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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Another Shooting – Another Opportunity To Comfort And Talk With Our Kids

January 23, 2018

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In 2017, there were 345 mass shootings in the United States, an average of nearly one a day, resulting in 437 deaths and 1,798 injuries.

Who wouldn’t be shocked and terrified by this statistic? Anyone reading that would come to the alarming conclusion that our country is not a very safe place.

And today is no exception.

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Living in Fear of Criticism and Humiliation: The Problem of Social Anxiety Disorder

January 4, 2018

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Most kids and young adults look forward to going back to school. But for those with social anxiety, school and all that comes with it can literally provoke dread.

I’m going to show you what I mean. Let’s consider Sally.

Sally is a sweet, sensitive, likeable 16-year-old girl.

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The Flaw In Our New Year’s Resolutions: A Few Tips For Focusing On The Positive

January 1, 2018

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There’s this guy Sisyphus.

I feel like he invented the New Year’s resolution.

You know Sisyphus—he’s the guy who works so hard to push that stupid boulder up the hill, only to have it roll down again at the end of his hard work.

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Can Kids Get Mental Illness?

November 15, 2017

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What does the average person think about mental illness in kids? We went to the streets to ask people this very question, and their responses and stories were both enlightening and heartwarming.

The Clay Center have partnered with filmmakers Eric I.

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Changing Lives Through Media

November 15, 2017

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Our mission:

We are a practical, online educational resource dedicated to promoting and supporting the mental, emotional and behavioral wellbeing of children, teens, and young adults.

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Memories Of A Veteran’s Son: Living With Undiagnosed PTSD

November 11, 2017

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In honor of Veterans Day and all of the men and women who have and continue to serve this great country, we’re reposting Dr. Gene Beresin’s memories of his father and his sacrifice below.

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Waking my dad early in the morning was terrifying.

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Why Are We Denying Purple Hearts To Veterans With PTSD?

November 10, 2017

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I have seen Arthur Segaloff* for psychiatric care for over 20 years. He suffers from severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following his two tours of duty in Vietnam.

Arthur attended the University of Massachusetts, and graduated in 1969.

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Beyond Sexual Assault

October 16, 2017

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Ali was brave and giving enough to share her story with us in 2015 about the lasting effects of sexual assault on a person’s mental health, long after the experience itself. It is important these stories not be lost, and so we share it again, today.

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Using the Power of Narrative to #StopSuicide

October 13, 2017

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Increasing public awareness of suicide is not an easy task. To truly grapple with the issue, we have to face some difficult and painful feelings. For these reasons, when we at the Clay Center collaborated to tell the true story of a young sophomore at Harvard named Luke, who tragically took his own life, we decided to turn to film.

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Talking To Kids About Disasters (The Weather Channel)

October 2, 2017

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Over the past month, the devastation of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria has topped the headlines and media outlets. The earthquake in Mexico has shocked the world. These events have shaken countless individuals, families, and communities, including our children.

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