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Week of January 27, 2003

    Question: My 6-year-old daughter has recently been diagnosed with early onset biploar I disorder. The doctor suggested that we might want to get an EEG and MRI to see if there is seizure activity going on. Before she started on Zyprexa, she would often go directly into a violent rage upon waking, and now continues to be more at risk for a rage when she is very tired...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I work in the mental health field and we currently have case which we are finding somewhat puzzling. A woman in her late 30's developed post-partum depression after the birth of her third child 3 years ago. Until that point, she had not had a history of mental illness, depression or medical illness...   Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: Currently I am working with a patient with Alzheimer's dementia. Her short-term memory is very poor. She has for the past couple of months demonstrated mood problems (sad mood, crying, etc. but unable to verbalize why). She is now engaging in eating of her own body wastes. Specifically, feces. This behavior is horrifying to her family, and the staff have thus far been unable to distract or change the behavior...    Dr. Pies' Answer