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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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 […]

The Art of Civil Conversations: 9 Parent Strategies

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The Art of Civil Conversations: 9 Parent Strategies

“Are you out of your mind? You’re not old enough to go to a climate change demonstration. What do you even know about the climate? Besides, we’re in the middle a pandemic. Enough said!”  So says the parent, and turning to leave the room, we see the 13-year-old daughter’s eye-roll. Does this “conversation” sound similar […]

Medicating with Meditation? The Power of Mind Body Medicine, featuring Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH – Shrinking It Down

March 17, 2021

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Medicating with Meditation? The Power of Mind Body Medicine, featuring Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH – Shrinking It Down

On today’s episode of Shrinking It Down, Gene and Khadijah welcome special guest Dr. Darshan Mehta, Medical Director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine of Massachusetts General Hospital, to talk about something we could all use more of: Meditation. This past year has brought on new stressors and anxieties for families, on top […]

The Positive Value of Conflict: There’s Great Power in Resolution

March 10, 2021

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The Positive Value of Conflict: There’s Great Power in Resolution

Conflict is a natural part of our lives. We inevitably have disagreements with others from time to time in our values, beliefs, behavior, and much more. But recently, we’ve seen what feels like insurmountable conflict dividing our nation. How do we even start to move toward some kind of resolution? Let me put on my […]

One Year Later: Back-to-School Anxiety During COVID-19 – Shrinking It Down

March 3, 2021

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One Year Later: Back-to-School Anxiety During COVID-19 – Shrinking It Down

During the pandemic, many kids across the country have been doing most or all of their schooling online. But now, a year later, many communities are finally finding ways to bring kids back to school, in person. While it’s largely agreed on that in-person schooling is critical for child and teen positive mental health and […]

How Do We Heal From Here? A Guide for Families and Our Nation

February 17, 2021

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How Do We Heal From Here? A Guide for Families and Our Nation

I cannot think of a time in recent history when our nation was more polarized, and resentment and anger so pervasive. One thing we know, though, is that our kids and teens are watching, picking up on, and asking questions about the intensity of it all. There are calls for unity and healing almost everywhere […]

Teen Breakup Violence, Part 2: At-Risk Emotions – Shrinking It Down

February 10, 2021

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Teen Breakup Violence, Part 2: At-Risk Emotions – Shrinking It Down

Content Warning: Today’s episode is the second in a two-part series on teen relationship violence. It may be difficult for some of our listeners.  When we look underneath a young person’s anger, or shame, or grief, there is often a hidden need that’s not being met. Learning how to identify and address these hidden needs is a […]

The Challenges of First-Generation College Students

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The Challenges of First-Generation College Students

This post is one of a four-part series on college student mental health. The other posts in this series are:  College Students of Color: Overcoming Racial Disparities and Discrimination LGBTQ Students in College: Fostering Inclusion, Acceptance, and Safety International College Students: Challenges and Solutions *** Currently, around half of all students attending college are the […]

Teen Breakup Violence, Part 1 – Shrinking It Down

February 3, 2021

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Teen Breakup Violence, Part 1 – Shrinking It Down

Content Warning: This episode is the first in a two-part series on teen relationship violence. It may be difficult for some of our listeners. Romantic relationships are a crucial part of life for teenagers. In fact, the biggest emotional struggles in high school and college often come from breaking up with friends or romantic partners. […]

International College Students: Challenges and Solutions

January 27, 2021

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International College Students: Challenges and Solutions

This post is one of a four-part series on college student mental health. The other posts in this series are:  College Students of Color: Overcoming Racial Disparities and Discrimination LGBTQ Students in College: Fostering Inclusion, Acceptance, and Safety The Challenges of First-Generation College Students *** College campuses are an ideal place to learn from others. […]