Friends of Semel Event Open Mind Lecture 'Magnificent Desolation'
The Long Journey Home from the Moon by Buzz Aldrin
An inspiring autobiography from an American hero, Aldrin tells of his trip to the moon in 1969 and his subsequent struggle with alcoholism and depression that nearly ruined his life.
This event is sponsored by Joseph and Margot Calabrese.
Refreshments and book signing.
Parking $9 in Lot 7. www.ucla.edu/maps
Admission free but reservations are required. Please call 310-825-8871 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Aimee Hunter, a research psychologist at the Semel Institute, was featured in an April 22 Technology Review article about her research that uses quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) to predict which people might be most susceptible to antidepressant-induced suicide.
Aimee Hunter, a research psychologist at the Semel Institute, was featured in an April 22 Investors Daily article and an April 23 Discovery News article about her research that uses quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) to predict which people might be most susceptible to antidepressant-induced suicide.
While antidepressant medications have proven to be beneficial in helping people overcome major depression, it has long been known that a small subset of individuals taking these drugs can actually experience a worsening of mood, and even thoughts of suicide. No clinical test currently exists to make this determination, and only time — usually weeks — can tell before a psychiatrist knows whether a patient is getting better or worse. Now, UCLA researchers have developed a non-invasive biomarker, or indicator, that may serve as a type of early warning system.
UCLA/Wayne State University research findings that half of Americans suffering from major depression go untreated were covered Jan. 5 by the San Francisco Chronicle and Jan. 4 by the health blog of the Los Angeles Times. The findings were also covered by 30 local TV news affiliates nationwide.
Ian Cook, Miller Family Professor of Psychiatry and director of the Depression Research Program at the Semel Institute, was interviewed on the Dec. 7 KPCC 89.3FM “Patt Morrison Show” about a report in the December Archives of General Psychiatry that states the bio-chemical properties of at least one common anti-depressant may actually be producing real personality changes.
Youth Stress and Mood Program
The Youth Stress and Mood Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is dedicated to improving health and mental health in children and adolescents, and developing and evaluating treatments and services for depression and suicide prevention. Our program focuses on enhancing coping and stress management in children and adolescents, supporting families in caring for their children, and developing services to meet the needs of children and families. The program has a number of federally funded research grants, provides clinical services, and involves collaborative work with community partners to strengthen community resources for depression and suicide prevention in youths.
Directed by Dr. Joan Rosenbaum Asarnow, Professor in Residence in the department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, the Youth Stress and Mood Program is currently engaged in multiple research studies that provide clinical care for children and adolescents presenting with depression, stress, suicide, and/or symptoms of mood disturbance. Following an initial evaluation, we may be able to provide services for children and adolescents, which may include individual or family-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. There is no charge for services offered through our studies and eligible participants will instead be financially compensated for participation.
For more information on our current research programs, or to participate in one of our studies, please call: 310-794-4962.