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Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple
6 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Midsummer Meditation with Dr. Darshan Mehta
Can six minutes of meditation really make a difference? Try it for yourself!In this excerpt from our March 17 episode, "Medicating with Meditation?" Dr. Darshan Mehta leads us in a 6-minute meditation - right in the middle of our workday. Follow along to take a break in your own day, and share with someone else in your life.Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH, is Medical Director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine and Director of the Office for Well-Being at Massachusetts General Hospital. For more on the power of meditation to support mental health, physical health, and overall well-being, tune in to the full episode here:Medicating With Meditation? The Power of Mind Body Medicine, featuring Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
46 minutes | May 28, 2021
Everything You've Wanted to Know About Sleep, featuring Bernard Kinane, MD
It’s our last episode of the season, but never fear – we're signing off with tips to last you the summer long. Today’s episode is all about sleep!Sleep is so important to our overall health and well-being. So, very special guest Dr. Bernard Kinane, Director of the Pediatric Sleep Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, joins Gene and Khadijah to answer all of your questions about how to support kids in healthy sleep habits. What are the most common sleep problems in toddlers and teens? Why is sleep hunger important for maintaining a healthy sleep schedule? What’s the most common sleep challenge for kids with mental health disorders, and how do help them? How does iron deficiency affect your baby’s sleep (and yours)? Can you make up for lost sleep? (The answer might surprise you!) And if your teen has gotten in the habit of staying up until 3am, what’s a realistic approach to get back to normal? Plus, tips to manage vacation/back-to-school sleep transitions. Dr. Kinane answers all this, and more. Don't skip this episode!Thank you for joining in this conversation. Enjoy an emotionally healthy summer, and sleep well!Media List (follow along with the conversation)Bernard Kinane, MD (Massachusetts General Hospital)Pediatric Sleep Disorders Program (Massachusetts General Hospital)The Importance of Sleep for Kids’ Emotional Well-being (MGH Clay Center)Changes in sleep patterns and disturbances in children and adolescents in Italy during the Covid-19 outbreak (Sleep Medicine)How Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome Affects Teenagers (verywell health)Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Brigham and Women’s Hospital)ADHD, Sleep, and Me: It’s Complicated (ADDitude Magazine)Autism linked to sleep problems and brain changes in infancy (SPECTRUM)Sleep: Let’s Talk About Older Kids and Teens (MGH Clay Center)Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Children (Pediatrics in Review)Video games, social media tied to shorter sleep for teens (Reuters)The Pandemic Is Still Here. That’s Bad for Coke and Pepsi Stock. (Barron’s)All That Blue Light Exposure Might Not Be Keeping You Awake After All (Men’s Journal)Can You Make up for Lost Sleep? (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences)9 Tips to Help Toddlers to Sleep On Their Own (MGH Clay Center)Iron deficiency and sleep – A scoping review (Sleep Medicine Reviews)Parents Flocked to Vaccine Trials, Now Wait for Teen Jab Options (Bloomberg Law)Episode produced by Sara RattiganMusic by Gene Beresin See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
0 minutes | May 13, 2021
We'll be back in 2 weeks!
We'll be back in two weeks for our season finale and we'll be talking about SLEEP, kids and teens, and mental health. Stay tuned. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
43 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Mental Health Challenges and Latinx Children & Teens, featuring Angel Caraballo, MD
Over the past year, the Clay Center has worked to support even more young people by translating our free, online resources for Spanish-speaking parents and caregivers. In this time, we’ve seen high readership on topics like emotionally supporting kids and teens during COVID-19, the importance of sleep for child mental health, and how to help young people manage anxiety and stress. On today’s episode of Shrinking It Down, Gene and Khadijah welcome special guest Dr. Angel Caraballo for a conversation about the unique mental health challenges impacting Latinx and Hispanic families. From his experience as a child and adolescent psychiatrist and also as a parent, Dr. Carraballo help us to think more about ways to address stigma and other barriers to accessing mental health care within Latinx communities. Thank you for joining in this conversation. Do you have a question or comment about supporting the mental health of Latinx children and teens? We’d love to know. Write to us! Media List Angel Caraballo, MD ‘This is trauma’: Latino children face mental health struggles during pandemic (KOLD News 13) Self-care for psychologists during the COVID-19 outbreak (American Psychological Association) 10 Consejos de Cuidado Personal para Padres (MGH Clay Center) 10 Self-Care Tips for Parents (MGH Clay Center) Migrant children are often their parents’ translators – and it can lead to ill health (The Conversation) The Power of Community Health During COVID-19: A Look at Chelsea, Massachusetts, featuring Mary Lyons-Hunter, PsyD – Shrinking It Down (MGH Clay Center) Conciencia del Estrés: Cómo Pueden Los Padres Ayudar A Sus Hijos Con El Estrés (MGH Clay Center) Stress Awareness: How Parents Can Help Their Children With Stress (English) La