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Week of February 19, 2001

    Question: I am trying to find an alphabetical list of DSM-IV diagnoses (not the definitions) plus numerical codes together, but have had no success. I have found a web site that is just the opposite: a numerical listing with diagnoses. Can you help me? (from an M.D.)    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I have been diagnosed with hypothyroid as well as mild bipolar disorder. Since my thyroid levels are still out of balance, could the bipolar be a result of the hypothroid?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I would like to find out exactly what a chemical imbalance is. Is it actually an imbalance of the chemicals of the brain or is it just a term used for a mentally unbalanced person? If it is an imbalance of the brain chemicals, how is it diagnosed? Are there specific medical tests done to diagnose it?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I have a son, 34 months old, who is having some serious sibling rivalry problems. His new brother is now 4 months old and he also has an older sister, 9 years old. He is hitting both siblings and especially trys to hurt the infant...    Dr. Pies' Answer