Articles by Steven Schlozman, Co-Director

Steven Schlozman, M.D. is co-director of The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, and a staff child and adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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Psychosis in Children and Teens

January 17, 2019

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Psychosis in Children and Teens

Let’s play a game. I’m going to tell you about some hypothetical patients. These aren’t actual patients, but they could be. And it is that possibility that I want you to keep in mind as you try to figure out what, if anything, ails these individuals. Patient #1. The first patient says that she is […]

Baby, It’s Gray Outside: Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder

December 10, 2018

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Baby, It’s Gray Outside: Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder

About that time when the last of the Halloween candy disappears, some of us start to feel down. When the leaves surrender their homes and the trees become stark and bare as skeletons, we sense the coming apathy. When the whole world seems poised for an epic stillness… that’s when the predictable sluggishness of winter […]

Living With Technology – Shrinking It Down

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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 […]

DMDD Versus Bipolar Disorder

November 15, 2018

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DMDD Versus Bipolar Disorder

We’ve written about bipolar disorder before. We’ve also written about the controversy surrounding the diagnosis.  Until about 25 years ago, most clinicians felt that bipolar disorder in children and adolescents was extremely rare.  Then, researchers started wondering if bipolar disorder in children simply looked different than that in adults.  What if bipolar disorder lacked the […]

The World Series: A Metaphor For Life

October 25, 2018

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The World Series: A Metaphor For Life

My kids roll their eyes when I tell them that being a sports fan is a lot like life. This is probably because I say it too much. But just look at our rhetorical metaphors. For football: “We went the whole nine yards.” Or “I didn’t have anything to lose, so I just tossed a […]

Five Parenting Rules for Coping with the Current Political Climate

October 23, 2018

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Five Parenting Rules for Coping with the Current Political Climate

It’s not like we needed the recent supreme court hearings to know that things right now are super-tense. Still, those hearings certainly didn’t help. By my count, this is roughly the tenth time in the last three years I’ve been asked to write something about how parents can keep their heads in these trying political […]

How Scary Is Too Scary?

October 18, 2018

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How Scary Is Too Scary?

Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin. Here is my most vivid memory of Halloween as a child: I’m 8 years old. I have, to my father’s delight, developed an affinity for the “creature-features” that appear on the old UHF stations every Saturday from 10 […]

We’re All Connected: What To Think About On World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2018

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We’re All Connected: What To Think About On World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day. I often find these kinds of distinctions a bit troublesome. One might be tempted to say that a designated day of recognition for a given cause runs the risk of suggesting that we need not pay attention the other 364 days of the year during which problems like mental illnesses […]

10 Important Steps for Parenting Young Athletes

October 2, 2018

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10 Important Steps for Parenting Young Athletes

Some parents on the sidelines at their children’s athletic events behave quite badly. Also, the sun sets in the west. In other words, the fact that parents get out of hand at their kids’ games isn’t exactly groundbreaking news. But unlike the widely accepted predictability of the sun’s behavior, we can’t afford to accept without […]