Mental Health

Still Working

April 10, 2019

Still Working

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I’ve seen through our magnet journey how the nurses here light up when they’re talking about the projects they’re involved in,” says Iris Mayoral, a clinical nurse at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, which was awarded Magnet Designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. “I’m involved in the falls prevention project. Patients in the […]

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Tags: featured, Magnet Designation, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA


Placebo effect: sugar pills as medicine?

March 14, 2019

Placebo effect: sugar pills as medicine?

By uclahealth uclahealth

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 the physical response. New research suggests […]

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Tags: Anxiety, back pain, caregiver, depression, migraine headaches, Parkinson’s disease, placebo effect, schizophrenia


Eating disorders in adolescents are on the rise: here's how to spot them

March 8, 2019

Eating disorders in adolescents are on the rise: here’s how to spot them

By uclahealth uclahealth

Eating disorders can affect every age, gender, race and socioeconomic group. In youths and young adults, the incidence of eating disorders is more than 5 percent for females and 1 percent for males. You can’t tell from looking at someone that they have an eating disorder. It is important to pay attention to the subtle […]

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Tags: anorexia nervosa, ARFID, Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder, binge eating, binge eating disorder, brain health, bulimia nervosa, digestive health, eating disorders, heart health, nutrition, pre-teen


Ask the Doctors - Am I a hoarder?

September 28, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Am I a hoarder?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

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. According to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, […]

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Tags: Anxiety, Ask the Doctors, behavioral therapy, depression, Dr. Robert Ashley, hoarding behavior


Ask the Doctors - How risky are 'magic mushrooms'?

September 25, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How risky are ‘magic mushrooms’?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

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? In a word – yes. Although emerging […]

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Tags: Anxiety, Ask the Doctors, Controlled Substances Act, depression, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, magic mushrooms, psilocybin, PTSD, Schedule 1 substance


If not Alzheimer's, what is it? Memory symptoms may be due to other conditions-and often are treatable

June 7, 2018

If not Alzheimer’s, what is it? Memory symptoms may be due to other conditions-and often are treatable

By Leigh Hopper leighhopper

    Alzheimer’s disease is the much-feared, most common cause of memory problems in the elderly. Sometimes, however, memory problems are caused by something else entirely, including conditions that can be treated if diagnosed, according to doctors at UCLA. Here are three treatable conditions that can mimic Alzheimer’s disease symptoms: 1) Hypertension. High blood pressure […]

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Tags: Alzheimer's, cognitive health, dementia, depression, substance abuse


Online training videos provide coping skills for caregivers of people with dementia

June 6, 2018

Online training videos provide coping skills for caregivers of people with dementia

By Enrique Rivero enriquerivero

Family and professional caregivers are key to ensuring that people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia live safely, comfortably and with dignity. Given the nation’s rapidly aging population, more people in the coming years will develop Alzheimer’s and dementia with the memory loss, agitation, behavior changes and other symptoms that come with them. […]

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Tags: adult caregivers, Alzheimer's, Alzheimer’s disease, caregiver training, caregiver training videos, caregivers, dementia, dementia caregivers, Dr. Zaldy Tan, UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program


Ask the Doctors - Will my mom's emotional withdrawal affect her physical health?

April 11, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Will my mom’s emotional withdrawal affect her physical health?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: My father passed away six months ago and ever since, my elderly mother has withdrawn from all social activity. I can’t help wondering — does this pose a problem for her mental health? The loss of a loved one is a heavy burden for anyone to bear. For an elderly person, particularly a […]

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Tags: coping with grief, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, elderly, senior citizen, social isolation


February 26, 2018

The best thing we ever did

By drtracyb drtracyb

We adopted two toddlers from Russia in 2009. Our son was diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome within 10 days of coming home. He was later also diagnosed with autism. His sister was also diagnosed many years later with FASD, but she is another story. Regional Center provided in-home services as soon as he was diagnosed […]

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Tags: adpotion, autism, children, children's health, daily intervention, fetal alcohol syndrome, in-home services, parents, patient stories, social skills, UCLA Intervention Program


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