Psychology

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


June 14, 2018

EMPWR-ing LGBTQ Youth

By uclahealth uclahealth

“We volunteered at the Pride fair last night and handed out a lot of swag at the UCLA Health booth,” says Dr. Natalia Ramos, pictured right, a child psychiatrist within the UCLA Department of Child Psychiatry. Liz Ollen, pictured left, a child psychology doctoral student adds, “We’re really excited that UCLA Health is part of […]

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Tags: child psychology, Dr. Natalia Ramos, LGBTQ children, LGBTQ community, LGBTQ young adults, LGBTQ youth, mental health, UCLA Department of Child Psychiatry


Psychotherapy services at pain center help patients enjoy better quality of life

June 4, 2018

Psychotherapy services at pain center help patients enjoy better quality of life

By uclahealth uclahealth

Story highlights Pain psychology uses cognitive behavioral therapy to change pain perceptions. Center offers various therapies to help patients cope with back, neck and joint pain, post-surgical pain and nerve pain. Services help to reduce or eliminate the need for addictive pain medications. If you’re among the approximately 100 million Americans who deal with chronic […]

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Tags: back pain, Chronic Pain, cognitive behavioral therapy, Dr. F. Michael Ferrante, joint pain, neck pain, nerve pain, pain perceptions, pain psychology, post-surgical pain, short-term pain, UCLA Comprehensive Pain Center


Ask the Doctors - How worried should I be about my wife's 'baby blues'?

March 15, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How worried should I be about my wife’s ‘baby blues’?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: It’s been two weeks since our son was born, and my wife seems to be having a hard time. She cries easily and has a lot of anxiety. Is this just baby blues, like my mother says, or is it postpartum depression? Congratulations on welcoming a new baby! Your lives have undergone an […]

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Tags: Anxiety, baby, baby blues, childbirth, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, estrogen, hopelessness, infancy, major depression, mild depression, mood swings


How to survive the high anxiety of college admission decisions

February 28, 2018

How to survive the high anxiety of college admission decisions

By Leigh Hopper leighhopper

Some high school seniors and their parents are feeling a little tense right now. The regular admission deadline for college applications was around the first of the year; that means many students applying to highly ranked colleges receive word of acceptance – or rejection – in March and in April. When a young person feels […]

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Tags: Anxiety, college, high school, pediatrics, psychology, stress


February 26, 2018

UCLA’s Best Kept Secret

By proudUCLAmom jtperez

I am the proud mother of a gorgeous, funny, helpful and talented little boy who has a disability. During one of our visits to his Developmental Specialist, it was mentioned that he may benefit from attending the UCLA Intervention Program. I was amazed that such a program existed, let alone in UCLA. I am an […]

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Tags: children with disabilities, children's health, Developmental Specialist, family, patient stories, teacher, UCLA Intervention Program


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


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, LBGQT, LBGTQ, patient stories


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