salud mental de su hijo: bienestar mental en ninos en edad escolar (NY Project TEACH) La salud mental de su hijo: bienestar mental en la adolescencia (NY Project TEACH) What Their Writing Told Me: The Taboo of Mental Illness In the Hispanic Community (MGH Clay Center) Desarrollar el bienestar mental en los niños: lo que los padres pueden hacer (MGH Clay Center) Building Mental Wellness in Children: What Parents Can Do (MGH Clay Center) Understanding Mental Illness in the Latinx Community (Al Día News) Tackling Racism Internally to Better Serve Our Communities – A Closer Look at Mass General’s 10-Point Plan, featuring Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH (MGH Clay Center) It's More Important Than Ever To Remove the Stigma Around Latinx Mental Health (Oprah Daily) Amid rise in hate attacks against Asian Americans, mental health expert provides advice on how to cope (ABC7 Eyewitness News) UMass Hockey Wins National Championship (University of Massachusetts Amherst) J&J Vaccine and Blood Clots: The Risks, if Any, Are Very Low (The New York Times) Clay Center En Español (MGH Clay Center) Music by Gene BeresinEpisode edited by Joshua Eng See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
A Closer Look at High-Functioning Autism, featuring Robyn Thom, MD
Coming into April, Autism Awareness Month, we’ve noticed more families coming to our website with questions about high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Some are seeking guidance on challenges families face, some wanting to learn more about behaviors stereotypically associated with ASD, and others wondering what happened to the Asperger’s diagnosis. On today’s episode of “Shrinking It Down,” we welcome special guest Dr. Robyn Thom, a psychiatrist at the Lurie Center for Autism at the Massachusetts General Hospital, for a conversation about challenges for kids and teens with ASD, including with social relationships and repetitive behaviors. She also shares guidance on seeking evaluation and treatment for kids with ASD, as well as the importance of early disclosure about their diagnosis. Thank you for joining in this conversation. Do you have a question or comment about high-functioning ASD? We’d love to know. Write to us! Media List Robyn Thom, MD (Massachusetts General Hospital) Lurie Center for Autism (Massachusetts General Hospital) Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (Official Trailer) (YouTube) Vancouver, Canada (City of Vancouver) What Is Autism Spectrum? (MGH Clay Center) DSM-5 Autism Spectrum Disorder (DSM-5)DSM-5: What Happened to Asperger’s? (MGH Clay Center) The Enduring Power of Asperger's, Even as a Non-Diagnosis (Wired) Blunt and Nuanced: The Pain of High Functioning Autism (MGH Clay Center) Boston Legal (IMDB) Atypical (IMDB) The Good Doctor (IMDB) What Are the Different Types of Evaluations? (MGH Clay Center) Genetic Testing for Autism (Autism Speaks) A medical condition or just a difference? The question roils autism community (Washington Post) Welcome to Holland (National Down Syndrome Society) Medical Conditions Associated with Autism (Autism Speaks) Guide for Parents of Asian/Asian American Adolescents (MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness) Music by Gene BeresinEpisode edited by Joshua EngEpisode produced by Sara Rattigan See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
One Year Later – Young Adults and COVID-19
Everyone has been hit hard mentally and emotionally during the pandemic, but there’s growing research to suggest that young adults – that special 18-24 age group – are suffering more than we might think. GenZ and Millennials had already been flagged as possibly the loneliest generation, even before COVID-19. Now many are faced with increased social isolation and a devastating economy at a time when, developmentally, they should be building independence and identity through higher education or work.In this episode of Shrinking It Down, Gene and Khadijah share insights from their clinical practice on navigating these unique challenges, including ways to help young adults maintain their sense of purpose despite everything else they can’t control.Thank you for joining in this conversation. Do you a question or comment about supporting young adults during Covid? We'd love to know. Write to us!Media List (Follow along with the conversation)Here’s How the COVID Lockdown Impacted College Students’ Mental Health (NBC 10 Boston – excerpt in audio)Pandemic’s mental health burden heaviest among young adults (ABC News)5 Tips for Parents Who Have Their Young Adults Back Home (Moms)Managing Family Conflict During Covid – Shrinking It Down (MGH Clay Center)The Challenges of First-Generation College Students (MGH Clay Center)How to Help Young People Cope With Grief and Loss During COVID-19 (MGH Clay Center)How NCAA March Madness will look contained in Indianapolis (USA Today Sports)Miami’s South Beach confronts disastrous spring break (Associated Press)College Students of Color: Overcoming Racial Disparities and Discrimination (MGH Clay Center)International College Students: Challenges and Solutions (MGH Clay Center)COVID-19 related job insecurity linked to young adult mental health burden (Healio)Self-Care In College (YouTube – MGH Clay Center)'No one is sure what to expect': Schools, colleges add more counseling services to address student mental health (EdSource)Educators are key in protecting student mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic (Brookings)Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT): A Closer Look (MGH Clay Center)Where to Turn (MGH Clay Center)#wecanmanagethis (Twitter)Atlanta shooting and the legacy of misogyny and racism against Asian women (ABC News)Guide for Parents of Asian/Asian American Adolescents (William James College)Another Shooting – An Important Moment to Comfort and Talk With Our Kids (MGH Clay Center)How Do We Heal From Here? A Guide for Families and Our Nation (MGH Clay Center)If you or someone you know is in distress and needs support, connect with a crisis counselor 24/7:Call 1-800-273-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)Text “HOME” to 741741 (US/Canada). UK: text 85258. Ireland: text 50808. (Crisis Text Line)Music by Gene BeresinEpisode produced by Sara Rattigan See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
