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You would think that heart disease or cancer is the leading cause of disability in the US. But neither of them is. It is mental health disorders, with 40 millions adults in the US affected by anxiety and 6.1 million diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Worldwide, 355 million people are affected by depression.
Mental health means different things to different people. Some might experience mild anxiety, while others may struggle with delusions. Some may have more than one diagnosis. Others may be seeking help to find out what their symptoms mean and how to alleviate them. As the #1 psychiatric hospital in America, according to U.S. News & World Report, McLean is committed to helping all individuals with mental health conditions by offering treatment options delivered by expert clinicians and informed by cutting-edge research, and by providing support and education resources for patients and families, health care professionals, and the general public.
Learn more about McLean’s treatment services for adults and find education and support resources on an array of mental health conditions.
McLean Hospital offers comprehensive mental health care options for adults, from short-term acute care for individuals in psychiatric crisis to outpatient appointments. Services cover a range of symptoms and diagnoses, including addiction, anxiety and OCD, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, depression, eating disorders, and trauma.
Care can include individual, group, and family therapy, behavioral therapies, diagnostic assessment, consultation services, tailored treatment plans, medication evaluation and management, and aftercare planning. We utilize evidence-based treatment and therapy models informed by state-of-the-art research conducted at McLean and around the world. By incorporating various approaches, treatment can be customized for each individual to help ensure recovery.
Robust patient and family education and support including informational materials, support groups, and assistance with community resources are also incorporated into patient care.
McLean provides comprehensive support for individuals who want to reduce chemical dependency and regain control of their lives. Knowing that substance use is often seen alongside other psychiatric disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and trauma, our programs leverage the expertise and wide-ranging mental health and evaluative services throughout McLean Hospital. With treatment options from short-term detox to insurance-based and self-pay around-the-clock residential care, individuals have access to the care that best suits their needs.
Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia
Staff in our inpatient, residential, outpatient, and community-based programs for patients who live with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or other severe forms of mental illness have specialized expertise in treating this patient population and in providing individualized support and education to family members. McLean is dedicated to continuity of services during transitions and helps to coordinate care with community clinicians, social service agencies, families, and other support systems.
Borderline Personality Disorder
McLean has specialized residential and partial hospital (day) programs and outpatient care for BPD—as well as an array of treatments for coexisting diagnoses and symptoms such as depression, anxiety, addiction, and trauma. Our specialized therapeutic approaches, including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and mentalization-based treatment (MBT), help patients with the goal of improving interpersonal and relationships skills and reducing self-destructive behaviors.
From short-term crisis care to ongoing outpatient services, depression treatment at McLean includes behavioral therapies and medication consultation. McLean specializes in treating coexisting mental health diagnoses that may accompany depression, and patients benefit from the expertise and consultative services throughout the hospital.
Our residential and partial hospital program for women specializes in the treatment of anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. Recognizing that each young woman has a distinct set of issues that contribute to her eating disorder, we also understand that many also struggle with co-occurring conditions such as substance abuse, mood and anxiety disorders, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, and medical issues. We work to help individuals through the mental and physical challenges on the pathway to recovery.
We are committed to providing robust care, support, and education resources for adults and children OCD. Our residential, day, and outpatient programs focus on providing skills for patients to manage their illnesses on their own.
Trauma and Dissociative Disorders
McLean provides exceptional care for trauma and trauma-related disorders such as PTSD and dissociative identity disorder. Our inpatient and day program services for women experiencing the effects of childhood abuse or other traumatic events maintain a strong reputation for their balanced emphasis on stabilization and healing. We also offer outpatient care for an array of trauma symptoms and diagnoses, including specialty services for first responders.
McLean provides an array of clinical resources for patients, including diagnostic and testing services, the McLean Imaging Center, care for individuals seeking outpatient treatment, and more.
Seems like an obvious answer, but since the topic is broad and often clouded by stigma, exactly what is mental health can be confusing. According to Merriam-Webster, mental illness is defined as “any of a broad range of medical conditions (such as major depression, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, or panic disorder) that are marked primarily by sufficient disorganization of personality, mind, or emotions to impair normal psychological functioning and cause marked distress or disability and that are typically associated with a disruption in normal thinking, feeling, mood, behavior, interpersonal interactions, or daily functioning.” Mental health therefore covers “the general condition of one’s mental and emotional state.”
It really is a broad definition. So, let’s break it down into some of the conditions that McLean treats.
What Is Addiction?
Substance abuse, or addiction to drugs or alcohol, is a recognized medical brain disorder. This illness refers to the abuse of illegal or legal substances such as alcohol, opiates, cocaine, marijuana, and so on. Substance abuse causes serious problems at work, school, in relationships, and with the law.
What Is Anxiety?
If you tend to worry a lot, even when there’s no reason, you may have anxiety. It may be something you are so used to that you may think it’s just “how you are.” Common worries include health, money, family, or work. While everyone worries about these things once in a while, if you always expect the worst, it can get in the way of living a normal life.
What Are Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia?
Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental illness that causes dramatic shifts in a person’s mood, energy, and ability to think clearly. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality and can experience hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized thinking, and these symptoms can be very disabling.
What Is Borderline Personality Disorder?
Mental health experts agree that the name “borderline personality disorder” can be misleading; however, a more accurate term does not yet exist. The good news is that when BPD is accurately diagnosed, treatment can be successful and individuals can go on to lead meaningful and productive lives.
What Is Depression?
Anyone can feel sad or depressed at times. However, depression is more intense and harder to manage than normal feelings of sadness. Left untreated, depression can be a debilitating illness for individuals and their families. Often, symptoms are not recognized for their severity and can worsen, and severe depression may lead to suicidal thoughts and actions.
What Are Eating Disorders?
Eating disorders happen as a result of severe disturbances in eating behavior, such as unhealthy reduction of food intake or extreme overeating. These patterns can be caused by feelings of distress or concern about body shape or weight, and they harm normal body composition and function. A person with an eating disorder may have started out just eating smaller or larger amounts of food than usual, but at some point, the urge to eat less or more spirals out of control.
What Is OCD?
OCD is a common anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions). With treatment, many find relief from these symptoms.
What Is Trauma?
Trauma knows no boundaries. It affects people of every background, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, gender, sexual orientation, and so on. Research has shown that traumatic experiences are associated with both behavioral and physical health conditions, especially trauma that occurs during childhood. With proper care, individuals can recover from psychological trauma and learn to heal and manage their symptoms.
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McLean offers care and support for individuals throughout the life span.