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Week of April 8, 2002

    Question: I work in a group home for mentally retarded adults. There is a 43-year-old mildly mentally retarded patient who was diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome at an early age. I am beginning to doubt his diagnosis...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am a final year psychiatric nursing student. I am researching how diagnostic labeling can disempower mental health client and need some information on this topic. Do you have any literature on how a diagnosis impacts the client?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am a registered nurse teaching home health aides at a home health care agency. Many of our workers have difficulty working with elderly patients that suffer from disorders that cause them to be physically or verbally abusive and inappropriate towards the aide. What are some strategies I can include in the education program to better prepare the aides for abusive patients?    Dr. Pies' Answer