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Eugene Beresin M.D., M.A.
Recently there have been a series of horrifying shootings. Our kids know about these events and are anxious. Parents need to discuss gun violence to help kids process this news.
Discourse among politicians can be unruly, but we can model civilized conversations at home.
Conflict is a normal part of our daily lives. Our nation has been divided and immersed in bitter conflict. Resolution of conflict is healthy for us at home and for our country.
Our nation has been polarized in destructive ways. The call for healing may be hard to understand, but we can learn how mending may succeed from families.
The riots in our Capitol may be especially frightening to our kids, and we need a way to help support them.
Many military veterans return from deployment with post-traumatic stress disorder. Their symptoms may be distressing to their kids and families. Candid conversations are helpful.
On every holiday, some beloved family member or friend is missing. With over 250,000 lives lost to COVID-19, many more are absent this year. The table is now more barren with travel dangers.
Recently, monumental weather-related disasters, from wildfires, tropical storms, derechos, and tornadoes, all during a global pandemic, have caused fatigue that requires family coping skills.
While anger is a normal emotion, it can get the best of us and damage others or ourselves. For personal and social wellbeing, we need to manage it.
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 milestone—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.
Eugene Beresin, M.D., is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.