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Ask the Mental Health Expert Archives 2001-2004

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Week of July 2, 2001

    Question: My friend and I have decided to serve our community and offer painting classes at retirement centers. We have been getting many questions asking how these classes might be beneficial psychologically for the patients. Any comments helping us explain how these classes might affect people would be much appreciated.    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I have a patient with chronic depression who has been on Paxil for 5 years with good results. The patient was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. I was told that other SSRIs are better with Parkinson's disease. Can you give me any references on this?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am a Mental Health Nurse working in a outpatient setting. With the switch to novel antipsychotics, I am looking for an outcome measurement tool to measure quality of life. The budget does not give much room for purchasing copyrights. What do you suggest?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I found some pills in my teenager's room. Is there a way of identifying them through photographs etc. I would appreciate and help you can give me.    Dr. Pies' Answer