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Helpful articles to help you better understand mental health issues.

The Troubled Teen: Recognizing and Reducing Suicidal Risk

January 14, 2014
By its very nature, adolescence is a time of volatile moods.  Hormonal changes, social pressure, and the move toward greater independence can make navigating the teenage years a minefield for both teens and parents alike.  But how can a parent know when a teen is experiencing more than just routine moodiness?  The alarming suicide rate […]

Understanding Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

December 17, 2013
A mental health condition triggered by an extremely stressful event, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects over 5.2 million Americans each year, and almost 8 million will experience it at some point over their lifetimes. PTSD is a serious mental disorder that can develop at any age and last for years.  Once known as “shell shock” […]

Dr. John Hawkins Named Principal Investigator for Clinical Trial of Non-drug Depression Treatment

November 19, 2013
Technology capable of reaching deeper brain areas may provide relief of symptoms for patients resistant to medication Cincinnati, Ohio – For more than four million Americans in the United States, the symptoms of depression are not relieved by the use of antidepressant medications. This class of depression falls into one of two categories, treatment resistant […]

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

November 12, 2013
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 […]

Lindner Center of HOPE Earns “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®” Recognition from The Joint Commission

November 7, 2013
Lindner Center of HOPE today was named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. Lindner Center of HOPE was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. The clinical […]

Understanding Addictive Disorders

November 5, 2013
Each year, millions of Americans find themselves caught in a cycle of addiction to alcohol, drugs, gambling, or other substances/ behavior.  They must struggle daily with the effort to become and remain free of the drugs or behaviors to which they feel uncontrollably drawn. Affected individuals are diagnosed on the basis of the particular substance […]

Problem Gambling: Addiction or Habit?

October 15, 2013
Do you know someone who gambles excessively?  If so, perhaps you’ve wondered if this individual just had a bad habit or if he or she was actually addicted to gambling.  It’s a question that even the experts have debated.  But the latest diagnostic publication of the American Psychiatric Association, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM)-V, […]

Practicing Meditation for Mind and Body Wellness

October 8, 2013
When we talk about wellness and the mind/body connection, we often think of the importance of exercise and healthy eating for good physical and mental health.  But did you know that one of the most helpful activities for promoting total wellness dates back thousands of years?  It’s the ancient practice of meditation, and its use […]

Bullying and Social Media: Tips for Parents

September 10, 2013
For many young people today, a huge threat to their safety and wellbeing is hidden in their laptops and cell phones.  Parents are often oblivious to this menace or how they can help.  What is this hidden threat?  It’s the 21st century social media phenomenon of cyber bullying. The Nature of Cyber Bullying Cyber bullying […]

The Mind-Body Connection: Improving Overall Health

September 3, 2013
You may have heard the expression: “healthy mind, healthy body.”  But do you know what it really means?  For centuries, a connection has been theorized to exist between physical and mental health.  Modern science has now demonstrated that such a connection really does exist. The role of a healthy diet, proper sleep, regular exercise, and […]

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: New Hope for Treatment of Severe Depression

August 15, 2013
One of the leading forms of mental illness today is severe depression.  An estimated 15 million Americans suffer from this disorder, which creates ongoing symptoms of sadness, hopelessness, sleep and appetite disturbance, and even despair. For many individuals, psychotherapy combined with antidepressant medication can be a literal lifesaver.  However, some people who suffer from severe […]

Eating Disorders and Males: Understanding the Problem

July 29, 2013
While eating disorders are typically associated with young women, you may be surprised to learn that a growing number of individuals with eating disorders today are young men. Prevalence of Eating Disorders in Males Approximately 10% of individuals seeking treatment for eating disorders are male, although a larger number fails to seek treatment.  The National […]

Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

July 22, 2013
Patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) frequently experience problems with disturbing, intrusive thoughts, as well as overwhelming impulses to perform ritualistic behaviors that reduce the anxiety associated with such thoughts. Traditional psychotherapy has not been found to be helpful for most individuals with OCD.  However, one modern form of treatment is particularly successful in overcoming symptoms […]

Understanding Anxiety Disorders

July 15, 2013
Millions of individuals live each day in fear – not of an actual physical threat, but imaginary dangers, remembered trauma, inanimate objects, or something as simple as walking outside their front door. The most common psychiatric illnesses today are anxiety disorders.  Estimates place the number of affected Americans at up to 40 million. At least […]

Understanding ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

May 23, 2013
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that can cause disruption in the daily lives of those who are affected by it.  ADHD can impact school performance, interpersonal relationships, and employment, as it affects concentration, activity levels, and impulse control. An estimated 3 – 5 % of individuals in the U.S. are thought to […]

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

May 16, 2013
Today, approximately 5.7 million U.S. adults in the U.S. have bipolar disorder, a serious mental illness.  Also known as manic-depressive disorder, the illness is characterized by extreme mood swings. Bipolar disorder typically develops during an individual’s late teen or early adult years, with half of all cases emerging before age 25. Symptoms Bipolar disorder is […]

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Treatment Methods

March 29, 2013
Constant hand washing, repetitive touching of doorways, checking ten times to make sure the stove is turned off:  these are all examples of behaviors we frequently associate with obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD. The nature of obsessive compulsive disorder OCD is a type of anxiety disorder, characterized by unwanted, uncontrollable thoughts as well as repetitive […]

Dr. Kendell joins Lindner Center of HOPE

March 25, 2013
Mason, OH – Steven F. Kendell, MD, has joined Lindner Center of HOPE as a staff psychiatrist. Dr. Kendell is board certified in general psychiatry.  As a staff psychiatrist at Lindner Center of HOPE his principal work is in adult partial hospitalization, adult inpatient care and outpatient services. Prior to joining the Lindner Center of […]

Menopause and Depression: Causes and Treatments

March 18, 2013
An estimated 8 – 15% of all women experience symptoms of depression during menopause.  Unfortunately, problems are often misdiagnosed, because many of the symptoms of depression mimic those of normal menopause. Increased fatigue, appetite and sleep disturbance, difficulty concentrating, and increased irritability are symptoms of both clinical depression and peri-menopause (the 8-10 years prior to […]

Eating Disorders in Older Women on the Rise

February 21, 2013
Statistics can be somewhat ambiguous when it comes to eating disorders. Over the years, there have been countless studies conducted surrounding the prevalence of illnesses such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. Although many of these studies convey slightly different findings, one thing is certain: Millions of Americans struggle with eating disorders. […]