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MGH Psychiatry's 80th Anniversary

The story of the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is the story of the best of modern psychiatry.

The department includes more than 60 specialty clinical and research programs that address virtually every aspect of psychiatric disorders - the brain diseases also known as mental illness - including depression, schizophrenia, and a host of other disorders such as anxiety, panic, attention deficit, bipolar, obsessive compulsive, and post-traumatic stress. All are complex, painful, often debilitating conditions that alter the perceptions, feelings and behaviors of those who suffer.

“Psychiatry is a field of brain study and repair,” notes Jerrold F. Rosenbaum, MD, the department’s seventh and current chief of Psychiatry. “In decades past, the mind and body, or should I say mind and brain, were seen as different and distinct. Modern psychiatry sees them as one. Our organ of interest in psychiatry is the brain, and what a marvelously and infinitely complex one it is.”

The Department of Psychiatry serves patients, families and the community by vigorously pursuing a four-part mission:

About usDr. Jonathan E. Alpert, Clinical Director of the department, at a recent Grand Rounds presentation.

Caring for Patients

The Department of Psychiatry offers an exceptional depth and breadth of patient services including: emergency and urgent care; general and specialty outpatient care for adults, children and adolescents; a 24-bed inpatient unit; psychological and educational assessment services; dedicated psychiatry services for both medical and surgical inpatients and outpatients; an addictions program; a neurotherapeutics service, and forensic psychiatry services. 

The department’s more than 600 affiliated psychiatrists and psychologists are uniquely trained as clinicians, researchers and teachers, and include some of the field’s most accomplished and recognized specialists, particularly in psychopharmacology, cognitive-behavioral therapy and behavioral medicine. They are able to achieve extraordinary treatment results because of the research that underlies their expert care, and the patient concerns that drive the research questions they study. For its exceptional results in patient care, the MGH Department of Psychiatry has consistently earned top rankings in psychiatry every year since 1996 in the annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey by US News & World Report.

Conducting Pioneering Research

The integration of patient care and clinical research has been a hallmark of the Department of Psychiatry for more than 30 years. The department’s clinical research programs began with small scale studies by psychiatrists and psychologists seeking to provide new treatment options for their patients.

Today, the department has the largest clinical research program in the hospital, with studies at the forefront of neuroscience, molecular biology, and genetics. Thanks to tools such as neuroimaging, genetics and genomics, Department of Psychiatry researchers are beginning to map the pathways through which brain biology interacts with life circumstances and events to produce psychiatric illnesses. This research is making it possible to pinpoint affected areas of the brain; understand inherited risk factors and the role of environmental stress; develop more effective psychotherapies, medications, and neurotherapeutic treatments; and ultimately to prevent these illnesses from occurring by intervening early.

Educating Professionals

To address the serious shortage and availability of expert psychiatric care, each year the Department of Psychiatry trains 100 adult and child psychiatry residents, psychology interns, and clinical fellows to become leaders in their areas of specialty. Another 40,000 psychiatrists, non-psychiatric physicians and other health professionals are reached through the MGH Psychiatry Academy, a comprehensive program of web-based seminars, satellite symposia, teleconferences and live symposia. In addition, the department educates professionals in education, law, the military and the clergy who carry their enhanced understanding of the discipline of psychiatry out into their work with affected individuals and their families.

Serving the Community

To address the mental health needs of people in Mass General’s neighborhoods who suffer from severe and persistent mental illness, substance use disorders, poverty, immigration challenges, homelessness and multiple traumas, the Department of Psychiatry partners with local organizations through its Division of Public and Community Psychiatry. The department also offers free patient and family education programs in Boston through its Psychiatry Academy. To serve the hospital’s global neighbors, the department was the first hospital department in the United States to establish a division of global psychiatry. The Chester M. Pierce Global Psychiatry Division addresses the acute shortage of mental health professionals in developing countries through training and service opportunities.


10/02/2015: Andrew A. Nierenberg honored as inaugural incumbent of endowed chair

Andrew A. Nierenberg, MD, director of the Bipolar Clinic and Research Program, was honored Sept. 3 as the inaugural incumbent of the Thomas P. Hackett, MD, Endowed Chair in Psychiatry.

10/01/2015: Is beauty really in the 'eye of the beholder'? Yes, and here's why

A study co-led by an MGH investigator finds that opinions about facial attractiveness are shaped more by personal experience than by genetics.

09/22/2015: National school-based mental health intervention improves psychological and academic outcomes for at-risk students

A national school-based mental health program that is now reaching almost one quarter of all elementary school students in Chile appears to have produced significant improvements in both behavioral and academic outcomes, such as attention problems and school attendance, among participating students.

07/21/2015: #1 in the Nation

U.S. News & World Report has named Massachusetts General Hospital the #1 hospital in the nation based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 clinical specialties.

