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Hope Beyond Anorexia (S1 Ep9)

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 this episode of Shrinking It Down, Kathleen joins Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr. Steve Schlozman to share her story of finding herself, including what gave her hope through many horrible years and a lot of sad stuff. Kathleen talks about the...


Emotional Eating (S1 Ep8)

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, where it comes from, and how parents can help their children learn how to use healthy coping mechanisms when faced with stress. Thank you for joining us in this journey and conversation. We’d love to hear from you! Send your thoughts to:...


Loving Relationships (S1 Ep7)

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 celebrate the joys of love, and to discuss how raising independent, caring children can help our kids have loving relationships in the future. Thank you for joining us in this journey and conversation. We'd love to hear from you! Send...


Political Angst In America?

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 how tense we are. So, what gives? Dr. Ellen Braaten joins co-hosts Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr. Steve Schlozman to explore what the heck is going on in our world to cause so much anxiety in everyone, and to contemplate solutions for...


The Importance of Pets for Mental Health (S1 Ep4)

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 and Dr. Steve Schlozman discuss the importance of pets through the lens of both child psychiatrists and proud animal parents who've experienced the benefits first hand. Thank you for joining us in this journey and conversation. We'd love...


Divisiveness During the Holidays in Front of Our Kids (S1 Ep3)

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 our kids when we don't even try to be civil? Dr. Ellen Braaten, who's family is the perfect melting pot when it comes to different POVs, joins co-hosts Beresin and Schlozman to help listeners try and shift to a more positive attitude when it...


Does My Child Need to See a Therapist? (S1 Ep2)

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? Does my child need to see a professional? In this discussion, we navigate these questions together - how to assess and make decisions about what's ordinary and not, and when to intervene - through a composite look at the many families the...


A New Season & New Conversations: Can Kids Get Mental Illness?

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?'': But openly talking about the challenges we face -- from mental, to behavioral, to emotional health -- is a great place to start in better understanding ourselves and those we care for, so we know what steps to take next. Thank you for joining us in this journey and conversation as we launch a brand new season!


Shrinking It Down: The College Mental Health Crisis

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:


Shrinking It Down: The Importance Of Civility In Today's Political Climate

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:


Shrinking It Down: Addiction Free Futures Project - Conversations With Youth

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 use early if experimentation has already begun.


Shrinking It Down: Raising Moral Children

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:


Shrinking It Down: Living With A Chronic Medical Illness: Grace's Story

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:


Shrinking It Down: Leaving Home - A Student's Perspective

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 accompanying blog on our website:


Shrinking It Down: Home Is Where The Heart Is: Thinking About Homeless Children In The Classroom

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 kids, and how teachers can help.


Shrinking It Down: Are You Afraid Of The Dark? A Look At Specific Phobias

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 closer look. Check out the accompanying blog on our website:


The Fault in Our Stars: Proof Of What Teens Can Handle

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 falling in love, it struck us that maybe Hollywood and media have been pitching below what the kids want to hear about. Check out the accompanying blog on our website: