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Helpful articles to help you better understand mental health issues.

“In the News” – Dr. Bosse joins FOX19’s Morning show to discuss SAD

February 25, 2019
Dr. Nicole Bosse appeared on FOX19’s Morning Show (Cincinnati) to talk about Seasonal Affective Disorder and how local residents can recognize the signs of SAD in themselves and others, help themselves avoid seasonal depression and find help through treatment at the Lindner Center of HOPE. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression triggered […]

Love the medication but hate the weight gain?

February 6, 2019
Nicole Mori RN, MSN, APRN-BC Nurse Practitioner Lindner Center of HOPE Obesity is an important comorbidity among psychiatric patients and is associated with increased morbidity and a complicated clinical course.  Many frequently used psychotropic medications can contribute to weight gain, which commonly accompanies adverse metabolic outcomes.  Weight gain is distressing to patients and leads to decreased […]

Recovery Supporters Can Also Experience a Rough Road, But The Journey Is Still Worthwhile

January 10, 2019
  Peter White, M.A., LPCC, Lindner Center of HOPE, Addictions Counselor Many loved ones of people with substance use disorders are often discouraged by the severity and duration of distress initiated and endured by their loved ones. In a related manner, many professionals working with people with substance use disorders become disillusioned and discouraged by […]

Talking To Your Patients About Medication Side Effects-Practical Advice From A Prescriber

November 28, 2018
Angela Couch, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Lindner Center of HOPE University of Cincinnati College of Medicine   Suspected side effects are one of the most frequent barriers to medication compliance.Therapists are likely meeting with the patient more frequently than the prescriber, and in some cases, may have better rapport with that patient. Sometimes the […]

Family Caregivers Need Care, Too

November 16, 2018
November is Family Caregivers Month. A growing number of Americans are taking roles as caregivers for loved ones suffering with a variety of illnesses and disabilities. At least 60 million have a caregiving role – most caregivers are middle-aged adults. Caregivers can be anyone doing a broad range of tasks for loved ones who are […]

Getting Past Your Past

November 7, 2018
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 In 1987, Francine Shapiro went for a walk. While on her walk, Francine was contemplating some very upsetting personal events that were occurring in her life at […]

Bullying / Cyberbullying : Shapes, Forms And How To Address

November 7, 2018
By Marcy Marklay, LPCC, Adolescent Therapist, Lindner Center of HOPE Technology has changed the way people bully each other. Cyberbullying via text messages and use of social media, as well as the more traditional forms of bullying,can occur in childhood, adolescence and into adulthood, even in college and in the workplace. Bullying is far from […]

Complementary and Integrative Methods for Mood Disorders

June 21, 2018
Amanda Porter, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Lindner Center of HOPE Board-Certified in Internal Medicine, Psychiatry/Mental Health, and Addictions   The question of “What causes mental health disorders?” is the eternal question on the field of psychiatry. The most widely accepted theory as to the cause of depression thus far has been the neurotransmitter […]

An Overview of Maternal Mental Health Issues

June 1, 2018
  By Danielle J. Johnson, MD, FAPA Lindner Center of HOPE, Chief of Adult Psychiatry May is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month.  One in five women will develop a maternal mental health disorder.  They are also referred to as perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) to emphasize that women experience more than postpartum depression during […]

Introducing Integrative Mental Health

May 1, 2018
Amanda Porter, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Lindner Center of HOPE Board-Certified in Internal Medicine, Psychiatry/Mental Health, and Addictions   Depression is a serious and costly health problem facing our country. Depression is the most common form of mental illness, and is a leading cause of disability, and affects more than a quarter of […]

Transgender Issues – The Basics

May 1, 2018
Marcy Marklay, LPCC Child/Adolescent/Young Adult Therapist, Lindner Center of HOPE Adjunct Instructor, Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience University of Cincinnati- College of Medicine   Gender identity is a person’s inner sense of being male, female, neither or both. Gender nonconforming refers to those who have behaviors and interests that run counter to what is […]

Is the opposite of addiction really sobriety?

May 1, 2018
By Chris Tuell, Ed.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS Lindner Center of HOPE Clinical Director of Addiction Services   In April of 1975, the Viet Nam War came to an end. During this 10 years of military strife, 58,220 U.S. soldiers lost their lives.  However, the end of the war also brought another difficult issue to light.  A […]

A Drumming Technology: The Object of Meditative Drumming

February 28, 2018
By Michael O’Hearn, MSW, LISW-S The drum is one of the oldest musical instruments. An interesting paradox of medical and cognitive neuroscience is how a range of intra- and inter-personal stress mediation, self-regulation, and mind-body continuity interventions are accomplished through ancient traditions of meditation (mental training) (Davidson & McEwen, 2012; Khalsa, Rudrauf, Davidson, & Tranel, […]

Are apps for mental health good or evil? Making an informed decision.

February 2, 2018
        By Nicole Mori, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, Research Advanced Practice Nurse Medical mobile phone apps are changing the doctor-patient relationship by promising patients greater control over their care, lower costs, improved safety and convenience.  Patient demand for apps is increasing with an estimated 50% of smartphone users having a medical app by […]

Dietary supplements for depression: Risks and potential benefits

February 2, 2018
    By Nicole Mori, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, Research Advanced Practice Nurse Use of dietary supplements for the treatment of depressive symptoms is increasingly common among patients.    Factors driving this trend include unsatisfactory response with standard treatments, adverse drug events, skepticism about psychiatric medications and the perception of dietary supplements as “natural” and safe. […]

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 […]