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Ask the Mental Health Expert Archives 2001-2004

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Week of August 4, 2003

    Question: I work with autistic children. Recently a parent asked if I knew of a new medication on the market called "Abilify". Because it is relatively new, I can't find any information on it. Could you please tell me what the drug does and what the side effects are? Where can I locate information on it?   Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: I've read about Dr. E. F. Torrey's hypothesis about toxoplasma gondii and mental illness. I have two sons (22 and 25) with bipolar disorder. Does it make any sense to get them tested for antibodies to this parasite? Has there been any research testing the effects of treatment for toxoplasmosis on bipolar patients?    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: My best friend, a 16-year-old female, weighs a total of 100 lbs and she is 5'8" tall. She is extremely thin and I think she might be anorexic. She constantly calls herself fat and tries to lose weight...    Dr. Pies' Answer