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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: McLean's Lois Choi-Kain, MEd, MD, medical director of McLean Gunderson and Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, PhD, director of the College Mental Health Program.

Depression Screening for All Adults Deserves a Thumbs Up

Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc, chief of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, discusses recent push for depression screenings in primary care.

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Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc
Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc


“These depression screening recommendations are a move in a positive direction by recognizing treatable psychiatric illnesses when they occur in the context of patients’ medical problems.”

~Dr. Brent Forester

Advances in Mental Health

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...


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