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Athlete Mental Health: What You Need To Know

Athletes are often admired for their physical prowess. However, despite their exceptional talents, the demands of performance can take a drastic toll on their mental health. In recent years, the medical field, sports organizations, and popular culture have given more recognition to the importance of...

Just How Does Drinking Affect the Teenage Brain?

Studies at McLean Hospital and elsewhere have shown that alcohol affects the brains of adolescents in profound and dangerous ways. During the teenage and early adult years, the brain is still developing, making it more vulnerable to alcohol than the adult brain. Moreover, research indicates that the...

Video: Managing Fears and Phobias in Kids and Teens

Growing up can be frightening. The path to adulthood is fraught with fears, both rational and irrational, challenging children and adolescents alike. And while it’s not uncommon for a child to be scared of imaginary foes or a teen to be afraid of social rejection, these and similar fears can lead to...

Video: Examining Gender Differences in Mental Health

Mental health conditions impact all genders—but how they present may differ depending on gender. In addition, strong sociocultural forces—like the saying “Boys don’t cry”—can impact social and emotional development in kids. Variations in symptoms, coupled with differences in how genders are expected...

Anxiety and OCD Course Advises on Supporting Kids and Teens

On March 21, 2024, McLean Hospital hosted Anxiety and OCD in Kids and Teens, a course aimed at health care professionals, educators, and parents. Experts Lisa W. Coyne, PhD , Fairlee C. Fabrett, PhD , and Jeff Szymanski, PhD , weighed in on topics including the fundamentals of anxiety and OCD, how...

Understanding Anxiety in Kids and Teens

As a parent, teacher, babysitter, or even neighbor, you may notice behavior that concerns you. Though you may not be able to immediately identify it, you know something is not right. Anxiety in children can show up in different ways, such as avoidance of activities or experiences, irritability, and...

Everything You Need To Know About OCD in Kids and Teens

While working on a project together, you see a friend packing up their work supplies in a very neat fashion. You can’t help but point out that they’ve organized all their pens to be lined up in order of color and all facing the same direction in their box. “Oh,” they reply. “That’s just my OCD.”...

The Mental Health Impact of Bullying on Kids and Teens

When people hear the word “bully,” they may think of a child being pushed around by another kid. Or they may think of someone being insulted by a peer, whether face-to-face or online. Regardless of its shape and form, these experiences can be incredibly serious and often have lifelong effects. And...

Podcast: Promoting Positive Mental Health in K-12 Students

Jeff talks to Dr. Mills Smith-Millman about proven strategies for supporting the mental well-being of students in kindergarten through high school. They discuss mental health training options for school professionals, and Mills answers audience questions about common mental illnesses impacting...

Video: Addressing and Overcoming Test Anxiety

Taking tests can be stressful. That’s a fact most of us know from experience. But in today’s increasingly competitive world filled with high-stakes exams, far too many students find themselves overwhelmed by severe test anxiety. Unaddressed, this stress can become debilitating and prompt teens and...

Pathways Academy: Meeting the Needs of Students With Autism

Every child deserves and must have the opportunity to learn and reach their full potential…” Started in 2000, McLean Hospital’s Pathways Academy is a year-round, 216-day school designed to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of students, aged 6 to 22, with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)...

Mentoring Tomorrow’s Mental Health Providers

Many students know their career path from the day they enter college, if not before. But for those who find themselves pondering their next steps as graduation approaches, McLean Hospital now offers an opportunity to road test some of their ideas. The Post-Baccalaureate Child and Adolescent Clinical...