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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

The Science Behind Teens and Drinking: What Every Family Should Know

Researcher and public educator, Marisa M. Silveri, PhD, answers frequently asked questions and dispels common myths about teens and alcohol consumption.

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Dr. Ole Isacson
Marisa M. Silveri, PhD


“It’s critical to remember that unlike some effects of alcohol that impair teens less than adults, learning and memory are considerably more compromised by alcohol in teens than in adults.”

– Dr. Marisa M. Silveri

Advances in Mental Health

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...

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...