06/26/2015: Visiting Day sheds light on mental illness

Seeking to shed light on mental health issues and reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illness, nearly 120 physicians, patients, families and supporters gathered June 8 for the fourth annual Visiting Day event, hosted by the MGH Leadership Council for Psychiatry.

06/22/2015: Resiliency training program helps teens deal with today’s stresses

Amid reports that rank today’s teens as the most stressed generation in the country, a study from the Benson-Henry Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital offers hope for helping high school students effectively manage stress and build long-term resiliency.

03/09/2015: Mood, Anxiety Disorders Common in Tourette Patients

A new study of Tourette syndrome (TS) led by researchers from the University of California at San Francisco and MGH has found that nearly 86 percent of patients who seek treatment for TS will be diagnosed with a second psychiatric disorder during their lifetimes, and that nearly 58 percent will receive two or more such diagnoses.

12/29/2014: Year of birth significantly changes impact of obesity-associated gene variant

Investigators working to unravel the impact of genetics versus environment on traits such as obesity may need to consider a new factor: when individuals were born. A multi-institutional research team has found that a previously reported correlation between a specific gene variant and the risk of obesity primarily affects those born after 1942.

11/21/2014: Psychiatry celebrates 80 years

In celebration of its 80th anniversary, the Department of Psychiatry hosted a daylong event on Nov. 7 at the Boston Harbor Hotel.

11/19/2014: Residential treatment may be first-line option for opioid-dependent young adults

An MGH study has found that a month-long, 12-step-based residential program linked to community-based follow-up care, enabled almost 30 percent of opioid-dependent participants to remain abstinent a year later. Previous research revealed that 83 percent of those who entered an office-based opioid treatment program had dropped out a year later.

10/27/2014: PET scans reveal how psychodynamic therapy for depression may change brain function

MGH investigators have identified changes in the metabolic activity of a key brain region in patients successfully treated for depression with psychodynamic psychotherapy and found evidence that metabolism in a different structure might predict which patients are likely to respond to that form of therapy.

10/10/2014: Love for a dog just as deep

It has become common for people who have pets to refer to themselves as “pet parents,” but how closely does the relationship between people and their non-human companions mirror the parent-child relationship?

09/19/2014: Wilhelm named chief of Psychology

The MGH Department of Psychiatry recently named Sabine Wilhelm, PhD, chief of Psychology.

09/12/2014: MGH partners with One Fund

The One Fund Boston, the MGH and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary recently announced the creation of the One Fund Center, a collaboration offering ongoing care to those affected by the often invisible, yet persistent injuries sustained during the Boston Marathon bombings.

09/11/2014: Russell Museum Fall Lecture Series

All MGH Russell Museum lectures are open to the public. To register, please email

09/03/2014: One Fund Center Launches in September to Offer Ongoing Care for those affected by the Marathon Bombings

The One Fund Boston, Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary today announced the creation of the One Fund Center, a collaboration that will offer ongoing care to those affected by the often invisible, yet persistent, injuries sustained in the Boston Marathon bombings.

09/02/2014: Cannabis withdrawal symptoms common among adolescents treated for substance use disorder

Although cannabis – commonly known as marijuana – is broadly believed to be nonaddictive, a study by MGH investigators found that 40 percent of cannabis-using adolescents receiving outpatient treatment for substance use disorder experienced symptoms of withdrawal, which are considered a hallmark of drug dependence.

08/26/2014: Study calls into question link between prenatal antidepressant exposure and autism risk

Previous studies that have suggested an increased risk of autism among children of women who took antidepressants during pregnancy may actually reflect the known increased risk associated with severe maternal depression.

08/22/2014: Evins named first incumbent of the William Cox Family Professorship

Anne Eden Evins, MD, MPH, director of the MGH Center for Addiction Medicine, recently was recognized for her exceptional work in this area as the first incumbent of the William Cox Family Professorship in Psychiatry in the Field of Addiction Medicine Harvard Medical School.

08/15/2014: Mind over matter

The MGH Wellness Center and Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine offers group mind-body intervention as a plausible option for treating anxiety and depression.

08/08/2014: Wilens named chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The MGH Department of Psychiatry recently announced that Timothy E. Wilens, MD, has been named the new chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, effective Aug. 1.

07/15/2014: #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

04/15/2014: Casual marijuana use changes brain structures involved in reward, emotion and motivation

Even casual use of marijuana appears to cause significant structural changes in key brain structures of young adults, a new study finds. Researchers from MGH and Northwestern University have found differences between casual users of marijuana and non-users in the size, shape, and structure of brain regions involved with motivation, emotion and reward.

04/09/2014: Study confirms impact of clinician-patient relationship on health outcomes

A meta-analysis of studies that investigated measures designed to improve health professionals’ interactions with patients confirms that such efforts can produce health effects just as beneficial as taking a daily aspirin to prevent heart attack.

