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Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple shines light on the fact that mental health is anything but simple, while helping parents and caregivers to navigate some tough questions. Join co-hosts Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr. Khadijah Booth Watkins as they explore and provide guidance on topics related to the mental health of children, teens, and young adults. From depression and learning disorders, to digital media and current events, Shrinking It Down covers it all. Tune in today!
About Us: The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital is a free, multi-media educational resource dedicated to promoting the mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being of young people through innovative education. Visit us online at mghclaycenter.org.
This podcast is for educational purposes only. The Clay Center does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any health-related questions you may have.

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Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple shines light on the fact that mental health is anything but simple, while helping parents and caregivers to navigate some tough questions. Join co-hosts Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr. Khadijah Booth Watkins as they explore and provide guidance on topics related to the mental health of children, teens, and young adults. From depression and learning disorders, to digital media and current events, Shrinking It Down covers it all. Tune in today!
About Us: The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital is a free, multi-media educational resource dedicated to promoting the mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being of young people through innovative education. Visit us online at mghclaycenter.org.
This podcast is for educational purposes only. The Clay Center does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any health-related questions you may have.

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    Bonus: Asking About Social Media

    Bonus: Asking About Social Media

    If Instagram and social media are still on your mind after our last episode, but you still haven't talked to your teen about your concerns, here are some things to say to start the conversation. Dr. Khadijah Booth Watkins says, it can actually be pretty simple if you approach the conversation with curiosity. Dr. Gene Beresin says, you might learn a lot about what's really going on in your child's digital media circles if you're willing to include them as part of the problem-solving team.
    Tune in for their suggestions. We hope our conversation will help you to have yours.

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    • 2 min
    Unsettled About Instagram?

    Unsettled About Instagram?

    We weren’t due for another episode until next week, but given the news of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen and her disturbing claims that the company knows its platforms cause mental harm, including to teen girls, Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr. Khadijah Booth Watkins are back early. They put on their shrink caps to process the concerns that Instagram poses to children and teens, and talk through guidance to help young people navigate digital media in healthier and safer ways. We’re all hostages to this digital age, and we need to know how to harness it, protect ourselves, and protect our children and teens. A lot of this starts with casual but sincere conversations with our kids to learn more about what media they use, how they use it, why they use it – to be more informed and guide them in thinking more critically about it. Plus, Gene and Khadijah concrete conversation starters and approaches to begin these important conversations and keep them going.
     
    Thank you for tuning in. We hope that our conversation will help you to have yours. Questions or comments? Write to us!
     
    Media List
    Follow along with the conversation.
    Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen: The 60 Minutes Interview (60 Minutes)Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show (The Wall Street Journal)8 facts about Americans and Instagram (Pew Research Center)The Immediacy of Digital Media: For Better or Worse? (MGH Clay Center)Digital Media and Body Image (MGH Clay Center)Body Image, Media, and Eating Disorders—a 10-Year Update (Academic Psychiatry)The Developmental Challenges of Middle School: It’s Not So Much Who You Are, But Whom You’re With (MGH Clay Center)Instagram promoted pages glorifying eating disorders to teen accounts (CNN)Media Literacy and Mental Health, featuring Common Sense Media (MGH Clay Center)Factors Correlated with Violent Video Game use by Adolescent Boys and Girls (Journal of Adolescent Health)Internet meme (Wikipedia)50 must-do fall activities for families (Today’s Parent)
    Episode produced by Sara Rattigan
    Music by Gene Beresin

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    • 30 min
    Mental Health Myths - BUSTED

    Mental Health Myths - BUSTED

    Welcome back to Shrinking It Down – because mental health is anything but simple. What better way to launch Season 5 than by busting some mental health myths?
    In this episode, co-hosts Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr. Khadijah Booth Watkins check in with each other after the summer break, and then share the facts on some common misconceptions about depression and anxiety, violent video games, "bad" parenting, and more.
    Thanks for joining! We hope our conversation will help you to have yours.
    Media List
    Gene Beresin, MD, MAKhadijah Booth Watkins, MD, MPHMental Health Myths: BUSTED (MGH Clay Center)Myth Busters (Discovery+)3-2-1 Contact (IMDB)When Teens Talk of Suicide: What You Need to Know (MGH Clay Center)Bipolar Disorder and the Arts: Mark Vonnegut’s Story (MGH Clay Center)What If My Child Has Depression? (MGH Clay Center)Game Reviews (Common Sense Media)What If My Child Has an Anxiety Disorder? (MGH Clay Center)Social-Emotionally Supporting Your Child In a Pandemic School Year (Canada Talks, Sirius XM)Exercise for Stress and Anxiety (Anxiety & Depression Association of America)Nutrition and Mental Health: It’s More Complicated Than You Think (MGH Clay Center)Anxiety to Agency: Empowering Kids to Address Climate Change (MGH Clay Center)
    Episode produced by Sara Rattigan
    Music by Gene Beresin

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    • 39 min
    Midsummer Meditation with Dr. Darshan Mehta

    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

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    Everything You've Wanted to Know About Sleep, featuring Bernard Kinane, MD

    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 Rattigan
    Music by Gene Beresin

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    • 45 min
    We'll be back in 2 weeks!

    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.
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