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Week of August 19, 2002

    Question: I seem to have a problem with collecting stray animals. While the impulse to help relieve suffering in pets is admirable, I seem unable to stop bringing home abandoned cats from the shelter, where I volunteer. This is causing significant problems in my relationship with my fiancee' (who lives with me and the 7 to 10 cats, 3 pet rats and one dog)...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am a mental health professional working with a 6-year-old autistic boy. While working with him in the home last week I witnessed what I believe to be disturbing behavior. There was a moth in the house and the mom and I wanted to catch it and release it outside. The boy had a bottle of windex in his hand and wanted to kill the moth. When I attempted to catch the moth, he began squirting it with the Windex and shouting, "I want to destroy it"...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am a mental health counselor who needs more information on the condition known as catatonia. As a counselor, I own a DSM-IV book, but it only describes schizophrenia-related catatonia. I need information about trauma-induced catatonia. Can you direct me to references on this subject?    Dr. Pies' Answer