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Advances in Mental Health

Welcome to Advances in Mental Health, a blog developed by McLean Hospital featuring commentary on mental health topics in the news, opinions by hospital thought-leaders and discussion about local, regional and national mental health policy. Advances in Mental Health provides our community with an opportunity to educate, while working toward reducing and ultimately eliminating the stigma of mental illness.

Pictured: Marisa M. Silveri, PhD, director, Neurodevelopmental Laboratory on Addictions and Mental Health

How Technologies are Helping to Improve Mental Health Care

In today’s world, everyone carries a smartphone. Why not capitalize on this and develop apps that will help improve health care—specifically mental health care? Justin T. Baker, MD, PhD, tells us more about using technology in clinical care.

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Justin T. Baker, MD, PhD
Justin T. Baker, MD, PhD


“There is extremely exciting and promising work going on in the field and by continuing to integrate technology into healthcare, we are improving lives.”

– Dr. Justin T. Baker

Advances in Mental Health

Hilary Smith Connery, MD, PhD

Too Many Self-Inflicted Deaths

Self-inflicted injury is now the 8th leading cause of mortality, while suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. That’s a stunning number of people dying by their own hand in one form or another, and in addition to...

Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc

Depression Screening for All Adults Deserves a Thumbs Up

This week, the US Preventive Services Task Force recommended that primary care physicians screen all adult patients, including pregnant women and new moms, for depression, and that’s good news for improving quality of care and quality...

Blaise Aguirre, MD

Borderline Personality Disorder: Fact vs Fiction

So you think you know about borderline personality disorder?

Think again.

Many of us have seen Fatal Attraction where the lead female character is described as having borderline personality disorder (BPD), but the diagnosis is not...

Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, PhD

College Mental Health: A Checklist for Parents

With the first weeks of college well underway for many of the approximately four million students who enrolled in college for the first time this year, the transition to university life can be overwhelming. Coupled with the known fact that many...