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Week of October 13, 2003

    Question: My husband is 75 years old. The neurologist has stated that my husband has frontal lobe disorder. Can you tell me what causes this and the prognosis?   Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I was at one point diagnosed with dysthymic disorder. My husband and I were arguing about this. I am on 20 mil of Prozac and I think it has been a godsend. My symptoms have decreased and I don't feel in a panic all of the time. My husband, on the other hand, seems to believe that if I truly didn't want to be on the medication, that I could control myself by basically willing it away...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I was diagnosed with epilepsy 4 years ago. Since then I have gained about 75 lbs. I have been switched from depakote to trileptol to epitol. None of my doctors ever told me about some of the side effects, like the weight gain or the mood swings. Is there something I should be asking my doctors or should I be doing something to control these myself?   Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: My 6-year-old daughter has developed a fear of going back to sleep when she wakes up in the middle of the night. She said she is afraid a stranger will come in and take her. We take her around the house every night and lock all the doors together...   Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: My husband recently became depressed and very irrational. He told me that he had decided suicide was the thing he should do, and got out 2 guns. I got him help and he was in the hospital for a week and received treatment, both counseling and medication. He came home and feels basically normal now. Because there is a plan to keep him on medication with regular doctor visits and counseling I should just relax and forget about it, and basically go on with my life...    Dr. Pies' Answer