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Ann MacDonald

Contributor, Harvard Health

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 B.A. in politics and women’s studies at Brandeis University.

Posts by Ann MacDonald

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New prostate cancer screening recommendation generates controversy and confusion

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How to become a better perfectionist

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

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

Cancer

The mental and emotional challenges of surviving cancer

Cancer

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

Heart Health

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

Children's Health

Teens who smoke pot at risk for later schizophrenia, psychosis

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Deep brain stimulation: Experts raise alarms about aggressive marketing

Cancer

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

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

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

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

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New insights into treatment-resistant depression

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Using the relaxation response to reduce stress

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Painkillers and drug addiction: An ongoing dilemma

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Why eating slowly may help you feel full faster

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

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Distinguishing depression from normal adolescent mood swings

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Advice for dealing with school bullies

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Dental fear? Our readers suggest coping techniques.

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Alzheimer’s study on biomarkers generates debate

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Mental illness affects the wallet as well as the brain

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Afraid of the dentist? How do you deal with it?

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