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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What If My Child Has A Drinking Problem?

April 4, 2019

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What If My Child Has A Drinking Problem?

By far, the most commonly misused drug among teens is alcohol.  This makes sense, as alcohol is legally available throughout the United States, it’s heavily advertised and glorified in the media, and frequently used in celebratory activities.  The effects of alcohol in terms of reducing inhibition are quite real.  Many parents will have a drink […]

Sleep: Let’s Talk About Older Kids and Teens

March 7, 2019

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Sleep: Let’s Talk About Older Kids and Teens

Some kids sleep fine, and some kids don’t. That’s a good place to start when you think about sleep problems and kids. According to a good deal of research, kids who continuously sleep well, often do so from very early in their lives. These are the kids with parents who look inexplicably rested despite having […]

Food and Behavior – It’s Complicated

March 5, 2019

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Food and Behavior – It’s Complicated

In the days leading up to Halloween or Christmas or Valentine’s Day, teachers and parents often wring their hands. Kids seem rambunctious and gleefully hyperactive. The amount of sugar these kids consume is remarkable. The combination of how they seem to behave and the different kinds of things they eat during these festive days leads adults to shake their heads and to draw specific conclusions. “All that candy,” […]

Nutrition and Mental Health: It’s More Complicated Than You Think

March 4, 2019

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Nutrition and Mental Health: It’s More Complicated Than You Think

The fact that March is National Nutrition Month makes me think of rats. To be more specific, I think of two particular rats that lived in my first-grade classroom. They lived side by side, in different cages, and they were placed on teeny tables with teeny legs so that all the little first graders could […]

Oscars Special – Shrinking It Down

February 22, 2019

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Oscars Special – Shrinking It Down

You can also subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn, SoundCloud, and most podcast apps – just search for “Shrinking It Down”.  Why on earth are two child psychiatrists talking about the 2019 Academy Awards? It’s not just for fun, even though it’s fun, too. But, rather, because there is so much in this year’s nominated films […]

The Psychological Effects of the Flu

February 20, 2019

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The Psychological Effects of the Flu

I call my mom once or twice a week to check in. When I called her yesterday, she took a second or two longer to speak than usual. Then, when she did speak, she sounded pretty awful. “Welcome,” she whispered, <raspy breath> “To the house,” <cough, wheeze> “Of pesti—<cough>—lence.” It seemed like it was hard […]

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 […]