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Mental Health Treatment Tailored to Fit Individual Needs

April 12, 2012
Millions of Americans suffer with mental illness. These come in various forms; from mood disorders and severe addictions to eating disorders. Unfortunately, there is no definitive cure or “silver bullet” for most of these illnesses. However, mental health professionals now have a better understanding than ever before regarding the treatment of mental disorders. As a […]

Loosening the Destructive Grip of Addictive Disorders

March 20, 2012
Addictions come in many forms. But those suffering with develop an uncontrollable urge to revisit a substance, activity or behavior in order to satisfy a need or desire. An addiction may fill a void in one’s life, or act as a salve for a festering emotional wound. Those at the mercy of their addictive behaviors often […]

Co-Occurring Disorders Complex But Treatable

March 8, 2012
Diagnosing specific mental health problems and disorders is not always easy. The human mind is very complex. Even highly-trained and vastly experienced mental health professionals may occasionally experience some difficulties in pinning down a definitive diagnosis. This is especially true in regard to co-occurring disorders. Also referred to as “dual disorders” or a “dual diagnosis,” […]

Leap for HOPE Raises More Than $70,000 for the Treatment of Mental Illness

March 7, 2012
On February 29, 2012, Leap Day, High Hopes, fundraising auxiliary for Lindner Center of HOPE, premier mental health hospital located in Mason, held its 4th annual fundraiser, Leap for HOPE. The day was filled with silent auctions, boutique shopping, a gourmet lunch, and a message from keynote speaker, Julie Hyman, MD. The event raised more […]

Mood Disorders and Personality Disorders among the Most Common Mental Illnesses

March 6, 2012
 Mental health problems are the leading cause of disability in the U.S., costing our society countless hours of productivity each year. The types of mental illnesses are wide-ranging and are classified according to symptoms and characteristics.  It is not always easy to pinpoint a specific mental disorder. This is in part due to similarities between […]

Depression Affecting a Growing Number of Americans

February 27, 2012
It’s normal to occasionally become melancholy or to feel “down.” But when feelings of sadness or “emptiness” persist, there is a good chance deeper issues exist. Depression in its various forms affects roughly one in 10 Americans, according to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics. The number of people suffering from this sometimes […]

Chronic Stress Can Take a Toll on One’s Mental Well-Being

February 21, 2012
Stress is a normal reaction to situations and frustrations that we occasionally experience during the course of our lives. Career concerns, deadlines, financial troubles and kid-related issues can all cause us moments of worry and degrees of anxiety. Normal stress can also be beneficial to us in some ways. For instance, it heightens our awareness […]

Eating Disorder Treatment Involves Changing Behavior Patterns

February 9, 2012
Although there are differences between the eating disorders anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, they do share some of the same characteristics. Among other similarities, individuals who suffer with these disorders generally have an unfavorable view of their own bodies. The fear of becoming overweight or the perception that one is overweight — even if they […]

Help Available for Compulsive Hoarders

January 27, 2012
Compulsive hoarding is by no means a new phenomenon. However, it has recently moved into the spotlight courtesy of several documentaries and television shows such as A&E’s “Hoarders” and TLC’s “Hoarding: Buried Alive.” The exposure compulsive hoarding has gained as a result has been an eye-opener to many hoarders as well as to those around […]

February Highlights Eating Disorders Awareness Week – An Evening With An Eating Disorders Expert Panel

January 23, 2012
Mason, Ohio—February 2, in honor of Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Lindner Center of HOPE will join with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Cincinnati Psychotherapy Institute to offer an Evening with an Eating Disorders Expert Panel. The panel will consist of nationally recognized Eating Disorders experts and offer an opportunity for primary care physicians, mental […]

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. […]