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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9 Ways to Know If Your Child’s Mental Health Clinician Is Right for Them

November 6, 2019

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9 Ways to Know If Your Child’s Mental Health Clinician Is Right for Them

As parents, we all want the very best for our kids – the best teachers, coaches, and health professionals, among others. About one in five of our children, teenagers, and young adults will experience a mental health issue and ideally receive mental health care. I say “ideally” because there is a huge shortage of mental […]

The Loneliest Generation: What’s Up With Gen Z? – Shrinking It Down

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The Loneliest Generation: What’s Up With Gen Z? – Shrinking It Down

Tune in wherever you get your podcasts – just search for “Shrinking It Down”!   Data suggest that Generation Z, the teens and young adults coming of age right now, feels lonelier than any other age group. But we don’t know why. Is it a symptom of digital and social media or the hyper-scheduling of […]

Borderline Personality Disorder: A Case of Suffering, Drama and Hope

October 30, 2019

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Borderline Personality Disorder: A Case of Suffering, Drama and Hope

There’s an understandable tendency to portray Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in films. Silver Linings Playbook, Fatal Attraction, and Girl Interrupted are just a few.  It makes sense. High drama, stormy interpersonal relationships, drugs, sex, self-destruction – what could be more compelling?   But for the individual and their family, Borderline Personality is never merely the stuff of […]

What Is a Personality Disorder?

October 2, 2019

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What Is a Personality Disorder?

I’ve always had a problem with the label “personality disorder,” and so have many of my patients. I think it’s because we typically associate “personality” with a “person,” so the term seems to suggest that there’s something wrong with the human being. But short of reinventing a better name for it, let’s define what this term means and try to understand it in a more meaningful and […]

When Kids Talk of Suicide – Shrinking It Down

September 25, 2019

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When Kids Talk of Suicide – Shrinking It Down

Tune in wherever you get your podcasts – just search for “Shrinking It Down.” As the summer fades and we move into Autumn, activities in our lives start to build up and so can the stress. Perhaps this is one reason that September is national Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. It’s an unsettling topic, but in […]

Why Chores Are Important for Kids

August 7, 2019

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Why Chores Are Important for Kids

Chores. We all remember them. Some were associated with allowance, others simply mandatory. For many kids, and I bet for most of us, they were often an intrusion on other more important things to do. As a parent, I’m sure you’ve asked (hopefully without screaming), “Did you take out the trash and clean your room?” […]

Why Are Teens So Lonely and What Can They Do to Combat Loneliness?

July 16, 2019

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Why Are Teens So Lonely and What Can They Do to Combat Loneliness?

It seems the opposite of what most folks would think, but more and more surveys are finding that teenagers and young adults today may be lonelier than any other age group – even older adults. If young people are in high school or college, around friends, playing sports, or at home with family, it just […]

Summer Challenge: Come Together for Mental Health – Shrinking It Down

June 5, 2019

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Summer Challenge: Come Together for Mental Health – Shrinking It Down

Tune in wherever you get your podcasts – just search for “Shrinking It Down.” We shouldn’t need science to tell us that getting together with other people is beneficial. Still, the science is pretty fascinating, and in the data-driven age in which we live, knowledge is power! In this episode, Steve and Gene dig into […]

Gaming Disorder: Is It a Real Illness?

May 28, 2019

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Gaming Disorder: Is It a Real Illness?

“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 […]

Illuminating Mental Health Through Art – Shrinking It Down

May 22, 2019

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Illuminating Mental Health Through Art – Shrinking It Down

Tune in wherever you get your podcasts – just search for “Shrinking It Down.” At the Clay Center, we often stress the importance of creativity for supporting healthy youth development and community relationships. So, we’re thrilled to have socially engaged multimedia artist Elisa H. Hamilton join Gene and Steve in today’s episode! Elisa is a visiting artist with the […]