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Shrinking It Down: Is Age 27 the New 18? (Season 1, Episode 10)

March 21, 2018


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Does turning 18 mark the start of adulthood, or is this milestone simply a cultural construct? These days, researchers say that legal adolescence should continue into the mid-20s.

In this episode of Shrinking It Down, Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr.

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Two Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists Weigh in on Netflix’s ‘To The Bone’: A Missed Opportunity to Understand Anorexia

February 25, 2018


Co-authored by Gene Beresin, MD

As child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrists we have eagerly been awaiting Netflix’s release of To The Bone.  It seems intended to significantly raise awareness, educate viewers and open conversations about these severe psychiatric disorders.

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Why Activism Is Good For Teens — And The Country

February 24, 2018


When I was a ninth grader in 1964, I was suspended from school for selling peace buttons for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

I was a tad anxious about how my mom would react, but when I came home that morning, she was beaming.

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Another Shooting – An Important Moment to Comfort and Talk With Our Kids

February 15, 2018


Perhaps the hardest, certainly the saddest, and without question the most frustrating thing about sharing this post is that we have shared it now again and again over the past few years. Please do not allow the frequency of events like yesterday’s awful news to ever seem routine.

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The Psychological Effects of the Flu

February 2, 2018


I call my mom once or twice a week to check in. When I called her yesterday, she took a second or two longer to speak than usual. Then, when she did speak, she sounded pretty awful.

“Welcome,” she whispered,

<raspy breath>

“To the house,”

<cough, wheeze>

“Of pesti—<cough>—lence.

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There Are All Sorts of Ways of Making Things Better

January 26, 2018


Things might seem kind of awful lately.

Every news headline, from every corner of American ideology, feels pretty depressing.  We are subjected to nihilistic rants or apocalyptic predictions.  When do we smile? When our late-night talk-show hosts use our negativity for comedic material.  I’ll admit it.

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Short Days, Bad Moods

January 4, 2018


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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3 Ideas For New Year’s Resolutions from Former Boston Celtic Brandon Bass

December 26, 2017


If you’re looking for inspiration or ideas for how you can become a better parent in 2014, look no further. After reading a Boston Herald article (and accompanying video) about former Boston Celtics player Brandon Bass, we were compelled to share some of the wisdom we gleaned from Mr. Bass’ story.

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Kindness And Empathy In The Face of Terror: Lessons From Our Children

December 14, 2017


In the immediate days following the Marathon Bombing on April 15, 2013, I, like thousands of others in our community, was moved to seek some way to be of help.

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