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

Crisis: (800) 522-1090

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The Long Term Consequences of Being Bullied

There was a time when bullying in schools and neighborhoods was nothing more than kids pulling pranks on one another. In other words, it was just an example of "kids being kids." There was even the attitude that, if the target of the bullying would just... More...

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For College Athletes, Long-Term Wellbeing Depends on Smooth Transition

In the thick of March Madness, it's fitting to wonder what happens to all of these elite, Division I college athletes after they graduate. Do they continue to stay at the top of their game? More...

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How to Stop Worrying

Some ‘rules’ around worrying seem commonplace. These are the rules I have come across the most: 1) I must worry to reduce the risk of something bad happening in an uncertain situation More...

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Vitamin D and Depression

Over the past decade there have been numerous scientific studies touting vitamin D as the wonder vitamin, finding it capable of fighting everything from cancer to depression. But do vitamin D levels really affect mental health? More...

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Brain Games Might Make You Sharper - At Brain Games, That Is

Luminosity. Happy Neuron. Cogmed. Do these names sound familiar to you? If so, you've probably engaged in brain games on your computer. You might have done it just for fun, but a growing number of people engage in computer brain games in hopes of improving... 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.

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AMA Wants Doctor Input on EHRs, Meaningful Use
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