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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How to Talk to Your Little Ones About Terrorism

September 11, 2018

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After September 11, 2001, lots of little kids across the nation asked some variation of the same question:

“Mommy, why did the bad guys attack us?”

Kids tend to look for patterns, especially when they’re frightened, so some kids likely took this inquiry even a step further:

“Daddy, why do the bad guys hate us?”

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What Families Should Know About Suicide

August 31, 2018

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Many families are growing more concerned about suicide, especially among young people. Yet, suicide is often preventable when family members, friends, and communities learn how to recognize warning signs and connect those who are struggling with help.

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The Bullying Paradigm

August 23, 2018

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What is bullying?

Most of us have a sense of what it is, but there actually isn’t a clear definition of bullying.

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What Parents Can Do to Promote Mental Wellness in Our Children

August 20, 2018

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Parents are the true experts when it comes to knowing their children, and often the first to notice any changes in their kids’ behavior:

Colin was a happy youngster. He had friends, did well in school, and got along with his siblings and parents at home. But in recent months, mom noticed that Colin seemed more distant.

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Teaching for the Test or Teaching for Real Life?

August 11, 2018

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I have never been good at standardized tests. In fact, I’m horrible.

The problem is that in standardized tests, as opposed to general knowledge or understanding of a particular problem, you need to know what the specific question is looking for. But I just don’t think that way. I overthink every question.

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Another Shooting – An Important Moment to Comfort and Talk With Our Kids

July 8, 2018

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Perhaps the hardest, certainly the saddest, and without question the most frustrating thing about sharing this blog post is that we have shared it now again and again over the past few years. Please do not allow the frequency of events like today’s awful news to ever seem routine.

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Shrinking It Down: When Nightmares Become Reality in the U.S. (Special Episode)

June 22, 2018

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In research that’s been done about kids’ fears, the most frightening thing is losing or being left without a parent.

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The Immediacy of Digital Media: For Better or Worse?

May 29, 2018

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It was Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts.

I was meeting with a film maker about a possible collaboration on a documentary. We were interested in the impact of digital media on youth.

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When Survival is Not at Stake: Explaining the Mystery of Panic Disorder

April 25, 2018

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Imagine you’re crossing a street and are almost hit by a massive Mack® truck.

You jump out of the way. Your heart is racing and pounding, you’re sweating, trembling, hyperventilating, and short of breath. You feel a pit in your stomach, nausea, choking, and tightness in your chest. Your fingers and toes are tingling.

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