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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).

Pathways Academy: Meeting the Needs of Students With Autism

“Every child deserves and must have the opportunity to learn and reach their full potential…” Started in 2000, McLean Hospital’s Pathways Academy is a year-round school designed and dedicated to meeting the psychological, social, and academic needs of students aged 6 to 22 with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There are two educators for every four students at Pathways,...

2018 Pathways Academy Achievement Ceremony: Celebrating Resilience

On Tuesday, June 13, 2018, beaming students, families, and McLean staff came together in Pierce Hall for Pathways Academy’s annual achievement ceremony. Pathways Academy was established 20 years ago to meet the psychological, social, and academic needs of children and adolescents ages 6 through 22 with autism spectrum and related disorders. During the ceremony, 28 students received...

Foundations Support Study on the Benefit of Yoga for Adolescent Depression

Yoga has become ubiquitous. In fact, it is difficult to find a community that doesn’t offer classes ranging from “flow” and “hot” yoga to those with nearly unpronounceable names. Tracing roots back more than 5,000 years, yoga is an array of techniques or practices aimed at integrating mind, body, and spirit to promote mindfulness, personal exploration, and a...

Arlington School Graduation 2018: More Accomplishments Ahead

On June 8, 2018, faculty, staff, friends, families, and eleven departing high school seniors filled the McLean Hospital Chapel for the 53rd commencement of the Arlington School. “This is a day that I personally look forward to each year, and I am honored to be standing here looking out at all of you, knowing all the effort, courage, and care that has gone into getting to this day,”...

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-...

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,...

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...

College Mental Health Program Launches New Services to Support Students

College is challenging for everyone, but for students affected by mental illness, the adversity they face can be overwhelming. McLean Hospital is working to address the unique needs of college students with psychiatric disorders through its world-renowned College Mental Health Program (CMHP). Established in 2008, CMHP was developed to assist college students with mental illness and adjustment...

Understanding the Biology Behind Major Depressive Disorder

Major depressive disorder (MDD) affects about seven percent of people in the United States each year. Although researchers and clinicians know that stressful life events can trigger a depressive episode, the biological mechanisms behind it are not well understood. Studies led by Diego A. Pizzagalli, PhD, director of the Center for Depression, Anxiety and Stress Research (CDASR) at McLean Hospital...

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...

Supporting Resilience Amidst Adversity

Research has shown that many who face adversity in childhood feel its impact into adulthood. But that does not mean those who experience early challenges cannot thrive. McLean Hospital is a place where many patients get help with the problems they have faced that started in childhood. There is a huge role our researchers and clinicians can play, not only in treating adults who have faced...

Helping Families Understand Youth Developmental Needs

In both psychiatry and education, a key aspect to youth success is the ability to get family members involved in the ongoing support of the child. What do we say to families who want advice on how to bolster the mental health of their child? Mental health support provided by clinicians and social-emotionally focused education systems can only go so far. It is critical that this support continues...

Patient Story: Abby and Mary

Abby and Mary are sisters and participants in McLean’s Deconstructing Stigma campaign. Watch as they tell their mental health story.

13 Reasons Why We Should Be Talking About Teen Suicide

The Netflix series Thirteen Reasons Why has created a lot of social media buzz and has brought the topic of teen suicide to the forefront—in good ways and bad ways—since its release. The series graphically depicts the events surrounding a fictional teen’s suicide. It is indeed engaging, and the first few episodes draw the viewer in—but as the storyline unfolds, the...

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...

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...

Unrestricted Gifts Enable Innovation and Strengthen Care

“McLean probably saved our daughter’s life,” says donor Maggie Tyler, a Mary Belknap Society member along with her husband, Lee Rubenstein. Society members make annual unrestricted gifts of $1,000 or more to McLean. For the couple, supporting the hospital in this way means their money goes to work immediately strengthening clinical services, seeding innovative research, and...

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