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Everything You Need To Know About Bipolar Disorder

We all experience shifts in our moods at times. However, some people feel changes in mood differently. For people with bipolar disorder, experiencing heightened emotions and depressive states are often so intense that they interfere with everyday life. Bipolar disorder (BD) is both common and...

New Clinic Strives to Mitigate Risk of Developing Psychotic Disorders

Schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder with psychotic features are diagnoses laden with stigma, and they can sound downright frightening. Child psychiatrist Perihan Esra Guvenek-Cokol, MD, an expert in psychotic disorders, doesn’t dispute their seriousness. But she knows that...

How One Nurse Makes a Difference for Patients and Staff

Jeanne McElhinney, MS, RN, BC, nurse director for McLean’s Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Inpatient Program, has seen a lot of changes. She arrived at McLean in 1986 during training for her associate degree in mental health at Middlesex Community College. At the time, she covered three shifts...

Yale Hicks: His Journey to Becoming a Peer Specialist

Yale Hicks told his college friends in New Orleans that he cut short his junior year abroad in Ghana because of malaria. “I lied to everybody, including myself,” said Hicks, who was experiencing hallucinations associated with what was eventually diagnosed as bipolar disorder. “I was about 21, and it...

Peer Counseling’s Critical Role in Psychosis Treatment

If a journey of a thousand miles begins with a step, what is better than having someone along with whom to share it? That is the philosophy behind the peer counseling program at McLean Hospital’s Division of Psychotic Disorders. “A lot of people with these conditions have difficulty working outside...

Ross J. Baldessarini, MD: Celebrating a Pioneer

Ross J. Baldessarini, MD, originally thought he wanted to be an industrial organic chemist, not a doctor. The prospect of medical school didn’t thrill the Williams College chemistry major. He found it to be more like a trade school than an academic endeavor, not to mention it being “cutthroat and...

New PACT Team Offers Support 24/7

Monica Luke knows what it’s like to care deeply about someone with schizophrenia. Her son, now 37, had his first psychotic break at age 20 and hasn’t spoken to her in a decade. Although she’s pained by the estrangement, she’s thankful for one thing: she could use his college fund to pay for his care...

Brain Training Shows Promise for Patients With Bipolar Disorder

Researchers at McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, have discovered for the first time that computerized brain training can result in improved cognitive skills in individuals with bipolar disorder. In a paper published in the October 17, 2017, edition of The Journal of Clinical...

Hospital Without Walls for Individuals With Chronic Mental Illness

McLean Hospital’s Chloe Pedalino, LICSW, says that individuals receive “wraparound care while they’re in the hospital, but they don’t always get that care after discharge.” This is one reason McLean is launching its new Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT). The program will bring...

Family Funds Space for Young Patients to Gather and Heal

Andrew Smith was an avid sports fan. Always a contrarian, he rooted for the team his family wasn’t supporting. He had a quirky sense of humor, loved chatting on the phone, and taking long walks, often stopping for pizza. When he died in 2011 at age 30, after struggling for years with schizophrenia...

A Picture Can Say 1,000 Words

After taking dozens of photos of trains at commuter rail stations, Susan Camuti finally captured the image she was seeking. Using a specialized app on her smartphone, she transformed the image of an approaching train to depict what her mania feels like. “When I feel manic, it feels like a train is...

McLean Hospital and Valera Health Use Smartphones to Engage Patients

McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and emerging health tech startup Valera Health are partnering to conduct a clinical trial that will test a new digital technology to support patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The clinical trial, titled...

Waverley Place: A Community Program Built on Self-Determination and Hope

Waverley Place is McLean Hospital’s community-based support program providing a therapeutic community for adults experiencing mental illness. “We say that Waverley Place is an intentional community,” said Megan Mooney, occupational therapist. “Self-determination and hope are the two biggest things...

LMFS Shown to Provide Immediate Relief for Patients

For the millions of Americans who live with major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder, there may be some good news in their future. Individual with those conditions who receive low-field magnetic stimulation (LFMS) have recently shown immediate and substantial mood improvement. “LFMS is unlike...

AB2 Slogans Convey Common Message to Its Patients, Families, and Staff

Like all programs at McLean, we take tremendous pride in the care we provide to our patients at the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Inpatient Program (AB2). We have long created a culture of caring that extends beyond our patient population that is felt by our staff, including the residents and...

Staff Profile: Emily E. Carol, PhD

Emily E. Carol, PhD, is the clinic director of the Support, Treatment, and Resilience (STAR) Program at McLean Hospital. In this role, she is involved in STAR’s clinical, outreach, research, and training initiatives. Her expertise is in early identification and intervention for emerging serious...