Articles by Gene Beresin, M.D.

Gene Beresin, M.D. is executive director of The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, and a staff child and adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also a full professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

 To learn more about Gene, or to contact him directly, please see Our Team.

Summertime: Making The Livin’ Easy With Kids

June 21, 2017

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When I was a kid, there weren’t what you’d call choices when it came to summer. I could go to camp, or, well…I could go to camp.

‘But don’t worry,’ my mom told me, ‘when you get older, that’s when you’ll have choices.’

Right.

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When Kids Leave Home: Part 2

June 8, 2017

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This is the second blog post in a two-part series on adolescents’ transition to the “real world.”

To view the first blog post, click here. 

Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

I love being a mom.

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When Kids Leave Home: Part 1

June 7, 2017

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This is the first blog post in a two-part series on adolescents’ transition to the “real world.”

To view the second blog post, click here. 

Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

Well, the end of high school senior year is upon us.

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Another Shooting – Another Opportunity To Comfort And Talk With Our Kids

June 2, 2017

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So far in 2017,  there have been 138 mass shootings, nearly one a day since the beginning of the year, resulting in at least 161 deaths and 533 injuries.

Who wouldn’t be shocked and terrified by this statistic? Anyone reading that would come to the alarming conclusion that our country is not a very safe place.

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When Teens Talk Of Suicide: What You Need To Know

May 18, 2017

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Here’s the kind of call we get all too frequently:

Doctor, my son said he just doesn’t care about living anymore. He’s been really upset for a while, and when his girlfriend broke things off, he just shut down.

Needless to say, situations like this are terribly frightening for parents.

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John Oliver On Mental Health

May 12, 2017

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In the clip above from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Oliver masterfully speaks to the serious misunderstandings and poor care associated with mental illness in the U.S. today.

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Pediatric Visit? Don’t Forget About Mental Health

May 9, 2017

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The Clay Center is an educational and informational outlet only, and so we do not provide clinical services or referrals for treatment. However, many of our partners here at MGH do.

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Are Parents Good Role Models for Teen Drivers?

May 8, 2017

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Parents. Is this scenario familiar?

You’re driving the kids home from school. As always, there’s plenty to do, plenty on your mind. Maybe you’re upset because your boss is making some stupid demand that you need to review.

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“Reasons” To Keep The Conversations Going

May 4, 2017

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Today is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, and one mental health topic that’s been on the mind of many parents, caregivers, clinicians, and educators lately is the Netflix TV series, 13 Reasons Why.

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