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  • In making the diagnosis of a personality disorder, a clinician takes into account a full, thoughtful assessment not just of symptoms, but also of all the relevant psychological, social, and relational information.

    In thinking about borderline personality disorder, it's important to think about the individuality of the person carrying the diagnosis. A person with BPD isn't "a borderline," but is a person first and foremost. In making the diagnosis of a personality disorder, a clinician takes into account a full, thoughtful assessment not just of symptoms, but also of all the relevant psychological, social, and relational information.

  • Jane Tillman, PhD, ABPP

    Barbara Taylor, a noted historian and professor of humanities, has written a memoir of her long, and at times harrowing, psychoanalysis and psychiatric hospitalization. In The last asylum: A memoir of madness in our times, Taylor goes beyond a standard autobiographical account and links her personal history to the sociocultural history of the asylum movement of the past 150 years.

  • The treatment program at Austen Riggs focuses on explaining the underlying problems behind the psychiatric diagnosis.

    Austen Riggs Center staff psychologist Dr. John Muller reflects on how anxiety can manifest in patients, family members, and therapy staff during treatment.

  • Eric M. Plakun, MD, DLFAPA, FACPsych, Associate Medical Director and Director of Admissions

    Austen Riggs Center Director of Biopsychosocial Advocacy Eric M. Plakun, MD, talks about the Biopsychosocial Advocacy strategic initiative at Riggs.

  • Austen Riggs Center Admissions Brochure - Learn More.

    Austen Riggs Center Admissions Brocure and Orientation for Families describing treatment for complex psychiatric problems now available online.

  • The Austen Riggs Center treatment approach is based on four-times weekly individual psychotherapy.

    Recently, the Austen Riggs Center Board of Trustees and staff undertook a comprehensive strategic planning process that prioritized a number of initiatives designed to expand our role and positively impact the serious mental health issues we face as a society. These include: clinical systems, human development, biopsychosocial advocacy, suicide research, the neuroscience of psychotherapeutic change, and psychodynamic psychopharmacology. This is the first in a series of blogs that will highlight each of these strategic initiatives.

  • Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, is the CEO/Medical Director of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.

    The Austen Riggs Center has received a major grant from philanthropists Bill and Deborah Ryan to launch a research program, MRI-based Characterization of Complex Psychopathology. This program will explore how complex psychiatric disorders might be characterized in greater detail, with a view toward opening the door to a better understanding of each patient’s mental illness and their response to psychotherapy.

  • Eric M. Plakun, MD, DLFAPA, FACPsych, Associate Medical Director and Director of Admissions

    Austen Riggs Center Associate Medical Director and Director of Biopsychosocial Advocacy Eric M. Plakun, MD, comments on a Wall Street Journal article about how to know if your therapy is working.

  • The Austen Riggs Center is an open psychiatric treatment setting located in Stockbridge, MA.

    Last week we featured some of our top blogs of 2016. This week, we bring you the rest of the list.

  • Eric M. Plakun, MD, DLFAPA, FACPsych, Associate Medical Director and Director of Admissions

    President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law this week. This is an unusual piece of bipartisan legislation that has significant mental health components important to us at Riggs and to others who advocate for the importance of adequate funding for treatment of those with mental and substance use disorders.

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