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Latest by Paul Ballas, D.O.

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Slow Wave Sleep, Diabetes and Depression

The issue with poor sleep is actually poor s_low wave sleep_. This is the specific subtype of overall sleep that is reduced in depression, even when the individual sleeps too much. Several studies have investigated the question, but a very recent one ...

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Anxiety and Uncertainty

What is behind person’s anxiety? A simple question to be sure. Yet, depending on what level one seeks to address this question, our answers can become increasingly varied. We treat anxiety confidently, whether with therapy or medication. We often und...

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How Can I Help a Loved One Who is Unwilling to Seek Treatment?

Question: My mother is 48 years old and exhibiting what appear to be early symptoms of schizophrenia. She is paranoid, delusional, disorganized and irrational. How can I convince her to seek psychiatric help? Every time I try, she attacks me and view...

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What if my SSRI stops working?

A fairly common scenario is that you’re on a medication that works well initially, but after a while, it works less, and ultimately stops working. This can occur with any medication, including antidepressants. The normal maneuver is to either raise t...

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Do Energy Drinks Raise Your Blood Pressure?

A news article making the rounds describes a study in which subjects drank two energy drinks a day for a week. Their blood pressure rose by about eight percent on the first day, and stayed high for the week. The subjects had an average age of 26, and ...

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Folate and Deplin: Effective Treatments for Depression?

For almost 40 years, it has been suspected that folate plays a role in depression. We have a general sense that low folate can cause depressive symptoms, and that treatment with folate (of low folate patients) can help, but it is still debatable whet...

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Lack of Sleep Makes You Tired

Recently, the news media has picked up on a study in Current Biology that, supposedly, explains why people get testy after a sleepless night. In theory, the study shows that people are more emotional, more reactive, and more primitive after sleepless...

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Anxiety and Insomnia

Sleep - that singular activity that takes up more than one-third of our time on earth. I will try to spend several blogs on the topic of sleep. As for sleep, we all need it and we often don’t get enough of it. There are many conditions that affect sl...

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ADHD and Sleepiness

In continuation of the discussion of the frustration in diagnosing a child with ADHD, I’d like to comment on the topic of sleepiness. Studies show that close to half of children with ADHD also have problems with sleep. A curious observation repeatedl...

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Differentiating betweeen ADHD and Normal Childhood Behavior

When talking with others about my job, a common question I come across is: How do you tell when the symptoms of ADHD are part of a psychiatric disorder or a normal part of a child’s development? This is an understandable question. The symptoms of ADH...