Helen Farrell

Author: Helen Farrell

Helen M. Farrell, M.D., is a physician, expert witness, keynote speaker and writer. She is an award-winning Harvard Medical School Instructor in psychiatry. Dr. Farrell is a medical graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, where she was moved by the sensitive prose of literary geniuses who gave mental illness an acceptable voice. Dr. Farrell gained notoriety for her original article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, A House Built Out of Madness, which breaks down stereotypes of mental illness. Her article Addicted to Hope, published in The Fix, shares a unique perspective on alcoholism and has inspired positive change in readers.

Dr. Farrell has been featured in The New York Times, Psychology Today, NPR, and The Huffington Post. She has been sought after by the mass media for expert and authoritative commentary on mental health and wellness. And since her TEDx Talk, Creating Hope for Mental Health, Dr. Farrell has been appearing as a keynote speaker at a wide range of events where she blends the art of storytelling with information and optimism.

Dr. Farrell enjoys traveling back to Ireland and agrees with George Bernard Shaw who said, “Life isn’t about finding yourself…Life is about creating yourself.” Dr. Farrell helps busy professionals achieve their goals via medication management and psychotherapy in her private practice located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. She is optimistic about the progress of mental health and believes that everyone can create his or her own bright future, and many can also use a little help along the way.
  • M.D., expert witness, keynote speaker, writer, award-winning Harvard Medical School Instructor in psychiatry
  • M.D., Board Certified Psychiatrist, Forensic Psychiatrist, author, speaker
  • Medical graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, Harvard Medical School Instructor in psychiatry, featured in Journal of the American Medical Association, The New York Times, Psychology Today, NPR, and the Huffington Post
  • Addiction, psychiatry, mental illness, mental health and wellness, medication management and psychotherapy
Understanding the Complex Process of Recovery

The transtheoretical model of change is a straightforward model towards understanding the complex stages involved in one’s path towards recovery.

How to Say “No!” to Alcohol With Confidence

Whether you’re a teetotaler, have recognized early warning signs of alcohol abuse, or identified a full-blown alcohol addiction, it’s okay to say “no.”

Setting Your Intention on Alcohol Recovery and Hope

As with anything in life, setting your intention with regards to alcohol is key. There are ample resources available to help you on your journey.

Spotlight on Self-Advocacy and Alcohol

Whether you believe yourself to be a moderate drinker or a teetotaler, it’s up to you to provide a full background of your alcohol use.

Global Warming and Substance Use Problems

Trauma suffered as a result of climate change and natural disasters can result in anxiety disorders, PTSD and substance abuse.

Opiates: Understanding a Use Disorder

Let’s talk about the medical side of opiate use and detail the warning signs an individual might have with an abuse or dependency problem.

The Overlap of Anxiety and Alcohol

Alcohol use disorder can sometimes present with anxiety – the latter of which affects about one-fourth of the United States population.

Are You Contemplating Sobriety?

There are plenty of reasons why it’s not lame to be sober; in fact, being sober is actually quite cool.

A Doctor’s Outlook: Opioids and Mindfulness

Doctors are now laboriously working alongside government and regulatory agencies to add something new to our toolbox and help correct the opioid crisis.

Ending the Confusion of PTSD and Addiction

Trauma and substance abuse are often intertwined, especially if the trauma is life-threatening or catastrophic.

Alcohol Use Disorder: Inside the Body

Let’s take a look at how alcohol affects your body from the inside out.

4 Ways to Support the Addicted Loved One in Your Life

Loving someone who’s addicted to drugs or alcohol can be emotionally draining; learning to protect yourself is key.

The Stigma of Alcoholism

We could all use some first-hand insight into the everyday stigmas facing those who struggle with alcoholism.

Drinking Tips from the Irish

Even if you choose to forego alcohol this St. Patrick’s Day, you can still enjoy the merriment of Ireland’s most celebrated holiday.

Understanding Addiction and Depression

Whether it’s in the form of addiction or depression, mental illness comes from a constellation of factors related to genetics and environment.

Mastering Your Resolutions

Despite our good intentions, many of us are losing steam on our New Year’s resolutions before having the chance to get started.

Medical Marijuana and Psychiatry

Patients have been asking me one question with increasing frequency: What do you think about medical marijuana?

College Drinking…and Beyond

The long-term effects of college binge drinking include a higher risk of lifelong alcohol dependency than more temperate peers.

Connection: The Opposite of Addiction

Misinformed assumptions often lead to indifference and the imposition of shame on those who are suffering. However, the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, nor is the story of addiction always a sad one.