02/24/2014: Specialized cognitive behavioral therapy improves blood sugar control in depressed patients with type 2 diabetes

A program of cognitive behavioral therapy that addresses both mood and diabetes self-care led to improved blood sugar control and produced faster relief of depression in patients with poorly-controlled type 2 diabetes.

02/12/2014: Pregabalin effectively treats restless leg syndrome, less likely than dopamine drugs to worsen symptoms

A year-long study has found that pregabalin – FDA-approved to treat nerve pain and seizures – was effective in reducing symptoms of restless leg syndrome and, with long-term treatment, was less likely than pramipexole – which activates the dopamine neurotransmission system and is FDA approved for RLS treatment – to cause worsening of symptoms.

01/07/2014: Longer-term varenicline treatment improves tobacco abstinence for people with serious mental illness

Extended treatment with the smoking cessation drug varenicline significantly improved the ability of individuals with serious mental illness to maintain abstinence from tobacco after a standard 12-week course of treatment.

11/08/2013: MGH launches Recovery Research Institute

Michael Botticelli, deputy director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, who recently celebrated 25 years of sobriety, was the keynote speaker at a special event to celebrate the launch of the MGH Recovery Research Institute (RRI), under the Department of Psychiatry.

10/24/2013: Genetic analysis reveals novel insights into the genetic architecture of obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette syndrome

An international research consortium led by investigators at MGH and the University of Chicago has answered several questions about the genetic background of obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette syndrome, providing the first direct confirmation that both are highly heritable and also revealing major differences between the underlying genetic makeup of the disorders.

10/04/2013: Knowledge is power

After years of planning and thanks to the help of generous donors, The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds: Developing Resilience through Engagement, Awareness and Media (DREAM) is a reality.

09/06/2013: Massachusetts General Hospital testing hot yoga for treatment of depression

A team of psychiatrists at the Massachusetts General Hospital Depression Clinical and Research Program will examine the effect of Bikram Yoga on depression, quality of life, and functioning, in addition to common physiological markers associated with depression.

09/06/2013: The truth about Molly

Dr. Timothy Wilens, director of the Center for Addiction Medicine and Substance Abuse Services in Pediatric Psychopharmacology at MassGeneral for Children, discusses Molly, the new club drug that’s been associated with overdoses in New England.

08/16/2013: Walking dead infuse life into classrooms

Steven Schlozman, MD, of the MGH Department of Psychiatry assists with the development of a Zombie Apocalypse curriculum, part of a “STEM Behind Hollywood” program.

08/02/2013: Daniel Geller honored with endowed chair in psychiatry

Daniel Geller, MD, director of the MGH Pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Tic Disorder Program, was honored as the first incumbent of the Michele and David Mittelman Family Endowed Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Field of OCD and Related Disorders.

07/24/2013: Sibling Rivalry Versus Sibling Bullying

A recent study published in Pediatrics found that kids and teens exposed to an aggressive rivalry with their siblings tend to report more depression, anxiety, and anger than other kids. MassGeneral for Children Psychologist Ellen Braaten, PhD, Director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program, explains the findings and shares tips to recognize and deal with the situation.

07/16/2013: #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

04/19/2013: Tips For Parents At Home In Lockdown With Kids

Gene Beresin, MD, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the MGH Center for Mental Health and Media, offers advice for parents at home with their kids in lockdown, as law enforcement continues its investigation.

04/12/2013: National Quality Forum Endorses Pediatric Symptom Checklist

The National Quality Forum endorses the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Pediatric Symptom Checklist, a screening questionnaire used by pediatricians to improve the recognition and treatment of psychosocial problems in children.

04/09/2013: Google searches about mental illness follow seasonal patterns

A new study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that Google searches for information across all major mental illnesses and problems followed seasonal patterns, suggesting mental illness may be more strongly linked with seasonal patterns than previously thought.

03/06/2013: Folate and vitamin B12 supplementation reduces disabling schizophrenia symptoms in patients with specific gene variants

Adding the dietary supplements folate and vitamin B12 to treatment with antipsychotic medication improved a core symptom component of schizophrenia in a study of more than 100 patients.

02/08/2013: Antidepressants and the effects on heart rhythms

Roy Perlis, MD, MSc, director of the MGH Psychiatry Center for Experimental Drugs and Diagnostics, explains a recent study published in the journal BMJ that he led and outlines what it means for people who take antidepressant medications.

01/29/2013: Physicians' brain scans indicate that doctors can feel their patients' pain – and their pain relief

In a novel investigation in which physicians underwent brain scans while they believed they were actually treating patients, researchers have provided the first scientific evidence indicating that doctors truly can feel their patients’ pain – and can also experience their relief following treatment.

