Tune in Dec. 21! Ritalin, Adderall & ADHD
Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple
by The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, Massachusetts General Hospital
3M ago
Special guest Anthony Rostain, MD, MA joins us this month to discuss all things stimulants - myths, misconceptions, and managing the shortage. If you have a young person in your life with ADHD, or have ADHD yourself, you don't want to miss this episode! See you back here on December 21st - the THIRD Thursday of the month. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information ..read more
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Self-Harm In Teens ft. Dr. Blaise Aguirre, MD
Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple
by The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds
1y ago
*Content Warning: This episode contains segments of discussion that may be difficult for some audience members to hear. Content such as descriptions of self-harm methods are included. Self-harm is a rising mental health concern that tends to begin in the teenage years. But what are some of the causes and what can we do to help our kids who are struggling? In this episode, very special guest Dr. Blaise Aguirre of McLean Hospital joins Gene and Khadijah to unpack why some kids engage in self-injury, what some of the warning signs are to look out for, and what parents can do at home to manage if ..read more
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How do I talk to my kids about gender and sexuality? Ft. Dr. Marshall Forstein, MD, DLFAPA
Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple
by The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds
1y ago
*Content warning: Some of the conversation today includes topics that some listeners may find sensitive including sexuality, gender identity, and violence towards members of the LGBTQIA+ community. What is gender identity? How is it different from sexual orientation? And why are pronouns so important? We talk through all of these questions and more in this week’s episode. Gene and Khadijah are joined by special guest, Marshall Forstein, MD, DLFAPA, to discuss some of these common terms we are hearing more and more every day and give tips on how to have conversations with your kids about all of ..read more
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The Power of Peer Support ft. Valerie Grison-Alsop & Julia Esposito
Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple
by The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds
1y ago
We all know that parents and other adults tend to be the last people teenagers want to talk to about their problems. At this stage of life teens are more likely to reach out to friends in times of need. With this in mind, Valerie Grison-Alsop, founded Give Us the Floor, a nonprofit organization that promotes peer support for teens, by teens. Give Us the Floor launched an app that provides a safe, anonymous space for teens to reach out to each other for support, with guidance from trained teen advisors as well as adult advisors. This week, Gene and Khadijah are very pleased to welcome Valerie ..read more
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How Do You Find a Therapist for School-Age Kids?
Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple
by The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds
1y ago
May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Leading up to this month, we received several mental health questions from our Instagram followers. In this podcast miniseries, Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr. Khadijah Booth Watkins answer them. Tune in to "You Ask, Our Docs Answer!" each Tuesday in May for a short episode answering one of your questions. Today's question: How do you find a therapist for elementary kids with anxiety? Have a question for our docs? E-mail us or tag us on Instagram! Thank you for all you do to support the young developing minds in your life. It really makes a difference. See acast ..read more
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A Teen's Take On the Pandemic
Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple
by The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds
2y ago
The COVID pandemic is like nothing most of us have ever lived through. This is especially true for kids and teens who are still developing mentally and physically. This week we talk with special guest, Annabel Reddick, a high school senior in Davidson, North Carolina about her experience living through the pandemic, and how things are going two years into it. Gene, Khadijah, and Annabel discuss the struggle of remote learning and maintaining relationships, readjusting to school more than a year later, how she and her sister coped, and what she thinks adults should know about teens and mental h ..read more
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Young Athlete Mental Health
Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple
by The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds
2y ago
At what point are we pushing our young athletes too hard? We all watched 15-year-old Russian Olympic skater, Kamila Valieva, exit the ice in tears after a doping scandal. Where did the adults in her life fail her? What can be done to make sure situations like this don’t happen again? These are the questions Gene and Khadijah try to answer this week, with the help of former competitive skater turned child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Mai Uchida, MD. Dr. Uchida is passionate about supporting youth athlete mental health and has written about Naomi Osaka, Simone Biles, and interviewed Mirai Nag ..read more
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Self-Esteem: How do we build our kids up?
Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple
by The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds
2y ago
Low self-esteem gets all of us down at one point or another. For kids, the goal is to help build them back up. Lots of things can lower our kids’ self-esteem like body image, cyberbullying, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and surprisingly, guilt (along with lots of other things!). This week, Gene and Khadijah break down the ways that we can help our kids elevate their self-esteem and their sense of worth. From giving positive feedback to creating a sense of competency, there are plenty of things parents – and other caring adults – can do to help their kids. If this is something you think ..read more
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Ukraine: What Do We Tell Our Kids?
Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple
by The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds
2y ago
The crisis in Ukraine feels to many like the straw that broke the camel’s back. Between the COVID pandemic, police brutality, the climate crisis, and now the war in Ukraine, the world may feel increasingly unsafe. Very young children, though, actually respond more to their adults’ distress than to the tragic events themselves. That said, repeated media exposure of horrific events can sometimes lead to PTSD in kids who do not experience the tragedies themselves. This week, Gene and Khadijah discuss the important work of protecting our young people from the very real conflict they are witnessing ..read more
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Bonus: Alcohol Conversation Starters
Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple
by The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds
2y ago
Our recent conversation with Dr. John Kelly of the MGH Recovery Research Institute reinforced even more how important it is to start talking with young people about about alcohol use and it's possible problems, early on. Let us help you get started! From child & adolescent psychiatrist Gene Beresin, MD, MA, here are a few ways to open to door to this ongoing conversation with your grade-school child or middle schooler. If you missed our last episode on alcohol and adolescents, tune in here! We hope that our conversation helps you to have yours. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt ..read more
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