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Week of May 5, 2003

    Question: I have an inferiority complex and I am having a lot of trouble dealing with people in everyday life. I just realized I had this problem when I joined the Air Force National Guard. Being away from home and civilian life shows you who you are and I had no idea. I became depressed because I couldn't socialize with anyone, and it forced me to analyze myself...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: We have a client who has been diagnosed with explosive disorder. Her behavior seems to reflect this term: unprovoked outbursts of violence. Her current daily medications are: 2500 mgs Eplim, 800 mgs Serequil, PRN Valium. We provide supported accommodation for people who have a psychiatric disability, and support them in community integration. I cannot find any information about this disorder, and would like to know more to enable better service provision for this lady. Can you help?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am a school psychologist. We have a 9-year-old female, 3rd grader, who almost constantly bounces on her foot which is in the genital area. She has a history of masturbation since kindergarten. It has been a really big problem. Sometimes it seemed to be quite intense with her eyes in a trance. The bouncing is her alternative replacement behavior after being approached about sliding herself back and forth across the edge of her desk seat...    Dr. Pies' Answer