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Week of March 12, 2001

    Question: I am a student working on a research project dealing with the ethical issues concerning medication against the client's will and coercive treatment. What is the standard of care? I have noted throughout the research there is much concern voiced by patient advocacy groups. Why can I not find research, or standards of care from the psychiatric community and care providers? It is easy to see, reading bulletin boards from patients, that this happens. Am I looking in the wrong places?    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: My doctor recently ordered a SPECT scan for me. If the results say normal, does this mean I do not have Alzhiemer's disease? Some have told me that it is not an inclusive test. I was wondering what your opinion is?    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: I am trying to find research which looks at the relationship between postnatal depression and infant's growth and development. There seems to be a large amount of literature documenting mother/child interaction and maternal/parental perception of temperament etc., but I can't locate any research which has focused specifically on child outcomes. I would really appreciate it if you have suggestions.    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: I was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS 6 months ago, and discovered that I transmitted it to my pregnant wife. She had an abortion and left me after my revelations of numerous affairs. My problem is, I feel absolutely numb to everything--my life, myself, the world, other people...    Dr. Pies' Answer