Gene Beresin, Author at MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

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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Anger: Knowing What Sets You Off and Ways to Manage It

June 16, 2021

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Anger: Knowing What Sets You Off and Ways to Manage It

We all have things that tend to unleash our anger. They vary from person to person. Once we have identified the things that set us off, we can work on behavioral strategies to avoid them – or if that’s impossible, to at least minimize them and lessen the feelings of anger that follow. Furthermore, should […]

What Are the Consequences If Your Teen Has Been Using Pot?

June 9, 2021

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What Are the Consequences If Your Teen Has Been Using Pot?

Many teenagers experiment with alcohol and other substances, and pot – or marijuana – is one of those drugs. While many states have made pot legal for medical and/or recreational use, recent studies show that this, specifically, has not increased its use in teens. Still, many teens (and adults) have indulged in the use of […]

Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About Sleep, featuring Bernard Kinane, MD – Shrinking It Down

June 3, 2021

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Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About Sleep, featuring Bernard Kinane, MD – Shrinking It Down

It’s our last episode of the season, but never fear – we are signing off with tips to last you the summer long. Today’s episode is all about sleep! Listen wherever you get your podcasts – just search for “Shrinking It Down.” Sleep is so important to our physical and mental health. On today’s episode, […]

Q+A: What Can I Do To Help My Preschool Kids Learn Anger Management?

June 2, 2021

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Q+A: What Can I Do To Help My Preschool Kids Learn Anger Management?

Question: My almost 4-year-old has been having a lot of angry tantrums lately, some that spiral out of control. What can I do to help them calm down?  It’s always good to start early in learning skills, and controlling anger and finding ways to channel it can begin in the preschool years. When it comes […]

Q+A: How Can I Help My Child Control Thoughts That Fuel Anger?

May 19, 2021

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Q+A: How Can I Help My Child Control Thoughts That Fuel Anger?

We all have things that cause our anger to flare – waiting in long lines; feeling dismissed by a friend or family member; feeling that another person is treating us unfairly or not paying attention to what we are saying. And once we are angry, the thoughts that arise while in this state can cause […]

Mental Health Challenges and Latinx Children & Teens, featuring Angel Caraballo, MD – Shrinking It Down

April 28, 2021

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Mental Health Challenges and Latinx Children & Teens, featuring Angel Caraballo, MD – Shrinking It Down

Over the past year, the Clay Center has worked to support even more young people by translating our free, online resources for Spanish-speaking parents and caregivers. In this time, we’ve seen high readership on topics like emotionally supporting kids and teens during COVID-19, the importance of sleep for child mental health, and how to help young people manage anxiety and stress.  On […]

How To Talk With Kids About Gun Violence

April 23, 2021

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How To Talk With Kids About Gun Violence

Recent mass shootings that have made national news headlines are a frightening reminder to us all of this “new normal.” Beyond those that have made national headlines, there are many more – sometimes more than one a day – for which the trauma is felt only locally. We emotionally respond to these horrifying incidents with […]

10 Consejos de Cuidado Personal para Padres

April 16, 2021

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10 Consejos de Cuidado Personal para Padres

Como padres, nuestro trabajo principal es cuidar de nuestros hijos, incluidos nuestros hijos adultos jóvenes. Es difícil pensar en algo más importante que el bienestar de nuestros hijos. Nos preocupamos por su éxito académico, vida social y logros recreativos. Nos preocupamos por su salud física, ajuste emocional y felicidad en general. Como adultos, además tenemos […]

A Closer Look at High-Functioning Autism, featuring Robyn Thom, MD – Shrinking It Down

April 14, 2021

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A Closer Look at High-Functioning Autism, featuring Robyn Thom, MD – Shrinking It Down

Coming into April, Autism Awareness Month, we’ve noticed more families coming to our website with questions about high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Some are seeking guidance on challenges families face, some are wanting to learn more about behaviors stereotypically associated with ASD, and others are wondering what happened to the Asperger’s diagnosis. On today’s episode of “Shrinking It […]

One Year Later: Young Adults and COVID-19 – Shrinking It Down

March 31, 2021

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One Year Later: Young Adults and COVID-19 – Shrinking It Down

Everyone has been hit hard mentally and emotionally during COVID-19, but there’s growing research to suggest that young adults – that special 18-26 age group – are suffering more than we might think. GenZ and Millennials had already been flagged as possibly the loneliest generation, even before the pandemic. Now, many are faced with increased […]