01/29/2013: Mass. General study clarifies antidepressant contribution to arrhythmia risk

An analysis of the medical records of more than 38,000 patients by MGH investigators clarifies the contribution of citalopram and other antidepressants to lengthening of the QT interval, an aspect of the heart's electrical activity that – when prolonged – may increase the risk of dangerous arrhythmias.

01/16/2013: Feeling Sad & Lethargic? Deciphering the “Winter Blues”

Michael Henry, MD, assistant psychiatrist in the MGH Bipolar Clinic and Research Program, discusses seasonal affective disorder.

12/26/2012: Research Shows Violent Media Do Not Cause Violent Behavior

Gene Beresin, MD, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the MGH Center for Mental Health and Media, and Steve Schlozman, MD, examine research that shows no causal relationship between violent games and violent behavior. They also offer advice for parents on TV watching and video game playing.

12/17/2012: No Connection Between School Shooting and Asperger's Syndrome

In a blog post shared here, D. Scott McLeod, PhD, a MassGeneral Hospital for Children psychologist and executive director of Aspire Program, says persons with ASD are no more likely to commit a violent act than persons not on the autism spectrum.

12/14/2012: How Can Parents Help Children After a National Tragedy?

Gene Beresin, MD, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the MGH Center for Mental Health and Media, shares advice on how to talk to children and teenagers after a national tragedy.

12/05/2012: Women and men appear to benefit in different ways from AA participation

A new study finds differences in how participation in Alcoholics Anonymous helps men and women maintain sobriety. For men, avoiding companions and situations that encourage drinking had more powerful effects, while increased confidence in the ability to avoid drinking in response to feelings of sadness or depression was more important for women.

11/30/2012: Bonner Award honors local psychologist

The MGH Department of Psychiatry Diversity Center presented the second annual Frances J. Bonner, MD, Award to Margarita Alegría, PhD, director of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research at the Cambridge Health Alliance, a renowned psychologist whose work focuses on the improvement of delivery of mental health care services for diverse racial and ethnic populations.

11/30/2012: The Fatherhood Project introduces fathering skills programs

Since its inception in 2010, The Fatherhood Project has continued to grow and expand its programs aimed at helping men become better fathers, become emotionally engaged in a positive manner and learn skills their own fathers may not have had.

11/13/2012: Glutamate neurotransmission system may be involved with depression risk

Researchers using a new approach to identifying genes associated with depression have found that variants in a group of genes involved in transmission of signals by the neurotransmitter glutamate appear to increase the risk of depression.

11/02/2012: MGH to launch psychiatry program for older adults

MGH psychiatrist Anthony Weiner, MD, has been named the first director of Outpatient Geriatric Psychiatry at MGH and over the next several years he will launch a new MGH Older Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Program.

10/26/2012: Global Psychiatry visits Kuwait

Leadership from the MGH Department of Psychiatry and Division of Global Psychiatry recently traveled to Kuwait for a week to support efforts to enhance mental health services there.

10/26/2012: Psychology Assessment Center marks 15 years

The MGH Psychology Assessment Center (PAC), part of the Department of Psychiatry, celebrates 15 years this month.

10/05/2012: Learning from zombies

Steven Schlozman, MD, distinctly recalls sneaking into the movie Dawn of the Dead when he was 11 years old.

09/10/2012: Study Shows That Placebo Response Occurs at Nonconscious Level

With the discovery that the unconscious mind plays a key role in the placebo effect, researchers have identified a novel mechanism that helps explain the power of placebos and nocebos.

08/24/2012: Back to School Psychology 101: Tips for Parents

Steve Schlozman, MD, and Gene Beresin, MD, of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Psychiatry Department offer advice to parents on helping their teens and young children transition back to school.

08/24/2012: Back to School Psychology 101: Tips for Parents

Steve Schlozman, MD, and Gene Beresin, MD, of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Psychiatry Department offer advice to parents on helping their teens and young children transition back to school.

08/14/2012: First genome-wide association studies of obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette syndrome published

Two papers that will appear in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, both receiving advance online release, may help identify gene variants that contribute to the risks of developing obsessive-compulsive disorder or Tourette syndrome.

08/06/2012: Behavioral intervention can reduce tics in adults with Tourette syndrome

Specially designed comprehensive behavioral therapy is more effective than sessions offering patient support and education in helping adults with Tourette syndrome manage their tics – sudden, repetitive motions or vocalizations – according to a new study.

08/02/2012: Mind body medicine empowers patients and helps alleviate medical symptoms

This short article discusses three of BHI’s most popular programs, and shares powerful patient stories. Mind body medicine, positive thinking and lifestyle changes have markedly impacted these patients' quality of life and diminished medical symptoms.

07/24/2012: Talking to Kids about the Movie Theater Shooting in Colorado

Gene Beresin, MD, co-director of the Center for Mental Health and Media and medical director of the MGH Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic, shares advice on how to talk to children and teenagers about the recent shooting at the movie theater in Aurora, CO.

