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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Managing Sibling Conflicts: The Obvious and Hidden Battles

April 24, 2019

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Managing Sibling Conflicts: The Obvious and Hidden Battles

A lot has been written on sibling rivalry, particularly about name calling, arguing, provoking, physical fighting, and other forms of overt hostility. Almost every article suggests that this is inevitable and normal. In drawing comparisons, writers often reference the animal kingdom – baby birds throwing weaker siblings out of the nest, carnivores snatching a sibling’s […]

9 Tips to Help Toddlers to Sleep On Their Own (and Enjoy Being Alone)

March 6, 2019

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9 Tips to Help Toddlers to Sleep On Their Own (and Enjoy Being Alone)

Recently, I was teaching a seminar for child psychiatry fellows on the topic of Donald Winnicott’s Theory of Emotional Development. About a third of the group had young children. Winnicott is less known by many parents. As a pediatrician, and later a child developmentalist, he was the first to describe some things we all appreciate: […]

Oscars Special – Shrinking It Down

February 22, 2019

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Oscars Special – Shrinking It Down

You can also subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn, SoundCloud, and most podcast apps – just search for “Shrinking It Down”.  Why on earth are two child psychiatrists talking about the 2019 Academy Awards? It’s not just for fun, even though it’s fun, too. But, rather, because there is so much in this year’s nominated films […]

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

February 8, 2019

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

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. The statistics that we share are […]

Living With Technology – Shrinking It Down

December 10, 2018

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Living With Technology – Shrinking It Down

Technology. Some days it feels like we can’t live with it, but in today’s world we certainly can’t live without it. And what’s the mental health impact on our kids and teens who seem consumed by their smartphones and other digital media 24/7? The short answer is: It’s a gray area. There are both pros […]

Coping With Holiday Stress

December 7, 2018

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Coping With Holiday Stress

Let’s just paint a little picture. It’s a picture we already know pretty well, but still every year it seems to take many of us by irritable surprise. It’s cold outside. The wind makes it worse, and the little ribbon that your kid tied on your car antenna to signify the first day of school […]

Q+A: Once You Have Discovered Your Teen is Using Pot, What’s the Next Step?

November 12, 2018

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Q+A: Once You Have Discovered Your Teen is Using Pot, What’s the Next Step?

Once you have discovered your teen is using pot and confronted the teenager about it, what’s your recommended next step? – Lori W., Facebook It’s not unusual to find out one way or another that your teenager is using a substance. The most common ones are alcohol or marijuana. While this question is about pot, let’s […]

Gaming Disorder: Is It a Real Illness?

October 9, 2018

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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 […]

Sexual Assault: How to Talk With Your Kids

September 28, 2018

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Sexual Assault: How to Talk With Your Kids

As a father of four children and grandfather of four, I was personally shaken by the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford yesterday. I thought about my kids growing up, and what they might have experienced or observed and never told me, my wife, or anyone. Last night I had a hard time sleeping. As […]

How to Talk to Your Little Ones About Terrorism

September 11, 2018

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How to Talk to Your Little Ones About Terrorism

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?” […]