Articles containing: depression

What is Emotional Eating?

February 26, 2018


I love watching football.

When I was watching the playoffs this year, it was obvious that some ads were really overrepresented – those promoting comfort food and alcohol (mostly beer). And they’re super compelling. I tend to eat healthy, organic food.

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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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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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What Is An Adjustment Disorder?

October 26, 2017


My friend Samantha called me in a panic.  Her 8-year-old daughter, Lindsey, was struggling with the fact that her parents were getting divorced.  There had been a lot of conflict in the marriage.  Samantha’s ex-husband was an alcoholic and, though he was receiving treatment, he had been frequently unemployed.

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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


Today is World Mental Health Day.

I often find these kinds of distinctions a bit troublesome.

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When Teens Talk Of Suicide: What You Need To Know

September 11, 2017

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Here’s the kind of call we get all too frequently:

Doctor, my son said he just doesn’t care about living anymore. He’s been really upset for a while, and when his girlfriend broke things off, he just shut down.

Needless to say, situations like this are terribly frightening for parents.

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What Do I Do If My Child Is Bullied?

August 15, 2017


Here’s a weird fact.

Until about six or seven years ago, the term “bullying” was pretty much absent from everyday use.  In fact, six or seven years ago, if you had asked someone to define “bullying,” they’d probably tell you that the word itself was both old and old-fashioned.

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“Reasons” To Keep The Conversations Going

May 4, 2017


Today is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, and one mental health topic that’s been on the mind of many parents, caregivers, clinicians, and educators lately is the Netflix TV series, 13 Reasons Why.

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Why Can’t We Budge The Tide Of Teen Depression?

April 3, 2017


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


When I was a teenager, one of my buddies called me out for my rejection of tobacco.

“That stuff’ll kill you,” I said to my friend as he lit up his cigarette.  “My dad’s a lung doctor.

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