07/17/2012: Massachusetts General Hospital Ranked #1 in the Nation on U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll

Massachusetts General Hospital has moved into the number one spot on the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” list.

05/25/2012: Psychiatry launches Center for Diversity

Members of the Department of Psychiatry celebrated its newly established Center for Diversity during a May 21 ceremony in the O’Keeffe Auditorium.

05/07/2012: Brief training program improves resident physicians’ empathy with patients

Resident physicians' participation in a brief training program designed to increase empathy with their patients produced significant improvement in how patients perceived their interactions with the residents.

04/16/2012: Adolescents Benefit From Attending 12-Step Meetings

Adolescents Benefit From Attending 12-Step Meetings, according to study led by MGH psychologist John F. Kelly

02/27/2012: Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Sabine Wilhelm, PhD, director of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Clinic at Mass General and associate professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and Jennifer L. Greenberg, Psy.D, staff psychologist at Mass General and instructor in Psychology at HMS, discuss body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and a landmark study on BDD treatment.

02/13/2012: A blood test may eventually help diagnose depression

A small, pilot study by researchers in the Depression and Clinical Research Program at Mass General, shows a new blood test accurately distinguishes patients diagnosed with depression from control participants.

02/07/2012: The Family Dinner Project

Context is Everything: The ‘Where’ of Family Dinners

02/01/2012: Blood test accurately distinguishes depressed patients from healthy controls

The initial assessment of a blood test to help diagnose major depressive disorder indicates it may become a useful clinical tool. A team including MGH researchers reports that analyzing levels of nine biomarkers accurately distinguished patients diagnosed with depression from control participants without significant false-positive results.

01/24/2012: The Family Dinner Project

Context is Everything: The ‘Where’ of Family Dinners

12/19/2011: Maternal Substance Use May Increase Abuse Risk in Children

Maternal Substance Use May Increase Abuse Risk in Children – Medscape News coverage of meeting presentation by MGH physician Amy Yule

12/19/2011: Sports Parents Bad Behavior

Sports Parents Bad Behavior discussion with Mass General psychologist Dr. Richard Ginsburg

12/07/2011: Family Works: Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) in kids

Dr. Ellen Braaten offers advice to parents and children about Seasonal Affective Disorder

12/05/2011: Childhood disorder prompts study of infection link to mental illness

Studies indicate that some mental illnesses can be triggered by an immune response

09/12/2011: Social contacts, self-confidence crucial to successful recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous

Among the many ways that participation in Alcoholics Anonymous helps its members stay sober, two appear to be most important – spending more time with individuals who support efforts towards sobriety and increased confidence in the ability to maintain abstinence in social situations.

08/15/2011: CDC reports risky behaviors of gay, lesbian and bisexual students

Mass General psychiatrist, BJ Beck, MSN, MD, says the recent CDC findings comparing "unhealthy risk behaviors" for gay, lesbian and bisexual students to heterosexual peers should get the public's attention.

07/29/2011: Carpenter Professorship established

Globally, more than 450 million people suffer from a mental health problem or mental illness. Over half of these people are women. Lee Cohen, MD, founding director of the MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health, recently was recognized for his exceptional work in this area as the first incumbent of the Edmund N. and Carroll M. Carpenter Professorship in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS) in the field of Women’s Mental Health.

07/19/2011: MGH ranks #2 in nation

MGH ranks #2 in 2011-2012 U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals" rankings

07/15/2011: New guide helps doctors identify signs of trouble in military families

New tool is designed to help pediatricians and other clinicians identify and address the signs of deployment-related stress among children and families.

06/20/2011: Mental Health of Returning Veterans is Focus of 3rd Annual Boston Conference

Many of the nation’s top experts in mental health care for veterans gather in Boston to assist community-based healthcare professionals to effectively identify and treat returning veterans who suffer from psychological and physical wounds of deployment.

06/20/2011: Free Conference for Clergy and Spiritual Leaders Focuses on Mental Health of Returning Veterans Affected by Combat Stress

Clergy members and spiritual leaders of all denominations are invited to attend an innovative symposium that focuses on understanding and guiding the recovery of veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as their families.

05/31/2011: Long-term study data supports association between childhood ADHD and substance abuse risk

An analysis of more than 10 years of data confirms that ADHD alone significantly increases the risk of future cigarette smoking and substance abuse in both boys and girls.

05/05/2011: Combination of ADHD and poor emotional control runs in families

A subgroup of adults with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) also exhibit excessive emotional reactions to everyday occurrences, and this combination of ADHD and emotional reactivity appears to run in families, an MGH study finds.

