About This Department

For 80 years we've provided the highest quality care to adults, children and adolescents; we conduct pioneering research; we educate professionals in the field; and we serve our community.

Our Story

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 from them.

“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:

Caring for Patients

MGH Psychiatry's 80th Anniversary

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. Due to its exceptional results in patient care, the Mass General Department of Psychiatry has consistently earned top rankings in psychiatry in the annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1996, and the most recent 2016-2017 rankings named Mass General the top hospital for psychiatry in the nation.

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

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

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 Mass General 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.



Currently Browsing:2016

  • Once again, named among America's best hospitals

    Tuesday, August 02, 2016  Mass General

    Massachusetts General Hospital is once again named among the top hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report and is the only hospital to be highly rated across all 16 specialties.

  • Mass General Neurosurgeons and Psychiatrists Team Up To Treat Mental Illness

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016  Mass General

    “The idea is to target very small areas that are critical in these disorders without disrupting the rest of the brain function. For the most part, these patients don't have any cognitive, memory or personality side effects. The lesion is imperceptible except for the changes it causes in the severity of their illness,” says Emad N. Eskandar, MD, director of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery at Mass General.

Currently Browsing:2015

  • #1 in the Nation

    Tuesday, July 21, 2015  Mass General

    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.

  • Visiting Day sheds light on mental illness

    Friday, June 26, 2015  Mass General

    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.

Currently Browsing:2014

  • Psychiatry celebrates 80 years

    Friday, November 21, 2014  Mass General

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

  • Love for a dog just as deep

    Friday, October 10, 2014  Mass General

    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?

  • Wilhelm named chief of Psychology

    Friday, September 19, 2014  Mass General

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

  • MGH partners with One Fund

    Friday, September 12, 2014  Mass General

    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.

  • Russell Museum Fall Lecture Series

    Thursday, September 11, 2014  Mass General

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

  • Evins named first incumbent of the William Cox Family Professorship

    Friday, August 22, 2014  Mass General

    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.

  • Mind over matter

    Friday, August 15, 2014  Mass General

    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.

  • Wilens named chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    Friday, August 08, 2014  Mass General

    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.

  • #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014  Mass General

    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.

Currently Browsing:2013

  • MGH launches Recovery Research Institute

    Friday, November 08, 2013  Mass General

    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.

  • Knowledge is power

    Friday, October 04, 2013  Mass General

    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.

  • Massachusetts General Hospital testing hot yoga for treatment of depression

    Friday, September 06, 2013  Research

    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.

  • The truth about Molly

    Friday, September 06, 2013  Mass General

    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.

  • Walking dead infuse life into classrooms

    Friday, August 16, 2013  Mass General

    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.

  • Daniel Geller honored with endowed chair in psychiatry

    Friday, August 02, 2013  Mass General

    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.

  • Sibling Rivalry Versus Sibling Bullying

    Wednesday, July 24, 2013  Mass General

    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.

  • #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013  Mass General

    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.

  • Tips For Parents At Home In Lockdown With Kids

    Friday, April 19, 2013  Mass General

    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.

  • National Quality Forum Endorses Pediatric Symptom Checklist

    Friday, April 12, 2013  Mass General

    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.

  • Antidepressants and the effects on heart rhythms

    Friday, February 08, 2013  Mass General

    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.

  • Feeling Sad & Lethargic? Deciphering the “Winter Blues”

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013  Mass General

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

Currently Browsing:2012

  • Research Shows Violent Media Do Not Cause Violent Behavior

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012  Mass General

    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.

  • No Connection Between School Shooting and Asperger's Syndrome

    Monday, December 17, 2012  Mass General

    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.

  • How Can Parents Help Children After a National Tragedy?

    Friday, December 14, 2012  Mass General

    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.

  • Bonner Award honors local psychologist

    Friday, November 30, 2012  Mass General

    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.

  • The Fatherhood Project introduces fathering skills programs

    Friday, November 30, 2012  Mass General

    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.

  • MGH to launch psychiatry program for older adults

    Friday, November 02, 2012  Mass General

    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.

