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Week of February 2, 2004

    Question: I am a 27-year-old single parent raising a 7-year-old son in my parent's home. His father has never been a part of his life but he has had male figures around including my fiancÚ. My son has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and epilepsy...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: How common is Alzheimer's in people who have traumatic brain injury? I am a 33-year-old female with a level 1 traumatic brain injury (TBI) and have experienced dementia and similar signs of Alzheimer's because of short-term memory issues. Will this be an issue later in life for me? Does this happen to survivors with brain injury? Does it happen worse for people with a TBI than someone who doesn't have brain damage?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am a school nurse at the intermediate school level and every year we have several students who are put on homebound status because of school phobia...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am the 504 Coordinator for an alternative high school. One of our new students has been diagnosed with intermittent explosive (IED) and oppositional defiance disorders (ODD). I need information about the conditions as well as how to best avert and deal with these behaviors in the classroom. I have found some useful information on the Internet about ODD, but did not find much other than a definition for IED. Any information that you can send or direct me to would be greatly appreciated.    Dr. Pies' Answer