Steven Schlozman, M.D., Author at MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

Articles by Steven Schlozman, M.D.

Steven Schlozman, M.D. an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS), course director of the psychopathology class for the MIT-HMS Program in Health, Sciences and Technology, and former co-director of the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds. Dr. Schlozman has been involved in national efforts to increase recruitment into psychiatry and to decrease stigma with regard to psychiatric illness, and is particularly interested in the power of stories and narratives to help people to understand mental health issues. He has been the keynote speaker for the International Health Humanities Conference and has lectured internationally about the importance of stories in the practice of medicine. In keeping with his love of narrative, he writes short fiction, and has published two novels. His first novel, The Zombie Autopsies, was optioned for film adaptation by the late George Romero, creator of Night of the Living Dead. At the undergraduate level, Dr. Schlozman teaches a freshman seminar at Harvard University that focuses on horror and thrillers in literature and film.

Second Generation Antipsychotic Medications: An Overview

September 30, 2020

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Second Generation Antipsychotic Medications: An Overview

As child psychiatrists, we prescribe medications. As medicines go, perhaps none are more controversial than the use of second generation antipsychotics. For at least the last 15 years, concerns about these particular medications have characterized a good part of any discourse I’ve had with parents in the office or on the lecture circuit. These medicines […]

Cuando los adolescentes hablan de suicidio: lo que necesita saber

July 23, 2020

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Cuando los adolescentes hablan de suicidio: lo que necesita saber

Este es el tipo de llamada que recibimos con mucha frecuencia: Doctor, mi hijo dijo que ya no le importa vivir. Ha estado realmente molesto por un tiempo, y cuando su novia rompió las cosas, simplemente se apagó. No hace falta decir que situaciones como esta son terriblemente aterradoras para los padres. Los niños rompen […]

¿Qué Hago Si Mi hijo Es Acosado (Le Hacen “Bullying”)?

June 26, 2020

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¿Qué Hago Si Mi hijo Es Acosado (Le Hacen “Bullying”)?

Hasta hace unos seis o siete años, el término “bullying” estaba prácticamente ausente de nuestro vocabulario diario. De hecho, hace seis o siete años, si uno le hubiera pedido a alguien que definiera “acoso”, probablemente le hubieran dicho que la palabra en sí era antigua y pasada de moda. Evocaba recuerdos de parques infantiles donde […]

¿Qué pasa si mi hijo tiene depresión?

May 4, 2020

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¿Qué pasa si mi hijo tiene depresión?

“Depresión” es un término complicado. Al igual que muchos diagnósticos en psiquiatría, la palabra “depresión” tiene usos comunes y específicos. Los niños pueden quejarse de “sentirse deprimidos” después de una ruptura romántica, o después de no ser elegidos para formar parte del equipo escolar, pero tienden a salir del caos en el que se encuentran […]

Bipolar Disorder and The Arts: Mark Vonnegut’s Story

April 7, 2020

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Bipolar Disorder and The Arts: Mark Vonnegut’s Story

Despite our growing awareness of mental health conditions, the relationship between creativity and mental illness is often misunderstood. In this Parent Strategy Announcement (PSA), Dr. Mark Vonnegut discusses how art helped him to overcome his own mental health challenges, and why mental illness doesn’t have to be a barrier to achievement and creativity. Watch our […]

The Importance of Sleep

March 12, 2020

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The Importance of Sleep

It’s important for kids to get enough sleep, and experts recommend eight to ten hours each night. But most kids struggle to reach that due to busy schedules and digital distractions. In this Parent Strategy Announcement (PSA), Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr. Steven Schlozman discuss the benefits of sleep and offer strategies to help kids […]

Breaking News and Kids

March 5, 2020

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Breaking News and Kids

During times of “breaking news” coverage we’re all drawn to our TVs, phones, and computers for information. But breaking news can include disturbing themes and content, including violence, natural disasters, abuse, and more. The big headlines today also seem to be more frequent, which can add to our stress levels. What can parents do to […]

The Trauma of Teenage Breakups

February 12, 2020

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The Trauma of Teenage Breakups

When you’re 17 years old, breaking up with someone really, really hurts. Yeah, that’s a cliché. So much so that almost every adult can think of a favorite popular culture reference to this particular kind of pain. My personal favorite occurs at the heartbreaking beginning of Nick Hornby’s novel, High Fidelity. You can watch John […]

Nature Versus Nurture, featuring Jordan Smoller, MD ScD – Shrinking It Down

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Nature Versus Nurture, featuring Jordan Smoller, MD ScD – Shrinking It Down

Many parents worry that their own or a family member’s mental health disorder destine their children to struggle in the same way. But, while many psychiatric disorders do run in families to some extent, so do lots of things! Right down to food preferences and professions. So, how much do genes have to do with […]

The Crying Toddler

February 7, 2020

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The Crying Toddler

There are lots of hard things about being a toddler. It’s hard being tiny.  It’s hard falling down all the time.  And, it’s hard when you’re a 3-year-old who knows what you want, but somehow no one else does. In fact, even if the adults in your life do figure out why you’re upset, they […]