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Everything You Need To Know About Child & Teen Mental Health

Child and adolescent mental health has finally started to get the attention it deserves. Behavior that was once seen as kids being kids—like teens being rebellious or children misbehaving at home or school—may be due to the onset of mental health conditions in young people. Over half of all cases of...

Supporting Children & Teens on the Autism Spectrum

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that impacts an individual’s ability to interact and communicate with other people and the surrounding world. Like other diagnoses that can affect mental health, autism can vary widely in its scope and severity. Autism is a very common...

The Mental Health Impact of Bullying on Kids and Teens

When people hear the word “bully,” they may think of a child being pushed around by another kid. Or they may think of someone being insulted by a peer, whether face-to-face or online. Regardless of its shape and form, these experiences can be incredibly serious and often have lifelong effects. And...

How To Set Up Your Kids for Success: Focus on Their Mental Health

Did you know that 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14? Statistics like this make McLean Hospital clinicians, like Dana B. Sarvey, MD, want to spend every possible minute educating parents, pediatricians, and other adults who care for children about the importance of mental...

Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder in Teens

Being a teenager is difficult. Teens go through many changes, including social and educational changes and hormonal mood swings. Sometimes teens act without thinking if they will get into trouble, with out-of-character actions, thoughts, and feelings all being part of the typical teen experience...

Understanding Anxiety in Kids and Teens

As a parent, teacher, babysitter, or even neighbor, you may notice behavior that concerns you. Though you may not be able to immediately identify it, you know something is not right. Anxiety in children can show up in different ways, such as avoidance of activities or experiences, irritability, and...

Just How Does Drinking Affect the Teenage Brain?

Studies at McLean Hospital and elsewhere have shown that alcohol affects the brains of adolescents in profound and dangerous ways. During the teenage and early adult years, the brain is still developing, making it more vulnerable to alcohol than the adult brain. Moreover, research indicates that the...

Everything You Need To Know About Teen Use of Drugs & Alcohol

Growing up can be difficult. Oftentimes, adolescents are curious, stressed, emotional, and looking for ways to escape boredom. Adolescents are also more likely to experiment with substances due to the way the brain develops. Sometimes, when given the opportunity, they’ll find an escape through drugs...

Everything You Need To Know About OCD in Kids and Teens

While working on a project together, you see a friend packing up their work supplies in a very neat fashion. You can’t help but point out that they’ve organized all their pens to be lined up in order of color and all facing the same direction in their box. “Oh,” they reply. “That’s just my OCD.”...

5 Tips to Help Teenagers Adjust to the “New Normal”

Teens face many age-group-specific challenges during the coronavirus pandemic. Adolescence is a stage when many people value time with peers and seek independence from parents. Now, the coronavirus has left teens isolated from friends and at home with their families 24/7. However, parents can...

4 Ways to Help Children Manage Emotions

Finding effective ways to help your child cope with big emotions has never been more important—or difficult! Here are some suggestions for what to do when your kids or teenagers express big feelings, like sadness, anger, and anxiety. Keep Reading To Learn The importance of validation How to make a...

What Is Teen Cutting and Self-Injury?

Public understanding of self-injury or “cutting” in adolescents has grown in recent years. Many studies and media reports have called attention to this teen mental health concern, resulting in less confusion and ignorance. Despite this progress, many misconceptions about self-injury remain. For...

Child and Adolescent Treatment Programs

Their success is our success. At McLean Hospital, we thrive on supporting young people and giving them the skills they need to be successful in managing their mental health. Call us today to find the care that’s will help set your child on the path to recovery.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

At McLean Hospital, we are committed to supporting young people and their families while they learn the skills they need to manage their mental health. From comprehensive treatment programs to robust support and education, we are here to help.

Staff Profile: Martin Teicher, MD, PhD

Martin Teicher, MD, PhD, has been director of the Developmental Biopsychiatry Research Program at McLean Hospital since 1988. He was chief of the former Developmental Psychopharmacology Laboratory (now the Laboratory of Developmental Neuropharmacology) and is currently an associate professor of...

Staff Profile: Joseph Gold, MD

Joseph Gold, MD, oversees all of the hospital’s clinical programs across multiple sites, age groups and levels of care. Dr. Gold serves as the physician leader of McLean’s Schwartz Center Rounds to promote compassionate care giving and support to caregivers. He is also a member of the Executive...

Staff Profile: Kyoko Ohashi, PhD

Kyoko Ohashi, PhD, received her BS and MS in exercise physiology and biomechanics and sports sciences and her PhD in educational physiology from The University of Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Ohashi completed research fellowships in analysis of physiological and bio-behavioral measures in Developmental...

Staff Profile: Blaise Aguirre, MD

Blaise Aguirre, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist. He is a trainer in, and specializes in, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) as well as other treatments such as mentalization-based treatment (MBT) for borderline personality disorder and associated conditions. He is the founding medical...

Staff Profile: Cynthia S. Kaplan, PhD

Cynthia Kaplan, PhD, received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University in 1979. Dr. Kaplan did her internship at Bronx State Hospital, post-graduate studies at New York University and then practiced in New York for 10 years, primarily seeing children and adolescents. Dr...

Staff Profile: Roya Ostovar, PhD

Roya Ostovar, PhD, is an internationally recognized developmental neuropsychologist. She has extensive expertise and experience in the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), neurodevelopmental disorders, learning disabilities, non-verbal learning disorder, sensory processing...