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Helpful articles to help you better understand mental health issues.

Sexual Orientation Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (SO-OCD)

November 30, 2017
By Nicole Bosse, PsyD, Lindner Center of HOPE, Staff Psychologist Kyle has been happily married to his wife Joanne for 5 years. One night while watching a movie together, he notices the thought in his mind, “Gee, that Matt Damon is a good looking guy!” He then is suddenly flooded with a wave of panic […]

Professional Discussion of Anxiety Disorders:

November 16, 2017
OCD, Somatic Symptom Disorder, or Illness Anxiety Disorder? By Angela Couch, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC, Lindner Center of HOPE, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Hypochondriasis has been replaced in the DSM 5 by Somatic Symptom Disorder (SSD) or Illness Anxiety Disorder (IAD), both categorized under Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders.  Previous diagnoses classified under Somatoform Disorders were often […]

Sleep Hygiene and The Need For Zzzzzz’s

September 28, 2017
By Anna I. Guerdjikova, PhD, LISW, CCRC Director of Administrative Services, Harold C. Schott Foundation Eating Disorders Program University of Cincinnati, Department of Psychiatry, Research Assistant Professor We spend about one third of our lives sleeping, yet more than one third of Americans do not get enough sleep. Adults, ages 18-60, are recommended to get […]

Advantages of Adolescent Psychiatric Residential Treatment

July 28, 2017
By Jennifer L. Shoenfelt, MD Board Certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist, Lindner Center of HOPE Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Assistant Professor, Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry There are several levels of psychiatric care for children and adolescents. These are […]

Integrative Mental Health: Can health occur without mental health? By Chris J. Tuell, EdD, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, Lindner Center of HOPE Clinical Director of Addiction Services

July 27, 2017
Integrative mental health (IMH) combines conventional biological psychiatry and psychological interventions with traditional and complementary alternative medicine (CAM) to provide holistic patient-centered care. Using non-hierarchical interdisciplinary teamwork, the patient and practitioner are able to explore psychological paradigms involving biological, cultural and spiritual dimensions of health and illness. Kindness, avoidance of harm and informed consent are […]

Parenting A Child with Depression

May 10, 2017
Jennifer L. Shoenfelt, MD Board Certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist, Lindner Center of HOPE Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Assistant Professor, Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry Depression is on the rise in American teens and young adults. Adolescent girls, in […]

Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Substance Use Disorders

April 6, 2017
Charles F. Brady, PhD, ABPP, Lindner Center of HOPE, Clinical Director of Outpatient Services and Staff Psychologist, OCD/CBT Psychotherapist, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati’s Department of Psychiatry In today’s culture the terms “obsessive” and “compulsive” have been adopted to refer to excessively repetitive thoughts and hard to resist behaviors.  In clinical situations this overly broad […]

Addressing Obesity in Psychiatric Patients

November 4, 2016
Nicole Mori, RN, MSN, APRN-BC Research Advanced Practice Nurse, Research Institute at Lindner Center of HOPE Obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) ≥30 mg/kg, remains one of the main contributors to preventable disease and health care costs. It is also associated with increased risk for Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers, […]

Mental illness, Addiction and Digital Infidelity

September 30, 2016
By: Chris Tuell Ed.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS Clinical Director of Addiction Services Lindner Center of HOPE Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Fifty years ago, I was six years old.  My family, like many families of the day, subscribed to Life magazine.  On the cover of the magazine […]

Summer and the Value of Structure

June 23, 2016
By: Jennifer Farley Psy.D. If you’re on social media, you may have chuckled at recent posts depicting the difference between teachers and students at the beginning versus the end of the school year – with all of them involving anticipation for summer’s reign to begin. Summer is The Quintessential Break for our kids and their […]

How to manage school avoidance

April 26, 2016
BY: Elizabeth Wassenaar, MS, MD, Lindner Center of HOPE, Staff Psychiatrist and Medical Director of Williams House   Life can be overwhelming and we all would like to take a day off every once in a while. Likely, as helping professionals, we don’t take mental health days as often as we could actually benefit from […]

The Benefits of Residential Assessment.

October 30, 2015
On October 28, 2015, Dr. Elizabeth Wassenaar, Lindner Center of HOPE Psychiatrist and Williams House Medical Director, joined Lon Woodbury on the Woodbury Report radio show.  Their discussion focused on outlining the benefits of a residential assessment for mental health concerns in adolescents. Click here to listen.

ADHD and Kids

October 27, 2015
By: Jennifer Bellman, Psy.D. Ah, fall. For many it means a time for apples, visiting fall farms, enjoying the cooler respite from the days of Indian summer, and purchasing any pumpkin-spice-infused food or drink or scent that hits the consumer-driven market. It’s also the time of year when parents (who might have been holding their […]

Intermittent Explosive Disorder: An Important but Under-Recognized Medical Disorder

September 28, 2015
Susan L. McElroy, MD Lindner Center of HOPE, Chief Research OfficerUniversity of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) is a common and serious disorder that is often unrecognized and untreated. People with IED are periodically unable to restrain impulses that result in verbal and physical aggression. The aggressive […]

The Function of the Anorexic Brain: A Neurobiological Perspective

September 28, 2015
By Scott Bullock, MSW, LISW-S Lindner Center of HOPE, Clinical Director and Family Therapist Child/Adolescent Services, Harold C. Schott Foundation Eating Disorders Program Clinical Consultant, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center at The Lindner Center of HOPE University of Cincinnati, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, Adjunct Instructor Despite numerous recent advances in the field […]

Manage stress, do not eliminate it

June 5, 2015
By Dr. Robin Arthur, Chief of Psychology, Lindner Center of HOPE   What are the top five stressors in your life right now? Write them down and set them aside. So what is stress? Stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that “demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual […]

Addressing Mental Health Before Stage 4 (#B4Stage4)

April 24, 2015
When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don’t wait years to treat them. We start before Stage4—we begin with prevention. When people are in the first stage of those diseases, and are beginning to show signs of symptoms like a persistent cough, high blood pressure, or high blood sugar, we try immediately […]

Opioid Addiction: What we need to know.

March 30, 2015
(Part 1) Introduction and Accidental Overdose Jolomi Ikomi, MD, Chris J. Tuell, EdD, LPCC-S, LICDC, Lindner Center of HOPE, Staff Psychiatrist; University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry   Opioids are indicated in treatment of acute and chronic non-cancer pain. Opioids are psychoactive substances and can cause an increased sense […]

Lincoln’s Melancholy

February 25, 2015
Chris J. Tuell, EdD, LPCC-S, LICDC, Lindner Center of HOPE, Clinical Director of Addiction Services; University of Cincinnati, Department of Counseling, Adjunct Professor, Addiction Studies   For many of us growing-up in school, February was all about the Presidents, most notably, Abraham Lincoln. As our opinion of politicians has waned over the years, we can […]

Bipolar Disorder

February 18, 2015
By Paul E. Keck, Jr., MD President-CEO, Lindner Center of HOPE Frances & Craig Lindner Professor & Executive Vice Chair Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience University of Cincinnati College of Medicine   Bipolar disorder is common and recurrent psychiatric illness associated with high rates of morbidity, disability and mortality. In the United States, the […]