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Week of September 24, 2001

    Question: I suffer from depression, and I know that a lack of appetite is a symptom of it. But there have been times when I have had a total lack of appetite and hardly ever eat breakfast or lunch. My husband makes me eat if he's around. Even if I am physically hungry, I just don't feel like eating. I usually skip breakfast and lunch. I might snack on some pretzels, since they are low-fat. I do have a problem with my weight. I am about thirty pounds overweight but I'm not obsessed with it. It bothers me just a little. So is it just from the depression? Or something more?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: Why is so little of the pharmaceutical research done on women? Do you think this is likely to change? What special considerations must we as doctors have when treating our female patients?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: Who was Baker? What actually happened to bring this about? I am wondering about the actual history of the Baker's Act.    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I have been looking for facts and figures on the mortality rate of depression sufferers. Could you tell me where I could find these. I am doing research on this illness because many members of my family have suffered from depression, including myself. We are fortunate to be in a family that recognizes it as an illness and not a personality fault and therefore we get help early and effectively. What happens to those who do not, and how many of them are dying each year?    Dr. Pies' Answer