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Articles by Gene Beresin, Executive Director

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

January 1, 2019

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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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Mending A House Divided: Bringing Peace And Good Will To The Holidays

December 18, 2018

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“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” I believe the government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.

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Shrinking It Down: Living With Technology

December 10, 2018

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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.

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Coping With Holiday Stress

December 7, 2018

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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.

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Q+A: Once You Have Discovered Your Teen is Using Pot, What’s the Next Step?

November 12, 2018

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Question: Once you have discovered your teen is using pot and confronted the teenager about it, what’s your recommended next step?

Answer: It’s not unusual to find out one way or another that your teenager is using a substance. The most common ones are alcohol or marijuana.

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Gaming Disorder: Is It a Real Illness?

October 9, 2018

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“He is playing games all the time. Every chance he gets! From the time he gets home until bedtime, he’s in his room on that computer. And spends almost no time with the family. Is he addicted? I’m really worried.”

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard this or some variation of this complaint from parents.

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Sexual Assault: How to Talk With Your Kids

September 28, 2018

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As a father of four children and grandfather of four, I was personally shaken by the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford yesterday. I thought about my kids growing up, and what they might have experienced or observed and never told me, my wife, or anyone.

Last night I had a hard time sleeping.

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How to Talk to Your Little Ones About Terrorism

September 11, 2018

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After September 11, 2001, lots of little kids across the nation asked some variation of the same question:

“Mommy, why did the bad guys attack us?”

Kids tend to look for patterns, especially when they’re frightened, so some kids likely took this inquiry even a step further:

“Daddy, why do the bad guys hate us?”

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What Families Should Know About Suicide

August 31, 2018

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Many families are growing more concerned about suicide, especially among young people. Yet, suicide is often preventable when family members, friends, and communities learn how to recognize warning signs and connect those who are struggling with help.

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The Bullying Paradigm

August 23, 2018

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What is bullying?

Most of us have a sense of what it is, but there actually isn’t a clear definition of bullying.

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