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Week of February 11, 2002

    Question: My sister-in-law had a premature baby on 11/8/01 at 24 1/2 weeks. The baby weighed 1 pound 13 ounces and is doing well, but at first it was very critical and is still very serious. She had never had any kind of mental illness before and I have known her since she was 14 years old and she is now 33. We had to put her in the hospital on Thanksgiving day and she has been diagnosed as bipolar-schizophrenic. This has been such a shock to all of us in our family since she has always been so normal (whatever that means). Could postpartum bring on such a change due to the trauma of the premature delivery? I know she was extremely worried every day for the first couple of weeks after the baby was born and now she seems to be in denial of his existence most of the time?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am a nurse and recently had a patient ask me about transient global amnesia. He is 35-years-old and had an episode that lasted one day. Where can I find the most current studies and clinical information?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am 17 years old and am preparing to go to college to get a degree in Marketing and Business. However, earlier in high school, I wasn't serious about school and I have seriously crippled the chance I could have had for any kind of Academic or Leadership Scholarship. Since I have taken school seriously, I have moved away from friends that hindered me, as well as my family in Idaho so that I can start on my journey to graduation. Since I have been moved to Utah, I have improved from a 2.1 GPA (a trimester), to a 3.7 (in a semester)! I have been diagnosed as bipolar with hearing and seeing things (I don't think it was a very clear diagnosis) and I heard that I might be able to get money through a charity or grant program to help me pay for college. I am currently taking medication and seeing a therapist, but I still have my bad days. I was wondering if you have any information on these programs for bipolar people?    Dr. Pies' Answer