2530 South Commerce
Ardmore, OK 73401
Phone: (580) 223-5070

Crisis: (800) 522-1090

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Creating and Maintaining Quality Relationships

Creating new relationships and nurturing old ones takes time and effort, but is not necessary a difficult thing to accomplish and can be a lot of fun as well. More...

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Managing Tense Family Relationships During the Holidays - Part I

For many, the holidays conjure images of family happily gathered around a home cooked meal or relaxing in front of a warm fire. But for others the family scenes they envision are of perpetual conflict and tension. What some consider a pleasant, memory-making time, others view as a nightmare to endure. Tense family relationships can not only spoil a festive holiday for the ones in conflict but possibly for the entire family. More...

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Childhood Television Viewing and Violent Behavior

The LA times printed an article that reviews recent studies linking adult criminal behavior with childhood exposure to violent television programming. Dr. Claire McCarthy, a pediatrician at Boston Children's Hospital, screening time is increasing due to YouTube, Smart Phones and video streaming. According to McCarthy,... More...

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Raising a Grateful Family

Years ago our family started a tradition where every Friday night we went around the table giving each person a chance to say what they are grateful for or what they a happy moment they remembered. Each time someone speaks a bell is rung before the next person goes as a way to allow the gratitude the person had just said to linger a bit longer. Science continues to support the fact that integrating a gratitude practice into the family fundamental for health and well-being. More...

 
MHSSO History

MHSSO's parent organization was formed in 1950 and incorporated in 1954 as the Carter County Child Guidance Clinic, a citizen's owned, non-profit, non-governmental corporation.  In 1974, following a grant from the National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, operations were expanded and the Carter County Guidance Clinic began serving a five county area. 

In 1977, after securing a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, Mental Health Services of Southern Oklahoma became the operational arm of the Guidance Clinic of Southern Oklahoma, a comprehensive mental health center serving a nine county area. 

Today, in addition to an administrative office, Mental Health Services of Southern Oklahoma has six community mental health clinics.  Through these clinics a full range of mental health care is provided, including screening services, emergency (24 hour) services, outpatient, psycho-social rehabilitation, care after hospitalization for psychiatric conditions, enhanced residential care, child/adolescent services including a Systems of Care program in Carter, Love and Johnston counties, services for the elderly, and substance abuse treatment.

In 2008, MHSSO provided a leadership role in the implementing of tele-med services across rural southern Oklahoma.  At present, we are one of the largest providers of tele-health services in Oklahoma.

 

The Secret to Parenting your Pre-teen

I counsel parents of children in the early adolescent phase of development who often rack their brains trying to figure out what is happening to their once obedient and sweet child and seeking strategies for resolving unruly behavior and attitudes. More...

Kids With Mental Ills Often Treated Solely by Primary Care Doctors

Shortage of child psychiatrists helps explain findings, expert says. Family doctors and pediatricians are often the sole source of a child's mental health care, particularly for kids suffering from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). More...

Personal Loans and Smart vs. Foolish Debt

Credit cards are not the only form of credit available to consumers. There are also personal loans. No discussion of money would be complete without addressing the fundamental issue that plagues so many people in our compulsive spending culture which is how to go about making good choices with money. More...

 
 
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How Pornography Distorts Intimate Relationships
With the recent release of the movie, 50 Shade of Grey, we as a culture have again revisited important issues about sexual matters that often don't get talked about or clarified to the extent that we learn lessons that will actually improve our relationships. So, I am going to use this opportunity to talk about how pornography affects the emotional intimacy in romantic relationships. I'll start with a question someone asked me recently. More...

Sedatives Appear to Be Safe in Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome
For patients with alcohol withdrawal syndrome, treatment with high-dose intravenous sedatives is not associated with excess morbidity or mortality, according to a study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care MedicineMore...

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