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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Desordenes del Juego

June 26, 2020

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Desordenes del Juego

“Él está jugando juegos todo el tiempo. ¡Cada oportunidad que tenga! Desde el momento en que llega a casa hasta la hora de acostarse, está en su habitación con esa computadora. Y casi no pasa tiempo con la familia. ¿Es adicto? Estoy realmente preocupado.” No puedo decirles cuántas veces he escuchado esta o alguna variación […]

Medications: For Better or Worse? – Shrinking It Down

June 24, 2020

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Medications: For Better or Worse? – Shrinking It Down

Many parents of kids struggling with a mental health issue have concerns – even fears – about medication as a part of treatment. Will it help? Will it hurt? What are the side effects? Today, Dr. Tim Wilens, chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, joins Gene and Ellen to […]

Managing Challenging Behavior in Kids During Stressful Times – Shrinking It Down

June 10, 2020

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Managing Challenging Behavior in Kids During Stressful Times – Shrinking It Down

These past months and weeks have put tremendous stress on families across the country, on top of the daily challenges we were already navigating. And under tremendous stress, it can become even harder to regulate our emotions, leaving our kids – and even us – struggling with challenging behavior.   In today’s episode, Dr. Stuart Ablon, […]

Minneapolis: Helping Young People to Understand and Stay Safe

June 5, 2020

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Minneapolis: Helping Young People to Understand and Stay Safe

This is not the first time we have had to help our kids process a horrifying situation like this. The unfolding of events over the past week, following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, share stark similarities with the unrest following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer, over five years ago. We […]

How to Talk With Grandparents About Kids’ Mental and Emotional Health

May 28, 2020

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How to Talk With Grandparents About Kids’ Mental and Emotional Health

Many parents rely on others to help care for their kids, and grandparents often play an important role in taking over for parents during the work week, on weekends, or over holidays. For parents who have a child with a mental or behavioral health challenge, it’s important for grandparents – or anyone who provides care […]

Cómo Ayudar a Los Niños a Lidiar con La Ansiedad Situacional

May 21, 2020

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Cómo Ayudar a Los Niños a Lidiar con La Ansiedad Situacional

La ansiedad es la forma en que los humanos hemos evolucionado para protegernos. En situaciones amenazadoras, nuestros cerebros desencadenan una serie de respuestas que resultan en una elevación del ritmo cardíaco, sudoración, temblores, hiperventilación y miedo intenso, todo con el propósito de prepararnos para el peligro. Esta es la base de la ansiedad apropiada y […]

Desarrollar el bienestar mental en los niños: lo que los padres pueden hacer

May 15, 2020

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Desarrollar el bienestar mental en los niños: lo que los padres pueden hacer

Los padres son los verdaderos expertos cuando se trata de conocer a sus hijos, y a menudo son los primeros en notar cualquier cambio en el comportamiento de sus hijos: Colin era un joven feliz. Tenía amigos, le iba bien en la escuela y se llevaba bien con sus hermanos y padres en casa. Pero […]

The Value of Being a Grandparent: 7 Ways to Support Your Family’s Emotional Health

May 14, 2020

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The Value of Being a Grandparent: 7 Ways to Support Your Family’s Emotional Health

I’ve reached the age of becoming a grandparent. So have many of my friends. There’s something quite special about this experience. It’s not clear to me what makes it so powerful, but I wonder if it’s the profound reality that your family has some form of continuity extending into the future; or if it’s the […]

Climate Anxiety and Kids – Shrinking It Down

May 13, 2020

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Climate Anxiety and Kids – Shrinking It Down

Tune in wherever you get your podcasts. Just search for “Shrinking It Down.” Many kids are becoming more worried about climate change. Frightening predictions about the future and political inaction can make them feel that the crisis is out of their control. How can parents help their kids cope with anxiety around climate change? On […]

How to Help Young People Cope With Grief and Loss During COVID-19

May 5, 2020

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How to Help Young People Cope With Grief and Loss During COVID-19

The novel coronavirus pandemic has posed a novel way of life for all of us. . Beyond concerns about contagion, prevention, or slowing down its spread, and fears of illness and access to healthcare, one thing is clear. We are all facing grief and loss. The greatest loss is the tragic death of a parent, […]