  • Global Psychiatry visits Kuwait

    Friday, October 26, 2012  Mass General

    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.

  • Psychology Assessment Center marks 15 years

    Friday, October 26, 2012  Mass General

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

  • Learning from zombies

    Friday, October 05, 2012  Mass General

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

  • Back to School Psychology 101: Tips for Parents

    Friday, August 24, 2012  Mass General

    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.

  • Back to School Psychology 101: Tips for Parents

    Friday, August 24, 2012  Mass General

    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.

  • Mind body medicine empowers patients and helps alleviate medical symptoms

    Thursday, August 02, 2012  Mass General

    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.

  • Talking to Kids about the Movie Theater Shooting in Colorado

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012  Mass General

    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.

  • Psychiatry launches Center for Diversity

    Friday, May 25, 2012  Mass General

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

  • Adolescents Benefit From Attending 12-Step Meetings

    Monday, April 16, 2012  Clinical

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

  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder

    Monday, February 27, 2012  Mass General

    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.

  • A blood test may eventually help diagnose depression

    Monday, February 13, 2012  Mass General

    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.

  • The Family Dinner Project

    Tuesday, February 07, 2012  Clinical

    Context is Everything: The ‘Where’ of Family Dinners

  • The Family Dinner Project

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012  Clinical

    Context is Everything: The ‘Where’ of Family Dinners

Currently Browsing:2011

  • CDC reports risky behaviors of gay, lesbian and bisexual students

    Monday, August 15, 2011  Mass General

    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.

  • Carpenter Professorship established

    Friday, July 29, 2011  Mass General

    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.

  • MGH ranks #2 in nation

    Tuesday, July 19, 2011  Mass General

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

  • Lecturer highlights value of diversity

    Friday, April 29, 2011  Mass General

    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.

  • In general awards and honors

    Friday, April 29, 2011  Mass General

    MGH Hotline 4.29.11 In general

  • Wondering if you are “Facebook Depressed”? It’s not that simple.

    Monday, April 18, 2011  Mass General

    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.

  • Carl Bell, MD, receives first Frances J. Bonner, MD, Award

    Friday, February 25, 2011  Mass General

    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.

  • MGH award honors “In Treatment”

    Friday, February 04, 2011  Mass General

    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.

Currently Browsing:2010

  • Tips for eparenting: Setting limits on your kids' screen time

    Wednesday, November 10, 2010  Mass General

    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.

  • Back to school sleep adjustments can be helpful for children

    Thursday, September 02, 2010  Mass General

    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.

  • Get in the Game

    Monday, August 30, 2010  Clinical

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

  • MGH ranks among top

    Friday, July 16, 2010  Mass General

    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.

  • Final Frontier comes to MGH campus

    Friday, June 25, 2010  Mass General

    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.

  • Recognition from Malaysia

    Friday, May 14, 2010  Mass General

    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.

  • The meaning of mean

    Tuesday, April 27, 2010  Mass General

    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.

  • Fashion luminaries discuss eating disorders at Harris Center forum

    Friday, April 02, 2010  Mass General

    MGH Hotline 4.2.10

  • Making 2010 the year for positive change

    Friday, January 08, 2010  Mass General

    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.

Currently Browsing:2009

  • Seventy-five years strong

    Friday, November 06, 2009  Mass General

    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.

  • Reaching Home Base

    Friday, September 25, 2009  Mass General

    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.

  • The road to recovery

    Monday, June 22, 2009  Mass General

    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.

  • MGH Psychiatry explains bipolar disorder to probation officers

    Friday, April 10, 2009  Mass General

    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.

  • Depression and diabetes

    Tuesday, March 24, 2009  Clinical

    For many patients the two go hand in hand.

  • Bridging the gaps

    Sunday, March 08, 2009  Mass General

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

Press Releases

  • Mood, Anxiety Disorders Common in Tourette Patients - 3/9/2015, Research

    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.

  • Resiliency training program helps teens deal with today’s stresses - 6/22/2015, Research

    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.

  • Casual marijuana use changes brain structures involved in reward, emotion and motivation - 4/15/2014, Research

    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.

