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Week of April 21, 2003

    Question: I am doing research for my Master thesis and investigating alternative treatments to Ritalin that is standard in ADHD (attention deficit hypertension disorder). Are you familiar with any scientific, randomized, placebo controlled experiments written up about this subject? I am having a hard time locating this. Editorials and anecdotals just won't be accepted in the parameters in which I am working. Can you help?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: How do you overcome being jealous of your sister/friend? I get jealous from the time she comes home until 1:00-3:00 a.m. while she is on the internet chatting with someone she met. I try not to let it bother me but this feeling of loneliness and being angry is so strong. Can you help?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder and started taking Trileptal last week. Yesterday, after cleaning my glasses repeatedly, I realized that I don't need them anymore. I have been nearsighted for 43 years. Is this a side effect of Trileptal and if so, will it last?    Dr. Pies' Answer