04/29/2011: Lecturer highlights value of diversity

MGH Hotline 4.29.11 During his April 13 lecture in the Ether Dome, Price Cobbs, MD – an internationally recognized psychiatrist and management consultant – encouraged audience members to reflect on what diversity means both to them and their organization.

04/29/2011: In general awards and honors

MGH Hotline 4.29.11 In general

04/21/2011: Meditation may help the brain "turn down the volume" on distractions

The positive effects of mindfulness meditation on pain and working memory may result from an improved ability to regulate a crucial brain wave called the alpha rhythm, which is thought to "turn down the volume" on distracting information.

04/18/2011: Wondering if you are “Facebook Depressed”? It’s not that simple.

Eugene Beresin MD, Director of the Center for Mental Health and Media at the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry and Associate Director Tristan Gorrindo MD, discuss a new phenomenon known as Facebook Depression.

03/07/2011: Increased, mandatory screenings help identify more kids with emotional/behavioral problems

An MGHfC study published in the March 2011 Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine shows that Massachusetts' new court-ordered mental health screening and intervention program led to more children being identified as behaviorally and emotionally at risk.

02/25/2011: Carl Bell, MD, receives first Frances J. Bonner, MD, Award

MGH Hotline 2.25.11 A physician in the Department of Psychiatry for five decades, Frances J. Bonner, MD, was both the first African American woman resident and first African American woman faculty member at the MGH.

02/04/2011: MGH award honors “In Treatment”

MGH Hotline 02.04.11 “IN TREATMENT,” a provocative drama series on HBO, offers viewers a glimpse behind the normally closed doors of talk therapy, illuminating the lives and stories of both the main character, a psychoanalyst named Paul Weston – who is in therapy himself – and his many patients.

01/21/2011: Mindfulness meditation training changes brain structure in 8 weeks

Participating in an 8-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress.

12/14/2010: The effects of spirituality in Alcoholics Anonymous on alcohol dependence

A new study shows that, as attendance at AA meetings increases, so do the participants' spiritual beliefs, especially in those individuals who had low spirituality at the beginning of the study.

12/06/2010: Psychotic-like symptoms associated with poor outcomes in patients with depression

Among patients with depression, the presence of symptoms associated with bipolar disorder does not appear to be associated with treatment resistance, according to a study from MGH investigators. However, many patients with depression also report psychotic-like symptoms, such as hearing voices or believing they are being spied on or plotted against, and those patients are less likely to respond to treatment.

11/23/2010: Probiotics under study as treatment for IBS and depression

A new study will measure the ability of probiotic bacteria GanedenBC30 (Bacillus coagulans GB1-30, 6086) to help people diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and major depressive disorder (MDD).

11/18/2010: Culturally sensitive treatment model helps bring depressed Chinese immigrants into treatment

A treatment model designed to accommodate the beliefs and concerns of Chinese immigrants increased the percentage of depressed patients entering treatment nearly sevenfold.

11/10/2010: Tips for eparenting: Setting limits on your kids' screen time

A recent study found that kids, ages 8-18, spend on average 11 hours a day in front of computers, TV, or other digital devices. In this article, Tristan Gorrindo, MD, and Anne Fishel, PhD, of MGH Psychiatry, offer advice to parents on how to set-age appropriate limits on their children's screen time.

09/02/2010: Back to school sleep adjustments can be helpful for children

As the summer days wind down, many parents prepare to ready their children for the changes that a new school year brings. Among the things parents may want to do is help their child adjust to a new sleep schedule prior to the first day of school.

08/31/2010: Driver's education for the brain teaches social and emotional competency in the classroom

The Massachusetts General Hospital School Psychiatry Program announces the creation of an educational curriculum to help teachers train their students' brains. Doctors say such efforts could curb bullying by helping students develop core social and emotional skills.

08/30/2010: Get in the Game

Clinical and Sport Psychologist Richard Ginsburg provides advice on how to help children foster a healthy love of sports and physical activity.

08/24/2010: Cognitive behavior therapy improves symptom control in adult ADHD

Adding cognitive behavioral therapy – an approach that teaches skills for handling life challenges and revising negative thought patterns – to pharmaceutical treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder significantly improved symptom control in adult patients.

07/16/2010: MGH ranks among top

The MGH ranked third among the country's top hospitals on the annual list of "America's Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report.

06/25/2010: Final Frontier comes to MGH campus

MGH Hotline 06.25.10 "WHEN YOU LOOK BACK at the earth from space, you realize that you are all on earth together -- there are no lines or boundaries, no countries," said Robert Satcher, MD, PhD, as he described being in space at the MGH Department of Psychiatry's Diversity Committee annual spring speaker series.

05/26/2010: Study finds “law-like” patterns in human preference behavior

In a study appearing in the journal PLoS ONE, MGH scientists describe finding mathematical patterns underlying the way individuals unconsciously distribute their preferences regarding approaching or avoiding objects in their environment.

