Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple

Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple

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(because mental health is anything but simple)


Summer Challenge: Come Together for Mental Wellness
Jun 5 • 27 min
We shouldn’t need science to tell us that getting together with other people is beneficial. Still, the science is pretty fascinating, and in the data-driven age in which we live, knowledge is power! In this episode, Steve and Gene dig into the biology and…
Tune in next week!
May 31 • 0 min
Gene and Steve will be back next week with our last episode of the season. And we have a community challenge for you all - be sure to tune in!
Illuminating Mental Health Through Art, featuring Elisa H. Hamilton
May 22 • 26 min
At the Clay Center, we often stress the importance of creativity for supporting healthy youth development and community relationships. So, we’re thrilled to have socially engaged multimedia artist Elisa H. Hamilton join Gene and Steve in today’s episode!…
Self-Care for Resilience
May 6 • 25 min
Did you know Ellen enjoys boxing for self-care, and that Gene depends on daily interactions with his dog, Bear? This week is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week! What better way to celebrate than by focusing on self-care, and on building resilience in…
Understanding ADHD
Apr 24 • 24 min
We all get distracted and disorganized. Today, it seems more than ever with digital media consuming our lives. We bet you’ve even wondered, at some point in your life, whether you might have ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Heck – do we…
It’s the Time of the Season for… Mental Illness
Apr 18 • 23 min
Flowers are blooming. People are smiling. On the surface, it seems like spring is the sweetest season of all. And while it is rejuvenating and joyful in many ways, it’s also associated with the highest rates of psychiatric issues. Gene and Steve take a…
We’ll be back next week!
Apr 12 • 1 min
We’ll be back next week with new episodes! Dr. Gene Beresin shares a glimpse of the topics to come, including ADHD, self-care, and more. Stay tuned…
Discipline and Punishment
Mar 27 • 23 min
It’s not the most fun part of the job, but parents know they have a responsibility to discipline their kids when they do something that’s not right – stealing, hitting, staying out past curfew. But how do you make the punishment fit the crime, and help…
Admissions Scandal, College Pressure, and Mental Health
Mar 20 • 37 min
On today’s show, Dr. Ellen Braaten joins Gene and Steve to think deeper about our American culture that’s contributed to issues like the recent college admissions scandal, and also less extreme (and less fraudulent) measures we take to ensure our kids…
Cannabis and the Teen Brain
Mar 6 • 32 min
Welcome to today’s “pot-cast”! Marijuana is on everyone’s mind, especially the parents of tweens and teens, as it becomes legal in more states – not just for medicinal use, but for recreation. We’ve learned from alcohol that teens are going to have easier…
Oscars Special!
Feb 22 • 18 min
* Want the visuals to go with the talk? Watch this special episode on YouTube *Why on earth are two child psychiatrists talking about the 2019 Academy Awards? It’s not just for fun, even though it’s fun, too. But, rather, because there is so much in this…
Surviving Tantrums with Toddlers, featuring Rebecca Schrag Hershberg, Ph.D.
Feb 13 • 32 min
Almost every parent has been there. Whether your child is age two or twenty-two, we’re all familiar with the “T” word. Out-of-control meltdowns on the way to school, embarrassing moments in the supermarket. Tantrums can feel like a nightmare. But…
Sex and the Teenage Brain, with Ellen Braaten, Ph.D.
Feb 7 • 35 min
Sex. Is there anything else in the teenage brain? It’s a wonder they make it through school once puberty hits! We’ll be honest, we didn’t know what direction this conversation would take (yikes), but it turned out a great example of how talking helps us…
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, featuring Susan Sprich, Ph.D.
Jan 23 • 30 min
Did you know that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most evidence-based psychosocial treatments we have for mental health issues? Today, its use goes beyond treatment for anxiety disorders and depression to application for a wide range of…
New Year’s Evolution
Jan 9 • 24 min
What’s the difference between a “resolution” and an “evolution”? In the context of New Year’s, even though they begin with the best intentions, resolutions often come with a lot of pressure to follow through. But an evolution allows you to grow and adapt…
Home for the Holidays
Dec 18, 2018 • 25 min
Here we are, in the peak of the holiday season. Do you feel joyful? Do you feel down? Are you simply overwhelmed? Whatever it is you’re feeling, it’s okay, and we guarantee you’re not alone. The holidays mean different things for different folks and…
Coping with the Wintertime Blahs
Dec 5, 2018 • 22 min
It’s cold. It’s gray. It’s dark. This time of year, a lot of folks feel pretty blah. And not just those with depression or other mental health disorders. It can affect anyone. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real thing. But if you don’t like the…
Changeable, featuring J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D.
