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Week of June 10, 2002

    Question: I don't have nightmares. In fact I've been remembering more of my dreams lately than ever before and most of them have been very pleasant. Every single night, though, I struggle against sleep because I am afraid of the temporary nothingness it brings. I fear sleep. It's starting to affect my daily life since I stay awake until I essentially pass out, but I still have to wake up at the same hour in the morning. Is this something that can be helped?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: A teacher I know uses something called the "Nummy Game" as her primary approach to student discipline and classroom management. It works like this: There is a "nummy" jar on her desk. Whenever a student misbehaves, is late, misses an assignment, leans back on his chair, or whatever..., the teacher places a piece of paper in the "nummy" jar with the student's name on it...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: If someone is sentenced to prison for a sex offense, how would one ensure proper treatment behind bars? This person expresses a desire to get help and is also suicidal (true suicidal ideation with a plan of how to do it) out of a mixture of guilt and fear of what prison will be like...    Dr. Pies' Answer