Archive Tag: Treatment

Discover Magazine’s November 2019 issue highlighted the Depression Grand Challenge’s (DGC) efforts to understand the genetic and environmental causes of depression with the ultimate goal of developing new and better treatments. The author provided details about the series of studies designed to uncover the genetic and environmental causes of depression.

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A Forbes post titled “Addressing Mental Health Challenges on College Campuses” showcased the different approaches college campuses are taking to address the ever-increasing student need and demand for mental health services. Such university strategies include implementing digital counseling services, researching student mental health and potential new treatment methods, and reducing stigma by focusing on knowledge barriers that may exist.

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An op-ed from The Daily Bruin – student-run newspaper at UCLA – focused on the need for more graduate student mental health resources and drew attention to the Depression Grand Challenge (DGC). Grad students generally suffer from higher rates of depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation compared to the general population. The DGC was cited as a leader in providing mental health resources to graduate students through the Screening and Treatment for Depression and Anxiety (STAND) program, which offers an innovative online approach to assess student’s mental health and connect to treatment as necessary.

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Forbes, STAT, TheFix.com, MedShadow, The Standard, Yahoo News, and Tech Xplore feature quotes from Michelle Craske, PhD (psychology and psychiatry professor at UCLA and co-director of the Depression Grand Challenge) on virtual reality as a treatment for anhedonia–an often overlooked symptom of depression that reflects a lack of ability to feel pleasure and joy.

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