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Helpful articles to help you better understand mental health issues.

Is our biological clock leading us to gain weight?

June 3, 2021
The role of the circadian system in obesity and disordered eating By Nicole Mori Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner The circadian system is the body’s endogenous timekeeper, a network of hierarchically-organized structures (“clocks” or “oscillators”) in nucleated cells, which regulates a variety of biological processes (including the cell cycle, metabolism, growth, development and sleep/activity cycles) by generating outputs […]

Can the COVID-19 Vaccine Improve Your Mental Health?

April 30, 2021
Thirteen months ago, the world was experiencing the onset of a shared trauma … a pandemic was sweeping over the globe. The actions that were taken to keep people safe included community shut downs, stay at home orders and mandated isolation. Lindner Center of HOPE, like mental health providers around the world, began to see […]

Mental Health and the Environment of Connection

April 27, 2021
By Chris J. Tuell, EdD, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS Lindner Center of HOPE, Clinical Director of Addiction Services; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience University of Cincinnati College of Medicine At the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, 1 out of 5 soldiers (20%), returning to the United States from Southeast Asia, was addicted to […]

Promoting Positive Food Habits in Children

April 2, 2021
  By Elizabeth Mariutto, PsyD, CEDS, Clinical Director of Eating Disorder Services “How do I encourage mindful eating for my kids?” I often have patients come in with histories of well-intended parents who promoted diets or restrictive eating in the attempts to help their kids become “healthy.” When they come to me to rewire their […]

Is a Residential Treatment Center the Right Choice?

March 22, 2021
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 a Residential Treatment Center? A residential treatment center provides intensive, comprehensive assessment and care […]

“This above all: to thine own self be true…” – Shakespeare

March 3, 2021
By Tracy Suzanne Cummings, MD  Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  If you have ever been a passenger on an airplane, you have heard the directive to don your own oxygen mask first before attempting to help someone else with theirs. Perhaps as February’s decorative hearts and cupids fill our visual fields, we can consider […]

A Look at Binge Eating Disorder: What it is and How to Treat

February 22, 2021
Byline:  Anna I. Guerdjikova, PhD, LISW Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in adults. The lifetime prevalence of BED has been estimated to be 2.0% for men and 3.5% for women, higher than that of the commonly recognized eating disorders anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Of note, BED is found in […]

Dangers of Dieting: Why Dieting Can Be Harmful

February 8, 2021
BY: Anna Guerdjikova, PhD, LISW, CCRC, Lindner Center of HOPE, Director of Administrative Services, Harold C. Schott Foundation Eating Disorders Program University of Cincinnati, Department of Psychiatry, Research Assistant Professor   An estimated 45 million Americans diet each year and spend $33 billion annually on weight loss products. WebMD lists over 100 different diets, starting […]

Good Food for Great Mood

January 29, 2021
Nutritional Psychiatry and Wellness By Anna I. Guerdjikova, PhD, LISW, CCRC Director of Administrative Services, Harold C. Schott Foundation Eating Disorders Program The connection between health in general and the foods we consume has been known since the dawn of human kind, and Hippocrates is credited with the “Let food be thy medicine” saying. The […]

Pros and Cons of TMS Therapy – Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

January 4, 2021
Depression is common. More than 14 million American adults suffer from depression. Only a fraction of individuals suffering from depression seek treatment. Of those who do, greater than 30% fail to achieve satisfactory improvement. Not all patients improve when treated with medications or psychotherapy. Up to 25% of people suffering from depression will not respond […]

Grief During the Holidays

January 1, 2021
By Danielle J. Johnson, MD, FAPA Lindner Center of HOPE, Chief Medical Officer Many people have experienced loss of several types during the COVID-19 pandemic – employment, financial security, social connections, a sense of safety, and loved ones.  The way we grieve has changed because we cannot rely on our support systems to be physically […]

When To Seek Treatment For Anxiety

December 3, 2020
  By Angela Couch, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Lindner Center of HOPE Anxiety is a common symptom. Anxiety is a part of everyone’s lives, we have all experienced it to one degree or another. Believe it not, anxiety serves some useful purposes. Anxiety can help give you the drive to make a change, […]

Can you blueberry your way out of depression? The evidence on dietary supplements

November 19, 2020
  By Nicole Mori, RN, MSN, APRN-BC Research Advanced Practice Nurse, Lindner Center of HOPE Depression is a common mental health complaint.  Although there are effective treatments available, many patients fail to experience satisfactory improvement.  There has been increased interest in nutritional supplements as an adjunct or alternative to medications in the treatment of depression.  […]

Am I shopping too much?

November 19, 2020
  By Jessica Kraft, APRN, PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner, Lindner Center of HOPE Everyone needs to shop from time to time, but at what point does shopping become a problem? And is this a diagnosis? Compulsive buying disorder (CBD) is a mental health condition characterized by “excessive, impulsive, and uncontrollable purchase of products in […]

Gratitude During a Pandemic

October 12, 2020
Tuning into the news can be a stressful and anxiety provoking experience, even in the best of times. During a pandemic, it can be downright frightening. If all of this negativity is wreaking havoc on your emotions, maybe it’s time to put your energy into building a Gratitude Practice. Gratitude is the conscious decision to […]

How to Treat Psychosis with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp)

August 31, 2020
Many think that psychosis cannot be targeted with cognitive behavioral therapy, but that is not the case. There is a specific form of therapy that was developed for psychosis called CBTp. One important point to mention is that the symptoms are only targeted when they are distressing to the client and they interfere with their […]

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 […]