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Week of July 23, 2001

    Question: I was wondering if you had any information on the debate of midlife crisis being included in the DSM-IV. Is it a real disorder or a culturally induced myth? Can you please explain to me why or why not it should be a recognized mental illness? What mental illnesses are similar to this condition?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am doing a research project on elderly people with mental illness. Can you tell me what percentage of the nursing home population is mentally ill? What special needs do the elderly have and what medications may be able to help them specifically (including anything in the works)? Also, how easy would it be for the average person to care for someone like this, such as a family member?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I have been diagnosed with a personality disorder and am being seen by a therapist and psychiatrist. I have a question. Sometimes I hear the television and then walk into the living room and see that the TV is not even on. This happens a lot. Should I be worried?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: What is the connection (if any) between false memory syndrome and ECT?    Dr. Pies' Answer