Items Tagged ‘mental health’

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 leighhopper

“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 enriquerivero

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


Why concussions may impact female athletes differently

September 6, 2017

Why concussions may impact female athletes differently

By David Olmos davidolmos

Scientists are learning more all the time about the differences between the female and male brain. So it’s perhaps not too surprising to know that athletes of different gender are impacted differently by brain injuries, such as concussions. Mayumi Prins, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is studying […]

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Tags: brain injury, childrens health, concussions, depression, exercise, mental health, Psychological stress, sports injuries, sports medicine, UCLA Brain Research Institute, women's health


Disgusted by your appearance? The problem may reside in your brain, not your looks

August 21, 2017

Disgusted by your appearance? The problem may reside in your brain, not your looks

By Leigh Hopper leighhopper

You hate your nose even though your friends tell you that it looks normal, even attractive. You check mirrors and feel shame for being vain. You may even suspect the problem is psychological, but you think that your best solution is to fix your nose rather than address your mental health. This is how body […]

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Tags: body dysmorphic disorder, body image, mental health, psychiatry, suicide


Pedaling to work is good for your health, but be aware of traffic-related pollutants

July 28, 2017

Pedaling to work is good for your health, but be aware of traffic-related pollutants

By David Olmos davidolmos

Bike commuting has become more prevalent in Southern California and many cities across the country, and the health benefits of pedaling to work, such as an effective calorie-burning cardiovascular workout, are obvious. But what about the potential negative impact to your health of sharing the road with cars, trucks, and buses spewing pollutants a few […]

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Tags: air pollution, cardiovascular health, environmental health hazards, exercise, heart disease, mental health, physical fitness, smog


Alternative Facts: Why provable falsehoods stick

June 28, 2017

Alternative Facts: Why provable falsehoods stick

By uclahealth uclahealth

Fake news or fact? In today’s world, the difference may be in the eye of the beholder, says Emanuel Maidenberg,  a clinical professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the director of the UCLA Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic. In a recent article, Maidenberg posits that we believe what […]

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Tags: Emanuel Maidenberg, mental health, psychiatry/psychology


Veterans with PTSD need integration into the family, not isolation

June 27, 2017

Veterans with PTSD need integration into the family, not isolation

By Amy Albin amyalbin

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


Mental health check

June 24, 2017

Mental health check

By uclahealth uclahealth

Seeing a therapist for the first time can be intimidating, but you don’t want to shortchange your mental health. If you are having second thoughts about speaking with someone, it may help to remember that you are not alone: About one in four adults in the United States is diagnosed with a mental health disorder […]

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Tags: anger management, cognitive behavioral therapy, coping with grief, drug abuse, humanistics, life changes, living with chronic illness, mental health, mental health check, mental health disorders, mental health issues, mental health specialist


Teen suicide: Why “13 Reasons Why” is wrong

June 19, 2017

Teen suicide: Why “13 Reasons Why” is wrong

By Mark Wheeler markwheeler

Say what you want about the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” – you’ll have plenty of company regardless – but if you’re the parent of a teenager, the show should provide a pop culture wake-up call about teen suicide. In 2014, suicide was the second-leading cause of death for people ages 10-24, second only by accidents. […]

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Tags: 13 Reasons Why, adolescent psychiatry, Joan Asarnow, mental health, suicide, suicide expert, teen, teen suicide


Talk to teens about pot use

February 28, 2017

Talk to teens about pot use

By Leigh Hopper leighhopper

As more states legalize marijuana use, there’s a growing perception that pot is benign. But that’s not necessarily the case – especially in young people. There is still much to be learned about the effects of sporadic and occasional marijuana use on adolescent brains, said Dr. Thomas Strouse, medical director of the Stewart and Lynda […]

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Tags: addiction, American Academy of Pediatrics, depression, Dr. Thomas Strouse, marijuana, marijuana use in teens, mental health, mental illness, psychosis, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA