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Seasons of Life

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Case studies and commentaries by noted psychologists examine human development, from conception to death.
VHS
1990
Ivy (By Request)
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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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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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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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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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Depression and Medication (Part Two)

Dr. Andrew Leuchter, Director of Adult Psychiatry at UCLA, talks about the link between the severity or frequency of depression episodes and the appropriate medication indicated. Dr. Leuchter notes that most of the available medications for depression are, "...pretty transparent to most patients...there are minimal side effects...so there really is very little downside to staying on the medications."
Online
2015; 2011
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Fighting HIV/AIDS: The Power of Love

Dr. Alexandra Levine, Chief of the Division of Hematology at the USC School of Medicine, observes that, while love alone won't cure cancer or AIDS, it does make a difference in helping patients wage a more effective battle against either disease, perhaps enabling them to live a better and longer life than they otherwise could.
Online
2015; 2011
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Serotonin and Violence

Dean Hamer, Director of the Gene Structure and Regulation Unit at the National Cancer Institute, continues his comments about serotonin. Dr. Hamer explains that in addition to making people feel depressed, serotonin seems to also trigger hostility in some people. Experiments have shown altered serotonin levels in the brains of violent criminals.
Online
2015; 2011
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Genetics of Personality, the

Dean Hamer, Director of the Gene Structure and Regulation Unit at the National Cancer Institute, talks about the link between the gene involved in dopamine metabolism and the personality of those who tend to be thrill seekers.
Online
2015; 2011
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Alzheimer's Disease: Prevention and Protection (Part Two)

Dr. Andrew Leuchter, Director of Adult Psychiatry at UCLA, talks about research into possible preventive measures for Alzheimer's disease. "In women, there's some suggestion that estrogen replacement therapy may help to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease," Dr. Leuchter explains. He goes on to say that, "...another intriguing lead is some of the common anti-inflammatory medications, medications for arthritis, may prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease."
Online
2015; 2011
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Children and Violence (Part One)

Dr. Astrid Heger, Director of the Violence Intervention Program at L.A. County-USC Medical Center, talks about the types of cases her program deals with involving violence against children, and how the program seeks to provide these children with an extensive prevention and treatment plan.
Online
2015; 2011
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DNA Similarities

Dean Hamer, Director of the Gene Structure and Regulation Unit at the National Cancer Institute, explains that ". . . all of us humans have pretty much the same DNA. In fact, my DNA and your DNA and somebody else's DNA is 99.9% the same." In fact, Dr. Hamer points out, human DNA and chimpanzee DNA are only 1% different.
Online
2015; 2011