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Helpful articles to help you better understand mental health issues.

Adolescent Depression: Important to Detect and Treat Early

January 23, 2012
The teen years can be challenging and confusing times. The transition from adolescence to adulthood is not an easy one for many young people as they try to establish their place in the world. Pressures to perform well academically, fickle relationships and living up to parental and peer expectations are just some of the issues […]

Mental Health Treatment Centers Offer a Wide Variety of Services

January 18, 2012
Over 45 million Americans have some form of mental illness. Roughly 25 percent of these individuals have disorders considered to be serious, according to a recent Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) study. With the number of Americans suffering from mental illness and substance abuse problems on the rise, caregivers and treatment facilities […]

Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness Slowly Decreasing

January 11, 2012
There is an overriding tendency within human nature to fear what we don’t understand. Throughout history, this “fear of the unknown” has shaped our perception in regard to those who suffer from mental illness. Assumptions and judgments are formed about people with mental health issues often without any understanding of the causes, symptoms and treatment […]

9/11 Responders Struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

December 21, 2011
On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Americans took the time to reflect upon the events of that horrific day. Observances and ceremonies were conducted throughout the country to pay respect to the victims and to memorialize the heroes that emerged from that devastating day. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in New York, Washington and […]

Why is ADHD Commonly Misdiagnosed?

December 12, 2011
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorders in children. In the U.S., ADHD affects roughly 8 percent of children ages 3-17, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), up to 60 percent of children with ADHD […]

Stress Affects Employees At All Levels—Even the Executives

November 15, 2011
Stress shows no boundaries. It hits everyone—not just the patient in your waiting room, or the parent who says they’ve hit bottom and don’t know where else to turn, or your staff person working endlessly to meet deadlines and improve the bottom line. Economic pressures, unrelenting competition, never-ending work hours and shoestring budgets can take […]

Mental Illness Does Not Discriminate: Celebrity Struggles Well-Documented

November 8, 2011
In recent years, many high profile actors, politicians and athletes have opted to take the step of disclosing their battles with mental disorders to the general public. In doing so, these people have elevated public awareness of conditions such as bipolar disorders, depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD). In some cases, the decisions by […]

ADHD Linked To Genes

October 28, 2011
A fairly recent study has found evidence linking Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to genetics. A team of scientists scanned gene maps of more than 1,400 children for the study. After comparing the abnormal samples to the DNA of children without ADHD, the researchers discovered those with ADHD were more likely to have small pieces […]

In Honor of Carl H. Lindner Jr.

October 19, 2011
Paul E. Keck, Jr., MD President & CEO Lindner Center of HOPE University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, The Craig and Frances Lindner Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and Executive Vice Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry The news this week announcing the passing of legendary businessman, entrepreneur and great philanthropist Carl H. Lindner Jr. […]

Addressing the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness

October 5, 2011
The subject of mental illness is still considered taboo in many social circles. It remains the “elephant in the room” that those who are suffers are reluctant to discuss. Positive strides have recently taken place to make the public more aware of the wide range of mental health issues affecting many individuals around the globe. […]

Perinatal Depression Affects Development of Infants

September 20, 2011
Over 400,000 infants are born each year to mothers suffering from perinatal depression. The most undiagnosed obstetric complication in the U.S., perinatal depression typically affects mothers during pregnancy or within the first year following childbirth. Types of Perinatal Depression At least half of new mothers develop what is known as the “baby blues.” This type […]

Knowledgeable Society Can Bring HOPE

September 14, 2011
Written by Paul E. Keck Jr., M.D.,  president and CEO of Lindner Center of HOPE and a professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine * * * Abraham Lincoln, Virginia Woolf, Eugene O’Neill, Leo Tolstoy, Tennessee Williams, Winston Churchill, Charles Dickens, Carrie Fisher, Mike Wallace, Patty Duke, Demi Lovato, […]

Consumer Or Patient?

September 8, 2011
In 1990, informal movements driven by consumers began in an effort to change the perceived problems in mental health services and to promote better communication between the provider and the patient.  A mental health “consumer” is considered a person who is undergoing treatment for a psychiatric disorder.   The term suggests that individuals have a choice […]

Gaining Control of ADHD and Harnessing its Advantages

August 11, 2011
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can carry with it a variety of symptoms including hyperactivity, the inability to stay focused and impulsivity. Depending on the individual, these symptoms can manifest themselves in different ways. ADHD is synonymous with the older term, “ADD,” and is commonly associated with children who have trouble paying attention and controlling […]

Mood Disorders In Children & Adults

July 17, 2011
One in every ten Americans suffers from a mood disorder. While there are many different types, some of the more common mood disorders include major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder and dysthymia. Mood disorders can develop at any age, but are most likely to first appear during childhood and become more severe as individuals become adults. […]

Understanding Anxiety Disorders

June 9, 2011
Everyone experiences some level of worry or anxiety from time to time. But when that worry or anxiousness becomes overwhelming or subsists for long periods of time, there may be a deeper issue at hand. In a given year, anxiety disorders affect roughly 18 percent of Americans over the age of 18, according to the […]

Teen Depression: How Caregivers Can Help

June 6, 2011
C. Stephen Edwards, Director, Adolescent Psychiatry, Lindner Center of HOPE Teen depression is a serious problem in the United States.  One in eight teens is likely to experience depression.  Teen depression is much more than just bad moods, growing pains or even feeling down.  Depression will impact every aspect of a teenager’s life.  It can […]

Psychotherapy Can Offer Help and Hope

May 23, 2011
From stress-related issues to a more acute mental illness such as bipolar disorder, psychological problems are wide-ranging in their symptoms and severity levels. When determining which treatment route that an individual struggling with mental health problems should take, the first step should be a psychiatric evaluation conducted by a mental health professional. Once the problem […]

May is Mental Health Month

May 16, 2011
Each year, Lindner Center of HOPE joins together with advocacy groups and providers to help raise awareness about mental health and mental illness.  This annual monthly observance began in 1949 through Mental Health America, formerly Mental Health Association.  This national effort helps to combat bias and stigma associated with mental illness and mental health issues. […]