Items Tagged ‘mental illness’

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


Talk to teens about pot use

February 28, 2017

Talk to teens about pot use

By Leigh Hopper Leigh Hopper

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


For schizophrenia patients, exercise can be a powerful therapy

April 11, 2016

For schizophrenia patients, exercise can be a powerful therapy

By Meg Sullivan Meg Sullivan

Van Nuys maintenance worker Marco Tapia had a schizophrenic breakdown at age 24. His family thought he had been taking drugs because he was acting so … strange. When he tried to use a window instead of the door to get into their Van Nuys apartment, they realized something was terribly wrong. His parents then […]

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Tags: antipsychotic medications, exercise, mental health, mental illness, schizophrenia, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA’s Aftercare Research Program