41 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
Medicating with Meditation? featuring Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH
On today’s episode of Shrinking It Down, Gene and Khadijah welcome special guest Dr. Darshan Mehta, Medical Director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine of Massachusetts General Hospital, to talk about something we could all use more of: Meditation. This past year has brought on new stressors and anxieties for families, on top of those they were already managing. So, what about treating this stress with a healthy dose of meditation?Meditation is a practice that can help to decrease stress levels, increase calmness and clarity, and improve our physical health. Whether you’ve tried meditation before and are interested in the science behind how it works, or you’re looking for tips on how to start, Dr. Mehta walks through it all. Plus, he guides Gene and Khadijah through a “mini” meditation to demonstrate how even just a few minutes of focus can make a big difference.Thank you for joining in this meditation! Do you have a question about mind body practices, or something you’d like to share? We’d love to know. Write to us!Media ListFollow along with the conversation.Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH (Massachusetts General Hospital)Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine (Massachusetts General Hospital)Office for Well-Being (Massachusetts General Hospital)I Am Not Your Negro (IMDB)Meditation and a relaxation technique to lower blood pressure (Harvard Health Publishing)Using the relaxation response to reduce stress (Harvard Health Publishing)Mindfulness: A Practical Guide Toward Personal Peace and Resilience (MGH Clay Center)Mind and Body Practices (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health)What Mindfulness Does to Your Brain: The Science of Neuroplasticity (Real Simple)Can Meditation Change Your Genes? (Mindful)How Meditation Can Make You a Better Athlete (SHAPE)Mental Imaging (The Musicians Way)Your Smartwatch Is About to Become Your New Therapist (Best Health)Guided Relaxation Exercises (Benson-Henry Institute)Four Mini Relaxation Exercises (Massachusetts General Hospital)Psychosocial Vulnerabilities to Upper Respiratory Infectious Illness: Implications for Susceptibility to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (Perspectives on Psychological Science)Psychological and Behavioral Predictors of Vaccine Efficacy: Considerations for COVID-19 (Perspectives on Psychological Science)CDC guidelines update: Face masks and fully-vaccinated people (NBC News)Missed Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview? How to rewatch the whole thing (CNET)H.R.7120 – George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 (Congress.gov)The Positive Value of Conflict: There’s Great Power in Resolution (MGH Clay Center)Music by Gene BeresinEpisode produced by Sara Rattigan See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
33 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
One Year Later – Back-to-School Anxiety During Covid
During COVID-19, many kids across the country have been doing most or all of their schooling online. But now, a year later, many communities are finally finding ways to bring kids back to school, in person. While it’s largely agreed on that in-person schooling is critical for child and teen positive mental health and social-emotional development, going back comes with its own concerns and a host of new anxieties for kids, parents, and teachers alike.In this episode of Shrinking It Down, Gene and Khadijah share insights from their clinical practice as child psychiatrists on supporting the mental health of your family with some of these mid-year “back-to-school” challenges.Thank you for joining in this conversation. Do you have anxieties or concerns about sending your kids back to school during Covid? We'd love to know. Write to us!Media List (follow along with the conversation)More Schools Are Returning To In-Person Learning. How Do You Decide To Send Your Child Back? (Wisconsin Public Radio)K-12 School Operational Strategy (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)Coronavirus: Teens’ anxiety levels dropped during pandemic, study finds (BBC News)Going Back to School During COVID-19 Is a Struggle for Students, Teachers, and Parents (Teen Vogue)7 Ways to Support Kids and Teens Through the Coronavirus Pandemic (MGH Clay Center)Should kids get a snow day? (The Weather Channel)Harvard EdCast: College Admissions During COVID (Harvard Graduate School of Education)Mental Wellness in School-Age Children (Project TEACH)Mental Wellness in the Teen Years (Project TEACH)How to Help Young People Cope With Grief and Loss During COVID-19 (MGH Clay Center)Is Remote Learning Causing A Mental Health Crisis Among Teens And Children? (WBEZ Chicago)What Families should Know About Suicide (MGH Clay Center)Supporting Your Family’s Emotional Health During COVID-19 (MGH Clay Center)The Nuts and Bolts of Telepsychiatry, featuring Janet Wozniak, MD (MGH Clay Center)Where To Turn (MGH Clay Center)How Do We Heal From Here? A Guide for Families and Our Nation (MGH Clay Center)If you or someone you know is in distress and needs support, connect with a crisis counselor 24/7:Call 1-800-273-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)Text “HOME” to 741741 (US/Canada). UK: text 85258. Ireland: text 50808. (Crisis Text Line)Music by Gene BeresinEpisode produced by Sara Rattigan See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
