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Ardmore, OK 73401
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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.


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...

How Exercise Can Reduce Anxiety

You probably already know that if you exercise regularly a good workout can help you feel less stressed and better able to cope with problems. But can exercise help people with significant anxiety? Studies have found that physical activity can not only reduce anxiety symptoms, it can improve quality of life. More...

The Vortex of Violence: The Columbia Mall Shooting and Beyond

Many people were and will continue to be impacted by this tragedy beyond the obvious victims: first and foremost, those who saw the shootings, next those who heard the exploding sound, as well as folks scrambling for cover or those anxiously barricaded in back rooms, 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...

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Antidote to Busy: 5 Simple Ways to Find Time for You
To “find time,” he gave up the very things he needed to re-energize himself. Personal time, as a result, fell by the wayside. He gave up his evening walk, ate lunch at his desk, skimped on sleep, and rarely saw friends. But when Ely stopped taking care of himself, his energy dropped, his focus got worse, and his stress level increased. He was hoping to solve the problem by getting to be “more efficient.” 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...

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...

Health Tip: Keeping Anger in Check
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