Hello, and welcome to the Schizophrenia blog.

Paul Ballas Health Guide
  • This will be a space where I can communicate about various issues surrounding the disease schizophrenia, other psychotic disorders, and issues that impact the management of mental illness. As a resident, I am a physician and I am currently in training to become a psychiatrist. My first two years of residency have offered me the opportunity to help many patients with this disorder, usually in the emergency room or an inpatient setting. This means I often see people with this disorder when they are in crisis. Currently I am part of a team of physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists, and other health care providers that help patients with psychiatric illness in an acute psychiatric hospital setting.
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    Before going into medicine, I worked in research for several years. It became apparent that although I enjoyed research I wanted to work with people in a more direct way. I decided to go into psychiatry because I was fascinated with the science of the mind and I thought I could offer something to the field both as a clinician and a scientist. There are thousands of people who suffer daily because of mental illness, and good psychiatric care can help many of these people live happier lives. Medications are necessary to treat symptoms of psychosis in schizophrenia, but it is my belief that many people with the disease can benefit from regular talk therapy with a counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist.

    I hope to provide clear information on new developments in the care of patients with serious mental illness. Anything published, presented, or broadcast is fair game. I will comment on research developments that are printed in medical journals or presented at national conferences. If new policies are being debated or passed by Congress that may impact on patients and health care providers I hope to discuss some of the relevant issues here in a balance manner. I will also occasionally comment on the portrayal of schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses in the mass media.

    In addition to my comments on recent advances in the treatment of schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders, this blog also serves as a forum for your questions. Schizophrenia is a difficult disease to have or to see in a loved one. I hope some of my comments can answers your general questions. Please comment with your topics of discussion or questions to me.

    I hope this site servers to help you understand schizophrenia a little better.
Published On: June 28, 2006