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Helpful articles to help you better understand mental health issues.

Recent advances in the neuroscience of youth’s brain development and screen time exposure

August 6, 2020
Screen time recommendations vary by the child’s age. Presently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that for children younger than 18 months of age, the use of screen media other than video-chatting should mostly be discouraged. For children 2 to 5 years of age screens are acceptable for no more than one hour per […]

Binge eating disorder in primary care: Why should I screen my patients?

July 6, 2020
  Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder, with an estimated prevalence of 3% in the US population. It is also the most common eating disorder among men. BED is characterized by regularly recurrent episodes of eating unusual amounts of food within a discrete time frame (usually <2hrs), which are associated with […]

Psychological Assessment: What is it and how can it help?

June 15, 2020
Jennifer L. Farley, PsyD Lindner Center of HOPE, Staff Psychologist People often wonder what “psychological testing” is, what it is used for, and how it can help. The answers to these questions vary, depending on what the referral question is and in what setting testing is sought after. What is a Psychological Assessment? Most broadly, […]

Feeling Blue vs. Being Depressed: What Is the Difference?

June 15, 2020
Almost everyone has felt “down in the dumps” at times or had a case of “the blues.” In this state, you may have referred to yourself as feeling depressed.  But is this really clinical depression? An estimated 25 percent of Americans suffer from major depression. So what distinguishes the common “down” feelings felt by most […]

An Introduction to Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

June 9, 2020
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 […]

Psychological Disorders and Their Impact on Cognition

May 14, 2020
Fortunately, our culture has recently seen a gradual erosion of the stigma regarding emotional disorders, along with an increased understanding of such conditions. However, a less well-understood aspect of emotional disorders is the impact that they have on the cognitive functioning of those who are afflicted. Disorders such as Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety […]

Managing Suicidality During Isolation

April 30, 2020
In the United States, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death.  The rate increased 33% from 1999 through 2017 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention states that “suicide most often occurs when stressors and health issues converge to create an experience of hopelessness and despair.” […]

Living with Anxiety During Times of Stress

April 24, 2020
Times are uncertain. The world feels scary. Our normal day to day life has been turned upside down. Let me just start by saying this, if you are feeling anxious, scared, overwhelmed, frustrated… you are allowed to feel these emotions, it makes total sense why you feel this way, you are not alone, and you […]

Isolation and Loneliness During Social Distancing

April 23, 2020
Quarantine.Isolation . Lockdown. Who could have ever predicted that these words – so often associated with scary movies or rare, brief safety emergencies – would become so commonplace in our social language? The terms, themselves, being so casually thrown around that we’ve nearly become numb to their actual magnitude? The concept of loneliness is a […]

Pockets of Rest

April 21, 2020
“Take a rest.  A field that is rested give a beautiful crop” – Ovid, Roman Poet, circa 20 BC   Pockets of Rest By Valerie Martin, Spiritual Care Team It is not news that poor rest and sleep can have a negative effect on health.  But look at this: On the public safety side, besides […]

Managing OCD During a Pandemic

April 20, 2020
Many who struggle with OCD are probably noticing a spike in their symptoms during these unprecedented times. Stress and uncertainty can often make OCD symptoms flare. Those who struggle with specific types of OCD may be having an even harder time: specifically those with contamination concerns and those concerned with harming others. Another symptom of […]

Managing Depression During Times of Uncertainty

April 15, 2020
  Peter White, M.A., LPCC Lindner Center of HOPE, Addictions Counselor Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is a period of unprecedented changes marked by great uncertainty shared by literally everyone. One of the complex realities of dealing with this much uncertainty is that we should feel a wide variety of difficult emotions – confusion, […]

Substance Use and Stress

April 15, 2020
Chris Tuell Ed.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, Clinical Director of Addiction Services As feelings of anxiety, depression, or sheer boredom mount due to the growing pandemic of the coronavirus, the desire to turn to drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism could become more problematic. Experts warn against self-medicating during these stressful times for a multitude of […]

Conversacion con la incertidumbre

April 14, 2020
En esta oportunidad quiero compartir con ustedes el articulo que escribimos en mi Grupo de estudio Psicoanalisis de Cara a lo Social integrado por Manuel Llorens, Alicia Leisse, Carmen Elena Dos Reis, Claudia Alvarez, Yone Alvarez y esta servidora.  Nos reunimos de forma “virtual” cada 15 dias para discutir trabajos y temas de corte psicoanalitico […]

Keeping Your Family Functional in the Wake of COVID 19

April 13, 2020
Tracy S. Cummings, MD Psychiatrist, Lindner Center of HOPE Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Medical Director of CCHMC Services at LCOH On a large scale, our world continues to adjust to the new normal enacted for our safety in the wake of COVID19. And while we may be interested in global responses and big […]

Tips for Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 13, 2020
Megan Schrantz, Ed.D., LPCC Students everywhere are struggling to engage in their studies meaningfully during the coronavirus crisis. For now, gone are the comfortable routines, activities, and structured in-person expectations of the school week. Children, teenagers, and college students need adequate sleep, healthy meals, and regular exercise.   Healthy habits are particularly important for young people […]

Mental Health Remains Critical During Pandemic

April 9, 2020
Paul R. Crosby, MD Lindner Center of HOPE, Chief Clinical and Operating Officer, Psychiatrist 4075 Old Western Row Rd. Mason, OH 45040 513-536-HOPE Most of us are weeks into the significant life changes caused by the novel coronavirus.  Even as we work to adjust to our new normal, there continues to be changing instructions and […]

Look into my eyes … You’re getting very sleepy.

April 2, 2020
You can’t affect the cards that are dealt, but you can determine how you play them. Milton Erickson, MD Psychiatrist The father of modern hypnotherapy When we think of hypnosis, we typically think of a stage performance in which the subject is crowing like a rooster or engaged in some outlandish behavior designed to entertain. […]

Find the Funny

March 31, 2020
by: Lindner Center of HOPE’s Spiritual Care Team Research has shown that laughter has tremendous benefit to your emotional and physical health. One study in Norway even concluded that people who laugh a lot live longer! It is good medicine for the soul and the mind. Consider: Laughter stops distressing emotions. You can’t feel anxious, […]

10 Tips on How to Manage Your Mental Health

March 30, 2020
by: Elizabeth Mariutto, PsyD, Lindner Center of HOPE, Psychologist and Clinical Director of Partial Hospitalization/Intensive Outpatient Adult Eating Disorder Services With all of the news and changing regulations in our current times, it can be very hard to manage anxiety and mood related to coronavirus. Below are 10 tips on how to manage your mental […]