Nov 21, 2018 • 23 min
Rewards. Punishments. Incentives. What parent hasn’t used one or all of these when trying to navigate challenging behavior in their kids? These might be great strategies when the root of the problem is a lack of motivation. But in reality, that’s not…
Gaming Disorder
Nov 8, 2018 • 23 min
“I couldn’t get off the computer ‘cause I was about to kill that final thing in ‘Call of Duty’ and if I didn’t kill it I’d have to fight it all over again and it just isn’t worth my time!”Who doesn’t love a good video game? Whether it’s Fortnite or Candy…
Our Greatest Strengths, Part 2
Oct 25, 2018 • 14 min
At the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, we think a lot about helping kids as they’re growing up with all sorts of challenges. Most families will experience some kind of challenge along the road of life, whether behavioral, psychiatric, chronic, or…
The Death of a Pet
Oct 10, 2018 • 19 min
Last season, we talked about the benefits of pets for our kids’ mental health. That unconditional love helps our children build skills and navigate important life lessons. What we don’t tend to think about, though, is that one day our pets will be gone.…
When Nightmares Become Reality in the U.S. (Special Episode)
Jun 22, 2018 • 25 min
In research that’s been done about kids’ fears, one of the most frightening things is losing or being left without a parent.Through the events at the U.S. southern border over the past weeks, we have watched migrant children live out their worst…
Season Finale: Our Greatest Strengths (S1, Ep 16)
Jun 14, 2018 • 21 min
Did you know that Dr. Ellen Braaten has a mild form of dyslexia and had to work really hard at reading when she was a child? Did you know that Dr. Gene Beresin has always struggled with math?We all have challenges. We all have differences. But some of us…
Beyond High School (S1, Ep 15)
May 30, 2018 • 24 min
Did you know that many young people forego college and go into the workforce after high school? In fact, going to college right away has declined to 66% of high school grads, in recent years, and only 46% of those under age 30 complete an associates…
Kids, Marches, and the Media (S1 Ep 14)
May 16, 2018 • 20 min
Recently, youth-driven marches such as ‘March for Our Lives’ have received extensive media coverage. While many kids and teens are participating in these marches, what happens to those who want a different outlet? Have adults pressured youth into…
Navigating the System (S1 Ep13)
May 2, 2018 • 15 min
We’re not going to pretend it isn’t so. If you’re seeking mental or behavioral health services for your child, it can be tricky and frustrating trying to navigate the system. But resources are available.In this episode of Shrinking It Down, Dr. Ellen…
Creativity Gives Our Brains a Boost
Apr 18, 2018 • 17 min
Is creativity important for human relationships? We don’t just think so, we know it! Think about it, yourself: What does it mean when you watch a movie with family or create music with friends?On this episode of Shrinking It Down, Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr.…
Autism Spectrum Disorder (S1 Ep 11)
Apr 4, 2018 • 22 min
A lot has changed over the years in the diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), including that we’re getting better at understanding how to recognize it early in kids. And the earlier treatment starts, the more beneficial and effective…
Is Age 27 the New 18? (S1 Ep 10)
Mar 21, 2018 • 16 min
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. Steve…
Hope Beyond Anorexia (S1 Ep9)
Mar 7, 2018 • 24 min
At 14 years old, in the 1980s, Kathleen began seeing Dr. Beresin, an experienced clinician with expertise in eating disorders. Though eating disorders can be potentially deadly, over many years of working on it, Kathleen conquered her anorexia nervosa.In…
Emotional Eating (S1 Ep8)
Feb 21, 2018 • 21 min
Emotional eating occurs when we use food as a coping mechanism to deal with the stresses in life. Oftentimes, feelings of shame and regret follow patterns of emotional eating.Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr. Steve Schlozman break down what emotional eating is,…
Loving Relationships (S1 Ep7)
Feb 7, 2018 • 22 min
While relationships with family, friends, and even pets can be challenging, learning how to balance our needs with the needs of others can lead to meaningful, loving relationships.Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr. Steve Schlozman are joined by Dr. Ellen Braaten to…