05/14/2010: Recognition from Malaysia

MGH Hotline 05.14.10 The influence of the MGH around the world was recently recognized with two Brandlaureate awards from the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation.

04/27/2010: The meaning of mean

To many, bullying can seem like a rite of passage in childhood. But while it may be fairly commonplace, is bullying really "just kids being kids"? For some victims, the negative effects can last a lifetime, and those who engage in bullying are demonstrating deeper-set issues themselves.

02/16/2010: A Race Like No Other - Fans Race in Honor of Veterans

This May, some 3,500 Red Sox fans will be able to know the thrill of running across home plate at America’s Most Beloved Ballpark, while at the same time raising funds to support services for local veterans with deployment-related stress disorders and traumatic brain injuries.

01/28/2010: Attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings may reduce depression symptoms

One of many reasons that attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings helps people with alcohol use disorders stay sober appears to be alleviation of depression. A team of researchers has found that study participants who attended AA meetings more frequently had fewer symptoms of depression – along with less drinking – than did those with less AA participation.

01/13/2010: Words used to describe substance-use patients can alter attitudes, contribute to stigma

Changing the words used to describe someone struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction may significantly alter the attitudes of health care professionals, even those who specialize in addiction treatment.

01/08/2010: Making 2010 the year for positive change

MGH Hotline 01.08.10 To help determined individuals aiming for self-improvement in 2010, Bruce Masek, PhD, of the MGH Department of Psychiatry, weighs in on the unique tradition that is making New Year's resolutions.

12/14/2009: Study finds increased risk of death, stroke in postmenopausal women taking antidepressants

Women participating in the Women's Health Initiative study who reported taking an antidepressant drug had a small but statistically significant increase in the risk of stroke and of death compared with participants not taking antidepressants.

11/06/2009: Seventy-five years strong

MGH Hotline 11.06.09 Most know him as the Academy Award-winning actor from hit movies such as "Jaws," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," and "Mr. Holland’s Opus." But many do not know Richard Dreyfuss as someone who -- like thousands of others -- struggles with bipolar disorder.

10/21/2009: Sexual problems rarely addressed by internists caring for cancer survivors

More than half the internists responding to a survey indicated they rarely or never discussed sexual problems with their patients who had survived cancer.

09/25/2009: Reaching Home Base

MGH Hotline 09.25.09 The bases were loaded during the Sept. 17 pregame ceremonies at Fenway Park. At first base was Tim Wakefield, on second Jason Bay and at third Mike Lowell.

09/17/2009: Red Sox Foundation, Mass General Team Up to Help Veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq Wars

The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital today will announce a multifaceted initiative aimed at helping veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq who are affected by post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

09/01/2009: MGH Study Aims to Ease Depression in Diabetics

A new study at MGH is trying to see whether cognitive behavioral therapy can help ease depression in diabetics. Dr. Mallika Marshall reports.

07/01/2009: Large study strongly supports many common genetic contributions to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder

An international research consortium has discovered that many common genetic variants contribute to a person’s risk of schizophrenia and are also involved in bipolar disorder.

06/22/2009: The road to recovery

Through a collaborative effort between the MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center and the city of Boston, the Monument Street Counseling Center is helping to lessen the stigma surrounding mental health issues and substance abuse.

05/12/2009: Enriched environment improves wound healing in rats

Improving the environment in which rats are reared can significantly strengthen the physiological process of wound healing, according to a report in the open-access journal PLoS ONE. MGH researchers found that giving rats living in isolation the opportunity to build nests led to faster and more complete healing of burn injuries.

04/10/2009: MGH Psychiatry explains bipolar disorder to probation officers

MGH Hotline 4.10.09 Caught committing a petty theft, a young woman is placed on probation. Her probation officer reviews her file and notices a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. At their first meeting, the probationer is jittery and fretful.

03/24/2009: Depression and diabetes

For many patients the two go hand in hand.

03/08/2009: Bridging the gaps

Massachusetts General Hospital tries new approach to help teens and young adults battle their addictions.

02/18/2009: A Compass for Navigating the Mental Health Journey in Troubled Times

Although many people affected by the economic downturn could benefit from mental health treatment and services, two factors typically discourage them from seeking help: the stigma often associated with mental health conditions, and the feeling of not knowing how to find the right mental health care providers, information, and services. A web site ( recently re-launched by Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry addresses both of these issues.

05/26/2015: Mindscapes Spring 2015

Mindscapes Spring 2015
In this issue -- Stopping the Spiral. First-episode Program helps people at first signs of psychosis

12/01/2014: Mindscapes Fall 2014

Mindscapes Fall 2014
In this issue: Neurotherapeutics -- Promising approaches for treatment-resistant depression

06/27/2014: Mindscapes Summer 2014

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In this issue: Easing the Burden of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- New Hope for Spectrum of Disabling Conditions

01/14/2014: Mindscapes Winter 2014

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The newsletter for friends and supporters of the Dept. of Psychiatry. In this issue: New approaches for treating Bipolar Disorder: Mass General clinician-researchers study wide range of interventions.

