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Partnership Helps Public Schools Support Student Mental Health

Growing up has never been easy. Multiply the normal angst of the teenage years by the deluge of smartphones, texts, tweets, Instagram photos, and Snapchat snaps. Then add the realities of post-9/11 societal stress, poverty, homelessness, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse, and you have a new reality. That’s what was facing the Falmouth Public Schools in Massachusetts, when in 2016,...

Paying Dividends for Students and Staff

The increase in anxiety in today’s students takes a toll not only on the youngsters, but also on the education professionals who work to help them through their days. A collaboration between the Falmouth, Massachusetts, public school system and the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program is paying dividends for students and staff alike. Laura Finton, LICSW, is an adjustment counselor at the 833-...

Paying It Forward

Ten years ago, then 27-year-old Mike Muccio thought he was having a heart attack or a stroke. His heart raced, he was dizzy, off-balance, and felt like he was dying—and it kept happening. Michael and Kelly Muccio with their childrenWith his parents at his side, Mike spent the next nine months in and out of physician’s offices with no concrete diagnosis. When a doctor finally...

A New Kind of Learning: McLean Teaches Schools in Joint Effort to Help Youth

They are teens, preteens, and even elementary school students who avoid school and rack up absences. They grapple with severe depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, and sometimes it gets so bad they need to be hospitalized. “I’ve been doing this a long time, and the number of kids who are struggling with mental health issues and the severity of those issues has increased...

A Handheld Treatment for PTSD?

With new discoveries by McLean Hospital researchers, a fast and effective treatment for PTSD, anxiety, and addiction disorders could be close at hand. Literally. Right now, work is underway to develop a handheld inhaler containing xenon gas that could be used to block traumatic memories as soon as they are experienced. Whether used in a clinical setting or self-administered in the real world,...

Anxiety in Children: A Fresh Approach to Treatment

“What if you walked around every day feeling that your heart was pounding in your chest and that you couldn’t breathe? What if your brain was constantly telling you that the scariest, most horrible things were going to happen and that the world felt like an out of control and unsafe place? Now imagine that you’re 7, or 10, or 15, and that this is your daily reality. This is what...

Breaking Research Finding: Anxiety and Fear Are Controlled by Different Brain Circuitry

Earlier this month, McLean Hospital researchers became the first to identify defined populations of neurons that are absolutely critical for the anxiety-reducing action of the widely used medication Valium®. This finding may have implications for developing more effective treatments for anxiety disorders, which are the most common psychiatric disorders in the United States. “While one-...

Q & A: Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer and Chief of the Center of Excellence in Depression and Anxiety Disorders

Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD, arrived at McLean in August as Chief Scientific Officer and the inaugural chief of McLean’s new Center of Excellence in Depression and Anxiety Disorders. He also holds the James and Patricia Poitras Endowed Chair in Psychiatry, thanks to a generous gift from longtime donors Patricia and James Poitras. Dr. Ressler’s research examines how fear works in the...

McLean’s Anxiety Mastery Program Helps Kids and Families Get Back on Track

The children and adolescents who attend the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program (MAMP) often have lives that have gone painfully off-track: the high school senior whose perfectionism crowded out everything else in her life; the boy whose fear of germs rendered him unable to attend school for months; the teenager who was petrified of vomiting; and the 12-year-old girl with social anxiety who clung to...

To Push or Not to Push: How to Help Your Child Deal with the Inevitable Stresses of Life

Some kids acclimate quickly to new situations. They express excitement about meeting their new classmates at the start of the school year, jump right into the mix at birthday parties, and easily adapt if and when their regular routine is disrupted. For other kids, change is challenging. If your child fits into this latter category, you have a tougher job as a parent. Here are some tips for...

Understanding the Brain’s “Suffocation Alarm”

Panic disorder is a severe form of anxiety in which the affected individual feels an abrupt onset of fear, often accompanied by profound physical symptoms of discomfort. Scientists have known from studying twins that genes contribute to the risk of panic disorder, but very little is known about which specific genes are involved. Two of the most common and terrifying symptoms of this severe...

Mastering Anxiety Disorders

Established in 2013, the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program (MAMP) is one of only a handful of programs in the country to provide intensive and evidence-based treatment for anxious youth. The program offers treatment for children and adolescents, ages 9 to 18, who suffer from social anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, panic disorder, specific phobia(s) and obsessive compulsive disorder....

Family Connections: Bridging Clinical Care and Research to Improve Outcomes

As a liaison between child and adolescent research and clinical care, Randy Auerbach, PhD, is instrumental in forging collaborative relationships that benefit McLean Hospital patients. Through his role as Center for Depression, Anxiety and Stress Research Liaison to the Nancy and Richard Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Auerbach fluidly integrates research into patient care...

Turning Promise into Practice: Nurturing Young Researchers Through Donor-Supported Fellowships

The future of brain science lies in researchers like Poornima Kumar, a 30-year-old neuroscientist with the mind of a mathematician, the expertise of an engineer, and a PhD in neuroimaging. Kumar, the hospital’s first John and Charlene Madison Cassidy Fellow in Translational Neuroscience, works in that sweet spot where neuroanatomy meets mathematics. She uses computational models—the...

McLean Launches Center for Depression, Anxiety and Stress Research

Depression, anxiety, and stress are a debilitating triad. About one in six Americans will suffer from depression at some point in his or her life; one in four will struggle with an anxiety disorder. Often, the two go hand in hand, triggered by stressors like childhood neglect or the death of a loved one. Left untreated or not accurately diagnosed, these disorders can negatively impact every facet...

McLean Hospital Center for Depression, Anxiety and Stress Research to Host Inaugural Event Oct. 1

McLean Hospital’s newly established Center for Depression, Anxiety and Stress Research will host an inaugural event on Friday, Oct. 1 from 1:15pm to 3:30pm in Pierce Hall, located on McLean’s Belmont campus. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature brief presentations by more than 20 members of the McLean and Harvard faculty on clinical and research programs...

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