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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Are ER Visits the Answer to Mental Health Issues at School?

September 4, 2019

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Are ER Visits the Answer to Mental Health Issues at School?

Anyone who works in a school can tell you that mental health concerns are an integral part of their job. After all, students need to be at their emotional best in order to perform at their scholastic best. There may be exceptions, but the general rule of thumb is that healthy kids are the best students. Similarly, any mental health professional can tell you that […]

Helping Kids Fit In At School

August 15, 2019

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Helping Kids Fit In At School

For a good part of third grade, I sat by myself in the school cafeteria during lunch. I don’t exactly recall feeling lonely during those isolating moments with my peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich, but I certainly feel sad as I look back today. I just didn’t fit in—and that’s a truly awful feeling. I think, since I […]

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 […]

Exploring Gender Dysphoria

May 28, 2019

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Exploring Gender Dysphoria

Note: On May 25, 2019, the World Health Organization approved revisions to the 11th edition of its Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) to move gender incongruence out of mental disorders and into sexual health conditions. The rationale being that while evidence is now clear that it is not a mental disorder, and indeed classifying it in […]

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 […]

The Senior Prom: A Joyous Rite Of Passage Or Nightmare For Parents?

May 13, 2019

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The Senior Prom: A Joyous Rite Of Passage Or Nightmare For Parents?

Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin. Outro music performed by Dr. Gene Beresin. It’s the weekend before your kid’s senior prom. You and your wife are having a typical evening at home, perhaps watching a movie with your youngest daughter. And, there’s a kind of tense silence you remember all too well. […]

Could Screen-Free Week Backfire? Finding The Middle Ground

April 26, 2019

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Could Screen-Free Week Backfire? Finding The Middle Ground

We are now in what I believe is the 19th annual “Screen-Free Week” in the United States and abroad. This is a much publicized and highly laudable movement that asks us to take a week—an entire week—to get our children to unplug whatever they happen to own with a screen. And don’t get cute here; if […]

What If My Child Has A Drinking Problem?

April 4, 2019

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What If My Child Has A Drinking Problem?

By far, the most commonly misused drug among teens is alcohol.  This makes sense, as alcohol is legally available throughout the United States, it’s heavily advertised and glorified in the media, and frequently used in celebratory activities.  The effects of alcohol in terms of reducing inhibition are quite real.  Many parents will have a drink […]

Sleep: Let’s Talk About Older Kids and Teens

March 7, 2019

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Sleep: Let’s Talk About Older Kids and Teens

Some kids sleep fine, and some kids don’t. That’s a good place to start when you think about sleep problems and kids. According to a good deal of research, kids who continuously sleep well, often do so from very early in their lives. These are the kids with parents who look inexplicably rested despite having […]

Food and Behavior – It’s Complicated

March 5, 2019

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Food and Behavior – It’s Complicated

In the days leading up to Halloween or Christmas or Valentine’s Day, teachers and parents often wring their hands. Kids seem rambunctious and gleefully hyperactive. The amount of sugar these kids consume is remarkable. The combination of how they seem to behave and the different kinds of things they eat during these festive days leads adults to shake their heads and to draw specific conclusions. “All that candy,” […]