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Week of July 14, 2003

    Question: I would like to provide information, in Spanish, about bipolar disorder to parents at my school. Can you tell me if any is available and where I can find it?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am working with a 33-year-old female patient who demonstrates classic symptoms of persistent depression, lacking any manic episodes. I have tried her on several medications over the past 18 months and she is either unresponsive or intolerant of the side-effects. Medications prescribed thus far: Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Tegratol, Neurontin, Buspar, and Trileptal. All dosages were modified before discontinuing...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: My friend has some sort of body image disorder. She really isn't fat, but her body's not perfect. She's 5'4" and a healthy 125 to 135 pounds. She will not shower with the lights on. She thinks she is grotesquely overweight and she completely spazzes out when she catches someone looking at her...    Dr. Pies' Answer