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Because mental health is anything but simple. Co-hosted by two shrinks, Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple plays up the fact that mental health is anything but simple, while helping parents and other caregivers to navigate some tough questions. oin Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr. Steve Schlozman as they banter, reflect and provide practical guidance on a range topics related to the emotional and behavioral well-being of children, teens and young adults. From depression and learning issues, to the political climate and digital media, Shrinking It Down covers it all. Tune in today!

Because mental health is anything but simple. Co-hosted by two shrinks, Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple plays up the fact that mental health is anything but simple, while helping parents and other caregivers to navigate some tough questions. oin Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr. Steve Schlozman as they banter, reflect and provide practical guidance on a range topics related to the emotional and behavioral well-being of children, teens and young adults. From depression and learning issues, to the political climate and digital media, Shrinking It Down covers it all. Tune in today!
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Because mental health is anything but simple. Co-hosted by two shrinks, Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple plays up the fact that mental health is anything but simple, while helping parents and other caregivers to navigate some tough questions. oin Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr. Steve Schlozman as they banter, reflect and provide practical guidance on a range topics related to the emotional and behavioral well-being of children, teens and young adults. From depression and learning issues, to the political climate and digital media, Shrinking It Down covers it all. Tune in today!

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English

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617-643-1590


Episodes

Summer Challenge: Come Together for Mental Wellness

6/5/2019
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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 neuroscience beneath why connecting with others in our communities—particularly those outside of our everyday circles—not only feels great but is really important for our physical and mental health. We think it’s so important, in fact, that...

Duration:00:27:19

Tune in next week!

5/31/2019
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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!

Duration:00:00:22

Illuminating Mental Health Through Art, featuring Elisa H. Hamilton

5/22/2019
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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! Elisa is a visiting artist with the Clay Center. Since January, she’s been developing a project to help everyday families and communities become more aware of and engage with young people around issues of mental health. All of this using art...

Duration:00:26:30

Self-Care for Resilience

5/6/2019
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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 young people from the earliest ages? When we help them work self-care into their routines now, they’ll have it to fall back on as they enter adulthood. Self-care can mean different things depending on the stage of child development, family...

Duration:00:25:29

Understanding ADHD

4/24/2019
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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 all have some form of it? Like all things in mental health, it’s complicated. Not all that’s inattentive is ADHD. In today’s episode, our co-director Dr. Ellen Braaten joins Gene to really delve into what ADHD is, what it’s not, the different...

Duration:00:24:19

It’s the Time of the Season for... Mental Illness

4/18/2019
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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 closer look at why this might be, from research to theories to their own clinical experience. They also talk about steps you can take to manage this time of year if your child or you are struggling. With the right strategies and supports, we...

Duration:00:23:18

We'll be back next week!

4/12/2019
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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...

Duration:00:01:15

Discipline and Punishment

3/27/2019
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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 your kid to process the situation after the fact so that it doesn’t happen again? Also, why might a psychologist or psychiatrist ask a child about discipline measures at home? In this episode of Shrinking It Down, Gene and Steve put their...

Duration:00:23:12

Admissions Scandal, College Pressure, and Mental Health

3/20/2019
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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 succeed at a level that’s well above-average. What message does it send to young people when we have expectations of true perfection and even take actions that suggest they’re not good enough to succeed on their own? We’ll discuss this and...

Duration:00:37:37

Cannabis and the Teen Brain

3/6/2019
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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 access to cannabis the more state laws ease up, even when the age minimum is 21. But pot today and pot in the 70s are almost like two different drugs. And the truth is, we don’t know all the ways that it affects teen development because it...

Duration:00:32:57

Oscars Special!

2/22/2019
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* 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 year’s nominated films – from Black Panther to Bohemian Rhapsody – that relates to coming of age in today’s America. We live in a time of cultural turmoil and a search to rediscover identity as a country and as individuals. Many of these...

Duration:00:18:28

Surviving Tantrums with Toddlers, featuring Rebecca Schrag Hershberg, Ph.D.

2/13/2019
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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 understanding what’s going on in your toddler’s mind – in addition to what you may bring to these interactions from your own personal experience – can be a really helpful starting point in honing survival strategies. In this episode of Shrinking It...

Duration:00:32:13

Sex and the Teenage Brain, with Ellen Braaten, Ph.D.

2/7/2019
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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 to process some of the trickier issues in life. In this episode of Shrinking It Down, Dr. Ellen Braaten joins Gene and Steve to pick apart what goes on inside the adolescent mind, developmentally, when it comes to sex, relationships, and...

Duration:00:35:42

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, featuring Susan Sprich, Ph.D.

1/23/2019
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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 challenges including psychosis, body dysmorphic disorder, ADHD, and even for coping with aspects of medical illnesses. Simply put, CBT is about giving people skills or tools to cope with challenges they’re having in their lives. And if...

Duration:00:30:20

New Year's Evolution

1/9/2019
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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 within your personal environment – including the various people in your life, as well as non-negotiable life demands that may come from home or from work. In this episode of Shrinking It Down, Gene and Steve try to move beyond resolutions to...

Duration:00:24:54

Home for the Holidays

12/18/2018
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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 families. But if you want to make the most of this season, let Gene and Steve talk you through a few strategies to mix in some moderation and self-care. What do you love or hate about the holidays? We'd love to hear from you. Write to us! Media...

Duration:00:25:59

Coping with the Wintertime Blahs

12/5/2018
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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 way it makes you feel, there are real things you can do about it. In this episode of Shrinking It Down, Gene and Steve talk about the signs and symptoms of SAD, and ways to help you and your family cope. Have a question about SAD that we...

Duration:00:22:23

Changeable, featuring J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D.

11/21/2018
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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 often the case. The truth is, for most kids – and even adults – “bad behavior” isn’t about a lack of will, but rather a lack of skills like flexibility, tolerance, and problem solving. The great thing about skills is that we can practice and...

Duration:00:23:39

Gaming Disorder

11/8/2018
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“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 Crush Saga, it’s pretty easy to get sucked in, sometimes for hours. But is there such a thing as Gaming Disorder? The World Health Organization says yes, but the American Psychiatric Association is still considering. Regardless of if it...

Duration:00:23:52

Our Greatest Strengths, Part 2

10/25/2018
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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 living with a disability. Dr. Ellen Braaten's family is no different, and in this episode of Shrinking It Down she joins. Dr. Steve Schlozman as a co-host to welcome a very special guest: her brother, Robert. Robert, who has Down Syndrome,...

Duration:00:14:50