08/29/2013: Mindscapes Summer 2013

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The newsletter for friends and supporters of the Dept. of Psychiatry. In this issue: Seeking Justice at the Intersection of Neuroscience and the Law: New Center for Law, Brain and Behavior guides use of neuroscience in the courtroom

01/23/2013: Mindscapes Winter 2013

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In this issue: Think:Kids takes a different and innovative approach to helping kids with behavioral challenges. Mindscapes is the newsletter for friends and supporters of the Dept. of Psychiatry.

08/21/2012: Mindscapes Summer 2012

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The newsletter for friends and supporters of the Dept. of Psychiatry. In this issue: Breakthroughs in treating Major Depressive Disorder as a result of research done by the Psychiatry department.

06/12/2012: Be Healthy: A Banner Publication

Taking the First Step... Again and Again
Dr. Nicole Christian, a resident in Psychiatry at MGH, is interviewed by Be Healthy, a publication of the Bay State Banner. In this article, she talks about mind body medicine and its role in helping people work to change unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, drinking and eating in excess.

01/03/2012: Mindscapes Winter 2012

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The newsletter for friends and supporters of the Dept. of Psychiatry. In this issue: "The Making of a Psychiatrist" highlights the Psychiatry department’s teaching mission

08/23/2011: Mindscapes Summer 2011

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The newsletter for friends and supporters of the Dept. of Psychiatry. In this issue: Helping Young People Reach Their Potential; Pediatric Bipolar conference.

04/11/2011: Mindscapes Spring 2011

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The newsletter for friends and supporters of the Dept. of Psychiatry. In this issue: learn about Behavioral Medicine at MGH, and our new Child Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Clinic.

12/06/2010: Mindscapes Fall 2010

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The newsletter for friends and supporters of the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.

04/15/2010: Mindscapes 2010, Spring

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The newsletter for friends and supporters of the Department of Psychiatry.

08/02/2009: Mindscapes Summer 2009

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The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry newsletter for friends and supporters.

09/29/2008: Mindscapes, 2008, Fall

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The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry newsletter for friends and supporters.

03/21/2008: Mindscapes, 2008, Spring

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The newsletter for friends and supporters of Mass General Psychiatry

12/21/2007: Mindscapes, 2007, Winter

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The newsletter for friends and supporters of Mass General Psychiatry

09/22/2007: Mindscapes, 2007, Fall

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The newsletter for friends and supporters of the Dept. of Psychiatry at Mass General Hospital

03/04/2016: Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology

Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology

10/22/2015: 39th Annual Psychopharmacology Conference

39th Annual Psychopharmacology Conference

07/11/2015: Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Life Span

Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Life Span

12/11/2014: Haji Shearer to receive Bonner Award

Haji Shearer LSW, will receive the 2014 Francis J. Bonner, MD award.

10/24/2014: Psychopharmacology 2014

The 38th Annual Psychopharmacology Conference looking at the broad trends that are changing the mental health care landscape. New diagnostic criteria, shifts toward patient-centered care models, new therapies, evolving relicensure requirements, and much more. I

09/13/2014: Demystifying Marijuana: A Multidisciplinary Examination

A one-day workshop that explores and examines the effects of marijuana on cognition, behavior, pain, and functio

09/02/2014: The Fundamentals of CBT

This interactive 4-week e-learning course provides an orientation and overview of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

04/23/2014: Diversity Center Spring Speaker Series Event

Ezra Griffith, MD will speak on the subject of “belonging” in the Spring Speaker Series sponsored by the Psychiatry department's Center for Diversity.

04/11/2014: New Strategies for Treatment of Insomnia

An online course focuses on using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other behavioral interventions as the primary components of an effective treatment strategy for patients suffering from insomnia

01/25/2014: Helping the Moth Stay Out of the Flame

Helping the Moth Stay Out of the Flame: Challenges in working with a victim of repeated traumas

09/15/2012: Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others: Mind Body Self-care for Caregivers

The Department of Psychiatry Patient and Family Education Series presents a free educational program, "Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others: Mind Body Self-care for Caregivers" on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.

01/28/2012: Sins and Sensibility: A Psychotherapeutic Journey Toward Self-Acceptance

Department of Psychiatry’s Annual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Case Conference

75th Anniversary: Dept. of Psychiatry

Symposium celebrating the 75th anniversary of the MGH Dept. of Psychiatry

Depression Diagnosis

Dr. Jonathan Alpert looks at ways depression is diagnosed

Depression Diagnosis

Dr. Jonathan Alpert looks at ways depression is diagnosed


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