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Genetics and Aging

Dean Hamer, Director of the Gene Structure and Regulation Unit at the National Cancer Institute, talks about the link between genetics and aging. Dr. Hamer focuses on some of the more serious problems associated with age, in particular, Alzheimer's Disease.
Online
2015; 2011
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Suicide and Psychiatric Disorders

Professor of psychiatry and author Kay Redfield Jamison talks about the irrefutable link between psychiatric disorders and suicide, especially among young people.
Online
2015; 2011
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Family's Struggle, a

Dr. Ed McCabe, Chief of the Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA, talks about the challenges faced by a Colorado family in which two children were afflicted by a serious genetic disorder.
Online
2015; 2011
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Role of DNA, the

Dean Hamer, Director of the Gene Structure and Regulation Unit at the National Cancer Institute, talks about the role of DNA in human behavior. Dr. Hamer explains that DNA is like ". . . a blueprint that determines not only our physical bodies, but also, at least in part, our brains."
Online
2015; 2011
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Manic Depressive Experiences in College and Beyond

Professor of psychiatry and author Kay Redfield Jamison talks about the episodes of mania and depression she experienced in college, then recalls her years in graduate school as a time of relative stability. All that changed when she began teaching at UCLA. "When I joined the faculty at UCLA in the psychiatry department as a young assistant professor, I went flamingly manic, " Dr. Jamison says. "Hallucinations, delusions...completely psychotic."
Online
2015; 2011
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Stigma of Mental Illness, the

Dr. Andrew Leuchter, Director of Adult Psychiatry at UCLA, talks about the stigma of mental illness. The manifestations of that run the gamut from patients avoiding treatment, to insurance companies providing little or no psychotherapy benefits.
Online
2015; 2011
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Recognizing Depression

Dr. Andrew Leuchter, Director of Adult Psychiatry at UCLA, talks about the differences between what he calls, ". . . normal ups and downs," and depression. Dr. Leuchter says that when someone is down for weeks at a time, ". . . that's when we start to think of somebody as, not just being down but, being depressed and needing treatment."
Online
2015; 2011
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Depression and the Brain

Dr. Andrew Leuchter, Director of Adult Psychiatry at UCLA, talks about brain-mapping and other techniques for looking into the brain that may predict whether a patient suffering from depression is going to benefit from a particular treatment that's being used.
Online
2015; 2011
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Schizophrenia and the Brain

Dr. Andrew Leuchter, Director of Adult Psychiatry at UCLA, talks about studies showing distinctive features in the brains and brain function of many schizophrenic patients.
Online
2015; 2011
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Exuberance and Intellectual Curiosity

Professor of psychiatry and author Kay Redfield Jamison talks about the link between exuberance and curiosity. ". . . One of the endearing qualities of exuberance," Dr. Jamison notes, ". . . is that people are able to entertain themselves almost endlessly by asking questions."
Online
2015; 2011
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When a Study Ends

Experimental psychologist and author Elizabeth Loftus talks about the reactions of her subjects when research studies end. "After having debriefed more than two thousand subjects in whom I've attempted to plant a false memory over the last quarter century, I've never had any kind of a bad experience," Dr. Loftus reports.
Online
2015; 2011
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Advanced Directives

Professor of Law and Medicine Alex Capron talks about the value and importance of communicating one's wishes in advance concerning end-of-life issues and decisions.
Online
2015; 2011
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Understanding Depression

Dr. Andrew Leuchter, Director of Adult Psychiatry at UCLA, explains that depression is an illness not a weakness, and that real, physical changes in brain neurochemistry or in hormones often, ". . . prevent the depressed patient from being themselves."
Online
2015; 2011
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Gender Equality

Author and feminist Betty Friedan observes that while full equality between the genders has not yet been achieved, American society is closer to reaching that goal than at any time in the past.
Online
2015; 2011
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Rehabilitating the Schizophrenic

Dr. Andrew Leuchter, Director of Adult Psychiatry at UCLA, explains that treating schizophrenia involves more than just medication. He talks about the importance of rehabilitation and re-integration into society, the family and normal relationships through social skills training to maximize the function of schizophrenic patients.
Online
2015; 2011
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HIV/AIDS: Blood Supply Safety

Dr. Alexandra Levine, Chief of the Division of Hematology at the USC School of Medicine, talks about the strides that have been made in making sure the blood supply in the United States is safe in the wake of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Although there is still a very small chance that blood from an individual with HIV can make it into the nation's blood supply, the blood supply in 1981-1982 was completely unprotected. In fact, Dr. Levine says when referring to the blood supply at that time, "...we didn't even know what to look for."
Online
2015; 2011
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Psychotherapy Options

Dr. Andrew Leuchter, Director of Adult Psychiatry at UCLA, talks about the range of psychotherapies that are available, including traditional psychoanalysis, as well as briefer, structured psychotherapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy.
Online
2015; 2011
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Violence: Emotional and Physical

Dr. Astrid Heger, Director of the Violence Intervention Program at L.A. County-USC Medical Center, talks about the continuum of violence, from emotional to physical to sexual. Dr Heger notes that, in many cases, emotional violence as expressed through extreme, chronic verbal abuse can be just as damaging as physical violence.
Online
2015; 2011
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Traumatic Amnesia and Massive Repression (Part Three)

Experimental psychologist and author Elizabeth Loftus continues her discussion of the traumatic amnesia case in which a mother was accused of having sexually abused her daughter years earlier. Dr. Loftus describes the reaction of the mother in the case when she found out that Dr. Loftus was looking into her case and thought that she might be innocent. "This mother just sobbed and sobbed...and said 'I never thought this day would come, when someone (would) believe me'..."
Online
2015; 2011
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Traumatic Amnesia and Massive Repression (Part Four)

Experimental psychologist and author Elizabeth Loftus continues her discussion of the traumatic amnesia case in which a mother was accused of having sexually abused her daughter years earlier. After her initial involvement in the case, Dr. Loftus explains, she faced a two-year gag order that prohibited her from speaking out.
Online
2015; 2011