Psychiatry

When Dr. Shafali Jeste first started seeing children through UCLA’s Developmental Neurogenetics Clinic, she expected most visits to focus on the medical management of epilepsy, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, or behavioral challenges. Jeste, a behavioral child neurologist, specializes in children with rare genetic variants and syndromes associated with [...]
By Leigh Hopper • November 17, 2017
It's taken me a long time to accept myself. Twenty years ago, when I finally began the process, it was almost impossible to get insurance companies to pay for trans related care of any kind. Around 2002, I intuitively and stubbornly began to do whatever I could to confirm what [...]
By DivaD • September 27, 2017
How can parents support a child who may be transgender or gender-nonconforming? Research shows that LGTBQ youth have higher rates of depression, substance abuse and suicide attempts; so if you suspect your child may be thinking about these issues, you probably want to help – or at least not make [...]
By Leigh Hopper • July 31, 2017
During the Cuban missile crisis, in 1962, schoolchildren (like myself) were taught to hide under our desks in the event of a nuclear attack. Some “lucky” kid’s parents were building bomb shelters. I didn’t know the ins-and-outs—that the U.S.S.R had begun shipping [...]
By Mark Wheeler • July 26, 2017
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 [...]
By uclahealth • June 28, 2017