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Sep 15, 2014

Know the Facts About Suicide

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, which helps shine a light on a topic that is often not discussed out of fear and stigma. According to Dost Öngür, MD, PhD, chief of the Psychotic Disorders Division at McLean Hospital, the...

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 15, 2014

Depression Screening Available

McLean Hospital is proud to partner with Screening for Mental Health Inc. in an effort to raise awareness and offer free screenings for psychiatric disorders while allowing individuals to connect with the appropriate treatment resources. Similar to...

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

MGH/McLean Residency Program Voted #1

In the first comprehensive national study of residency training programs, the Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital Psychiatry Residency Program has been ranked #1 in the country, according to Doximity, a national physician network and its...

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 14, 2014

Helping College Students Thrive

College can be a very stressful time for many students. For those with mental health issues, it can be overwhelming. The late teens and early 20s—the traditional college years—are known to be the time in life when serious mental...

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...

Sep 12, 2014

A Nursing Veteran Replaces Judgment with Compassion

My name is Julie Twohig, RN. I’m the clinical coordinator of the Dissociative Disorders and Trauma Inpatient Program (Proctor II), a women’s unit specializing in dissociative disorders and trauma. I came into work on a Wednesday morning...

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: Van Otterloos Endow Presidency at McLean

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

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 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 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...

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