The COVID crisis throws into relief what happens when grief has—quite literally—nowhere to go. The evidence suggests that most people summon strengths that surpass their own expectations.
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Eugene Beresin M.D., M.A.
Many parents worry about their children having a gaming disorder. Research shows that if this is a real illness, it's very rare.
Situational anxiety is a reaction to an unexpected adverse event. The COVID pandemic coupled with social unrest is a new crisis for our kids and requires helping them cope.
In recent years, our children have witnessed rage and unrest due to fatalities at the hands of our police. George Floyd's murder requires helping them cope with the dangers they may face.
Grandparents and others often pitch in as caretakers. When they care for kids with mental health problems, it is crucial that they know details about their treatment.
Grandparents can play an important role in supporting the emotional well-being of their adult parents and their kids. They provide guidance, economic relief, and mentorship.
The COVID-19 pandemic poses a challenging time for young people to cope with loss, loss of loved ones, time with friends, important events, and many prospects for the future.
Young people identify with celebrity role models as sources of inspiration, leadership, and personal strength. The loss of a role model requires effective means to grieve and cope.
Teens and young adults often find themselves as advisors and confidants for friends with emotional problems. While this may be very helpful, it has distinct risks.
Our work as parents is to care for our kids. We spend considerable time helping them learn self-care to manage stress. Yet we often fail to find ways to care for ourselves.
Teens and young adults are more anxious, depressed and lonely than ever. Methods of self-care can really make a positive difference in their lives.
There are few situations in which a parent places their child in another person's hands. And not being present for their care, we need to be sure we are making the right decision.
Reframing chores as responsibilities is invaluable in helping kids feel special, and can foster social-emotional learning.
It's paradoxical that despite many ways teens and young adults can connect, research finds that they are lonelier than any other age group. Loneliness is risky but can be helped.
Most of us are familiar with sibling rivalry. Yet conflicts between siblings may not be overt battles. The hidden conflicts we don't see may deeply affect our children.
Getting your toddler to sleep may be challenging. Beyond helping your child settle, bedtime fosters achieving a critical developmental milestones—the capacity to be alone.
Veterans who suffer from PTSD do not receive Purple Hearts for their psychological wounds. A Vietnam veteran questions this as a discriminatory practice.
Many parents are struggling how to explain the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, a violent act of hatred, to their kids.
The allegations of sexual assault in hearings on Judge Kavanaugh should alert parents to the often unspoken experiences of our kids.
While many schools teach the Common Core, based on a standardized text, that may be less valuable than teaching social emotional learning skills.
We all use forms of social and digital media for a wide range of purposes. We need to consider the risks and benefits of our new age of information and connection.
Panic disorder is a terrifying experience with physical and emotional components. It is perceived as if one is in a life threatening situation. Treatment is often highly effective.
Marijuana is approved for medical use in 29 states and for recreational use in 9 states. New research shows how parents and teens misunderstand the risks when driving.
The Parkland school shooting demands urgent action. Rather than considering the proven value of sound gun control, some politicians are diverting by focusing on mental health.
High School students from Parkland Florida and across the nation are taking on politicians to prevent school shootings. Their actions are developmentally sound and will save lives.
Most children look forward to the new school year with joy and enthusiasm. But for kids with school refusal, it is a nightmare for them and their parents.
President Trump played on the developmental qualities of the Boy Scouts. We cannot stop his influence, but we can at least act to offset the damage.
We wish the film’s message had been more clear: Eating disorders are severe, life-threatening illnesses that have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness.
We are all hostages of the digital age. A new survey shows that parents report their driving behaviors using smart phones demonstrate poor role modeling.
No matter where you stand on politics and policy, behavior is behavior, and talking to kids about poor behavior is never easy. Here are some tips on how to start.
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Eugene Beresin, M.D., is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.