Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple


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 team has worked with over the years. Thank you for joining us in this journey and conversation. We look forward to hearing from you.

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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

Medications: For Better or Worse? featuring Tim Wilens, MD

Season 3, Ep. 17
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. TimWilens, 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 orcommentabout medications and mental health?Write to us!Media ListTimWilens,MD,Chief, Division of ChildandAdolescent Psychiatry(Massachusetts GeneralHospital)George Floyd: protests take place around the world(The Guardian)Today, Explained- “The Talk”(Vox)COVID-19 and College Students, featuringKhadijah 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 toRecongizeand Manage Addiction” with TimothyWilens, 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