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Ann MacDonald was the editor of the Harvard Mental Health Letter from October 2007 to January 2012. She has also written several editions of the Harvard Medical School Annual Report on Prostate Disease. Before working at HHP, Ann ran her own medical communications business. Previously, she served as eastern regional director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She became interested in mental health after her brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia in the late 1980s. Ann earned a BA in politics and women’s studies at Brandeis University.

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New prostate cancer screening recommendation generates controversy and confusion featured image

Ann MacDonald

New prostate cancer screening recommendation generates controversy and confusion

How to become a better perfectionist featured image

Ann MacDonald

How to become a better perfectionist

How do you know if you have obsessive-compulsive disorder? featured image

Ann MacDonald

How do you know if you have obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Therapy dog offers stress relief at work featured image

Mind & Mood

Therapy dog offers stress relief at work

Some “natural” therapies may be safe, effective for mental health featured image

Ann MacDonald

Some “natural” therapies may be safe, effective for mental health

The mental and emotional challenges of surviving cancer featured image

Cancer

The mental and emotional challenges of surviving cancer

Why Japan’s crisis causes worry, fear of radiation risk in the U.S. featured image

Cancer

Why Japan’s crisis causes worry, fear of radiation risk in the U.S.

How to do CPR when the heart suddenly stops: Press hard, press fast, don’t stop featured image

Heart Health

How to do CPR when the heart suddenly stops: Press hard, press fast, don’t stop

Teens who smoke pot at risk for later schizophrenia, psychosis featured image

Children's Health

Teens who smoke pot at risk for later schizophrenia, psychosis

Deep brain stimulation: Experts raise alarms about aggressive marketing featured image

Ann MacDonald

Deep brain stimulation: Experts raise alarms about aggressive marketing

What to do when health problems or medical treatments thwart your love life featured image

Cancer

What to do when health problems or medical treatments thwart your love life

Use your brain to avoid weight gain—by fighting portion inflation featured image

Ann MacDonald

Use your brain to avoid weight gain—by fighting portion inflation

Feeling S.A.D.? Lighten up if it’s seasonal affective disorder featured image

Ann MacDonald

Feeling S.A.D.? Lighten up if it’s seasonal affective disorder

Good investigative reporting may finally debunk the myth that vaccines cause autism featured image

Ann MacDonald

Good investigative reporting may finally debunk the myth that vaccines cause autism

New insights into treatment-resistant depression featured image

Ann MacDonald

New insights into treatment-resistant depression

Using the relaxation response to reduce stress featured image

Ann MacDonald

Using the relaxation response to reduce stress

Painkillers and drug addiction: An ongoing dilemma featured image

Ann MacDonald

Painkillers and drug addiction: An ongoing dilemma

Why eating slowly may help you feel full faster featured image

Ann MacDonald

Why eating slowly may help you feel full faster

Synthetic biology: Really cool science not yet ready for prime time featured image

Ann MacDonald

Synthetic biology: Really cool science not yet ready for prime time

Distinguishing depression from normal adolescent mood swings featured image

Ann MacDonald

Distinguishing depression from normal adolescent mood swings

Advice for dealing with school bullies featured image

Ann MacDonald

Advice for dealing with school bullies

Dental fear? Our readers suggest coping techniques. featured image

Ann MacDonald

Dental fear? Our readers suggest coping techniques.

Alzheimer’s study on biomarkers generates debate featured image

Ann MacDonald

Alzheimer’s study on biomarkers generates debate

Mental illness affects the wallet as well as the brain featured image

Ann MacDonald

Mental illness affects the wallet as well as the brain

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