Political Angst In America? (S1 Ep6)
Jan 24, 2018 • 29 min
According to a 2017 report by the American Psychological Association, 2/3 of Americans feel stressed about the future of our nation, including a majority of each Democrats and Republicans. But who needs a survey to point that out – even our kids can tell…
Films That Heal, featuring Eric I. Lu (S1 Ep5)
Jan 10, 2018 • 25 min
Films foster empathy and can even promote social action. Sharing stories of mental health through video allows viewers to deeply connect with storytellers. When we watch and listen to stories, we begin to expand our own perspectives and understand the…
The Importance of Pets for Mental Health (S1 Ep4)
Dec 27, 2017 • 19 min
Whether they have fur, scales, tail or no tail, pets can improve the mental and emotional health of children, teens, and our entire families. They love us unconditionally through hard life lessons. It’s no wonder we love them, too!Today, Dr. Gene Beresin…
Divisiveness During the Holidays in Front of Our Kids (S1 Ep3)
Dec 13, 2017 • 18 min
Differing viewpoints, feelings of frustration. We’re all constantly on edge today, and families can be home to a wide range of beliefs, which only adds stress to “together” time. But who has the energy for negativity? And what message are we sending to…
Does My Child Need to See a Therapist? (S1 Ep2)
Nov 29, 2017 • 28 min
In today’s episode, Dr. Ellen Braaten, psychologist and associate director of the Clay Center, joins co-hosts Beresin and Schlozman to address common questions parents have when they notice changes or differences in their kids’ behavior: Is this typical?…
A New Season & New Conversations: Can Kids Get Mental Illness? (S1 Ep1)
Nov 14, 2017 • 14 min
Mental health made simple? Who are we kidding? It can be really complicated. Just take a look at our short film, “Can Kids Get Mental Illness?”: https://youtu.be/halx1H-mvnw But openly talking about the challenges we face — from mental, to behavioral, to…
Processing the Manchester Terror Attack
May 26, 2017 • 20 min
Dr. Ellen Braaten joins Gene and Steve today to process the recent terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert, as both shrinks and parents. This attack felt different from others because it targeted kids. Join as they share different points of view on how…
Teen Suicide in the United States
Mar 17, 2017 • 20 min
Today, Gene and Steve talk about a really difficult and in many ways scary topic: Teen suicide. Suicide rates are on the rise for the entire US population. It’s currently the 2nd leading cause of death among 18-26 year olds & 3rd leading cause for 15-18…
Addiction Free Futures Project - Conversations With Youth
Mar 1, 2017 • 22 min
Gene welcomes members from Addiction Free Futures Project to discuss some of their latest initiatives related to Screening, Brief intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), tools for prevention of substance use by youth and for identifying substance…
The College Mental Health Crisis
Feb 7, 2017 • 19 min
Drs. Gene Beresin and Steve Schlozman discuss the growing concerns around the mental health of our teens and young adults in college today.Read the accompanying blog post here:http://www.mghclaycenter.org/parenting-concerns/6752/
The Importance Of Civility In Today’s Political Climate
Nov 7, 2016 • 16 min
Gene and Steve discuss the seeming decrease in civility that has characterized our political discourses over the past months and has also become pervasive throughout our entire culture – not just in politics.Check out the accompanying blog on our website:…
Raising Moral Children
Mar 31, 2016 • 16 min
Gene and Steve get more abstract in today’s topic as they discuss ethics and morality and how we get kids to think in ways that we’ll be proud of, and ways that they’ll be proud of later on in life.Check out the accompanying blog on our website:…
Grace’s Story: Living With A Chronic Medical Illness
Feb 24, 2016 • 16 min
Gene and Steve welcome a special guest,Grace, to talk about a really complicated topic: When you have a chronic medical illness on top of the already challenging experience that is life as a teenager. Check out the accompanying blog on our website:…
Leaving Home - A Student’s Perspective
Jan 22, 2016 • 24 min
Gene and Steve welcome special guests Ellen Braaten, PhD and her son, to talk about what is it like for kids and young adults to go off to college or work. What are the stresses and struggles, along with the joys and positive things that happen?Check out…
