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Chris Ballas, M.D.'s Posts

What Is The Relationship Between Depression and Heart Disease?

It isn't called a broken heart for nothing. Numerous studies have found an association between depression and cardiac problems, including arrhythmias, heart attacks, strokes, etc. Some studies have found associations between worsening outcomes in heart disease in patients who develop depression (for example, depression following a heart... Read moreChevron

Suicide Rates and the Holidays


Conventional wisdom is that there are more suicides during the holidays than at other times.


I'd like to explore two questions. First, is this true? Second, as I am sure that the average person is not studying Medline for articles on suicide, why do most people think it true?


In answer to the... Read moreChevron

New Clinical Trial for Depression Treatment Sponsered by NASA

If you had unlimited finances, access to every possible pharmacologic compound-including experimental ones in clinical trials, or even "drugs" that are otherwise illegal-as well as a highly motivated patient who would be willing to do anything to get better, what treatment for depression would you choose?


Assume, however,... Read moreChevron

Depression: Suicide Rates amongst Demographics

Recently released data shows that while the number of overall suicides in the U.S. has been stable at about 32,000 per year (11/100,000 people), the distribution of these suicides has changed.


Elderly males still have the highest rate; for those 75 and older, the rate is 38/100,000.


However, for women, the... Read moreChevron

Funding For Postpartum Depression and Education: It's Not What You Think

There's an interesting news article making the rounds.


Amy Philo is a new mom who, like many others with postpartum depression, had feelings to harm her child and others around her. She even thought to throw... Read moreChevron