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ECT Gave Me My Life Back

Brian Neville is a 54-year-old Massachusetts resident who was treated for depression at McLean Hospital. The memory is as fresh today as the feeling that night six years ago when I got up at around 2:30am and headed into the kitchen for a snack. It was as if a switch went off—but not the lights. It was the depression that had enveloped me for six years suddenly lifting. And every day since, I...

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.

Patient Story: April

April’s mom recalls that it was sophomore year in college when “things started to fall apart.” By the time her parents arrived at school to take her to the emergency room, April was experiencing a severe first onset of psychosis.

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. With 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 suggested the psychiatric ER at Massachusetts General Hospital,...

Patient Story: Wayne

Wayne is a former patient at McLean’s LEADER program which offers substance abuse and trauma care for first responders. Learn about Wayne’s story.

ECT Shouldn’t Be a Last-Resort Treatment

Brian Neville had a good life. A one-time body builder, he was 43, a successful businessman in the tanning industry, with a home in Massachusetts and a vacation condo in Florida. Then one morning in 2006 he woke up with the blues. It developed into a persistent darkness that just would not go away. After about six months, he sought treatment. He received prescription medications that he was...

Patient Story: Chris

Chris received treatment at McLean’s Signature Recovery Program, Fernside. Watch Chris’ story of recovery.

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...

Kayla’s Road to Victory: Taking Care of Her Mental Health

The road to success is often neither short nor smooth. Kayla Harrison of Danvers, Massachusetts, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and the first American to win gold in judo. But she has not always been joyful and confident, as she was when she delivered the commencement address at McLean Hospital’s Arlington School 2017 graduation ceremony. Kayla’s pursuit of judo gold, she told the...

Deconstructing Stigma: Novel Therapy

The following story features Luanne Rice, a 60-year-old novelist and participant in our Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life mental health public awareness campaign. “My throat hurt. I was holding back tears and words.” For Luanne, writing is therapeutic. She creates characters in her best-selling novels that are rich in the dark experiences of her own life. Growing up...

Patient Perspective: Reflections 20 Years After Seeking Treatment

At 22, Robin did the hardest thing she had ever done in her life: she confronted her fears. Her fear of God, her fear of unintentionally causing others harm, and her fear of germs—all caused by obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)—had robbed her of her teen years and she wasn’t going to let the illness destroy her life any longer. Robin was one of the first patients admitted into the Obsessive...

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.

How Do You Climb Mountains?

With Autumn, his guide dog and partner by his side, Randy Pierce came to McLean last week—including visits to the Arlington School and Pathways Academy—to deliver inspirational and instructive stories about adversity, perseverance, and teamwork at the weekly Grand Rounds lecture. A neurological disorder caused Randy to lose his sight in his 20s and led to his temporary use of a wheelchair at the...

Expressions of Hope, Recovery, and Resilience Were Seen and Heard

Patients and their families, staff, and other members of the McLean community enjoyed original artwork and beautiful music at last week’s Expressions of Hope, Recovery, and Resilience Concert and Art Exhibit, sponsored by McLean’s Patient and Family Advisory Council. The celebration featured music by Me2/Orchestra, the world’s only classical music organization created for individuals with...