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Helpful articles to help you better understand mental health issues.

Demystifying Bipolar Depression

August 21, 2023
  By: Zachary Pettibone, MD Staff Psychiatrist, Lindner Center of HOPE Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry University of Cincinnati Bipolar depression has been gaining attention recently in popular culture and the profession of psychiatry. New medications have emerged to manage this often difficult to treat illness. Bipolar depression denotes a specific type of “depression,” a […]

Body Image in a Culture of Fat Phobia

July 24, 2023
                          At times it can feel like it’s impossible to have a positive relationship with our body image. We are inundated with ads that encourage us to lose weight via this supplement or that diet/wellness program, guaranteed to give you results. Diet Culture […]

Weight gain in bipolar disorder

June 14, 2023
One of the greatest challenges in the treatment of bipolar disorder (BD) is the significant weight gain associated with psychotropic medications.  Mood stabilizer medications with antimanic activity, which include lithium, valproate as well as atypical antipsychotics, remain the mainstay of treatment despite being associated with different degrees of significant weight gain.  This is particularly notable […]

What is Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and How Does it Help with OCD?

May 19, 2023
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a debilitating psychiatric disorder that presents in many forms. OCD is comprised of obsessions, which are persistent and unwanted intrusive thoughts, images, or urges. In OCD, these intrusive thoughts are considered ego-dystonic, meaning they are inconsistent with someone’s self-image, beliefs, and values. Therefore, these obsessions cause significant distress, anxiety, and worry […]

Finding the Right Depression Treatment Center: Five Questions Families Should Ask

April 30, 2023
When someone is suffering from depression, a family member is often called upon to help make important treatment decisions.  In the midst of a major depression, your loved one may be too disturbed to make practical decisions about his or her care. One of the most important decisions to make is the selection of the […]

Menopausal Depression: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

April 17, 2023
Women appear to be particularly vulnerable to depression during the perimenopause years and in the years immediately after menopause. An estimated 8 – 15% of all women experience menopausal depression symptoms.  Unfortunately, problems are often misdiagnosed, because many menopausal depression symptoms mimic those of normal menopause. The causes of menopausal depression are mostly tied to […]

Is Cannabis as Safe as We Think?

April 3, 2023
By Thomas Schweinberg, PsyD, Staff Psychologist, Lindner Center of HOPE                Over the last few years, cannabis has clearly become much more prevalent and accepted in this country, both for medical and recreational purposes. This is in stark contrast to the demonization of cannabis that existed from the 1950’s […]

Common Anxiety and Panic Disorders

April 3, 2023
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 […]

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 […]

Psychological Assessment Settings

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 or assessment. The type of testing that is done depends on the individual’s functioning and the setting in which testing may be pursued. This article will look at the different settings of mental […]

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 […]

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 […]