Anxiety

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) describes a wide range of neurodevelopmental disorders that can cause significant social, behavioral and communication challenges. Diagnosis Autism spectrum disorder, which affects roughly 1.5 percent of children, is often characterized by repetitive motions, limited social and emotional interaction, and delayed speech and language [...]
By uclahealth • March 29, 2017
Crossword puzzles and other mentally demanding activities are well-known as memory boosters for older adults. But what if word games aren’t your thing? What if you’d rather learn to relax, doing something like yoga? UCLA researchers found that yoga is better for both memory and mood. In a [...]
By Leigh Hopper • January 20, 2017
An estimated 43 million Americans – or 18 percent of the population – live with a mental illness, and many of them are facing it in secret. Some are even too ashamed to seek out the treatment that could help them. “Stigma [around mental illness] is shrinking, but [...]
By uclahealth • October 4, 2016
Most of the time, our thoughts are focused on the past and the future rather than on the present. And while technology may seem to make life easier, it also increases the demands on our time and attention. As a result, we are more stressed than ever before. [...]
By uclahealth • August 9, 2016
While many parents look forward to the end of summer and the start of school with some relief, their children may be experiencing feelings of anxiety and apprehension. In some children, nervousness about the coming year can even manifest as physical symptoms, such as stomachaches, headaches and restlessness. [...]
By uclahealth • August 3, 2016
In June, autopsy results were released for music icon Prince, who was found dead April 21 at his Minneapolis-area home. The results confirmed Prince died of an overdose of fentanyl, a powerful prescription painkiller that’s part of the opioid family. Sadly, Prince was just the latest victim in [...]
By uclahealth • July 22, 2016
Video games often stir up clashes between parents, who prefer their kids to be more active, and kids, who try to negotiate more screen time. But with the wildly popular new Pokémon GO game, the battle lines between physical activity and screen time have gotten fuzzy. Pokémon GO [...]
By uclahealth • July 20, 2016
Mindfulness is everywhere these days, backed by science and shown to be helpful in lowering your blood pressure and beating back depression, decreasing your anxiety and increasing attention and focus, even fostering what scientists describe politely as less “emotional reactivity” and the rest of us would call fighting with [...]
By Mark Wheeler • June 7, 2016
As an emergency room doctor who’s no stranger to crisis – and, as a result, the media -- I’m frequently asked to weigh in on news while it’s still developing, before anyone has any answers, much less all of them. To that end, I’ve now been asked several [...]
By uclahealth • April 25, 2016
As parents, it’s tough to see our children upset, worried or stressed. And while it’s natural to want to remove every hardship from their lives, letting them experience stress can actually be healthy. They will benefit in the long run from learning how to manage stress on their own, says [...]
By Meg Sullivan • March 31, 2016