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Ask the Mental Health Expert Archives 2001-2004

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Week of October 6, 2003

    Question: My son was diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) at the age of 6. He is now 11 and was recently diagnosed with ODD (oppositional defiant disorder) as well...   Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: Does Risperdal cause a higher than normal tendency towards diabetes II? Or if they have a familial tendency, can it push it to occur, via symptoms? I work for home health as the Quality Assessment nurse and have noticed that the doctors have steered towards olanzapine more and more...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: Bipolar patients without psychotic symptoms seem to be just like antisocial patients. When the bipolar patient is on lithium or a mood stabilizer they often become the person you knew was in there...   Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: Four years ago, I was the victim of a push-in robbery. I am female, was 44 at the time of the attack, weigh 117 lbs and my assailant was male, 25 and around 180 lbs. During the course of which, I was struck twice in the left temple by my assailant's fist. I saw lights during both blows...   Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I have recently received web site information about supplements such as human growth hormone and lithium that are now available without prescription. These are thought to improve memory, increase concentration, relieve depression, help with better metabolism, relieve pain, etc. As a sufferer of fibromyalgia, I find the idea of these medications appealing, but have some questions...    Dr. Pies' Answer