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Study on Social Interactions Could Improve Understanding of Mental Health Risks

McLean Hospital investigators have released the results of a study that outlines how age, socioeconomic status, and other factors might contribute to social isolation and poorer mental health. In a paper published in the online version of Clinical Psychological Science, the researchers examine how individuals of all ages and walks of life seek and enjoy social interactions. Because studies have...

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 over the years. But many families whose loved ones struggle with chronic...

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 coordinated, flexible, and customized mental health care to people with...

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, his family wanted to honor Andrew’s efforts to find his way in the world. Every year...

Are We Looking at Psychiatric Disorders the Wrong Way?

The first psychiatric patient I evaluated—42 years ago—presented with delusions and mood swings. Based on those symptoms, our attending physician diagnosed her with schizoaffective disorder. We medical clerks were confused by that assessment. Schizoaffective disorder encompasses a combination of symptoms of schizophrenic and mood disorders, and such a mixed diagnosis seemed like a...

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 “Using mobile technology to improve quality of care in individuals with mental illness,”...

New Study Findings May Lead to Improved Social Functioning for People with Schizophrenia

Individuals with schizophrenia, a psychiatric illness that affects approximately 51 million people worldwide, often have difficulty reading facial emotions, leading to impaired social development. In a new study conducted by McLean Hospital, researchers are providing novel insight into why this happens and their findings may lead to new therapeutic interventions to help people with schizophrenia...

Collaborative Science: Probing Genetic Connections Leads to Successful New Treatments

Collaboration is key to research at McLean, leading to landmark findings that go beyond the sum of the parts. Deborah L. Levy, PhD, director of the Psychology Research Laboratory, recently led one such meeting of the minds. Working closely with Laura Godfrey, RPh, J. Alexander Bodkin, MD, Michael Coleman, and other colleagues, Levy ran the first treatment intervention in psychiatry tailored to a...

Elyn Saks: Making Peace with Mental Illness

When Elyn Saks spoke to a standing-room only crowd during a recent event at McLean Hospital, the crowd remained riveted for the full hour as she vividly recounted her unprecedented journey as a person living with schizophrenia. During her talk, Saks emphasized the need for more compassion and awareness in understanding and treating those who live with mental illness. Elyn SaksSchizophrenia, she...

Elyn Saks Delivers Powerful Talk About Making Peace with Her Mental Illness

When Elyn Saks spoke to a standing-room only crowd during a recent Grand Rounds, the room remained riveted for the full hour as she vividly recounted her unprecedented journey as a person living with schizophrenia. Saks, who also spoke during the hospital’s annual National Council meeting last month, emphasized the need for more compassion and awareness in understanding and treating those...

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 we value here. How people spend their time here is all self-determined. You...

McLean Hospital Researchers Find Inherited Pathway of Risk for Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is one of the most disabling of all psychiatric illnesses. Sadly, it is not uncommon and it strikes early in life. Many studies have looked into causes and potential interventions, and it has been long known that genetic factors play a role in determining the risk of developing schizophrenia. However, recent work has shown that there will be no simple answers as to why some people...

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 both nursing and medical students. But, almost a year ago, we were challenged greatly in the face of...

New Findings May Lead to Improved Treatment of Schizophrenia

A family of molecules surrounding brain cells may play a critical role in the pathology of schizophrenia, according to findings being reported by researchers at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital. The findings may one day lead to improved diagnosis and treatment of the psychiatric disorder. The study, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, found that the expression of these molecules,...

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