Individualized treatment for mood disorders helps patients live better

At Lindner Center of HOPE, patients directly benefit from research led by expert clinicians — Paul Keck, Jr., MD, and Susan McElroy, MD. Their work advances what is known about mood disorders, leading to more productive and effective care.

The team of expert psychotherapists, researchers, and clinicians works collaboratively to diagnose mood disorders and any other co-occurring conditions. Because mood disorders can be complex, a thorough and accurate assessment is the foundation for treatment. What follows is a custom treatment plan designed to help patients better manage their conditions.

Patients can receive treatment for major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), psychotic depression, postpartum depression, and other mood disorders.

A Compelling Approach to Therapy Equips Patients with Tools to Succeed

To effectively treat mood disorders, clinicians use a carefully developed blend of therapy proven to deliver the best outcomes. Therapies teach patients how to manage symptoms and behaviors to enable productive, rewarding lives:

  • Psychiatrists who understand the function of medications in acute and long-term treatment provide a balance of Insight Oriented Therapy (IOT) sessions and medication management.
    • Insight Oriented Therapy (IOT) – Clinicians work with patients to improve self-awareness and identify behavior patterns by evaluating how past events impact thoughts, feelings and behaviors that have led to difficulties with moods and relationships. For many people, these insights can lead to positive changes in how they cope with stress in their life and can reduce and maintain the reduction of depressive symptoms.
    • Medication Management – The staff understands how to effectively use medications for acute and long-term treatment. They are adept at calibrating medications and adjusting to patient needs.


  • Psychologists use Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and one of the most current, scientifically proven treatments — Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) — to support patient recovery and long-term wellness.
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – This progressive therapy helps identify and challenge a patient’s negative thought patterns and encourages behaviors designed to counter-act depressive symptoms.
    • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) – This differentiating approach to treatment helps patients develop strategies to manage quick and strong fluctuations in emotions. No other facility in the greater Cincinnati area offers more expertise in DBT than the Lindner Center of HOPE. Clinicians trained to use DBT support the development of skills and mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation. These skills assist patients in avoiding extreme behaviors that limit the ability to function and encourage change to a more successful and fulfilling life.


  • Social workers educate patients and their families as well as provide support throughout treatment.
  • Family Therapy, an inclusive approach to education and therapy, assists the patient and supports the family.

Levels of Care

Learn about the different levels of care for mood disorders at Lindner Center of HOPE:

  • Inpatient Treatment
  • Outpatient Treatment
  • Residential Treatment at Sibcy House at Lindner Center of HOPE
  • Research
  • Support Groups
  • Additional Therapies for treatment resistant (treatment refractory) mood disorders

Learn more about co-occurring conditions  – when a mood disorder occurs simultaneously with one or more mental disorders or an addiction.