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Week of January 22, 2001

    Question: I'm trying to find the best treatment for generalized and/or stress-related anxiety. Can you explain for me the differences between the various types of medicine available such as Ativan, Buspar, Valium, etc.?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: What activities would you consider appropriate for an adult psychiatric unit? a geriatric psychiatric unit? I am a Certified Activity Director who must work both units and I am trying to incorporate ideas from my long term experience into this setting. My boss and I are having difficulty communicating as she says "you're the activity person, figure it out." I do not find this attitude terribly useful and would like to offer my patients the best program I an on a very limited budget. I spend 6 hours between the two units a day. Also, any books you might suggest would be appreciated.    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: A friend confided to me that every girl he has ever seriously dated has told him a story about a sexual encounter she had as a child with an adult. He's never had an experience like that and can't figure why he is always drawn to this type of girl. He is truly a nice guy and not out to use these girls. What are the possible psychological motivations behind this?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: Can you please elaborate on the Depakote rapid stabilization protocol giving time frame, dosing, etc.?    Dr. Pies' Answer