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Helpful articles to help you better understand mental health issues.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Borderline Personality Disorder

September 2, 2014
By:  Erik Messamore, MD, PhD Dr. Messamore is both a clinical psychiatrist and psychiatric researcher at the Lindner Center of HOPE. He reviews new or little-known clinical research findings at his website – DrErik.com   Borderline personality disorder is characterized by mood disturbance and impulsivity. Moods in borderline personality can shift rapidly and are often […]

Understanding Anxiety Disorders

June 3, 2014
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 […]

Stigma and Mental Illness: Facts about Violence

May 21, 2014
When another episode of senseless violence occurs, such as a school shooting, mental health advocates hold their collective breaths as they wait to find out more about the perpetrator of such tragedy. If a mental health diagnosis is found, it fuels renewed public debate about violence and mental illness. While discussion on finding better predictors […]

Now Open! Adolescent Comprehensive Diagnostic Assessment and Intensive Treatment Program at Lindner Center of HOPE

May 15, 2014
Adolescence is a critical time when physical, cognitive, and social changes allow a teenager to develop the identity that will serve as a basis for their adult lives. Unfortunately, research indicates this is also the time when psychiatric illness develops and becomes more present. The significant impact of these illnesses in the developmental years, makes […]

Bullying in the Workplace: The Facts

May 13, 2014
Everyone’s talking about bullying these days – on the playground, in cyberspace – and, yes, even in the workplace. Bullying among adults? Is the term just being overused, or does bullying in the workplace really exist? The answer is, unfortunately, yes. According to one survey, as many as 40% or more of workers have experienced […]

How To Talk To Your Teen About Suicide

April 22, 2014
To most parents, the idea of talking with their teens about suicide provokes a great deal of anxiety.  If you are the parent of a teenager, you may feel awkward about broaching the subject or wonder why you should even bring it up. The reality is that such a discussion can be literally life-saving.  Suicide […]

Non-Traditional Treatment of Depression: Exercise, Yoga, and Tai Chi

April 8, 2014
Millions of Americans suffer from depression each year.  While medication and psychotherapy can provide great benefit to those suffering from the disorder, researchers have found that less traditional treatment methods are worth another look.  In particular, exercise has been found to boost mood and contribute to overall mind/body wellness.  Whether used as a supplement to […]

Lindner Center of HOPE To Host A Free Evening of Public Awareness about Male Sexual Victimization

March 25, 2014
Evening to feature a screening of Boys and Men Healing, a Big Voice Pictures Production, and Howard Fradkin, PhD, LICDC-CS, author of Joining Forces:  Empowering Male Survivors to Thrive *** Mason, OH – March 21, 2014 – Lindner Center of HOPE at 4075 Old Western Row Road in Mason is hosting Dare to Dream: An […]

Understanding Narcissistic Personality Disorder

March 11, 2014
Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is one of the most difficult and frustrating mental disorders to experience or treat.  Its name comes from the Greek myth about Narcissus, a handsome young man who saw his reflection in a pool of water and fell in love with it. We all have known individuals who seem to be […]

Understanding Your Teenager’s Depression

February 11, 2014
If you are the parent of a teenager, dealing with moodiness may seem like a fact of life.  But for many teens, something more serious than moodiness is affecting their behavior. Today, at least one in eight teenagers may experience depression. Severe depression in teens can even lead to suicide, the second leading cause of […]

How Psychotherapy Can Offer Help and Hope

February 4, 2014
To the general public, psychotherapy is often seen as a mysterious treatment process — a type of therapeutic “mumbo jumbo.” Understanding the true nature and benefits of psychotherapy can help individuals who might benefit most to consider this valuable clinical treatment option. Millions of Americans of all ages and walks of life have undergone psychotherapy […]

Your Child and Bullying: Ten Tips for Concerned Parents

January 21, 2014
An estimated one third of all children are bullied at some time, and with the advent of online or cyber-bullying, that percentage will only rise. Parents can take action to both help prevent bullying and help children cope with abusive behavior when it does occur. Follow these ten tips to make a difference in your […]

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 […]