depression

When a family member or friend is feeling sad or anxious, it can be awkward when you don’t know what to say. You want to help – and not make matters worse – but how?

Dr By UCLA50Plus • December 11, 2019

Humans have a natural ability to live in the present. As children, we are curious and notice even small details (like the color of a bug or a pattern in the clouds). With aging, people tend to focus less on the present moment. Instead, they process things that happened in the past or anticipate [...]

By uclahealth • July 11, 2019

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children need physical activity to promote healthy growth and development. Playing outdoors fosters higher levels of physical activity than indoor play, which is vital for kids since childhood obesity rates are on the rise. Unfortunately, the average child spends less than 30 minutes of unstructured [...]

By uclahealth • July 11, 2019

Research over the past ten years suggests that you can prevent depression with a healthy diet.

Some studies suggest a healthy diet, like a Mediterranean-style eating plan, can even treat depression once it’s been diagnosed. 

Improving Brain Health Through Diet

At the root of depression is an unhealthy brain. Improving your diet can [...]

By uclahealth • May 14, 2019
Until now, medical treatments have been used in a one-size-fits-all fashion. But diseases can affect people differently. Each individual has a unique genetic makeup, lifestyle and environment. As a result, the same medical treatment may be more or less effective for different people with the same diagnosis. Precision medicine [...]
By uclahealth • March 15, 2019
The placebo effect occurs when people respond to treatments that have no medical reason to be effective. Although the placebo effect is generally accepted as being real, exactly why these treatments work remains a mystery. One common theory is that the mind acts on the body to bring on [...]
By uclahealth • March 14, 2019

Depression affects an estimated 25 percent of adults age 60 and older. But because the stigma of mental illness continues in this generation, depressive symptoms often go underreported and the condition remains untreated. Doctors link late-life depression to:

  • Physical ailments or chronic [...]
By uclahealth • October 8, 2018
Dear Doctor: I’m a 77-year-old woman – and I’m a hoarder. Well, maybe I’m a hoarder. Maybe I’m just lazy or a procrastinator. Regardless, how can I get myself in gear? Hoarding behavior has only recently been recognized as a disorder. [...]
By Ask the Doctors • September 28, 2018
Dear Doctors: I see that psilocybin mushrooms – what we used to call magic mushrooms – are being studied now as a possible treatment for PTSD and depression. I’ve struggled with severe depression my whole life. Would it be risky for me to give magic mushrooms a try? [...]
By Ask the Doctors • September 25, 2018
When a family member or friend is feeling sad or anxious, it can be awkward when you don’t know what to say. You want to help -- and you definitely don’t want to make matters worse – but how? Lekeisha Sumner and [...]
By Leigh Hopper • July 12, 2018