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Dec 15, 2013

How a Handbag Motivated One Patient to Confront His OCD

Farsh Askari is a former patient at McLean’s OCD Institute (OCDI). After a huge fight with my last two remaining friends, their response didn't surprise me. Yes, they were very hurt, but also relieved. They were tired of coping with the ever-...

Dec 15, 2013

New Garden is Helping OCD Patients Grow

During the summer of 2012, an important project began on the grounds of Orchard House, the smaller of two units comprising McLean Hospital’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Institute (OCDI). Next to the house, which is home to eight OCDI...

Dec 15, 2013

Growing, Innovating, and Improving: Update on OCD Research

The Office of Clinical Assessment and Research (OCAR) experienced a growth spurt recently and now features seven core members. I have asked Jesse Crosby, PhD, to lead this expanded team and coordinate our effort to do everything we can to help...

Aug 1, 2013

Training Trade: OCD Clinicians Learn about Autism

At the OCD Institute, we are constantly working to stay abreast of the most up-to-date treatments for our patients so that we can provide the highest-quality care. This includes reading new research, attending conferences and workshops, and talking...

Aug 1, 2013

Secret Ingredients of OCD Research and Treatment

Last year, I heard a great story on the popular radio show “This American Life” about a family-owned sausage company that could no longer keep up with demand. In some ways, they already had what they wanted—a great business with a...

Aug 1, 2013

Patchwork: One OCD Patient’s Story

Rachel is a former patient at the OCD Institute. I’m obsessed with “The Real Housewives” and “The Rachel Zoe Project.” And I love to sew. I’ll sit down on a Saturday morning, coffee in hand, and watch a few...

Apr 29, 2013

National Influence: McLean Leaders Focus on the Big Picture

As psychiatric leaders in clinical care, research and education, McLean Hospital clinicians are often asked to lend their expertise and their guidance to local, regional and national organizations with missions that are similar to the hospital...

Apr 29, 2013

McLean and the Partners HealthCare Family

McLean Hospital actively contributes to and benefits from an array of Partners HealthCare-wide collaborative projects. These include improving patient and family access to each level of care, joint training programs and redesign of the healthcare...

Apr 29, 2013

Family Network: Working Together to Support One Another

Five years ago, Bill and Andrea Kelley walked into McLean Hospital’s Family Support and Education Group sad and ashamed, feeling as if they were the only parents whose child was addicted to heroin. They discovered they were not alone, and...

Apr 12, 2013

Learning from Patients in the Rural Dominican Republic

As I boarded the plane to the Dominican Republic, I recalled my introduction to that country with Los Medicos Valadores, when I was a third-year undergraduate nursing student. I wondered how this new journey with Intercultural Nursing Inc. (INI)...

Apr 1, 2013

Radical Faith: A Patient’s Journey with OCD

Ethan Smith is a former patient of McLean’s OCD Institute. We all have our stories of pain and triumph, and while they may completely differ in symptom and severity, we all share a common bond: obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). While it...

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