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Dec 29, 2017

Increase the Chance of Reaching Your New Year’s Goals

This New Year’s Eve, millions of Americans resolved to lose weight, give up smoking, save money, do volunteer work, or find a new job. Chances are, they made the same resolution last year and the year before. Research shows that nearly 90...

Dec 22, 2017

Tips for Staying Safe and Sober During the Holidays

It’s important for people to have a realistic attitude about the potential for anxiety or conflict during the holiday season—especially individuals who have issues with alcohol or drug abuse. Most of us go into the holiday period hoping...

Dec 11, 2017

​Delivering Love and Support This Holiday Season

Would you like to help provide some love and support this holiday season? We are partnering with The Mighty, a digital health community, to deliver holiday cards this month to children and adults being treated at our hospital. And we would like a...

Dec 4, 2017

ECT Shouldn’t Be a Last-Resort Treatment

Brian Neville had a good life. A one-time body builder, he was 43, a successful businessman in the tanning industry, with a home in Massachusetts and a vacation condo in Florida. Then one morning in 2006 he woke up with the blues. It developed...

Nov 29, 2017

These Strategies May Help Reduce Holiday Stress

Holiday stress is very real. However, there are ways in which we can prepare ourselves and hopefully deflect some of the increased stress of the holidays, which can lead to physical illness, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. It’s...

Oct 6, 2017

Personalizing Stem Cell Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

In the United States alone, as many as one million people have Parkinson’s disease (PD), with approximately 60,000 cases being diagnosed each year, according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Kwang-Soo Kim, PhD, director of the...

Oct 6, 2017

How Does Trauma Affect Women’s Brains?

Through clinical practice and neuroimaging studies, McLean Hospital’s Milissa Kaufman, MD, PhD, and Lauren A.M. Lebois, PhD, are revealing the clinical, cognitive, and neurobiological underpinnings of the effect of trauma on the brain,...

Oct 6, 2017

A Handheld Treatment for PTSD?

With new discoveries by McLean Hospital researchers, a fast and effective treatment for PTSD, anxiety, and addiction disorders could be close at hand. Literally. Right now, work is underway to develop a handheld inhaler containing xenon gas that...

Oct 6, 2017

Understanding the Biology Behind Major Depressive Disorder

Major depressive disorder (MDD) affects about seven percent of people in the United States each year. Although researchers and clinicians know that stressful life events can trigger a depressive episode, the biological mechanisms behind it are not...

Oct 4, 2017

BPD Research at McLean: Improving Knowledge and Treatment

According to Mary C. Zanarini, EdD, director of the Laboratory for the Study of Adult Development at McLean Hospital, “Research has proven that borderline personality disorder is a valid psychiatric disorder and not a catch-all category for...

Oct 4, 2017

Deconstructing Stigma: Revealing Leads to Healing

The following story features Brandon Marshall, a 33-year-old NFL wide receiver, co-founder of PROJECT 375, and participant in our Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life mental health public awareness campaign. Told through the...

Oct 4, 2017

Mental Health, BPD, and Boys: What Everyone Needs to Know

For years, the general public and many in the psychiatric community have viewed mental illness in boys and mental illness in girls in very different ways. To illustrate, Alan E. Fruzzetti, PhD, program director of the 3East Boys Intensive DBT...

Sep 25, 2017

Kayla’s Road to Victory: Taking Care of Her Mental Health

The road to success is often neither short nor smooth. Kayla Harrison of Danvers, Massachusetts, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and the first American to win gold in judo. But she has not always been joyful and confident, as she was when she...

Aug 30, 2017

Helping Families Understand Youth Developmental Needs

In both psychiatry and education, a key aspect to youth success is the ability to get family members involved in the ongoing support of the child. What do we say to families who want advice on how to bolster the mental health of their child? Mental...

Aug 30, 2017

Supporting Resilience Amidst Adversity

Research has shown that many who face adversity in childhood feel its impact into adulthood. But that does not mean those who experience early challenges cannot thrive. McLean Hospital is a place where many patients get help with the problems they...

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