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Articles by Steven Schlozman, Co-Director

Steven Schlozman, M.D. is co-director of The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, and a staff child and adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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Coping With Holiday Stress

December 7, 2018

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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.

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Baby, It’s Gray Outside: Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder

November 30, 2018

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About that time when the last of the Halloween candy disappears, some of us start to feel down.

When the leaves surrender their homes and the trees become stark and bare as skeletons, we sense the coming apathy. When the whole world seems poised for an epic stillness… that’s when the predictable sluggishness of winter hits us hard.

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DMDD Versus Bipolar Disorder

November 15, 2018

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We’ve written about bipolar disorder before.

We’ve also written about the controversy surrounding the diagnosis.  Until about 25 years ago, most clinicians felt that bipolar disorder in children and adolescents was extremely rare.

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The World Series: A Metaphor For Life

October 25, 2018

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My kids roll their eyes when I tell them that being a sports fan is a lot like life. This is probably because I say it too much.

But just look at our rhetorical metaphors.

For football: “We went the whole nine yards.” Or “I didn’t have anything to lose, so I just tossed a Hail Mary.

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Five Parenting Rules for Coping with the Current Political Climate

October 23, 2018

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It’s not like we needed the recent supreme court hearings to know that things right now are super-tense.

Still, those hearings certainly didn’t help.

By my count, this is roughly the tenth time in the last three years I’ve been asked to write something about how parents can keep their heads in these trying political times.

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How Scary Is Too Scary?

October 18, 2018

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Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

Here is my most vivid memory of Halloween as a child:

I’m 8 years old.

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We’re All Connected: What To Think About On World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2018

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Today is World Mental Health Day.

I often find these kinds of distinctions a bit troublesome.

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10 Important Steps for Parenting Young Athletes

October 2, 2018

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Some parents on the sidelines at their children’s athletic events behave quite badly.

Also, the sun sets in the west.

In other words, the fact that parents get out of hand at their kids’ games isn’t exactly groundbreaking news.

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What Do I Do If My Child Is Bullied?

September 26, 2018

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Here’s a weird fact.

Until about six or seven years ago, the term “bullying” was pretty much absent from everyday use.  In fact, six or seven years ago, if you had asked someone to define “bullying,” they’d probably tell you that the word itself was both old and old-fashioned.

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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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