Teen Breakup Violence, Part 2
Content Warning: Today’s episode is the second in a two-part series on teen relationship violence. It may be difficult for some of our listeners. When we look underneath a young person’s anger, or shame, or grief, there is often a hidden need that’s not being met. Learning how to identify and address these hidden needs is a skill we can all build over time. And doing this is a critical part of fostering healthier relationships and preventing tremendous pain to ourselves and to others. Last week on our podcast, we began a difficult, but important conversation about teen breakup violence through the lens of Lauren Dunne Astley’s story, an 18-year-old young woman who died at the hands of her former boyfriend. This week, Gene and Khadijah welcome a very special guest to continue the conversation – Malcolm Astley, Lauren’s father.Based on much research over the years and his efforts through the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund to develop violence prevention programming in schools, Malcolm helps us take a closer look at the concept of “at-risk emotions” in young people. What they are, the process it takes to recognize and unpack them, and how caring adults can help teens build the skills to respond to these emotions in a healthy way. Thank you for joining in this conversation. If you have a question or something you would like to share related to healthy teen relationships or teen relationship violence, please write to us. Media List Included below are more resources on relationship violence and today’s conversation.Teen Breakup Violence, Part I (MGH Clay Center)Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund (LDAMF Official website) Escaping Breakup and Relationship Violence (LDAMF Foundation, YouTube) Sudbury – Wayland – Lincoln – Domestic Violence Roundtable Unexpected Childhood Death: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Surviving Siblings and Parents (Journal of Clinical Child Psychology) Why Shame Sucks (Especially for Kids) and How You Can Stop It (HuffPost) Shame in psychotherapy with adolescents (Journal of Child Psychotherapy) Negative Emotions as Risk Factors for Self-Directed Violence and Intimate Partner Violence in Chinese College Students (Journal of Interpersonal Violence) How to Respond to Teens’ ‘Emotional Eruptions’ (The Atlantic) Discovering Who I Am: The Critical Role of Identity (MGH Clay Center) 10 Tips On Helping Teen Boys Express Their Feelings (HuffPost) The Trauma Felt In Teenage Breakups (MGH Clay Center) “How Can I Help You Say Goodbye” (Patty Loveless, YouTube) 10 Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship (One Love Foundation) Lean On Me (Bill Withers, YouTube) Cain and Abel: Violence, Shame and Jealousy (Pastoral Psychology) "The Hill We Climb” (ABC News, YouTube) Music by Gene BeresinEpisode produced by Sara Rattigan See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
44 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
Teen Breakup Violence, Part 1
Content Warning: Today’s episode is the first in a two-part series on teen relationship violence. It may be difficult for some of our listeners.Romantic relationships are a critically important part of life for teenagers. In fact, one of the most common reasons for emotional struggles in high school and college are breakups with friends or romantic partners. We all know that breakups can be emotionally distressing for teens, but we don’t often talk about how they can also be emotionally or physically violent. Somehow, it feels easier to talk about the sadness or loneliness that can follow a breakup. But violence needs to be part of the conversation, too.Today, Gene and Khadijah welcome a very special guest, Mary Dunne, to help us start this difficult conversation. Mary’s daughter, Lauren Dunne Astley, an 18-year-old young woman who had just graduated high school, died on July 3, 2011 at the hands of her former boyfriend. She was a victim of breakup violence. Since then, through the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund, Mary has worked to promote dynamic educational programs, particularly those in the areas of the development of healthy teen relationships, the arts, and community service.In today’s episode, Mary helps us to better understand the complexities of breakup violence, and what we can all be doing – parents, teachers, peers – to be “upstanders” in our communities to help prevent it.Thank you for joining in this conversation. If you have a question or something you would like to share related to healthy teen relationships or teen relationship violence, please write to us.Media ListThe list below includes resources on understanding and preventing teen relationship violence.Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund (LDAMF Official website)The time is always right to do what is right (LDA Memorial Fund, Instagram)Escaping Breakup and Relationship Violence (LDAMF Foundation, YouTube)Breakup Violence: Resources for Teens and Parents (48 Hours)State-by-State Statistics on Domestic Violence (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence)Teen Dating Violence Can Lead To Homicide – And Girls Are The Most Common Victims (NPR)“You would do it if you loved me.” Teens, Coercive Relationships, and Digital Media (MGH Clay Center)Kids at Risk for Violence: Warning Signs of Aggression (MGH Clay Center)Should we break up? (love is respect)The Trauma Felt In Teenage Breakups (MGH Clay Center)One Love Relationship Education (One Love Foundation)Be An Upstander – What Can You Do? (i am courageous)Music by Gene BeresinEpisode produced by Sara Rattigan See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
