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Week of September 9, 2002

    Question: I am interested in the link between sexual abuse and schizophrenia. I know that most cases are thought to be genetic and/or use of drugs may cause the disorder, but many women that I have encountered who have the disorder have been sexually abused as children. Can you tell me more on the topic?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: A 65-year-old colleague returned to work after a 4-month long illness; she was in intensive care for almost 3 of those months. Prior to her illness she was complacent and timid. I would have liked to have seen her stand up for herself. She returned a different person...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: My son is 9 years old. His mother and I are divorced and we have not seen her in three or four years. I have been told by some doctors that my son has spina bifida, and others has said that he has some sort of myopathy. My son has complained of being exceptionally tired at times, of headaches, and having muscle fatigue...    Dr. Pies' Answer