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Week of February 5, 2001

    Question:  I would like to find out exactly what a chemical imbalance is. Is it actually an imbalance of the chemicals of the brain or is it just a term used for a mentally unbalanced person? If it is an imbalance of the brain chemicals, how is it diagnosed? Are there specific medical tests done to diagnose it?    Dr. Shiller's Answer

    Question:   It hurts when I urinate, not while urinating, but after I'm done. There is usually a little blood present. I'm 19 years old, and the only medication I'm on is Birth Control (MIN OVRAL 28). I have yet to make an appointment at the doctor's and I'm afraid to tell my parents.    Dr. Shiller's Answer

    Question:   I am a college student who recently started taking adderall for ADD. I was wondering whether using alcohol while taking adderall is safe and what the effects are? Thanks.    Dr. Shiller's Answer