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Dr. James C. Ballenger, M.D.

Psychiatrist

Dr. James Ballenger is a psychiatrist practicing in Charleston, SC. Dr. Ballenger is a medical doctor specializing in the care of mental health patients. As a psychiatrist, Dr. Ballenger diagnoses and treats mental illnesses. Dr. Ballenger may treat patients through a variety of methods including medications, psychotherapy or talk therapy, psychosocial interventions and more, depending on each individual case. Different medications that a psychiatrist might prescribe include antidepressants, antipsychotic mediations, mood stabilizers, stimulants, sedatives and hypnotics. Dr. Ballenger treats conditions like depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, insomnia, ADD and other mental illnesses.
49 years Experience
Dr. James C. Ballenger, M.D.
  • Charleston, SC
  • Duke University School of Medicine
  • Accepting new patients

My mother seems to be obsessed with her health. Is this abnormal

Yes, it could be a psychiatric problem that can be treated. For instance, panic disorder frequently presents like this. I would recommend she see a general psychiatrist just for READ MORE
Yes, it could be a psychiatric problem that can be treated. For instance, panic disorder frequently presents like this. I would recommend she see a general psychiatrist just for his or her opinion and recommendations.

Difference in treatment between a psychiatrist and psychologist?

I would ask a doctor you know who is experienced in treating anxiety problems. The principal difference in a psychiatrist and psychologist is the psychiatrist can use medicine. READ MORE
I would ask a doctor you know who is experienced in treating anxiety problems. The principal difference in a psychiatrist and psychologist is the psychiatrist can use medicine. Anxiety and depression usually come together. First, seeing a psychiatrist might be a good idea.

I am feeling very depressed, and have not had success with medication. What can be done to help me?

Yes but I would recommend you see a real expert psychiatrist for an evaluation and recommendations because there are many effective treatments that you probably have not tried READ MORE
Yes but I would recommend you see a real expert psychiatrist for an evaluation and recommendations because there are many effective treatments that you probably have not tried Search around for an expert in treatment resistant depression They are usually found at a medical school Department of Psychiatry

Will a psychiatrist help me with my depression?

Absolutely and you should definitely make an appointment to see one