Depression treatment often incorporates anti-depressant medicine and psychotherapy. Psychotherapy alone, involving cognitive and behavioral awareness and change as well as interpersonal training, education, and family therapy, may effectively treat mild cases of mental depression. Untreated depression can worsen and become more resistant to treatment. The newest class of anti-depressant medications increase the availability in the brain of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine and include venlafaxine (trade name Effexor), nefazodone (trade name Serzone), bupropion (trade name Wellbutrin), mirtazapine (trade name Remeron), and trazodone (trade name Desyrel). Anti-depressant medications classified as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) include escitalopram (trade name Lexapro), citalopram (trade name Celexa), fluoxetine (trade name Prozac), paroxetine (trade name Paxil), and sertraline (trade name Zoloft). These anti depression drugs allow the neurotransmitter serotoni...
Christos Ballas, MD, is an academic and forensic psychiatrist.
He graduated from Jefferson Medical College and completed his
residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He
joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of
Medicine as an Assistant Professor. He works as inpatient and
consult/liaison psychiatrist, in addition to maintaining a private
practice dedicated to forensics.
Dr. Ballas has published and lectured extensively. His medical
interests include forensic issues and violence, pharmacology, and
healthcare policy. Dr. Ballas is also a talented artist and a
technology enthusiast. One of his current projects include a novel
about the end of the internet.
Dr. Ballas looks forward to answering your questions about
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