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Week of April 9, 2001

    Question: I take several different drugs for my mental condition. I became pregnant and my doctor told me not to take them. I have anxiety so badly that I have resorted to smoking marijuana to relax and calm down--a replacement for my prescription medications. I would like to know the effects on my unborn child, and also any legal steps that can be taken against me if the marijuana shows up in my system or my baby's system at birth.    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am trying to find publications or case studies done on the mental health of emergency responders...EMTs, emergency room personnel, etc. The sites I've located on the Internet aren't pointing me in the correct direction. Suggestions?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: A top student in my third grade class reported that thumbtacks were regularly being put into her shoes when all students removed their shoes each day for circle time. Eventually staff stake-outs to catch the unknown culprit involved as many as five teachers. After no success, a staff member suggested that the student herself was the culprit. Shockingly, this proved to be true. My question concerns appropriate consequences for her deceit and manipulation of staff. Also, why do model students do something like this?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: Standard text books in psychiatry says that a person with sensory impairment like deafness can have auditory hallucinations. Can a person with early profound deafness (eg, in cases like cogenital cochlear aplasia) have auditory hallucination?    Dr. Pies' Answer