Trauma Related Content

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...

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 struggling with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Its researchers are leading the scientific front by exploring the environmental, genetic, and neurobiological...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

In the Seat of Learning

With multiple programs falling under the Center of Excellence in 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...

LEADER Program: Helping First Responders and Military From Across the U.S.

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...

$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...

Veterans Day Feature: John Rodolico

John Rodolico, PhD, treats adolescents with a variety of issues ranging from substance abuse to anxiety disorders. What some people might not know is that Rodolico is not only a psychologist at McLean but he was also a medical officer in the U.S. Army Reserves for many years and now serves in the...

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...

A Nursing Veteran Replaces Judgment with Compassion

My name is Julie Twohig, RN. I’m the clinical coordinator of the Dissociative Disorders and Trauma Inpatient Program (Proctor II), a women’s unit specializing in dissociative disorders and trauma. I came into work on a Wednesday morning in November 2012 and was told that a patient who had made a...

Xenon Exposure Shown to Erase Traumatic Memories

McLean Hospital researchers are reporting that xenon gas, used in humans for anesthesia and diagnostic imaging, has the potential to be a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other memory-related disorders. “In our study, we found that xenon gas has the capability of reducing...

Promoting Wellness for Girls and Women

In 2013, McLean launched the Center of Excellence in Women’s Mental Health (DWMH) under the leadership of Chief Academic Officer Shelly F. Greenfield, MD, MPH, whose vision is to enhance opportunities for clinical, research and educational collaborations across McLean that will improve the...

Bringing Trauma to Light

Emotional trauma has long been a part of the human experience, but it has only been in recent decades that we have begun to comprehend and study its effects. “We owe much of our current understanding about the impact of trauma to the difficulties faced by soldiers returning from the Vietnam War,”...