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Week of June 16, 2003

    Question: We are faced with the issue of a 19-year-old male wearing a diaper and about 2 months ago, he chose to live with a 33-year-old man, although the 19-year-old maintains he is not homosexual. The 19-year-old believes that wearing a diaper is normal and that is what he wants to do. What category does this fall under? Are there some resources available? What might be the underlying reason for wanting to live in diapers?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I'm a freelance journalist working for a reputable news organization. I often write about changes in society and their effects on us. As someone who works from home I'm often aware that this solitary activity sometimes has a strange effect on me. I feel a distinct need to get outside and socialize, even if this only means walking to the nearest shopping mall. I feel that as more and more people work from home the traditional symptoms of cabin fever will become more prominent again...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am very upset about a weight gain of more than 20 lbs in 5 months. I have been on Celexa for more than a year at 80 mg without problems as far as I know. I was also put on Buspar in September at 30 mg. I believed the Buspar was responsible for the constantly increasing weight gain, so I went off it...    Dr. Pies' Answer