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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

Brain Geography: Map Details Newly Identified Regions of the Mind

Bill Carlezon, PhD, on exciting new discoveries in mapping sub-regions of the human brain and what it means for the future of neuroscience.

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Bill Carlezon, PhD
Bill Carlezon, PhD


“As with our planet, the more we understand about the brain’s geography—drilling down toward the cellular level—the better equipped we will be to take care of that world. ”

– Dr. Bill Carlezon

Advances in Mental Health

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...

Justin T. Baker, MD, PhD

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? This is a question that many start-up companies and McLean Hospital are...

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...