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Week of July 1, 2002

    Question: I have been looking at articles about repressed and suppressed memories and the information is a bit controversial. I have almost no memories of my childhood at all and the few things I remember might be an outfit or basically other inconsequential items of that nature...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: A highly publicized report that placebos actually work better than antidepressants for many patients. This has undoubtedly caused some patients to wonder if they should continue taking antidepressants, particularly if they've seen no improvement or are bothered by side effects. Could you comment on the claim from this report?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I currently have a child on my caseload who's caregiver has been accused of munchausen by proxy. The child is currently placed in protective custody under supervision of the courts. The report made to CPS by an undisclosed party was that the caregiver did not appear to be caring appropriately for the child, often missing lab testing for medications that have at times over the years become so high that he needed to be admitted to the hospital for toxicity...    Dr. Pies' Answer