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Deconstructing Stigma: I’m a Survivor

The following story features Robert, a 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 conversation. To learn more, visit DeconstructingStigma.org. Robert is an...

New Collaboration Seeks to Understand Trauma’s Impact on Genes

Why does one person who suffered severe childhood adversity become homeless or addicted, while another with a similar background builds a loving family life and a thriving career? Is the answer in our genes, or perhaps in how trauma affects our genes? A collaboration between McLean Hospital and The Connor Group Kids and Community Partners, an Ohio-based non-profit, is attempting to answer this...

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’s Milissa Kaufman Receives Cornelia B. Wilbur Award From International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

For her work in the assessment and treatment of acute stress disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and dissociative disorders, McLean Hospital’s Milissa Kaufman, MD, PhD, was honored with the 2018 Cornelia B. Wilbur Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). The ISSTD is an international professional association that develops and...

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,...

Addressing the Consequences of Gun Violence & Trauma

One month ago today, our country was once again devastated by a senseless act of gun violence that has left the entire nation grieving the loss of innocent lives and thrown us into heated debates about constitutional rights, arming teachers, and mental illness and violence. I applaud the millions of students who peacefully demanded safer schools by walking out of class today and the people of all...

Gift Propels Trauma Research, Care, and Training to New Levels

McLean is home to a number of prominent clinicians who provide some of the country’s most specialized care for individuals suffering from complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Its researchers are leading the scientific front by exploring the environmental, genetic, and neurobiological components of trauma-related disorders. And the hospital has a growing effort to disseminate...

A Handheld Treatment for PTSD?

With new discoveries by McLean Hospital researchers, a fast and effective treatment for PTSD, anxiety, and addiction disorders could be close at hand. Literally. Right now, work is underway to develop a handheld inhaler containing xenon gas that could be used to block traumatic memories as soon as they are experienced. Whether used in a clinical setting or self-administered in the real world,...

How Does Trauma Affect Women’s Brains?

Through clinical practice and neuroimaging studies, McLean Hospital’s Milissa Kaufman, MD, PhD, and Lauren A.M. Lebois, PhD, are revealing the clinical, cognitive, and neurobiological underpinnings of the effect of trauma on the brain, specifically in women, including long-misunderstood forms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—PTSD dissociative subtype and dissociative identity...

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...

McLean Researchers Awarded Allowance for a Method to Treat PTSD and Other Disorders with Xenon Gas

Researchers from McLean Hospital have been issued a patent allowance for their invention involving the use of xenon gas to aid in the treatment of addiction and anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The allowance indicates that, pending administrative actions, a patent will be issued to Edward G. Meloni, PhD, an investigator in the Behavioral Genetics Laboratory at...

Anonymous $2.5M Gift Launches Trauma Initiative at McLean

McLean Hospital has received a $2.5M anonymous gift to launch a new initiative aimed at accelerating the hospital’s clinical, research, and professional training activities in trauma-related disorders. The Initiative for Integrated Trauma Research, Care, and Training will create a platform on which to leverage McLean’s expertise and advance its leadership nationally and...

Helping Those in the Line of Duty

The LEADER (Law Enforcement, Active Duty, Emergency Responder) program has grown substantially in volume and scope since it was launched in 2013 following the Boston Marathon bombing, according to McLean’s Chief Medical Officer Joseph Gold, MD, who oversees LEADER across multiple clinical divisions and levels of care. Gold noted that McLean developed the initial pilot for LEADER thanks to a...

In the Seat of Learning

With multiple programs falling under the Division of Women’s Mental Health (DWMH)—each with varying areas of expertise from borderline personality disorder to trauma to eating disorders and more—Shelly F. Greenfield, MD, MPH, McLean’s chief academic officer and chief of the DWMH, saw a need for better opportunities for shared learning and interaction among clinicians and...

Cohen Veterans Bioscience Launches Partnerships with McLean Hospital and the Broad Institute

Cohen Veterans Bioscience today announced two new collaborative partnership efforts that will provide critical research tools for understanding the underlying neurobiology and genetics of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) with the goal of accelerating the development of first generation diagnostics and treatments. For the partnership with the Stanley Center...

New Study Indicates That Sense of Smell Could Play Major Role in New Approaches to Treating PTSD

For those who live with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the sense of smell could one day play a prominent role in treatment, according to researchers at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, who co-authored a paper published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The new paper “Extinction Reverses Olfactory Fear Conditioned Increases in Neuron...

LEADER Program: Helping First Responders and Military from Across the US

First responders are always quick to assist others, but are among the last to seek help themselves. In 2014, McLean Hospital launched a program with the goal of changing that trend. Following the 2013 bombing at the Boston Marathon and the subsequent manhunt that turned the city from a bustling metropolis to a battlefield, McLean Hospital recognized an overwhelming need for mental health...

Q & A: Shelly F. Greenfield, MD, MPH, Chief of the Center of Excellence in Women’s Mental Health

In September 2013, McLean launched the Center of Excellence in Women’s Mental Health with Shelly F. Greenfield, MD, MPH, as its chief. We recently sat down with Dr. Greenfield to talk about the Center’s roots, goals, and projects. Horizons: What was the genesis of the Center of Excellence in Women’s Mental Health?Dr. Greenfield: The Center began through what we called the Women...

$2 Million Gift Fuels Trauma Research & Center for Women’s Mental Health

McLean Hospital recently received a $2 million gift from an anonymous family that will have far-reaching impact on the field of trauma disorders and, in particular, a special influence on women’s mental health. $1.5 million of the gift has created an endowment to support an annual Trauma Studies Scholar whose work is informing our knowledge of trauma-based disorders, while $500,000 will...

McLean LEADER Provides Specialized Care for First Responders

McLean Hospital is proud to be the home of McLean LEADER (Law Enforcement, Active Duty, Emergency Responder), a program providing specialized mental health and addictions services for police, active-duty military, and other first responders. This population endures unique on-duty and personal stresses and often faces many obstacles in seeking expert help. In the aftermath of the 2013 Boston...

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