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Latest by Paul Ballas, D.O.

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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 ...

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What Are the Causes of Hallucinations?

I have started taking medication to control my hallucinations and the drugs are making me tired. Is there another way for me to control my hallucinations? This seemingly straightforward question is actually fairly complicated. It gives me the opportu...

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Early Detection of Schizophrenia: The Prodrome Phase

Early detection of schizophrenia is often very difficult before a person starts actively hallucinating or exhibiting bizarre behavior. It can be very stressful for a patient or a loved one to hear the diagnosis of schizophrenia, particularly when it ...

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Understanding Hallucinations

I have treated many patients who have been hallucinating, and a lot of them do not have schizophrenia. About 1% of the population has schizophrenia, but 10 - 27% of the general population has experienced at least one hallucination, usually the visual ...

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Schizophrenia and Cognition

Schizophrenia is a disease that affects many areas of the brain, causing patients to suffer many problems in brain functions. Generally people see schizophrenia as an illness of hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized thought process, but the fir...

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Meet Dr. Christos Ballas, Depression Expert

Dr. Ballas has joined the My Depression team to answer your pressing depression questions. Email them to us! Christos Ballas, MD, is an academic and forensic psychiatrist. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College and completed his residency at the ...

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Treating Someone Who Doesn't Want Treatment

It’s a familiar situation: a family member or friend is very depressed, maybe even psychotic, but doesn’t want to get any treatment. What do you do? It’s easier to explain what you are allowed to do. The specifics in each state vary, but in general i...

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Bipolar Disorder and Children: Part I of II

Are Children Negatively Affected by a Parent with Bipolar Disorder? Recently a reader asked about possible risks to children being raised by someone with bipolar disorder. In general, children’s emotional growth and development can be impaired if the...

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Dr. Ballas Answers: Late-Onset Schizophrenia

Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog. This time I wanted to discuss late-onset schizophrenia, a topic that’s of interest to me because usually the people I work with who have the disease tend to be fairly young. However, when I do consults in the gen...

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Overmedicated or Undermedicated?

Overmedicated or undermedicated? Thanks for all your warm comments and interesting questions over the last two months I can’t answer them all, and I can’t safely comment on individual treatment plans, but I will continue to answer your questions in t...