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Depression is among the most common mental health disorders. It is a serious mood disorder that affects your whole body including your mood and thoughts. It touches every part of your life. It’s important to know that depression is not a weakness or character flaw—it’s a chemical imbalance in the brain that needs to be treated. If you have one episode of depression, you are at risk of having more throughout life. Without treatment, depression can happen more often and become more serious. Scientists believe that depression doesn’t have a singular cause but may be brought on by a traumatic event, changes in life circumstances, genetics, changes in the brain, or alcohol or drug abuse.

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. Common treatments for depression include individual and group therapy, and medications as appropriate. Other treatments may include TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) and ECT (electroconvulsive therapy), both of which have been found to have profound effects on individuals with depression, especially for those who have not found relief in symptoms through other treatment methods.


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Treatment at McLean

McLean Hospital offers an array of clinical programs that treat depression in children and adults.


The Pavilion
A comprehensive evaluation and diagnostic program for adults with complex or treatment-resistant psychiatric conditions in a range of diagnoses.

Adult Inpatient Services
With two locations in Massachusetts, these programs focus on intensive crisis stabilization for patients with mood, anxiety, and/or psychotic disorders.

Behavioral Health Partial Hospital Program
A comprehensive, multi-track treatment program serving as a step-down from or as an alternative to inpatient care.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Service
An outpatient service for people 16 and older with depression and anxiety who have not responded to medication or other forms of treatment.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Service
An outpatient treatment program using magnetic stimulation to help control mood in adults with major depression.

McLean SouthEast Adult Psychiatric Partial Hospital Program
Structured day program treatment in Middleborough, Massachusetts, focusing on mood and anxiety disorders.

Children and Adolescents

Intensive programs for adolescents ages 13 to 20 who require treatment for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and borderline personality disorder.

McLean-Franciscan Child and Adolescent Inpatient Program
Stabilization and treatment for children and adolescents ages 3 to 19 who are in psychiatric crisis.

Adolescent Acute Residential Treatment (ART) Program
Short-term treatment for adolescents ages 13 to 19 with emotional and behavioral difficulties including those with substance use disorders.