gym, we here at THIRA Health encourage you to focus on holistic self-care in your quest to get healthy ––and considering that 80 percent of Americans with a gym membership don’t use it––the importance of a balanced and sustainable approach to fitness becomes more clear. Here are some simple ideas for promoting a new year of personal wellness: Benefits of Outdoor Exercise Fresh air has been shown to improve blood pressure, heart rate, and strengthen the immune and digestive systems. A balanced exercise routine...

Challenging the “New Year, New You” Message

By Dr. Mehri Moore, M.D. Around this time of year, it’s nearly impossible to escape messaging relating to revitalization or renewal. Gyms are offering discounted memberships, talk show hosts are discussing how to craft the perfect set of New Year’s resolutions, and media outlets of every stripe are running “Best of 20__” or “Year in Review” segments — and telling you what to look forward to in the coming year — on a nightly basis. It’s hardly a mystery why people get swept up in this “new year, new you” thinking, but it’s worth pausing for a moment to consider whether this approach to a fresh calendrical cycle is the right one. Celebrations of Renewal across Cultures This way of thinking is neither new nor, in a broad...

4 Ways to Handle Transition-Related Stress

By Dr. Mehri Moore, M.D. “The only thing constant is change,” the adage goes. And yet, this ubiquity notwithstanding, dealing with the unpredictability of life is one of the more difficult challenges people encounter. The fact of the matter is, change is hard. The personal and emotional vacancies carved out by shifts in one’s relationships — to one’s work, to one’s loved ones, to oneself — can be remarkably unsettling, as changes both positive and negative often fundamentally redefine an individual’s identity. Whether a change is planned (taking a new job, moving to a new city, getting married, having children), unplanned (being broken up with, getting fired, losing a loved one), or, in a sense, inevitable (watching children go off to college, retiring, becoming more physically feeble...

How Family Dynamics Can Help or Hinder Patients

As the holiday season rolls along, many of us will continue to reunite with loved ones to celebrate, reminisce, and rekindle old relationships. This time of year also provides us with an annual reminder that family dynamics are, if nothing else, complicated. Regardless of our class, culture, socioeconomic status, or anything else, our families have a profound impact on the way we see ourselves, the relationships we form outside of our family circles, and, more broadly, the ways in which we interact with the world. Even if you’ve maintained a fair amount of distance or independence from your family since leaving home, the family dynamics that were at play during your formative years have a tendency of sticking around well into adulthood, even if only “below...

Holiday Stress: The Familial Roots of Pride & Pain

At THIRA Health, we’re firm believers in the important role that community plays in helping achieve comprehensive, durable recoveries for patients struggling with conditions like anxiety and depression. Indeed, the remarkable power of a supportive, empathetic communal group is the driving force behind our commitment to women-only environments. And while we encourage all of our patients to actively participate in post-program communities by continuing to share their progress and challenges with their THIRA cohort, the reality is that social and communal dynamics outside of a controlled therapeutic setting are much more difficult to navigate than those forged within one of our programs. This is especially true of familial communities. Even if you’re fortunate enough to have a fairly functional, supportive family, the feelings, memories, and personal histories...

Welcome, Dr. Kathryn Korslund!

  At THIRA Health, our treatment programs are based in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and aim to provide a comprehensive approach to mental wellness, an approach developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan in the late 1980s. As such, it is with great pleasure that we are able to introduce world-renowned DBT expert Dr. Kathryn Korslund as our new Clinical Director. After receiving her PhD from the Medical College of Pennsylvania at Hahnemann University, Dr. Korslund completed a postdoctoral fellowship under the direction of Dr. Linehan herself in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington (UW). In 2003, Dr. Korslund became a research scientist at UW’s Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics (BRTC) and worked alongside Dr. Linehan on several NIH-funded research studies centered on further developing and...

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Adolescent Anxiety in the Social Media Age (Part II)

By Dr. Mehri Moore, M.D. As we covered in Part I of this article, numerous scientific studies have demonstrated the concerning connection between adolescent anxiety, depression, and suicide and excessive smartphone and social media use. According to research conducted by San Diego State University professor of psychology Jean Twenge, for instance, adolescents who use social media every day are 13% more likely to report frequent depressive symptoms than those who use social media more sparingly. The proliferation of social media has not been without detrimental effects on young men, but data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that young women have had an even tougher time adjusting. While suicide deaths among 15- to 19-year-old males increased by 31% from 2007 to 2015, they more...

Adolescent Anxiety in the Social Media Age (Part I)

By Dr. Mehri Moore, M.D. According to research conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health, roughly a quarter of 13- to 18-year-olds struggle with some sort of anxiety disorder during their adolescence. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that many of these episodes are quite serious, as suicide deaths among Americans aged 10 to 19 have risen dramatically in the last decade. This troubling trend is particularly pronounced among adolescent girls, for whom suicide rates are at a 40-year high. Understandably, the question on everyone’s mind is, “Why?” Ever-increasing workloads and expectations at school and ongoing familial after-effects of the Great Recession have been put forward as possible explanations, but one of the most suspect culprits is the proliferation – and improper...

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