Medications: For Better or Worse? featuring Timothy Wilens, MD – Shrinking It Down | MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

Medications: For Better or Worse? featuring Timothy Wilens, MD – Shrinking It Down

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Topics: ADHD, Mental Illness + Psychiatric Disorders

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Many parents of kids struggling with a mental health issue have concerns – even fears – about medication as a part of treatment. Will it help? Will it hurt? What are the side effects? Today, Dr. Tim Wilens, chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, joins Gene and Ellen to talk about prescribed medications, and other substances used recreationally to ease symptoms: How they can help, how they can harm, and how to know when medication should be considered for your child or teen. Plus, a closer look at medications for treating ADHD. 

Thank you for joining in this conversation. Have a question or comment about medications and mental health? Write to us! 

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Episode produced by Sara Rattigan
Music by Gene Beresin
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Gene Beresin

Gene Beresin, Executive Director

Gene Beresin, M.D. is executive director of The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, and a staff child and adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also a ...

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Ellen Braaten, PhD

Ellen Braaten, PhD

Ellen Braaten, PhD, is executive director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at  Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, and former co-director for the MGH Clay Cente...

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Tim Wilens, M.D.

Tim Wilens, M.D.

Tim Wilens, M.D. is director of Substance Abuse Services in the Clinical and Research Program in Pediatric Psychopharmacology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Wilens' re...

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