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Week of August 6, 2001

    Question: We are interested in biofeedback techniques. Specifcally, efficiency of biofeedback in managing anxiety disorders (e.g., social phobias). We would apreciate if you could provide any information/studies.    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am doing research into the causes of panic disorder and also into agoraphobia. One theory I am working on involves sensory overload. Toward this end, I was wondering if you knew of any studies involving the prevalence of the blind/hearing impaired who suffer from panic disorder and/or agoraphobia. Thanks for your help.    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: Can you give a brief synopsis of the different types of mental health professionals and their qualifications (by category)? Specifically, can you compare psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, psychologists, LCSW, LCSW-C, counselors, etc.? I am stymied to find a resource that details this. Also, I'm wondering if you can recommend a web site that lists all medical degrees (nationally and possibly internationally) and what they stand for, the training they go through, etc. Thanks!    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: How do you determine when an anti-depressant is no longer needed? How can you tell if the lifting of the major depression is totally caused by the medication, or if the medication is no longer necessary? What is the average length of time people stay on antidepressants?    Dr. Pies' Answer