“The world was once my oyster; now, it was my prison.”

Perfectionism and Panic

Kara Baskin familyBack in 2006, I had it all: A loving fiancé, a coveted publishing job, a supportive network of friends and family. I was living in Washington, D.C., where I went out almost every night to press parties and trendy restaurants. In my spare time, I delivered meals on wheels and counseled Alzheimer’s patients at the local senior center. Perfectionistic and ever so vigilant, I could’ve won the Perfect Life Olympics.


Time to go back to school! How do you or your children feel about it?

New Podcast: Complicated Grief


What's complicated about grief? Listen here, and find out how it differs from bereavement and how it's treated.

Anorexia/Body Dysmorphic Disorder Study

The UCLA Eating Disorders Program is currently conducting a study of individuals with anorexia nervosa. We are interested in understanding patterns of visual and emotional information processing using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI.)

UCLA Semel Institute
Principal Investigator: 
Jamie Feusner, MD; Michael Strober, PhD
Eligibility Criteria: 
  • 18- to 30-year old females and males with anorexia
  • We will allow those with depression or anxiety (other than OCD)
Exclusion Criteria: 
  • No psychiatric medications
  • No major psychiatric diagnoses such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or substance use disorders
Courtney Sheen, 310-206-0468, csheen@mednet.ucla.edu
Los Angeles

New Story of Triumph: My Battle With GAD


Her generalized anxiety disorder led to utter misery and a suicide attempt, but sticking with treatment and support from her family and friends helped one woman get her life back.

Stress: On the Verge of a Health Crisis


The American Psychological Association 2011 survey Stress in America™ suggests that stress takes a particular toll on family caregivers and those diagnosed with obesity and/or depression. Read more survey results and find out ways to reduce your stress. 

“It was a long process with many setbacks. But as I worked with a counselor and psychiatrist and slowly began to recoup my strength, I became very determined to get my life back.”

What Doesn't Kill Us: My Battle With Generalized Anxiety Disorder

L.A. Nicholson GAD Story of HopeMy descent into GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) began the morning I received the call bringing the news of my mother's accidental death. It was the same week that my husband was laid off. We had moved across the country for his new job, and eight months later he was laid off. After only two months out West, we moved back, and I had a nervous breakdown.


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