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Mar 14, 2018

Addressing the Consequences of Gun Violence & Trauma

One month ago today, our country was once again devastated by a senseless act of gun violence that has left the entire nation grieving the loss of innocent lives and thrown us into heated debates about constitutional rights, arming teachers, and...

Mar 14, 2018

Fact vs. Fiction: The Truth About Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD), a complex mental illness often characterized by unstable moods, behaviors, and relationships, has historically been viewed by clinicians as untreatable. An April 2015 article in The New York Times referred to...

Mar 13, 2018

ECT: A History of Helping Patients

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is used to treat patients with certain types of mental illness, including severe depression, severe mania, and catatonia. It was first developed in the late 1930s, with the first recorded treatments at McLean Hospital...

Mar 5, 2018

McLean’s SHAPE Course Promotes Healthy Brain Aging for Seniors

Starting in late April, the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at McLean Hospital will begin offering six-week courses to help older adults and their adult children find ways to age successfully and promote healthy brain function. Called “...

Feb 28, 2018

History in the Making: Celebrating Black History Month

As McLean Hospital and Partners HealthCare celebrate Black History Month, we reflect on the importance of diversity, inclusion, and belonging in establishing communities of health. Recently, McLean Hospital has been privileged to host the new...

Feb 13, 2018

Battling the Opioid Epidemic Close to Home

Each day, we see it on the nightly news, in the paper, and in our hospital—the opioid epidemic has seeped into the fabric of our culture and years from now, we will still be coping with its catastrophic effects. While this is a national battle...

Feb 11, 2018

How to Keep the Joy in Caring for Your Valentine

We are all under the impression that if you really care about someone, taking care of them should be a joy, with no thought of being burdened or annoyed. And so, in many couples, one partner may get in the habit of doing things for the other person...

Feb 8, 2018

Addiction Detox: A Step Toward Effective Recovery

Detoxification from alcohol and/or drugs is an important first step in recovery. However, it’s not only important to take that first step, but also to do it safely. What is Detoxification? There are several types of medical detoxification (...

Feb 7, 2018

Mental Health Resources for ECT Patients and Their Families

Individuals who are taking part in electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to treat severe depression and other mental health diagnoses, or who are considering the treatment, have many questions and concerns. At McLean Hospital, our goal is to provide the...

Jan 16, 2018

Bridging Policy, Research, and Practice

In July, several McLean clinicians received a crash course in behavioral health policymaking during a one-day trip to Washington, DC. They met with various players in the policy arena there, including representatives from the executive branch. The...

Jan 15, 2018

Gift Propels Trauma Research, Care, and Training to New Levels

McLean is home to a number of prominent clinicians who provide some of the country’s most specialized care for individuals suffering from complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Its researchers are leading the scientific front by...

Jan 15, 2018

Cycling for Mental Health

Mac Dorris is a guy who gets things done. He had a vision to create a charity bike ride for mental health, and within a short six months of intensive planning, Mac hosted The Ride for Mental Health—the first of what he hopes will be an annual...

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