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Week of February 4, 2002

    Question: I am doing a paper for my therapeutic communications class. I would like to know both the success and failure rate of psychiatric patients that are discharged from psychiatric hospitals back into a community setting.    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I experience severe panic attacks while flying. Sometimes they even begin the day before I have to fly. Consequently, I do not fly unless in an emergency and when I do I take prescription Xanex. I am 5 weeks pregnant. I already know I will have to travel in April and the only way to get there is to fly. Can I still take my medication? If not, what can you suggest? Will the panic attacks pose any threat to my baby?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am a family advocate and am about to start a case where the therapist suggests Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I am unfamiliar with DBT and have been scouring the web trying to come up with a clue. Marsha Linehan's book came highly recommended, but it is not at the library nor at the two book stores near me.    Dr. Pies' Answer