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Ask the Mental Health Expert Archives 2001-2004

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Week of January 1, 2001

    Question: Why is the abuse that occurs in psyche wards and in hospitals kept so secret? Why are those of us who have suffered such abuses ostracized further for speaking up about it? I really want to know because the mental health system castrates its own efforts as a direct result of these traumas it inflicts upon its patients. I have suffered severe physical and mental abuse disguised as treatment. Internally I languish from these abuses and I also rage. No one cares it happens and it only worsens my problems. Why can't the mental health system be responsible for its actions?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am a student working on a research project to study the effect that a hearing sibling has on the social development of a deaf child. I am looking for ways to assess the social skills of a deaf child (or any child), as well as confidence levels in different social situations and self image in general. I am looking for the names or descriptions of any tests or kinds of questions you think might be useful, or websites or texts where I might be able to find these resources. Thank you for your time.    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: Currently I am taking Zoloft for anger management. I do not feel that it is working all of the time. Would you please send me a list of alternative medications commonly used for anger management, that I could research before switching. What else is recommended?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: How do you go about challenging the ruling of an HMO to discontinue treatment? Is there any set protocol that you would recommend?    Dr. Pies' Answer