Adam P. Stern, MD

Adam P. Stern, MD is the director of psychiatric applications at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation, and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has published in journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, The American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, and Brain Stimulation, as well as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and STAT News. He is also the author of Break, a novel about mental health and the culture of medicine, as well as Shrunk MD, a book of medical cartoons. He is living with cancer and writes often about the intersection of simultaneously being a patient and doctor.


Posts by Adam P. Stern, MD

I see you –– but don’t ask me how I’m doing

The common American casual greeting is an almost-automatic behavior, a superficial form of friendliness. But when someone says, “How are you?” how many of us really think about the question, or the answer?

The psychology of Internet rage

Why do so many people express themselves online in ways they would seemingly be unlikely to in a face-to-face setting? The explanation for Internet rage involves anonymity, knowledge of subject matter and personal identification with it, and perception of content versus what it is actually saying.

Choosing the right mental health provider

Different types of mental health providers offer different types of treatments, and any treatment needs to be tailored to an individual’s needs. Understanding the differences between types of providers is the first step to finding the treatment that is best for you.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS): Hope for stubborn depression

For some people suffering from depression, medications and therapy don’t bring adequate relief. A newer treatment called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) applies powerful magnetic fields to areas of the brain known to be involved in depression. It is well-tolerated and shows promise in helping patients with hard-to-treat depression.