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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Home for The Holidays During COVID-19: Facing Empty Chairs at the Table

November 20, 2020

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Home for The Holidays During COVID-19: Facing Empty Chairs at the Table

Through the years we all will be together, If the fates allow… From “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”  *** Here we are in the holiday season. It’s inescapable. But this year is different, strikingly different. We are not walking into stores, or browsing around in malls and tolerating the same holiday music, repeatedly. Most […]

How Do We Heal From Here? – Shrinking It Down

November 10, 2020

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How Do We Heal From Here? – Shrinking It Down

When the body is injured, it begins the healing process despite the ongoing physical injury. Our minds should be no different. Right now – amidst a pandemic, economic strain, political tension, rising mental illness, and more – we are desperately in need of emotional healing, despite the many challenges ahead. But communities are divided, families are divided, and fear and anger are rampant. How do we heal from here?  […]

Managing Family Conflict During Covid – Shrinking It Down

October 28, 2020

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Managing Family Conflict During Covid – Shrinking It Down

Since COVID-19, many families have spent more time together. A lot more time. More time together than we’re used to + challenging times + uncertainty about the future + none of the outlets we’d typically use to recharge = a perfect storm for rising family conflict. Conflict between siblings, conflict between kids and parents, conflict […]

Talking About ADHD

October 14, 2020

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Talking About ADHD

It’s normal to become distracted or disorganized from time to time. But some kids have more trouble paying attention and staying on track than their peers. In this Parent Strategy Announcement (PSA), Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr. Ellen Braaten describe the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and explain how parents can help kids […]

Coping With Disaster Fatigue: A Guide for Families

October 8, 2020

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Coping With Disaster Fatigue: A Guide for Families

Mother nature has not been easy on us, lately. We have shouldered one weather-related crisis after another. The United States has sustained a record number of extensive wildfires, tropical storms, derechos, and tornados. And these disasters do not include additional serious weather-related conditions, such as record-breaking heat, drought, floods, and prospective mud slides, often the […]

Social-Emotionally Supporting Your Child In a Pandemic School Year (Canada Talks Sirius XM)

September 17, 2020

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Social-Emotionally Supporting Your Child In a Pandemic School Year (Canada Talks Sirius XM)

Dr. Gene Beresin joined Matt Gurney on Mornings on Canada Talks, Sirius XM Canada Talks, on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.   Schools are opening up across Canada and the United States. Whether in-person or remote, parents have a lot of concerns for their kids this year, like coping with uncertainty and dealing with technical challenges. […]

Moving Towards Anti-Racism for Our Future Generations – Shrinking It Down

July 29, 2020

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Moving Towards Anti-Racism for Our Future Generations – Shrinking It Down

Tune in wherever you get your podcasts. Just search for “Shrinking It Down.” If you’re Black or Brown and growing up in America, it’s noticeable from a very young age that something feels off. That’s because, no matter where you go, there is a layered, structural unfairness that plays out. The harmful impact of this […]

Cómo ayudar a los jóvenes a sobrellevar el dolor y la pérdida durante COVID-19

July 28, 2020

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Cómo ayudar a los jóvenes a sobrellevar el dolor y la pérdida durante COVID-19

La nueva pandemia de coronavirus ha planteado una nueva forma de vida para todos nosotros. Más allá de las preocupaciones sobre el contagio, la prevención o la desaceleración de su propagación, y los temores de enfermedad y acceso a la atención médica, una cosa está clara. Todos enfrentamos dolor y pérdida. La mayor pérdida es […]

11 Consejos de Auto-Cuidado para Adolescentes y Adultos Jóvenes

July 27, 2020

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11 Consejos de Auto-Cuidado para Adolescentes y Adultos Jóvenes

Estrés. Los adolescentes y adultos jóvenes ahora están más estresados, ansiosos, deprimidos y solos que nunca – al menos en los Estados Unidos.  A primera vista, es difícil aceptar este hecho. “Es más fácil, muy más fácil para hablar con mi perro que hablando con mis padres o con mis amigos. Él me entiendes. Él […]

Cuando los adolescentes hablan de suicidio: lo que necesita saber

July 23, 2020

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Cuando los adolescentes hablan de suicidio: lo que necesita saber

Este es el tipo de llamada que recibimos con mucha frecuencia: Doctor, mi hijo dijo que ya no le importa vivir. Ha estado realmente molesto por un tiempo, y cuando su novia rompió las cosas, simplemente se apagó. No hace falta decir que situaciones como esta son terriblemente aterradoras para los padres. Los niños rompen […]