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Week of March 3, 2003

    Question: I am a therapeutic foster parent and currently have a 17-year-old male client who lives in my home under 24/7 supervision. He is diagnosed with ADHD and ODD as well as schizophrenia. The only medication he is on is 36 mg of Concerta. His IQ is 72. He has had several episodes in the past year of playing with his feces in the shower and we suspect it is related to masturbation...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I was watching a television show called Extreme Conditions - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder on the Discover Channel and learned of a physician doing a study with some of his OCD patients. He claimed that using Morphine actually enabled some OCD patients to control their compulsions. Some of his patients got relief for up to 3 days. Have you heard of such research? Do you know where I could find more information about who this doctor is, or just information about using opiates for OCD?   Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am a medical student at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and am currently researching the topic of schizophrenia. Is there any connection between the brain of a schizophrenic and genius?    Dr. Pies' Answer