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Week of May 20, 2002

    Question: I am looking for therapists in the Orange County, CA area who are fluent in American Sign Language. Can you recommend any resources?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: What is the youngest reported case study of male schizophrenia? My son started hearing voices at 7-years-old but wasn't diagnosed until 2 months before his 10th birthday. How many case studies are being done on young children?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: My doctor recently diagnosed me with mixed anxiety depression with panic symptoms. He put me on 10 mg of Paxil. It doesn't seem to be helping much, but it's only been 2 weeks. Should I wait a bit longer, or is there another type of medication that would better treat my condition? Also, how does a doctor decide which of my conditions--the anxiety, depression or panic--to target first with treatment? Does one medication treat all these conditions at once?    Dr. Pies' Answer