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Helpful articles to help you better understand mental health issues.

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 […]

El amor en los tiempos de inmigración

February 20, 2020
Margot Brandi, MD Staff Psychiatrist Sibcy House, Medical Director Lindner Center of HOPE -“ Y hasta cuándo cree usted que podemos seguir en este ir y venir del carajo? – pregunto. Florentino Ariza tenia la respuesta preparada desde hacia cincuenta y tres anos, siete meses y once días con sus noches.  -Toda la vida – […]

Nature Therapy

January 31, 2020
Anna I. Guerdjikova, PhD, LISW, CCRC Director of Administrative Services, Harold C. Schott Foundation Eating Disorders Program Currently over 50% of the world’s population is living in urban areas with limited opportunity to engage with nature. In North America most adults spend ∼90% of their time indoors. Ecotherapy, also known as nature therapy or green […]

Psychiatric Medications: Expectations and Misperceptions

January 31, 2020
William Hartmann, MD; Lindner Center of HOPE Psychiatrist, Medical Director, Willliams House Managing, and understanding, expectations can go a long way in ensuring treatment success. Seeking out help is often complicated by preconceived ideas. Preconceived notions about psychiatric medication often get in the way of successful treatment. Building a trusted relationship paves the way for […]

La vision 20/20

January 16, 2020
Margot Brandi, MD Staff Psychiatrist Sibcy House, Medical Director Lindner Center of HOPE   Si alguna vez han visitado al oftalmólogo sabrán que la vision 20/20 se refiere a la agudeza visual que te permite ver con claridad los objetos a 20 pies de distancia, lo que equivale aproximadamente a 6 metros. Es la vision […]

Study of a Medication in Borderline Personality Disorder

December 27, 2019
  Susan L. McElroy, MD Lindner Center of HOPE, Chief Research Officer and Consultant to Eating Disorders Team Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental disorder consisting of a pervasive pattern of instability in regulation of emotions, impulses, interpersonal relationships, and self-image. Symptoms of BPD include frequent mood changes and excessive anger; feelings of worthlessness, […]

Mindfulness During the Holidays

December 17, 2019
  Jennifer Farley, PsyD Lindner Center of HOPE, Staff Psychologist The holiday season can be an enjoyable and peaceful time for many of us. We adults know that this can also be a busy, tense, overstimulating, overindulgent, and overwhelming time. Any of these experiences can be triggered, for example, by holiday memories of the past, […]

LO QUE FUI ES LO QUE SOY

December 13, 2019
    La gratitud de un inmigrante. Cuando pregunté por la fecha limite para entregar esta mi segunda columna me informaron tambien que saldría publicada justo antes del dia de acción de gracias (Thanksgiving) Entonces, me parecio casi obligatorio dedicar este espacio a la gratitud, y su impacto en la salud mental. A kilómetros de […]

How Do Clinicians Make Prescribing Decisions?

December 11, 2019
  Angela Couch, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC Lindner Center of HOPE, Pyschiatric Nurse Practitioner Making decisions about which medication to prescribe is a complicated process.  Janicak, et al (2006, p. 1) described the complexity of the issue fairly well, “…while improved therapies to ease a patient’s suffering are constantly emerging, the practitioner is required to continually […]

“En Lindner Center of HOPE tambien hablamos espanol” (In Lindner Center of HOPE we also speak Spanish)

October 23, 2019
Lo que fui es lo que soy…. (“What I was is what I am”. An article addressing the challenges and consequences of immigration from a social and psychological perspective and how this process ends up shaping us in multiple and unexpected ways while trying to maintain and cultivate original roots.) Soy venezolana. Soy psiquiatra y […]

Innovations in Mental Health Treatment

October 22, 2019
By Danielle J. Johnson, MD, FAPA Lindner Center of HOPE, Chief of Adult Psychiatry   Innovations in Mental Health Treatment By Danielle J. Johnson, MD, FAPA Lindner Center of HOPE, Chief of Adult Psychiatry The past year has brought exciting innovations in treatment options for people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), major depressive disorder […]

Social Media and Technology and the Impact on Mental Health

October 22, 2019
By Jen Milau, APRN, PMHNP-BC Lindner Center of HOPE, Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner  There’s no denying it: the advent of social media has changed the way we connect with one another. In some ways, these programs have offered an opportunity to locate and reconnect with lost friends or family members – a phenomenon that was […]

Parenting for good mental health in children

October 22, 2019
By Anna I. Guerdjikova, PhD, MSW, LSW “Mens sana in corpore sano” is a Latin saying from the Satires of Juvenal (ad c.60–c.130) , literally translating to ‘a healthy mind in a healthy body’ and widely used nowadays to describe the concept of wellness – the need for both physical and mental wellbeing to be […]

Identifying and Treating Panic Disorder

August 7, 2019
By Nicole Bosse, PsyD Lindner Center of HOPE, Staff Psychologist What is panic disorder? Panic disorder consists of recurrent unexpected panic attacks, specifically a spike of intense anxiety or discomfort that reaches a peak in minutes that is followed by four or more of the following symptoms: racing heart/palpitations, sweating, trembling/shaking, shortness of breath, feelings […]

Innovations in Mental Health Treatment

August 7, 2019
 Innovations in Mental Health Treatment By Danielle J. Johnson, MD, FAPA Lindner Center of HOPE, Chief of Adult Psychiatry The past year has brought exciting innovations in treatment options for people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), major depressive disorder (MDD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD.) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the marketing […]

“In the News” – Dr. Cummings and patient discuss youth mental illness warning signs with Local 12’s Liz Bonis.

June 26, 2019
  Trevor Steinhauser’s struggle with mental illness began at an early age, but thanks to receiving early help and support for his symptoms, Trevor is feeling better and is now four years sober. Trevor and Tracy Cummings, MD, Medical Director of Inpatient and Partial Hospital Program Services at Lindner Center of HOPE, spoke with Local […]

Trauma and Mental Health

June 5, 2019
Jennifer L. Farley, PsyD Lindner Center of HOPE, Staff Psychologist When horrible things happen, things that we didn’t want or expect, they can have a significant – and sometimes devastating – effect on our lives. This is especially the case when the horrible event was perceived as a risk to our life or the life […]