42 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
The Nuts and Bolts of Telepsychiatry, featuring Janet Wozniak, MD
Did you know the first telepsychiatry visits at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), conducted back in 2014, weren’t for adults, but for children? Flash forward, we never imagined how critical teletherapy and telemedicine would become – in such a short period of time – as a part of routine healthcare for all age groups and populations, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In today’s episode of Shrinking It Down, we welcome special guest Dr. Janet Wozniak, Associate Chief of Quality and Safety for Department of Psychiatry at MGH, for a conversation about telepsychiatry. What is it? How has it been helping kids and teens? What barriers still exist for some families, and what are we doing to address them? While virtual visits will never be the same as in-person, Dr. Wozniak talks about the gains for clinicians working with kids, like meeting other members of the family (including pets!) and getting a better sense of the home environment, which influences their day-to-day life. Plus, she shares concrete tips for making the most of your child or teen’s teletherapy visit. Thank you for joining in this conversation. If you have a question about telepsychiatry, we’d love to hear from you. Write to us!Media List Follow along with the conversation.Janet Wozniak, MD (Massachusetts General Hospital) Janet Wozniak, MD: Bipolar Disorder and the Paradigm Shift in Pediatric Psychiatry (Massachusetts General Hospital – Charged Podcast) Support Kids and Teens Following the Riot In Our Nation’s Capitol (MGH Clay Center) What Is Telepsychiatry? (American Psychiatric Association) The Child Psychiatrist is In Your Living Room (MGH Clay Center) Emerging Technologies and the Frontiers of Autism Research (MGH Clay Center) Preparing For Your Child’s First Appointment With A Mental Health Clinician (MGH Clay Center) Make Telehealth for Behavioral Health Permanent (GBH News) VIRUS TODAY: Coronavirus deaths hit another daily high in US (The Associated Press) Hospitals vaccine rollout starts out rough, but picks up steam (Boston 25 News) Injections Of Second Coronavirus Vaccine Doses Have Begun (NPR) Episode produced by Sara RattiganEpisode edited by Joshua EngMusic by Gene Beresin See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
42 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
Media Literacy and Mental Health, featuring Michael Robb, PhD
Today’s young people are spending more time online than previous generations, and many parents and caregivers worry about how digital media is affecting their mental, emotional, and social well-being. Strengthening media literacy skills can help us all better use media as engaged and informed consumers. But what does “media literacy” mean, and how can we help kids and teens build these skills? On today’s episode of 'Shrinking It Down,' Dr. Michael Robb, Senior Director of Research at Common Sense Media, joins Gene and Khadijah to talk about how parents can help kids better understand the media they use, and make healthier choices about it. Plus, why the quality of screen content matters more than the amount of screen time. Tune in for more! Thank you for joining in this conversation. If you have a question about helping kids build media literacy skills, we’d love to hear from you. Write to us! Media ListFollow along with the conversation.Michael Robb, PhD (Common Sense Media) Home Alone (YouTube) The Beatles - Ticket To Ride (YouTube) Ticket to Ride (Days of Wonder) Common Sense Media Common Sense Education Common Sense Kids Action What is media literacy, and why is it important? (Common Sense Media) Common Sense Media Reviews Chasing Coral (Common Sense Media) 3 Things Parents Should Do If a Child Is Being Cyberbullied (MGH Clay Center) Screen time and kids: Parents need to worry less about hours logged (CNN) Could Screen-Free Week Backfire? Finding The Middle Ground (MGH Clay Center) Gaming Disorder: Is It a Real Illness? (MGH Clay Center) How to Talk to Teens About Dealing with Online Predators (Common Sense Media) Digital Parenting 101 — Screen Time to Social Media (Verywell Family) eParenting: Setting Limits Even If Your Kids Know More Than You Do (MGH Clay Center) The Immediacy of Digital Media: For Better or Worse? (MGH Clay Center) Stressed about your kid’s screen time? Don’t be (The Boston Globe)Why Are Teens So Lonely and What Can They Do to Combat Loneliness? (MGH Clay Center) Data Show No Evidence That Teens’ Social Media Use Predicts Depression Over Time (Association for Psychological Science) Teens Did Surprisingly Well In Quarantine (The Atlantic) Fauci Says End to Pandemic Is in Sight, Thanks to Vaccines (Bloomberg News) How Do We Heal From Here? – Shrinking It Down (MGH Clay Center) Episode produced by Joshua EngMusic by Gene Beresin See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
Boosting Our Brains Over the Break
Today is the shortest day of the year! That means the daylight only increases from here, a great boost for our brains as many kids and families move into winter break. We'll be taking a break, too, but not until after a very special episode this Wednesday.During school break, kids and teens may be turning to more digital media to fill the time - at least different forms of media than they've been using for remote learning. TV, smartphones, social media, video games, and more. So we have a very special guest to help families understand more about media literacy and mental health. Dr. Michael Robb, Senior Director of Research at Common Sense Media, joins us for a conversation on how to help even the youngest kids better understand the media they consume, and make healthier choices about it.Tune in Wednesday! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
