Articles by Steven Schlozman, M.D.

Steven Schlozman, M.D. is associate 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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Short Days, Bad Moods

January 4, 2018

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Tomorrow, it could get as low as four degrees in Boston.

Four degrees.

It’s hard to wrap your mind around four degrees.  Four degrees means that the steam rising from industrial chimneys looks frozen.  It means that geese are stuck in the river, their feet trapped under the ice.

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The Flaw In Our New Year’s Resolutions: A Few Tips For Focusing On The Positive

January 1, 2018

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There’s this guy Sisyphus.

I feel like he invented the New Year’s resolution.

You know Sisyphus—he’s the guy who works so hard to push that stupid boulder up the hill, only to have it roll down again at the end of his hard work.

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The Psychological Gift Of Giving A Gift

December 6, 2017

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

The holidays are, alas, upon us.

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The Importance of Stories for Child Health

November 21, 2017

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Stories matter.

That’s not just an opinion.  That’s not an axiom or a homily or a saying or even a pithy bumper sticker slogan.

That’s a genuine biological imperative.

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How to Be “Smart” in the Time of Smartphones

November 2, 2017

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If you were born more than a couple of decades ago, the chances are pretty good that you’ll remember the family dinner where there were five conversations at once.

“I got a lousy grade in math today,” you might have said.

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How Scary Is Too Scary?

October 26, 2017

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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:

I’m 8 years old. I have, to my father’s delight, developed an affinity for the “creature-features” that appear on the old UHF stations every Saturday from 10 AM to noon.

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Did I Stutter?

October 19, 2017

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Do you remember what your mother used to say when you stopped, all of sudden, and yanked off your sneakers with a kind exaggerated urgency?  She’d wait to see what you were doing, and then when you turned that sneaker upside down and the teeny-tiny pebble fell out onto the sidewalk, she’d smile and tell you something about how the little th

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Embracing Reason in a World of (Expensive) Consumerism

October 17, 2017

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Let’s talk about stuff.

I’m not talking about the stuff we talk about when we say to each other “Hey, we got stuff to talk about.”

I mean, literally, stuff. 

I’m talking about stuff you can hold, stuff you can carry, stuff that you can tangibly use. Stuff that can, ultimately, cost a whole lot of money.

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Using the Power of Narrative to #StopSuicide

October 13, 2017

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Increasing public awareness of suicide is not an easy task. To truly grapple with the issue, we have to face some difficult and painful feelings. For these reasons, when we at the Clay Center collaborated to tell the true story of a young sophomore at Harvard named Luke, who tragically took his own life, we decided to turn to film.

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

October 10, 2017

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Today is World Mental Health Day.

I often find these kinds of distinctions a bit troublesome.

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