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Week of July 9, 2001

    Question: I am writing a paper on pyromania. I found a million sites with its symptoms and cures, but none on what someone's life would be like. Do you have any info on this?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: What are the effects on latency age children when a parent (in this case, the father) transitions from male to female (sex change) within an intact family? I have been unsuccessful in finding any information regarding this area.    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: Would you happen to know how many people are overweight in USA? Why are so many people overweight and why does it seem like we keep getting larger and larger? Is this related to mental health? Are emotional problems (eating to soothe oneself) and binge eating root causes? Other thoughts?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am an Occupational therapist and am interested on your views about cannibis-induced psychosis and the alternate use of naturopathy rather than pharmaceutical medication (his request). He is 19-years-old and has had 1 suicide attempt. Are there any legal implications for me or him? What natural alternatives exist, if any?    Dr. Pies' Answer