39 minutes | Dec 9, 2020
Tackling Racism Internally to Better Serve Our Communities, featuring Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH
When it comes to structural racism in healthcare, commitment to change stems from the top in creating physically and emotionally healthier communities. Today, on ‘Shrinking It Down,’ special guest Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, Vice President and Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), joins Gene and Khadijah to help us understand how seriously MGH takes this charge.Dr. Betancourt has focused his life’s work on issues of equity and social justice, and has a long history of researching these issues and creating educational tools to improve cross-cultural interactions and increase diversity and equity in healthcare. In this episode, he talks through some of the things MGH is doing to improve hospital culture. Included in this is training to help hospital leaders, clinicians, and staff make progress in tackling implicit bias, and the need to measure and demonstrate this progress, so that training doesn’t become just another ‘check-the-box’ tool.Thank you for joining in this conversation. Do you have a comment or question about MGH’s efforts to address and eliminate racism, and achieve equity and social justice? Write to us!Media ListFollow along with the conversation.Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH (Massachusetts General Hospital)Mongan Institute for Health Policy Center (Massachusetts General Hospital)Quality InteractionsHome for the Holidays During COVID-19: Facing Empty Chairs at the Table (MGH Clay Center)Puppies are Harder to Raise than Babies (Fatherly)In The News (MGH Clay Center)How Mass General Brigham Plans to Dismantle Racism In And Outside Hospital Walls (WBUR)Mass General Brigham President and CEO’s Update to Employees On Racial Injustice (Mass General Brigham)Mass General Structural Equity 10-Point Plan (Massachusetts General Hospital)Moving Toward Anti-Racism for Our Future Generations, featuring O’Neil Britton, MD (MGH Clay Center)Not me! Doctors, Decisions, and Disparities in Health Care (Cardiovascular Reviews & Reports)Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care (National Academies Press)New Art Exhibit Shines Light on Mental Illness in Unique Way (McLean Hospital)It’s not up to black people to cure white racism (The Boston Globe)Peak 2020: Early Christmas cheer hilariously crushed by ‘saddest’ Rockefeller Center tree (USA Today)Biden on nominating diverse Cabinet: ‘I’m going to keep my commitment’ (Channel 3000)Mending a House Divided: Bringing Peace and Good Will to the Holidays (MGH Clay Center)Episode produced by Sara RattiganMusic by Gene Beresin See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
The Power of Community Health During COVID-19, featuring Mary Lyons-Hunter, PsyD
Since the pandemic, mental health concerns have risen across the country. But in communities that were already underserved, the burden is even greater, as hardships build one on top of the other: risk for illness, food insecurity, being an essential worker, being unemployed, kids not able to go to school, fear of housing evictions, resurfacing of trauma. Chelsea, Massachusetts is one such community where family stress is at near-crisis levels.Today, on “Shrinking It Down,” Gene and Khadijah welcome special guest Mary Lyons-Hunter, PsyD, Unit Chief of Behavioral Health at the MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center. For over 22 years, Dr. Lyons-Hunter has had passion and boots on the ground in Chelsea, engaging with and learning from residents in order to best serve this richly diverse community.No time has proven more challenging than COVID-19 in responding to the community’s needs, but MGH Chelsea has made huge strides. Tune in for more on how MGH Chelsea has adapted its practices in public health outreach and clinical service to support the wide range of stressors families are facing. Plus, among the Center’s many efforts is a new pilot program to support children struggling with anxiety.Thank you for joining in this conversation. If you have a story about the work being done in your community to support family mental health, we’d love to hear. Write to us!Media ListFollow along with the conversation.Mary Lyons Hunter, PsyDMGH Chelsea HealthCare CenterOxytocin: Chemistry Between People and Dogs Is Real (BARk)U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Chelsea city, Massachusetts (U.S. Department of Commerce)Why the city of Chelsea has been so hard hit by coronavirus (Boston.com)Chelsea is about to become the country’s biggest experiment in giving out no-strings-attached checks (The Boston Globe)MBTA’s Silver Line Expands to Chelsea (WBUR)Improving Access to Care—Community Health Workers and Patient Navigators (Massachusetts General Hospital)Police Action Counseling Team (PACT)Geocode Maps Spotlight Disparities in Telehealth Utilization During the COVID-19 Pandemic in New York City (Telemedicine and e-Health)Community Engagement, Module B5 (World Health Organization)Mass General Hospital Community Health Videos (YouTube)Treating the Poor: A Personal Sojourn Through the Rise and Fall Of Community Mental Health (Matthew P. Dumont)Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) - CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)The #YouCanBeABCs with Sam (Facebook – Bobby White)Episode produced by Sara RattiganMusic by Gene Beresin See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
How Do We Heal From Here?
