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Week of October 15, 2001

    Question: Three years ago I recovered from my second bout of depression (that lasted 7 months) with a combination of remeron, serzone, and effexor. I stopped antidepressant therapy after I became well. I had 3 symptom-free years but I became depressed again 7 weeks ago and have been on remeron (45 mg) and trazodone (150 mg) for over one month but have not yet felt relief from my symptoms. Should I go back on the same combination that got me through the last bout? What will help me long-term?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I'm a social worker on a forensic rehabilitation unit at a psychiatric hospital. We are currently following a client who is diagnosed with Erotomania/deClerambeault's Syndrome. Can you tell me where I can get good information about this disorder? What might be suggested as possible treatment and what outcomes might be expected from such treatment?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am looking to design an extinguishing program for a psychogeriatric client to reduce yelling and calling out. I'm looking for a successful template for this type of program.    Dr. Pies' Answer