The Riggs Blog

The Riggs Blog

The Riggs Blog is a mix of news about clinical work, research and educational activities from the Austen Riggs Center, as well as a source for information beyond our walls that we find interesting and thought-provoking.

  • Anti-bullying graphic

    Dr. Marilyn Charles’ experience in working with patients with psychosis brings to light ways in which psychological stressors in young adulthood can lead to serious psychiatric disturbances later in life. Dr. Charles stresses the importance of the availability of empathic others, such as educators, providing a key role in recognizing vulnerable and anxious characteristics in adolescence.

  • A genetic basis of schizophrenia?

    The question of whether there is a genetic basis of schizophrenia has long been debated. This summer the journal Nature reported some exciting results from an international study that support this idea.

  • Admissions consult

    In admissions we are often asked by referrers, prospective patients and their families what the “waiting list” for admission to Riggs is all about, so it occurred to me it might make sense to explain what it is in a blog post.

  • The importance of providing diapers to mothers

    One of the hidden problems of poverty is diaper need. Earlier this month, the Erikson Institute and the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute sponsored a talk detailing the need for diapers. This video features Megan V. Smith, DrPH. of the Yale Department of Psychiatry, Child Study, and Public Health at the Yale University School of Medicine.

  • Marilyn Charles therapy session

    Margaret Parish, PhD, director of patient care at the Austen Riggs Center, discusses the role of psychotherapy in treatment.

  • Therapeutic Relationship

    The Austen Riggs Center has a long history of treating patients who have tried and failed to respond to previous treatment efforts.  Early on, Riggs clinicians recognized the importance of so-called “treatment resistant” psychiatric disorders and their associated societal, financial and personal burdens – including death by suicide.

  • National Suicide Prevention Week poster

    It has been a year since the last National Suicide Prevention week, a year in which, according to the American Association of Suicidology, an estimated one million more individuals worldwide have taken their own lives. 

  • Psychotherapy

    We focus on the whole person, including the trauma. “We try to learn from a person’s relationships—past and present. We try to understand the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that come up in relationships, some of which otherwise might sabotage treatment,” she says.  People with complex trauma histories often become reactive to relationships in ways they don’t understand. We try to help them understand and organize themselves so they can stay in treatment and approach their trauma in a safe way. 

  • The importance of providing diapers to mothers

    This Saturday, 9/6, from 9:30 to 11:00, The Austen Riggs Center will be hosting a CME/CEU talk by Megan V. Smith, Dr.PH, on "Diaper Need and its Impact on Families."

  • Jeb Fowler, PhD Fellow in Psychology

    “He would remember feeling how impossible it was. He would remember the heat, the voltage in his arms and wrists. Why? He thought, but he didn’t know. All he knew was fury.”

    - Lake in the Woods, by Tim O’Brien



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