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Week of August 12, 2002

    Question: I have been diagnosed with cyclothymic disorder. The information from the Internet makes no sense to me because it was compared to other disorders. I need a straight answer. I need symptoms and disability info, also is it hereditary?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: My daughter is 25 and she has been taking 60 mg Ritalin a day for 4 years to help her ADD/poor memory problem and it has worked fine. However, for the past 4 months, she has been foolishly taking 160-300 mg of Ritalin a day to help her in her demanding career...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: Have any studies been done on women who have late-onset schizophrenia who have had a hysterectomy without hormone replacement therapy? I am asking because I know three women that have had a hysterectomy and absolutely no signs of schizophrenia until after the hysterectomy. I was also wondering if this relates to the role of sex hormones in triggering schizophrenia?    Dr. Pies' Answer