Articles containing: teens

Why Can’t We Budge The Tide Of Teen Depression?

April 3, 2017


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


When I was a teenager, one of my buddies called me out for my rejection of tobacco.

“That stuff’ll kill you,” I said to my friend as he lit up his cigarette.  “My dad’s a lung doctor.

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Mom of teen who committed suicide now works to help others (WCVB-TV Boston)

March 17, 2017

Dr Ellen Braaten provides insight on a really difficult topic in this compelling news story that follows a mom, Emily, who lost her daughter to suicide, and has had to grapple with many questions, and few answers.

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A Child Psychiatrist’s Perspective on Trump’s Behavior

March 3, 2017


Why would any parent bring their kid to a child psychiatrist?

Well, I’m a child psychiatrist and the most common reason parents bring their kids to see me in my clinical practice is because they are worried about certain behaviors and want help and advice in evaluating their child.

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Sexual Consent: Teaching Our Teens About The Gray Areas

October 11, 2016


In light of allegations of sexual misconduct that have arisen as part of the 2016 presidential election, we thought it more important than ever to share the blog below on how parents can help teens respectfully navigate the gray areas of sexual and romantic relationships.

In the realm of sexual relations, consent is a bit of a mess.

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The Role Of Apps In Distracted Teen Driving

October 6, 2016

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As parents, we share some really big milestones with our children. There’s riding that bike for the first time, braving the first day of school, or marching off to sleep-away camp.

And, of course, there’s the huge anxiety-provoking-and-incredibly-exciting moment of earning the first driver’s license.

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We Succeed Through Our Failures: A Tribute For National Parents’ Day

July 26, 2015

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What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think back on an incident you had with your parents when you were growing up?

We asked a number of young adults this very question. One might expect recounts of warm, fuzzy times spent on the couch, on family vacations, at birthday parties. Nope.

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Advice For Parents On Talking About Tattoos

June 23, 2015


When it comes to tattoos, it’s always fun, if possible, to inquire.

Last week I saw a snarling demon with drooling teeth moving around on a teenager’s arm. The teenager wasn’t my patient, so rest assured that I am not writing about someone under my care.

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The Impact Of Technology

May 19, 2014


In my clinical practice, I’m surprised how often I’m competing for a child’s attention, even when it’s just the two of us in a room. Commonly when I’m meeting with a child, he or she has some sort of electronic device in-hand—a phone, a video gaming device, a tablet. I know this is an experience that many adults have shared.

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The Birds And The Bees Of Kids And Dating

February 14, 2014


The first romantic relationship for a teen, or particularly a pre-teen, can strike terror in the heart of a parent. Rarely are parents ever prepared for their child’s inevitable first crush or real relationship.

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What To Watch With Your Kids Over The Holidays

December 23, 2013


The holidays are relaxing and fun.


You arrive at your parents’ or grandparents’ houses or apartments.  You sleep, if you sleep at all, on a dusty old air mattress that sits on the living room floor.  You sniffle.  Everyone sniffles.  And, no one can hear beyond the roar of everyone talking over each other at once.

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