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Week of June 4, 2001

    Question: I have always looked to alternative methods for dealing with my depression: yoga, meditation; holistic health practices. However, it's still there. (for years, decades). I feel I need a medication but feel disappointed that the symptoms have not been alleviated through natural remedies. I'm about to make an appointment with a psychiatrist to help me deal with this disorder. Any advice on getting past this hurdle and not feel as though I'm weak because I need medication?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: Can you please tell me if there is a hospital or facility with an understanding staff which deals specifically with self injury? I have a relative who inflects self injury and would like to try to get help without making the situation worse by committing him to a mental hospital. Who are the experts in this area?   Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I was told by a close friend that I have a "victim mentality". She said it in the nicest way possible! Can you tell me what that is, and can you also recommend any books that can help me to understand it more? I was physically and emotionally abused as a child, and am just now starting to work through the issues surrounding the abuse. How can someone who has a history of abuse become stronger?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: A family member on my husband's side constantly talks about the violence and drug problems that are in our society, carries a loaded gun in her purse, sits on the couch with the gun by her side awaiting her husband's arrival from work, has a very short fuse and has been violent with other family members. I am concerned that she may hurt someone some day. Can you advise me as to whether or not my fears are well founded?    Dr. Pies' Answer