The Psychological Gift Of Giving A Gift
Dec 21, 2015 • 12 min
Gene and Steve focus in on the roles of giving and receiving. Check out the accompanying blog on our website: http://www.mghclaycenter.org/parenting-concerns/families/the-psychological-gift-of-giving-a-gift/
Home Is Where The Heart Is: Thinking About Homeless Children In The Classroom
Dec 10, 2015 • 27 min
In this third podcast on the Lesley University Child Homelessness Initiative, Gene and Steve welcome a Massachusetts teacher and the mother of one of her students who had a period of homelessness, to discuss the ins and outs of homelessness, its impact on…
Are You Afraid Of The Dark? A Look At Specific Phobias
Oct 13, 2015 • 14 min
We all have fears – some hardwired in survival, some based on traumatic events, and some a little less rational – that is, phobias. Phobias tend to be persistent, resistant to reassurance, last from 6 months to 20 years. Gene and Steve delve in and take a…
Leaving Home: The Transition To College Or Work
Sep 4, 2015 • 18 min
Dr. Schlozman looks to colleagues Drs. Beresin and Braaten on the daunting, terrifying unknown of how to help your kids transition to life after high school - work, college, trade school or whatever they may have in store. Check out the accompanying blog…
Substance Use - How The Addiction Free Futures Project Can Make A Difference
Jul 14, 2015 • 15 min
Kristen Chello from the Massachusetts Children’s Mental Health Campaign and John Kelly, Ph.D. sit down to talk about the Addiction Free Futures campaign and how to prevent adolescent substance misuse and abuse misuse before it begins. Check out the…
Creativity And Mental Illness
May 21, 2015 • 15 min
Is there a connection between creativity and mental illness? Dr. Mark Vonnegut joins to discuss.Check out the accompanying blog on our website: http://www.mghclaycenter.org/parenting-concerns/creativity-mental-illness/
Music For Autism Is Music For All: Reshaping And Expanding A Disability-Friendly Space
Apr 1, 2015 • 17 min
Dr. Robert Accordino, founder of Music for Autism, discusses the organization and its mission to make music concerts accessible to individuals with autism and their families. Check out the accompanying blog on our website:…
The Plight Of Homeless Children In The United States
Feb 27, 2015 • 15 min
Child homelessness is a national crisis. The first in a series of podcasts in collaboration with Lesley University Child Homelessness Initiative. Check out the accompanying blog on our website:…
Nicole’s Story: Recovery From Anorexia Nervosa
Feb 13, 2015 • 22 min
“Your heart cannot beat unless you feed it”. Anorexia nervosa is a deadly and very complex disease. Nicole shares her story of recovery along with Dr. Emily Gray. Check out the accompanying blog on our website:…
Ali’s Story: The Effects Of Sexual Assault On Mental Health
Jan 8, 2015 • 17 min
Sexual assault is a disturbing, distressing, but important and relevant topic. Sexual assault survivor and UN Global Hero Ali Safran shares her story and how she’s worked to support other survivors and end sexual violence. Check out the accompanying blog…
Why Watch Holiday Classics This Season?
Dec 22, 2014 • 11 min
Why are we drawn, year after year, to classic holiday movies? Drs. Beresin & Schlozman discuss the nostalgic draw of holiday films. Check out the accompanying blog on our website: http://www.mghclaycenter.org/hot-topics/watch-holiday-classics-season/
‘Tis The Season: Tips For Coping With Holiday Stress
Dec 22, 2014 • 9 min
We’re supposed to make merry and be joyous during the holidays, so why are we so stressed? Listen here for tips on how to cope with holiday stress. Thank you for joining us in this journey and conversation. If you have a question or comment about holiday…
Putting A Little Thanksgiving Into Your Nightly Family Dinners
Nov 25, 2014 • 19 min
Family dinners can make for happier families and healthier kids. Anne K. Fishel from The Family Dinner Project chimes in! Check out the accompanying blog on our website:…
Emotional Turmoil And The Overwhelmed High School Student
Nov 3, 2014 • 10 min
Pressure and stress has increased for high school students applying to college. When do these pressures begin, and should parents be worried for their kids? Check out the accompanying blog on our website:…
How Scary Is Too Scary During Halloween?
