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Helpful articles to help you better understand mental health issues.

An Introduction to Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy

March 20, 2023
Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RO DBT) is a treatment developed by Thomas Lynch for those who develop disorders associated with an overcontrolled (OC) personality.  OC individuals are often described as reserved and cautious, not very expressive with their emotions, and great at delaying gratification. OC individuals tend to be strong rule followers and feel […]

Decluttering is supposed to help my anxiety, why is it making me feel worse?

March 15, 2023
By: Anna Guerdjikova, PhD, LISW, CCRC, Director of Administrative Services, Harold C. Schott Foundation Eating Disorders Program, Lindner Center of HOPE            Spring is in the air. More often than not during this time of year, we find ourselves determined to clean, declutter and organize. In a way, spring cleaning is […]

Purpose of Psychological Assessment

March 5, 2023
By Jennifer Farley, PsyD, Lindner Center of HOPE, Staff Psychologist There are a number of reasons someone may undergo a psychological evaluation. The type of testing that is done depends on the individual’s functioning and the setting in which testing may be pursued. The Purpose of Psychological Assessment in Childhood In childhood, early observations of […]

The Diagnostic and Treatment Challenges of Bipolar Depression

February 16, 2023
            By Nicole Mori, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, Psychiatric Mental Health Curse Practitioner, Lindner Center of HOPE Bipolar disorder (BD) is a complex, chronic, progressive and ranks among the leading causes of disability worldwide.  The underlying feature of BPD is mood instability, with alternation of manic/hypomanic and depressive episodes and, commonly, […]

Avoidant and Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

February 2, 2023
Elizabeth Mariutto, PsyD, CEDS         When the average person is asked to describe eating disorders, body image concerns are one of the most identified symptoms.  However, not everyone with an eating disorder struggles with body image.  Those with Avoidant and Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) avoid or restrict certain foods, but do […]

Discipline – The Necessary Evil of Wellness!

February 1, 2023
  Self-Discipline, by definition, is the ability to listen and to act based on your inner voice, regardless of how you feel, other influences, or the temptations you face. Discipline is the key to self-mastery. So why is this so hard? So many people struggle with maintaining healthy choices and keeping to their goals. We have misperceptions that […]

The Struggle is Real… in the Workplace: National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 27 through March 5, 2023

January 12, 2023
  Julie Foster, LISW-S, RN, MEd There are many types of eating disorders. The most commonly talked about eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, and avoidant restrictive food intake disorder. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAW) is an observance to bring awareness to the seriousness of eating disorders across the United States. It is estimated that over […]

Is Binge Eating sabotaging your diabetes treatment?

December 16, 2022
Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most prevalent eating disorder but remains largely undiagnosed and untreated.  BED is characterized by recurrent episodes of loss of control and consumption of unusually large amounts of food within a short period of time (<=2h).  Episodes are associated with significant emotional distress but are not followed by purging behaviors […]

How to Know When Residential Treatment May be Necessary

December 6, 2022
A loved one is experiencing mental health problems – or perhaps you are dealing with mental illness yourself.  As you look into treatment options – outpatient, inpatient, etc., one option that may be recommended is a residential treatment center. What is Residential Treatment? Residential treatment is a specialized form of inpatient care. It typically includes […]

Why College May Not be the Best Time of Life

November 18, 2022
By: Sidney Hays, MSW, LISW, DARTT, Lindner Center of HOPE Professional Associates, Outpatient Therapist From wild parties in the massive frat houses to stories finding your soulmate in movies and television, many enter college with bright eyes and big dreams. There are expectations of melting into a friend group, dating, gaining experience, and finding your passion […]

Guide to Residential Mental Health Treatment Centers

November 16, 2022
If you or a loved one is suffering from mental illness or addiction, contact us for information on our residential treatment programs for mental health in adults. One in four individuals are living with a mental illness, according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Mental Health Findings1 conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health […]

OK Boomers! Increasing Rates of Substance Use Among Older Adults

October 24, 2022
Anyone born between 1946 and 1964 is a part of the Baby Boomer Generation. This generation is often defined as people born during the post–World War II baby boom, consisting of approximately of 76 million Americans. During the 1950s, 8% of the population was over the age of 65. By 2019, this number grew to […]

DOs and DONTs of Emotional regulation for kids and families

September 26, 2022
Anna I. Guerdjikova, PhD, LISW, CCRC Director of Administrative Services, Harold C. Schott Foundation Eating Disorders Program Lindner Center of HOPE         Emotion regulation refers to the process of generating and maintaining an emotion, as well as the ability to modulate its’ intensity and frequency in order to achieve socioemotional competence and […]

Parenting Anxious Children

September 1, 2022
For many families, the start of the school year means the start of activities, socialization, and helpful structure. For others, it signals the start of anxiety – anxiety about grades, socializing, separation from loved ones, and the like. Anxiety is very common in childhood and adolescence and often does not require mental health intervention. Common […]

Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy for Trauma and other Mental Health Disorders

August 5, 2022
              By: Laurie Little, PsyD  Lindner Center of HOPE, Staff Psychologist Plants that have psychedelic properties have been used across all continents for centuries to aid in rituals, recreation and in healing. Over time, researchers have found that psychedelic medicines can also be profoundly effective in treating mental illnesses […]

“Help! The sun is shining, but it is also dark!”

July 6, 2022
                The sun is shining; the days are longer. Summer is approaching. For some, summer is a break from study or work. For others, it may be an opportunity to take a week of vacation to relax and rejuvenate. Whether it is a two-to-three-month break, or simply more […]

Compulsive Hoarding: How to Know When Enough is Enough

June 13, 2022
By: Jennifer B. Wilcox, PsyD Staff Psychologist, OCD and Anxiety Disorders Program         What is compulsive hoarding? Hoarding Disorder is a psychiatric illness and is considered to be a subtype of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – 5th Edition (DSM-5) defines Hoarding Disorder (HD) as: Persistent difficulty discarding […]

Panic Attacks and Common Anxiety Disorders

June 13, 2022
by: Ronald Freudenberg, Jr., MA, LPCC-S Outpatient Therapist, Lindner Center of HOPE Anxiety can take many forms.  Anxiety is also one of the most common reasons one might seek out mental health treatment.  In this blog, we will explore some of the most frequently occurring anxiety disorders, as well as panic attacks, which can be part […]


May 20, 2022
The Difference Between CBT and DBT (Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies) Stacey L. Spencer, Ed.D. Clinical Neuropsychologist, Lindner Center of HOPE EMDR Trained therapist Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience   There are many, many possible types of psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is an optimal treatment method for mental illnesses.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and […]

Eating Habits: Why You Should Listen to Your Body Instead of Shame

March 25, 2022
By: Annie Ward, MSN, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Lindner Center of HOPE When we think of eating disorders, our society tends to think of individuals in emaciated bodies. Disordered eating is more common than not, and does not discriminate against body size, gender or race. The line between dieting and disordered eating is blurred in […]