Schizophrenia Related Content

PACT Extends Its Reach To Underserved Communities

McLean’s Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) strives to provide customized, person-centered care in the community. Serving people that primarily have chronic mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the program’s goal is to help people live fulfilling, independent lives...

New Clinic Strives to Mitigate Risk of Developing Psychotic Disorders

Schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder with psychotic features are diagnoses laden with stigma, and they can sound downright frightening. Child psychiatrist Perihan Esra Guvenek-Cokol, MD, an expert in psychotic disorders, doesn’t dispute their seriousness. But she knows that...

McLean Joins Partnership to Develop Early Interventions for Schizophrenia

In September, McLean Hospital joined the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and several public and private organizations to find early therapeutic interventions for people at risk for schizophrenia. Launched by the National Institutes of Health, the public-private...

How One Nurse Makes a Difference for Patients and Staff

Jeanne McElhinney, MS, RN, BC, nurse director for McLean’s Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Inpatient Program, has seen a lot of changes. She arrived at McLean in 1986 during training for her associate degree in mental health at Middlesex Community College. At the time, she covered three shifts...

Deborah L. Levy, PhD, to Receive 2019 Valiant Researcher Award

The Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA) will present Deborah L. Levy, PhD, director of the Psychology Research Laboratory at McLean Hospital, with its 2019 Valiant Researcher Award. Established in 2018, the Valiant Researcher award recognizes an individual “who has...

New PACT Team Offers Support 24/7

Monica Luke knows what it’s like to care deeply about someone with schizophrenia. Her son, now 37, had his first psychotic break at age 20 and hasn’t spoken to her in a decade. Although she’s pained by the estrangement, she’s thankful for one thing: she could use his college fund to pay for his care...

Hospital Without Walls for Individuals With Chronic Mental Illness

McLean Hospital’s Chloe Pedalino, LICSW, says that individuals receive “wraparound care while they’re in the hospital, but they don’t always get that care after discharge.” This is one reason McLean is launching its new Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT). The program will bring...

Family Funds Space for Young Patients to Gather and Heal

Andrew Smith was an avid sports fan. Always a contrarian, he rooted for the team his family wasn’t supporting. He had a quirky sense of humor, loved chatting on the phone, and taking long walks, often stopping for pizza. When he died in 2011 at age 30, after struggling for years with schizophrenia...

McLean Hospital and Valera Health Use Smartphones to Engage Patients

McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and emerging health tech startup Valera Health are partnering to conduct a clinical trial that will test a new digital technology to support patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The clinical trial, titled...

Elyn Saks: Making Peace with Mental Illness

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

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

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

Waverley Place: A Community Program Built on Self-Determination and Hope

Waverley Place is McLean Hospital’s community-based support program providing a therapeutic community for adults experiencing mental illness. “We say that Waverley Place is an intentional community,” said Megan Mooney, occupational therapist. “Self-determination and hope are the two biggest things...

AB2 Slogans Convey Common Message to Its Patients, Families, and Staff

Like all programs at McLean, we take tremendous pride in the care we provide to our patients at the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Inpatient Program (AB2). We have long created a culture of caring that extends beyond our patient population that is felt by our staff, including the residents and...