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Helpful articles to help you better understand mental health issues.

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 […]

De mujeres y un virus

March 20, 2020
“Cada persona debe vivir su vida como un modelo para otros.” Rosa Park Tenia muchas ideas para esta columna de marzo, fundamentalmente dedicarla al tema de la Mujer (a razón del día internacional de la mujer) y a las mujeres de mi vida y sus grandes hazañas pero para ello ya habra tiempo… Creo que […]

Coping With Stress During This Difficult Time

March 20, 2020
by: Tracy S. Cummings, MD, Psychiatrist, Lindner Center of HOPE The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Everyone […]

Things You Can Do to Support Children

March 20, 2020
by: Tracy S. Cummings, MD, Psychiatrist, Lindner Center of HOPE Children and teens react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially […]

General Precautions With COVID-19

March 20, 2020
by: Tracy S. Cummings, MD, Psychiatrist, Lindner Center of HOPE The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person […]