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.

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Shrinking It Down: When Nightmares Become Reality in the U.S. (Special Episode)

June 22, 2018

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In research that’s been done about kids’ fears, the most frightening thing is losing or being left without a parent.

Through the events at the U.S. southern border in the last weeks, we have watched migrant children live out their worst nightmares in the most deliberately traumatic way.

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The Immediacy of Digital Media: For Better or Worse?

May 29, 2018


It was Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts.

I was meeting with a film maker about a possible collaboration on a documentary. We were interested in the impact of digital media on youth.

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Another Shooting – An Important Moment to Comfort and Talk With Our Kids

May 18, 2018


Perhaps the hardest, certainly the saddest, and without question the most frustrating thing about sharing this blog post is that we have shared it now again and again over the past few years. Please do not allow the frequency of events like today’s awful news to ever seem routine.

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Greatest Strength: Challenges Met With Courage

May 9, 2018


This blog post is part of a series entitled Real Lives, Real Stories.

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When Survival is Not at Stake: Explaining the Mystery of Panic Disorder

April 25, 2018


Imagine you’re crossing a street and are almost hit by a massive Mack® truck.

You jump out of the way. Your heart is racing and pounding, you’re sweating, trembling, hyperventilating, and short of breath. You feel a pit in your stomach, nausea, choking, and tightness in your chest. Your fingers and toes are tingling.

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The Power of Music: To Feel, Heal, and Connect

April 10, 2018


The best music is essentially something to provide you to face the world with.

                                    Bruce Springsteen

Music doesn’t lie. If there’s something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.

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Teen and Parent Misconceptions about Driving and Marijuana

March 29, 2018


Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.

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We all remember this slogan.

It was coined at the launch of the Drunk Driving Campaign.

Since then, awareness of the serious risks of driving under the influence of alcohol are well known. And there have been significant changes in driving behavior.

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What is Emotional Eating?

February 26, 2018


I love watching football.

When I was watching the playoffs this year, it was obvious that some ads were really overrepresented – those promoting comfort food and alcohol (mostly beer). And they’re super compelling. I tend to eat healthy, organic food.

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Why Activism Is Good For Teens — And The Country

February 24, 2018


When I was a ninth grader in 1964, I was suspended from school for selling peace buttons for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

I was a tad anxious about how my mom would react, but when I came home that morning, she was beaming.

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Preventing School Shootings: Playing the Mental Health Card is Off the Mark

February 19, 2018


We were all shaken, once again, by the tragedy in Parkland, Florida. Our hearts go out to the friends, family, teachers and community of those innocent lives lost.

The question we’re all desperately asking, now, is how to prevent future school shootings, and how to prevent what can be viewed as nothing short of pathological normalcy.

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