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Diagnosing ADHD in Adults

If a child has ADHD there’s better than a 1 in 2 chance that he or she will continue to have the disorder into adulthood. Impulsivity, restlessness and distractibility can all be present in the adult with ADHD. However, these symptoms sometimes look ...

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Meet Dr. Paul Ballas, ADHD Expert

This will be a space where I can communicate about various issues surrounding the disruptive behavior disorders including the illnesses commonly known as ADHD and ADD. I am a resident about to begin a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. Wh...

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When Should I Seek Help For Anxiety?

Anxiety is at once a ubiquitous everyday part of a normal life, as well as a potentially debilitating condition. General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) plagues a great number of Americans. About 5% of people in the U.S. will have GAD at some point during the...

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Schizophrenia and the Criminal Justice System: The Benefits of Crisis Intervention Team Training

My last blog discussed some of the research that has been done on the risk of violence associated with people with schizophrenia, so in this entry I decided to discuss some of the interactions people with serious mental illness have with the criminal ...

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Do Antidepressants Cause Suicide?

First, and most importantly, the answer is no. No single thing can cause a complex behavior such as suicide (or violence), and to say that a drug, or event, or illness made someone do something is simplistic and, well, wrong. A more refined question ...

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Withdrawal from Zoloft

How long does withdrawal from Zoloft take, and are there any serious side effects that will damage the brain? As far as we know, SSRI withdrawal does not cause permanent damage. But it feels like a bad flu, so it’s not fun. The withdrawal is based on ...

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Can Xanax and Klonopin Help Treat Depression and Panic Disorder?

I am suffering from extreme chronic depression and panic disorder. Can Xanax and Klonopin help? Have other people experienced added depression with Klonopin? The reality is that everyone is different. Some people think certain meds have only limited ...

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What is the difference between dysthymia and major depression?

What is the difference between dysthymia and major depression? The simple answer is severity, but let me expand on this further. Technically, dysthymia is a pervasive “low level” depression that lasts a long time - often a few years. “Major Depressio...

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Schizophrenia vs. Delusional Disorder

For the past 15 years, my aunt has become paranoid, distrustful, and angry. She has difficulty sleeping, for years she refused to leave the house, and she believes that a secret society is controlling her and her family. She also gets into fights wit...

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Somatic Symptoms of Depression

I know I’ve read that depression affects people in many different ways, but how exactly does it affect someone physically? Does depression manifest itself as soreness or exhaustion, or do symptoms vary from person to person? The relationship between ...