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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.

To Push or Not to Push: How to Help Your Child Deal with the Inevitable Stresses of Life

Kathryn Boger, PhD, program director of McLean Anxiety Mastery Program, has some suggestions to help parents support kids who find change to be challenging.

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Kathryn Boger, PhD
Kathryn Boger, PhD


“It’s surprisingly easy to get stuck focusing on kids’ anxious behaviors and reassuring them in relation to their fears. Instead, it’s important to acknowledge the emotion and then refocus your attention and praise on brave behaviors.”

~Dr. Kathryn Boger

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Philip Levendusky, PhD

Using the Right Strategies, New Year's Goals Are Attainable

This New Year's Eve, millions of Americans will resolve 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...

A Crisis Point: Staving Off the Epidemic of Opiate Use

We have all heard about the recent rash of opiate overdoses that many have termed an “epidemic.” Earlier this month, numbers from the Minnesota Department of Health revealed that overdose deaths from opiates, including prescription...

Death of Robin Williams Puts Spotlight on Suicide

We are all stunned and saddened by the apparent suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams and our collective hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. While we remember his enormous talent and the joy that he brought so many of us...


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