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Ask the Mental Health Expert Archives 2001-2004

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Week of September 1, 2003

    Question: My 42-year-old childhood friend was caught drinking blood. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when he was 17 years old. I think he takes valproic acid now and he feels better on it. My friend hid it from me and I was shocked that he did it, because I know a relative abused him in this manner when he was a child. How do psychiatrists cure blood drinking? Is it a symptom of a behavioral disorder?   Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am wondering if Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) may manifest itself differently in adolescent females from more conservative cultures (Asian or Middle Eastern). For example instead of being openly defiant they are more passive aggressive in there defiance due to the emphasis of cultural upbringing?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am looking for research material about infant development in the first year. Could you recommend any books, journals, or articles that would cover sight, hearing, hand-eye coordination, and overall mental development?    Dr. Pies' Answer