When the body is injured, it begins the healing process despite the ongoing physical injury. Our minds should be no different. Right now – amidst a pandemic, economic strain, political tension, rising mental illness, and more – we are desperately in need of emotional healing, despite the many challenges ahead. But communities are divided, families are divided, and fear and anger are rampant. How do we heal from here?On today’s episode, Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr. Khadijah Booth Watkins think hard about and reflect on how to begin the healing process, for ourselves and the young people in our lives. A fundamental place to start is with our relationships – those in our families, in our communities, and with ourselves. They share ideas to mentally prepare for being mindful of judgement, managing our expectations, focusing on the positive, and fostering kindness. Plus, we have two special guests coming up this podcast season. Tune in for more.Thank you for joining in this conversation. What’s helped you to begin the healing process during the pandemic? We’d love to know. Write to us!Media ListFollow along with the conversation.Star Wars: Teaser Trailer (Star Wars)This Supercute Kid Costume Compilation Has Us Totally Melting (POPSUGAR)High Levels of Stress Due to the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic among Parents of Children with and without Chronic Conditions across the USA (Children)The Pandemic Parenting Guide: How to Improve Your Child/Teen’s (and Your Own) Emotional Well-Being in Times of COVID-19 (Anxiety and Depression Association of America)Managing Family Conflict During Covid (MGH Clay Center)Evidence That Conservative Students Really Do Self-Censor (The Atlantic)Tips for Practicing Active Listening (Verywell Mind)General Mental Health & Coping (Massachusetts General Hospital)Parents have never had more reason to drink – or more reasons to avoid it (The Boston Globe)Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT): A Closer Look (MGH Clay Center)The Flaw In Our New Year’s Resolutions: A Few Tips for Focusing on the Positive (MGH Clay Center)Creativity Gives Our Brains a Boost (MGH Clay Center)The Illuminated Collage (MGH Clay Center)Bipolar Disorder and the Arts: Mark Vonnegut’s Story (MGH Clay Center)When Doing Good Boosts Health, Well-Being (American Psychological Association)Why Parents Need Self-Compassion During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)“Sage advice from an expert…” (Elizabeth Pinsky, MD on Twitter) Photos of Massachusetts’ first major snowfall of the season (The Boston Globe)Episode produced by Sara RattiganMusic by Gene Beresin See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
Managing Family Conflict During Covid
Since the pandemic began, many families have spent more time together. A lot more time.More time together than we’re used to + challenging times + uncertainty about the future + none of the outlets we'd typically use to recharge = a perfect storm for rising family conflict. Conflict between siblings, conflict between kids and parents, conflict between partners or other adults at home – all relationships feel up for grabs. What can we do to help?As we launch a new season of ‘Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple,’ Dr. Gene Beresin and our new co-host, Dr. Khadijah Booth Watkins, put their shrink caps on to delve into family conflict. They talk about how conflict manifests, strategies to prevent conflict, and ways to diffuse conflict and move towards resolution. Plus, Gene and Khadijah react to a high school student’s comment about conflict during quarantine. Tune in!We hope that our conversation helps you to have yours. Do you have your own story about family conflict during COVID-19, or tips that have helped you to manage it? Write to us!Media ListFollow along with the conversation.Khadijah Booth Watkins, MD, MPH (MGH Clay Center)Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Residency of Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital (Massachusetts General Hospital)When Your Dog Dies: Reflections on Losing Your Best Friend (MGH Clay Center)Fiddler on the Roof (8/10) Movie CLIP – Miracle of Miracles (1971) HD (Movieclips)2020 Compare Cities Climate: New York, NY vs Boston, MA (BestPlaces)COVID-19 and College Students (MGH Clay Center)There’s been a lot of talk about protecting our kids. But parents, you need support, too. (The Boston Globe)Managing Challenging Behavior in Kids During Stressful Times, featuring J. Stuart Ablon, PhD (MGH Clay Center)Is Your Family Experiencing Greater Conflict During a Time of Self-Quarantine? (The New York Times)What Students Are Saying About Family Conflict In Quarantine (The New York Times)Pandemic 2020 Resources (The Family Dinner Project)You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Live) - OFFICIAL (The Rolling Stones)Pittsburgh Steelers defeat Cleveland Browns, move to 5-0 for just second time (ESPN)Five Parenting Tips for Civility and Coping With the Political Climate (MGH Clay Center)Episode produced by Sara RattiganMusic by Gene Beresin See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
45 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
Moving Towards Anti-Racism for Our Future Generations, featuring O'Neil Britton, MD