Oct 27, 2014 • 12 min
Halloween can be fun and whimsical, but there’s another, more scary side to the holiday. What is it that makes us enjoy being scared? Drs. Beresin and “Zombie Doctor of the Living Dead” Schlozman discuss. Check out the accompanying blog on our website:…
Developmental Challenges Of Middle School: It’s Not So Much Who You Are, But Whom You’re With
Sep 24, 2014 • 12 min
Middle school is a difficult experience for many kids - but why? Gil Noam, Ed.D, Ph.D discusses this infamously treacherous time - and why it doesn’t have to be so traumatic - with Drs. Beresin and Schlozman. Check out the accompanying blog on our…
Kids Are Not Born Blank Slates
Sep 5, 2014 • 18 min
Every kid has a unique temperament and personality from the moment they are born. How can we understand and make sense of that in a clinical setting? Check out the accompanying blog on our website:…
Pete’s Story: Living With ADHD
Aug 14, 2014 • 20 min
What’s it like to live with ADHD? Peter Braaten, his mother Ellen Braaten & Dr. Schlozman share 3 perspectives. Check out the accompanying blog on our website:…
Nate’s Story: Recovery From Substance Addiction
Aug 1, 2014 • 22 min
Alcohol and drug addiction is a persistent, troubling problem in our society. Nate shares his story of long-term recovery and Dr. John Kelly weighs in.Check out the accompanying blog on our website:…
The Fault in Our Stars: Proof Of What Teens Can Handle
Jul 11, 2014 • 9 min
The Fault In Our Stars, the novel turned movie by John Green – crushed its opening week competition, The Edge of Tomorrow (a scifi blockbuster featuring Tom Cruise!). That teenagers across the country were drawn to this film about two kids with cancer…
Did The Black Box Warning For Antidepressants Risk Greater Depression & Suicidal Behavior In Youth?
Jun 30, 2014 • 12 min
Black box warning: both patient and doctor should exercise caution in prescribing a drug. How does a black box warning for prescribing antidepressants to adolescents and young adults correlate with suicide and suicide attempts in this population?Check out…
Dad’s New Shoes: The Evolving Roles Of Fathers
Jun 12, 2014 • 13 min
Dr. Ray Levy, founder and director of The Fatherhood Project at MGH, talks fatherhood and Father’s Day with Drs. Beresin and Schlozman. Check out the accompanying blog on our website:…
Concerts: How To Stay Tuned In When Your Kids Are Unplugged
May 20, 2014 • 11 min
Our music-loving doctors discuss concerts and provide a concert-survival guide for parents.Check out the accompanying blog on our website: http://www.mghclaycenter.org/parenting-concerns/teenagers/concerts-survival-guide/
The Senior Prom: A Joyous Rite Of Passage Or Nightmare For Parents?
May 20, 2014 • 8 min
The senior prom is a ritual for parents and students. How parents can talk to their kids about this right of passage, and the sometimes even more dreaded after-prom.Check out the accompanying blog on our website:…
Patriots’ Day Project: The Importance Of Community
Mar 31, 2014 • 10 min
In this second podcast in a special two-part series with the Marjorie E. Korff Parenting At a Challenging Time (PACT) Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, we explore the importance of community and connections in challenging situations.Check it out…
Patriots’ Day Project: Purpose And Lessons Learned
Mar 31, 2014 • 8 min
In this first podcast in a special two-part series with the Marjorie E. Korff Parenting At a Challenging Time (PACT) Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, we talk about the purpose of the Patriots’ Day Project, as well as the lessons learned that are…
Horror Movies & Videogames
Mar 5, 2014 • 8 min
Are horror movies and video games getting increasingly graphic and realistic? Have they changed over the years? What’s healthy and OK for kids to see, and what isn’t? Drs. Beresin & Schlozman discuss. Check out the accompanying blog on our website:…
Kids Moving Home
Mar 5, 2014 • 8 min
More college graduates are returning home than ever before, but what happens to parent-child relationships when adult children move home? Check out the accompanying blog on our website:…
Over-Scheduled, Stressed Out Kids And Families
Mar 5, 2014 • 5 min
In the last 10-15 years, we have been increasingly stressing out our kids with zillions of activities and commitments. Are kids getting lost in the haze of over-achievement and over-scheduling? Check out the accompanying blog on our website:…