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

November 6, 2019

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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 […]

Stay In Shape: Kids’ Bodies Feed Their Minds – Shrinking It Down

October 23, 2019

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Stay In Shape: Kids’ Bodies Feed Their Minds – Shrinking It Down

How can we guide children to healthfully navigate food, fitness, sleep, and more (especially when Takis® taste so much better than eggs for breakfast)? These aren’t just important for physical health but mental health, as well. The MGH Stay In Shape Program for elementary and middle school students, going on 20 years strong, is one solution that’s benefited several communities in Massachusetts. In today’s episode, special guest Ming Sun, MCHES, of MGH Community Health Associates, joins host Steve Schlozman, MD to share more about Stay In Shape – including strategies to help kids set […]

Anxiety to Agency: Empowering Kids to Address Climate Change

October 16, 2019

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Anxiety to Agency: Empowering Kids to Address Climate Change

Somewhere around last few years, I started fielding questions about climate change in my work as a child psychiatrist.  “Have you seen the Mad Max movies?” kids would ask. “I mean, that’s where we’re heading.”  Unlike other references to much–loved dystopian pop culture references, these comments had not an ounce of wistfulness to them. No one among my patients is longing for the opportunity to live like Mad Max, driving […]

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 […]

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. […]