If you’re Black or Brown and growing up in America, it's noticeable from a very young age that something feels off. That’s because, no matter where you go, there is a layered, structural unfairness that plays out. The harmful impact of this unfairness begins to take its toll on even the youngest developing minds.On today’s episode of Shrinking It Down, special guest O’Neil Britton, MD, chief medical officer and senior vice president of Massachusetts General Hospital, joins Gene Beresin for a conversation about continued racial inequities in our society, social justice, and our duty to do better for future generations. They discuss how structural racism built in to education and healthcare systems affects kids and families, and think critically about steps we must take – individually and institutionally – to do more in moving towards an anti-racist Boston, and an anti-racist America.Thank you for joining in this conversation. Have a question or comment about racism and families? Write to us!Media ListFollow along with the conversation.O’Neil Britton, MD (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)K-12 Commissioner Says Some Schools May Continue To Use Distance Learning In The Fall (WGBH, Boston Public Radio)Communities of color continue to be hit hardest in most populated cities (ABC News)COVID-19 in Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)11 ways race isn’t real (Vox)More than Tuskegee: Understanding Mistrust about Research Participation (Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved)How we fail black patients in pain (American Academy of Medical Colleges)Metro Areas With Largest African American Population (Black Demographics)New York City Subway Map (Metropolitan Transit Authority)Rapid Transit/Key Bus Routes Map (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority)Color Line Persists, In Sickness as In Health (The Boston Globe)The Binary Code of Racism | Tracey Benson | TEDxUNCCharlotte (TEDx Talks – YouTube)A Sociologist Examines the “White Fragility” That Prevents White Americans From Confronting Racism (The New Yorker)MGH Structural Equity 10-Point Plan (MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion)The legacy of trauma (American Psychological Association)Do Kids Have a Fundamental Sense of Fairness? (Scientific American)How We Talked About Racism With Our Very young Kids: A Child Psychiatrist Mom’s Conversation With Her 5- and 3-Year-Old Sons (MGH Clay Center)Teaching Black History Beyond Slavery and Black History Month (PBS)Teaching for the Test or Teaching for Real Life? (MGH Clay Center)Ibram X. Kendi – BooksThe Constitution of the United States: A Transcription (The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)Five Parenting Rules for Coping With the Current Political Climate (MGH Clay Center)Remembering Civil Rights Icon John Lewis (WBUR, Here & Now)Coronavirus and Family Mental Health (MGH Clay Center)The racial wealth gap (Economic Policy Institute)Black Homeowners Pay More Than ‘Fair Share’ in Property Taxes (PEW)Episode produced by Sara RattiganMusic by Gene Beresin See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 minutes | Jul 22, 2020
Special guest next week!
We've wrapped up Season 3, but we have a summer episode coming up.Next week, we welcome very special guest O'Neil Britton, MD, chief medical officer and senior vice president of Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Britton joins Gene to discuss racism's continued impact on community health and well-being, and to think critically about ways that each individuals, communities, and healthcare systems can do more and do better in moving towards an anti-racist Boston, and an anti-racist America.Stay tuned! We'll see you next week. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
34 minutes | Jun 24, 2020
Medications: For Better or Worse? featuring Tim Wilens, MD
Many parents of kids struggling with a mental health issue have concerns – even fears – about medication as a part of treatment. Will it help? Will it hurt? What are the side effects? Today, Dr. Tim Wilens, chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, joins Gene and Ellen to talk about prescribed medications, and other substances used recreationally to ease symptoms: How they can help, how they can harm, and how to know when medication should be considered for your child or teen. Plus, a closer look at medications for treating ADHD. Thank you for joining in this conversation. Have a question or comment about medications and mental health? Write to us!Media ListTim Wilens, MD, Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Massachusetts General Hospital) George Floyd: protests take place around the world (The Guardian) Today, Explained - “The Talk” (Vox) COVID-19 and College Students, featuring Khadijah Booth Watkins, MD (MGH Clay Center) When Medicines Affect a Child’s Mind and Behavior (The New York Times) Listen to “ADHD and Substance Use Disorders: How to Recongize and Manage Addiction” with Timothy Wilens, M.D. (ADDitude) A Literature Review and Meta-Analysis on the Effects of ADHD Medications on Functional Outcomes (Journal of Psychiatric Research) The Complicated Relationship Between Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Substance Use Disorders (Current Psychiatry Reports) Further Evidence for Smoking and Substance Use Disorders in Youth with Bipolar Disorder (Journal of Clinical Psychiatry) Familial Influences on Adolescent Substance Use (Psychiatric Times) Q+A: Once You Have Discovered Your Teen is Using Pot, What’s the Next Step? (MGH Clay Center) Recommended Alcohol Guidelines – Moderate (Social) Drinking Plan (Addictions and Recovery) Drug Prevention Tips for Every Age (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) Dr. John A. Renner Jr. honored by MMS with Special Award for Excellence in Medical Service (Massachusetts Medical Society)Episode produced by Sara RattiganMusic by Gene Beresin See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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