Psychology

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


September 27, 2017

Someone finally sees who I am

By DivaD divadarya

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 I already knew about who […]

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Tags: blood pressure, breast augmentation, Dr. Amy Weimer, Dr. Jessica Bernacki, estrogen, gender health, health insurance, hormone treatment, laser hair removal, LBGTQ, patient stories, psychologist


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


When a troubled world fuels fear in children

July 26, 2017

When a troubled world fuels fear in children

By Mark Wheeler markwheeler

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 nuclear missiles to Cuba that could easily target the U.S.­–but I heard enough  […]

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New book outlines two-step process for long-term behavior change

July 12, 2017

New book outlines two-step process for long-term behavior change

By Enrique Rivero enriquerivero

When Sean Young was in graduate school, he received a visit one day from his brother. During the visit his brother became so overcome with pain that he had to be rushed to the hospital, where physicians discovered a burst intestine. The emergency surgery saved his life. The doctors told his brother, who suffered from […]

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Tags: behavior change, book, Sean Young, Stick with It, UC Institute for Prediction Technology, UCLA Center for Digital Behavior, UCLA Department of Family Medicine


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