  • PET scans reveal how psychodynamic therapy for depression may change brain function - 10/27/2014, Research

    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.

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

    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.

  • Year of birth significantly changes impact of obesity-associated gene variant - 12/29/2014, Research

    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.

  • Mass. General study clarifies antidepressant contribution to arrhythmia risk - 1/29/2013, Research

    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.

  • Google searches about mental illness follow seasonal patterns - 4/9/2013, Research

    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.

  • Blood test accurately distinguishes depressed patients from healthy controls - 2/1/2012, Research

    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.

  • Women and men appear to benefit in different ways from AA participation - 12/5/2012, Research

    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.

  • Combination of ADHD and poor emotional control runs in families - 5/5/2011, Research

    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.

  • Attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings may reduce depression symptoms - 1/28/2010, Research

    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.

  • A Race Like No Other - Fans Race in Honor of Veterans - 2/16/2010, Mass General

    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.

  • Study finds “law-like” patterns in human preference behavior - 5/26/2010, Research

    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.

  • Cognitive behavior therapy improves symptom control in adult ADHD - 8/24/2010, Research

    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.

  • Psychotic-like symptoms associated with poor outcomes in patients with depression - 12/6/2010, Research

    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.

  • A Compass for Navigating the Mental Health Journey in Troubled Times - 2/18/2009, Mass General

    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 (www.moodandanxiety.org) recently re-launched by Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry addresses both of these issues.

  • Enriched environment improves wound healing in rats - 5/12/2009, Research

    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.


Currently Browsing:2015

  • Mindscapes Spring 2015

    Wednesday, April 01, 2015

    In this issue -- Stopping the Spiral: First-episode Program helps people at first signs of psychos.
  • Mindscapes Fall 2015

    Tuesday, December 01, 2015

    In this issue -- Family-centered Care for Older Adults: Providing Mental Health Care for a Burgeoning Population.

Currently Browsing:2014

  • Mindscapes Winter 2014

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

    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.
  • Mindscapes Summer 2014

    Friday, June 27, 2014

    In this issue: Easing the Burden of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- New Hope for Spectrum of Disabling Conditions
  • Mindscapes Fall 2014

    Monday, December 01, 2014

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

Currently Browsing:2013

  • Mindscapes Winter 2013

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

    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.
  • Mindscapes Summer 2013

    Thursday, August 29, 2013

    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

Currently Browsing:2012

  • Mindscapes Winter 2012

    Tuesday, January 03, 2012

    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
  • Be Healthy: A Banner Publication

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

    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.
  • Mindscapes Summer 2012

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

    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.

Currently Browsing:2011

  • Mindscapes Spring 2011

    Monday, April 11, 2011

    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.
  • Mindscapes Summer 2011

    Tuesday, August 23, 2011

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

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  • Mindscapes 2010, Spring

    Thursday, April 15, 2010

    The newsletter for friends and supporters of the Department of Psychiatry.
  • Mindscapes Fall 2010

    Monday, December 06, 2010

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

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  • Mindscapes Summer 2009

    Sunday, August 02, 2009

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

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  • Mindscapes, 2008, Fall

    Monday, September 29, 2008

    The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry newsletter for friends and supporters.
  • Mindscapes, 2008, Spring

    Friday, March 21, 2008

    The newsletter for friends and supporters of Mass General Psychiatry

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  • Mindscapes, 2007, Fall

    Saturday, September 22, 2007

    The newsletter for friends and supporters of the Dept. of Psychiatry at Mass General Hospital
  • Mindscapes, 2007, Winter

    Friday, December 21, 2007

    The newsletter for friends and supporters of Mass General Psychiatry


Currently Browsing:2016

  • Managing Your Kid's Behavioral Health

    Saturday, September 24, 2016

    A free educational program exclusively for patients, families, and friends. The Department of Psychiatry invites you to attend the fall symposium Managing Your Kid’s Behavioral Health. Now in its 14th year, this exciting event will offer an update on new research findings and important clinical topics for parents with children that experience behavioral health issues.

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