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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 Can We Address the Psychiatrist Shortage? A Perspective on Children and Adolescents

Gil Noam, EdD, PhD, shares his thoughts on how the educational system might be able to address the national shortage of child mental health professionals.

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Ipsit Vahia, MD


“We need an innovative approach to reach children and deliver services. There is a significant opportunity for early detection and intervention that we need to focus on to stem this growing crisis: the education system.”

– Dr. Gil Noam

Advances in Mental Health

Ipsit Vahia, MD

Technology: Modern Help for the Aging Mind

Digital technology isn’t just a domain for younger generations. It also has amazing potential for activating the mind and improving the quality of life in older adults.

How do older adults use technology?

A common misconception is...

Michael R. Hollander, PhD

Why Do Teens Cut and What Can Parents Do To Help?

Approximately 14 to 18 percent of high school students and between 12 to 35 percent of college students in the United States engage in some form of self-injurious behavior at least once. The age of onset often occurs in early adolescence, between...

Dr. Ole Isacson

Fighting Parkinson’s in the Lab

I had the privilege of meeting Muhammad Ali a number of times, and while the Parkinson’s disease that ravaged his brain had already reduced his ability to communicate verbally—it never diminished his spirit or his will to keep...