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Patient Story: Aaron

Watch Aaron’s story on how he was diagnoses with borderline personality disorder and taught the skills he needs to manage his mental illness.

3East: Adolescent DBT Programs

The 3East programs provide specialized care for teens and young adults who require treatment for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and emerging borderline personality disorder (BPD).

McLean Hospital – A Leader in Mental Health

As a leader in the field, McLean Hospital is committed to offering world-class patient care, conducting cutting-edge research, and delivering exceptional education for mental health professionals and the general public.

World-Class Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder

McLean Hospital combines the highest quality care, research, and clinical training to provide unparalleled specialty services for adolescents and adults living with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Offering individual and family services that have proven results, McLean has specialized residential and partial hospital programs and outpatient care—as well as an array of treatments for...

Deconstructing Stigma: Remember to Live in the Moment

The following story features Meghan, a 27-year-old nanny in Massachusetts and participant in our Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life mental health public awareness campaign. Learn more at DeconstructingStigma.org. A trip to the local market could send Meg into a severe state of panic. “Just going to the grocery store and paying for things—that interaction,...

Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment: Can We Make It More Accessible?

In just the past few decades, a number of highly specialized psychotherapies entered the clinical scene as effective evidence-based therapies for borderline personality disorder (BPD). The proliferation of these intensive therapies—dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), mentalization-based treatment (MBT), schema focused therapy (SFT), transference focused psychotherapy (TFP), and systems...

Grateful Family Helps McLean Expand Access to Care

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a complex mental illness characterized by emotional hypersensitivity and unstable behaviors that is often misdiagnosed. Some clinicians avoid patients with BPD, believing they are difficult to work with and have poor outcomes. And the most effective evidence-based treatments are highly specialized, time-consuming, and expensive; leaving them inaccessible...

BPD and PTSD Treatment Innovator Kicks Off Training Clinics at McLean

Martin Bohus, MD, an internationally recognized leader in the study and treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), recently presented clinical training sessions, a webinar, and a lecture at McLean Hospital. Through the clinical training sessions, Bohus, currently a visiting professor at McLean, provided guidance on his modification of dialectical...

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 BPD as “an intractable condition,” which is misinformation that persists about the disorder according to John G. Gunderson, MD, director of...

Borderline Personality Disorder: Separating Fact from Fiction

So you think you know about borderline personality disorder? Think again. Many of us have seen Fatal Attraction where the lead female character is described as having borderline personality disorder (BPD), but the diagnosis is not that Hollywood portrayal. In fact, despite great efforts through a number of organizations, including McLean Hospital, Project 375, and the Linehan Institute, there...

BPD Research at McLean: Improving Knowledge and Treatment

According to Mary C. Zanarini, EdD, director of the Laboratory for the Study of Adult Development at McLean Hospital, “Research has proven that borderline personality disorder is a valid psychiatric disorder and not a catch-all category for challenging patients with different clinical presentations.” With this in mind, research into the disorder is ongoing at McLean Hospital, with new...

Borderline Personality Disorder Training Institute: Addressing a Crucial Need

The Borderline Personality Disorder Training Institute (BPDTI) at McLean Hospital provides instruction on the four major evidence-based treatments for borderline personality disorder (BPD)—dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), general psychiatric management (GPM), mentalization-based treatment (MBT), and transference focused psychotherapy (TFP). Through courses offered in conjunction with the...

Deconstructing Stigma: Revealing Leads to Healing

The following story features Brandon Marshall, a 33-year-old NFL wide receiver, co-founder of PROJECT 375, and participant in our Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life mental health public awareness campaign. Told through the eyes of its participants, this campaign boldly challenges the misconceptions of what those with mental illness look like and is intended to spark...

Mental Health, BPD, and Boys: What Everyone Needs to Know

For years, the general public and many in the psychiatric community have viewed mental illness in boys and mental illness in girls in very different ways. To illustrate, Alan E. Fruzzetti, PhD, program director of the 3East Boys Intensive DBT Program, offered a simple test: “If I told you that a student in a classroom was pounding on a desk and being disruptive, would the image of a boy or...

A Family’s Suggestion Inspires Educational Series

The quest for information, resources, and support is a nearly universal need for families dealing with mental illness. One family, whose relative was treated for borderline personality disorder (BPD) at McLean, wanted to address that need and the family suggested that McLean leverage its extraordinary expertise to help others. Many people, they explained to McLean President and Psychiatrist in...

3East: McLean’s Unique Approach to Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Every Monday at 9 am, 3East leadership holds a unique two-hour session that is part support group, part tutorial. The participants, who join in person or by conference call, are learning the ins and outs of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Each is a parent of a child who is—or has been—part of the McLean Hospital DBT program known as 3East. “What is remarkable is we have...

Why Do Teens Cut and What Can Parents Do To Help?

Approximately 14 to 18 percent of high school students and between 12 to 35 percent of college students in the United States engage in some form of self-injurious behavior at least once. The age of onset often occurs in early adolescence, between the ages of 11 and 14. While self-harm is of serious concern for parents, families, and teachers, it’s important to know that when the right...

Global Reach: New Series of Webinars Provides Greater Access to McLean Experts

Thanks to an anonymous gift, McLean Hospital launched the Borderline Personality Disorder Patient and Family Education Initiative in 2015, providing interactive and on-demand resources to support individuals and families affected by borderline personality disorder (BPD). “A family who desired additional information about how they could be more helpful in their daughter’s treatment...

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