Articles by Gene Beresin, Executive Director

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.

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Living With Technology – Shrinking It Down

December 10, 2018

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Living With Technology – Shrinking It Down

Technology. Some days it feels like we can’t live with it, but in today’s world we certainly can’t live without it. And what’s the mental health impact on our kids and teens who seem consumed by their smartphones and other digital media 24/7? The short answer is: It’s a gray area. There are both pros […]

Coping With Holiday Stress

December 7, 2018

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Coping With Holiday Stress

Let’s just paint a little picture. It’s a picture we already know pretty well, but still every year it seems to take many of us by irritable surprise. It’s cold outside. The wind makes it worse, and the little ribbon that your kid tied on your car antenna to signify the first day of school […]

Q+A: Once You Have Discovered Your Teen is Using Pot, What’s the Next Step?

November 12, 2018

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Q+A: Once You Have Discovered Your Teen is Using Pot, What’s the Next Step?

Question: Once you have discovered your teen is using pot and confronted the teenager about it, what’s your recommended next step? Answer: It’s not unusual to find out one way or another that your teenager is using a substance. The most common ones are alcohol or marijuana. While this question is about pot, let’s keep […]

Gaming Disorder: Is It a Real Illness?

October 9, 2018

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Gaming Disorder: Is It a Real Illness?

“He is playing games all the time. Every chance he gets! From the time he gets home until bedtime, he’s in his room on that computer. And spends almost no time with the family. Is he addicted? I’m really worried.” I can’t tell you how many times I have heard this or some variation of […]

Sexual Assault: How to Talk With Your Kids

September 28, 2018

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Sexual Assault: How to Talk With Your Kids

As a father of four children and grandfather of four, I was personally shaken by the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford yesterday. I thought about my kids growing up, and what they might have experienced or observed and never told me, my wife, or anyone. Last night I had a hard time sleeping. As […]

How to Talk to Your Little Ones About Terrorism

September 11, 2018

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How to Talk to Your Little Ones About Terrorism

After September 11, 2001, lots of little kids across the nation asked some variation of the same question: “Mommy, why did the bad guys attack us?” Kids tend to look for patterns, especially when they’re frightened, so some kids likely took this inquiry even a step further: “Daddy, why do the bad guys hate us?” […]

What Families Should Know About Suicide

August 31, 2018

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What Families Should Know About Suicide

Many families are growing more concerned about suicide, especially among young people. Yet, suicide is often preventable when family members, friends, and communities learn how to recognize warning signs and connect those who are struggling with help. In support Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and the MassGeneral Hospital for Children‘s mission to provide outstanding, developmentally appropriate […]

The Bullying Paradigm

August 23, 2018

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The Bullying Paradigm

What is bullying? Most of us have a sense of what it is, but there actually isn’t a clear definition of bullying. There are many contributing factors to the different forms of bullying, and there can be long-lasting impact on children – most significantly on victims of bullying, but also on bystanders, and on the […]

What Parents Can Do to Promote Mental Wellness in Our Children

August 20, 2018

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What Parents Can Do to Promote Mental Wellness in Our Children

Parents are the true experts when it comes to knowing their children, and often the first to notice any changes in their kids’ behavior: Colin was a happy youngster. He had friends, did well in school, and got along with his siblings and parents at home. But in recent months, mom noticed that Colin seemed […]

Teaching for the Test or Teaching for Real Life?

August 11, 2018

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Teaching for the Test or Teaching for Real Life?

I have never been good at standardized tests. In fact, I’m horrible. The problem is that in standardized tests, as opposed to general knowledge or understanding of a particular problem, you need to know what the specific question is looking for. But I just don’t think that way. I overthink every question. While many folks […]