Items Tagged ‘mental health’

Mindfulness Meditation: Health Benefits and How to Start

July 11, 2019

Mindfulness Meditation: Health Benefits and How to Start

By uclahealth uclahealth

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 something […]

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Tags: adhd, Anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, MARC, meditation, mental health, mindfulness, mindfulness meditation, obsessive-compulsive disorder, physical health, UCLA Mindful


Benefits of Outdoor Play for Children

July 11, 2019

Benefits of Outdoor Play for Children

By uclahealth uclahealth

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 […]

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Tags: adhd, ADHD Clinic, Anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, behavioral health, depression, mental health, physical activity, stress levels, vitamin D


More Than a Walk

June 24, 2019

More Than a Walk

By uclahealth uclahealth

“This isn’t just a walk, it’s a community and a fight against mental illness and the stigmas attached,” says Grace Florentin, a nurse educator participating in the NAMI Walk for the sixth year. Walking with Grace is Jamie Chazen, a mental health practitioner. Jamie says, “It’s great to see all the different groups out here, […]

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Tags: featured, mental health, mental illness, NAMI Walk, patient story


Veterans with PTSD need integration into the family, not isolation

June 13, 2019

Veterans with PTSD need integration into the family, not isolation

By uclahealth uclahealth

When it comes to helping a veteran with PTSD, families too often tend to focus the majority of their physical, emotional and mental resources into taking care of that person, inadvertently creating an imbalance that can both constrain the veteran’s healing and further stress the family. Dr. Jo Sornborger, director of psychologic health for the […]

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Tags: Dr. Jo Sornborger, mental health, Operation Mend, psychological injury, PTSD, UCLA Health Operation Mend, veterans, wounded warriors


Defeat Depression With A Healthy Diet

May 14, 2019

Defeat Depression With A Healthy Diet

By uclahealth uclahealth

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 increase brain […]

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Tags: brain health, depression, healthy diet, healthy foods, mental health, mood, UCLA psychiatry


The Link Between Exercise and Mental Health

October 17, 2018

The Link Between Exercise and Mental Health

By uclahealth uclahealth

A new study suggests moderate exercise is not just good for your body but improves mental health as well. Researchers concluded this after analyzing the responses of 1.2 million adults who participated in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey. Physical activity improves mental health The study, which appeared in the peer-reviewed medical […]

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Tags: exercise, mental health, mental health benefits, mindfulness, mood, physical activity


June 14, 2018

EMPWR-ing LGBTQ Youth

By uclahealth uclahealth

“We volunteered at the Pride fair last night and handed out a lot of swag at the UCLA Health booth,” says Dr. Natalia Ramos, pictured right, a child psychiatrist within the UCLA Department of Child Psychiatry. Liz Ollen, pictured left, a child psychology doctoral student adds, “We’re really excited that UCLA Health is part of […]

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Tags: child psychology, Dr. Natalia Ramos, LGBTQ children, LGBTQ community, LGBTQ young adults, LGBTQ youth, mental health, UCLA Department of Child Psychiatry


New center provides multidisciplinary care to adolescents with epilepsy

May 8, 2018

New center provides multidisciplinary care to adolescents with epilepsy

By uclahealth uclahealth

The Adolescent Epilepsy Center at UCLA will open its doors in June at 300 UCLA Medical Plaza. The unique, multidisciplinary center will offer a holistic treatment approach for teenagers with epilepsy and their parents. “We frequently diagnose epilepsy during the teen years, and the condition can have a significant, often negative, impact on a child’s […]

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Tags: adhd, Adolescent Epilepsy Center, adult epilepsy care, Anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, dietary changes, Dr. Jason Lerner, epilepsy, epileptologists, holistic treatment, learning disabilities


Feeling overwhelmed by barrage of distressing news? Try doing good as an antidote

January 26, 2018

Feeling overwhelmed by barrage of distressing news? Try doing good as an antidote

By Leigh Hopper Leigh Hopper

“Ballistic Missile Threat Inbound To Hawaii. Seek Immediate Shelter. This Is Not A Drill,” the emergency alert read. Although it was a false alarm sent out by mistake in mid-January, the missile warning seemed plausible in today’s anything-can-happen, extreme news environment. “The sheer volume of stressful events occurring on a near-daily basis can make people […]

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Tags: managing stress, mental health, self-care for U, trauma, vicarious trauma


Exploring the impact of HIV/AIDS on black women

November 16, 2017

Exploring the impact of HIV/AIDS on black women

By Enrique Rivero Enrique Rivero

The impact of HIV/AIDS on black women has received little attention over the years, which has prompted Gail Wyatt to try to do something about it. Wyatt, a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and an associate director of the UCLA AIDS Institute, recently helped […]

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Tags: African American women, AIDS, black women, Gail Wyatt, HIV, mental health, reproductive health, Semel Institute, sexually-transmitted infections, STDs, STIs, testing