“It felt like I was high on my own brain.” – April
April’s mom recalls that it was sophomore year in college when “things started to fall apart.” By the time her parents arrived at school to take her to the emergency room, April was experiencing a severe first onset of psychosis.
April arrived at McLean for treatment and soon joined McLean OnTrackTM, a program specializing in the early recognition and treatment of bipolar spectrum disorders and other conditions presenting with psychosis or mania with psychosis.
At OnTrack, both April and her parents felt supported and understood, and things began to improve. Today, April is a peer specialist and has created a supportive community around herself.
“If I am able to help and support others along the way, then that’s what I want to do.”
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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 exploring the environmental, genetic, and neurobiological components of trauma-related disorders. And the hospital has a growing effort to disseminate models of trauma-informed care across the full spectrum of its clinical programs.
Now, a $2.5 million anonymous gift will create opportunities to augment and integrate these efforts, with the goal of making meaningful advances through trauma research, care, and training.
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