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Week of July 22, 2002

    Question: My mom struggles with lying. I'm not sure how to deal with it when I talk to her. Would it be better for me to be direct and acknowledge that I know when she is lying, or should I just let it go? She refuses to belive that she needs help and even denies that she has a problem. What is the best way to deal with her in my every day conversations?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder for almost 10 years now. I have a child who is now 7 years old. When I got pregnant, I was told to stop the lithium that I was on and that I needed to have ultrasounds up to the first 3 months to make sure my baby's heart was okay. I was told that I could go back on lithium after that time period...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am a 47-year-old female with 3 children, 2 which have attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). One responds well to Concerta, the other to ritalin. I have 3 siblings (all older and all 3 with ADHD), and each one has at least one child with ADHD...    Dr. Pies' Answer