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Week of January 5, 2004

    Question: I have dysthymia, major depression, general anxiety (with panic disorder), mild obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and diabetes. I am also a recovering alcoholic. I am on 50 mgs of Zoloft per day. I also take tyrosine and zinc...    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: I was informed that my phobia relating to consulting a psychiatrist might have a classification in DSM. Do you have any information on whether this is a common complaint?    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: My son is six years old and has several behavior issues. I took him to a psychologist who interviewed me and observed him for an hour, then diagnosed him with Tourettes, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and possible attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)...    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: My 24-year-old daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in college. She does not take any medications and so far has done well. Recently, she developed Bells Palsy and was prescribed a course of Prednisone treatment by a neurologist. She listed the possible bipolar diagnosis on the doctor's information sheet. Within a week, she ended up in the emergency room and was diagnosed with steroid-induced psychosis...    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: My 7-year-old son is bipolar and has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He is being treated with medications that really seem to work well for him. But during the time of the full moon it's like he is a totally different child and sometimes is out of control...    Dr. Pies' Answer