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Sep 15, 2014

Potential New Treatment for PTSD Discovered

McLean Hospital researchers are reporting that xenon gas, used in humans for anesthesia and diagnostic imaging, has the potential to be a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other memory-related disorders. “In our study,...

Sep 15, 2014

Helping Students Succeed

For some children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders, going to school can be a difficult, anxiety-provoking proposition. Those with disorders along the autism spectrum often have issues with anxiety, learning social skills and...

Sep 15, 2014

LMFS Shown to Provide Immediate Relief for Patients

For the millions of Americans who live with major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder, there may be some good news in their future. Individual with those conditions who receive low-field magnetic stimulation (LFMS) have recently shown immediate...

Sep 15, 2014

Walking to Raise Awareness

A month before the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) annual Out of the Darkness walk in Boston, flyers and signs begin popping up throughout the McLean Hospital campus—it’s an early sign of fall and it also signals that...

Sep 15, 2014

Compassion & Rigorous Curriculum

For high school students struggling with mental health issues so troublesome that their educational progress has been interrupted—sometimes for long periods—the Arlington School on the campus of McLean Hospital has been a lifesaver. The...

Sep 12, 2014

A Nursing Veteran Replaces Judgment with Compassion

My name is Julie Twohig, RN. I’m the clinical coordinator of Proctor II, a women’s unit specializing in dissociative disorders and trauma. I came into work on a Wednesday morning in November 2012 and was told that a patient who had made...

Sep 12, 2014

Building Trust Slowly With a Longtime Patient

My name is Sandra Feehan. I have worked at McLean for 15 years and feel very fortunate to have a job I look forward to every day. I work primarily in the Neurotherapeutics department with patients undergoing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for...

Aug 12, 2014

Death of Robin Williams Puts Spotlight on Suicide

By Dost Öngür, MD, PhD We are all stunned and saddened by the apparent suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams and our collective hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. While we remember his enormous talent and the joy that...

Jul 2, 2014

McLean Unveils Redesigned User-Friendly Website

Following more than two years of planning, development and testing, McLean Hospital has officially launched its newly redesigned website, www.mcleanhospital.org. The new website was designed to provide the hospital with a modern web presence while...

Jun 24, 2014

Leading the Way in Psychiatry and Mental Health

These are both very exciting and challenging times in the field of psychiatry and mental health. It is progressively well appreciated that diseases of brain and behavior are among the most pressing global public health issues. To provide some...

Jun 23, 2014

Kindred Spirits: Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo

McLean President and Psychiatrist in Chief Scott L. Rauch, MD, recently accepted one of the highest honors in academic medicine: an endowed chair. Thanks to a $5M gift from its namesakes, Dr. Rauch has been appointed to the Rose-Marie and Eijk van...

Jun 22, 2014

Actor Experiences Success Despite Years of Anguish

Hollywood loves a good medical drama, but for Ethan S. Smith, a successful actor, writer and director, the anguish he experienced due to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) was all too real. Although Smith now successfully manages his OCD, it was...

Jun 22, 2014

McLean Welcomes Board of Visitors

On April 10, Diane Patrick, first lady of Massachusetts and a champion for fighting the stigma related to mental illness, served as the convener for the inaugural annual meeting of McLean Hospital’s Board of Visitors. This newly established...

Jun 21, 2014

Jane Fonda Receives the 2014 McLean Award

Cultural icon Jane Fonda was this year’s recipient of the McLean Award, which is given annually to people who have furthered the public’s understanding of psychiatric illness and mental health. Previous honorees include David O....

Jun 16, 2014

Acceptance Commitment Therapy in Assessment and Research for OCD

One of our goals at the OCDI Office of Clinical Assessment and Research (OCAR) is to advance clinical assessment and scientific research by providing relevant and useful information to guide and improve treatment for OCD. As part of our mission, we...

Jun 16, 2014

Integrating ACT into OCD Treatment

Over the past few years, clinicians and researchers at the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute (OCDI) have become increasingly interested in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). ACT is tricky to understand—not because it is complicated...

Jun 16, 2014

In a Patient’s Words: In My Own Head

“Okay, Lisa. Go.” That’s Carol Hevia, a behavioral therapist at the OCDI, talking to me in my head, as if I was sitting in her Intrusive Thoughts group. Once again, she’s telling me it’s time to spill my guts. When I...

Apr 20, 2014

New Mobile Website Brings Info to People on the Go

In September 2013, the hospital launched a user-friendly, visually appealing way for patients, families, visitors, staff, and referral sources to obtain information while on the go. Anyone can now pick up a smartphone or tablet and visit www....

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