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Week of April 16, 2001

    Question: What kind of informed consent do you use or recommend physicians use when they start patients on atypical or typical antipsychotics?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am looking for daily mood journals for patients to graph their moods over time. I believe there was something put out by the National Institutes of Health. Where might I get this tool and what other tools would you recommend? Any suggestions?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I have a problem with focus and motivation. Either I am 100% giving my all to something, or I couldn't be bothered. Sometimes, I can be intent on simply making sure that my kitchen is spotless, but then I can't be bothered the next day to clean up coffee that I spill on the floor. I feel like I have a compulsion for certain areas of my life, yet no desire to do anything about other areas. I honestly think it is more than OCD. Can you point me in the right direction, please?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I've just found out that the lady I intend to marry had a history of anorexia at around the age of 11 or so. She says that she's ok now (she's now 22) and she doesn't have any such problems at present. My question is... is it a good idea to go ahead and marry her? Would it be a problem later on? What are the chances of her having a relapse? And even if she doesn't have a relapse... would she be able to function properly?    Dr. Pies' Answer