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“I can’t say enough about the people at McLean and how supportive they’ve been.”
The quote above came from Elizabeth See, a former tennis professional who has struggled with depression for more than a decade. As you will read in this issue of Year in Review, Elizabeth finally experienced improvement thanks to transcranial magnetic stimulation—a treatment she receives at McLean in our newly expanded Psychiatric Neurotherapeutics Program.
We are proud to say that Elizabeth is only one of the many people who have been positively affected by McLean Hospital’s recent growth.
In 2015, we made great strides in developing, expanding, and launching programs that provide greater access to high-quality, evidence-based, compassionate psychiatric care, while also emphasizing the need and importance of innovative research and exceptional educational experiences for professionals and the general public.
Reclaiming Her Freedom: One Young Patient Works to Overcome OCD
The launch of the Child and Adolescent Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Institute, which was modeled after our world-renowned adult OCD treatment program. Since opening last spring, this new program—affectionately known as OCDI Jr.—has drawn families from around the globe seeking expert care for their children.
A Passion for Science and Collaboration
The recruitment of Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD, who is spearheading the growth of McLean’s research programs as our new chief scientific officer and chief of the Division of Depression and Anxiety Disorders. With a vision of cross-collaboration, he is fostering translational research by helping McLean’s scientists and clinicians join in this quest more seamlessly.
Helping Those in the Line of Duty
The growth of our LEADER (Law Enforcement, Active Duty, Emergency Responder) program, which provides specialized mental health and addiction services for men and women in uniform, including police officers, fire department personnel, and active members of the military.
Fighting Depression: TMS and ECT are Sought-After Treatments
There are several reasons why more people are choosing ECT and TMS to address their illnesses, including the high success of the treatments, the reduced stigma of mental illness, the increased availability of accurate information online and in the media, and the increased awareness through physician offices and hospitals.
The Largest Fundraising Effort in Hospital History
The announcement of the largest philanthropic effort in hospital history. We are well on our way toward meeting our fundraising goal of $100 million, which will enable us to more fully realize our vision of improved access to care and accelerated discovery, hopefully leading to prevention and cures.