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Week of October 28, 2002

    Question: I am investigating the nature and extent of mental illness-related stigma among medical students based on their knowledge and attitude toward mental illness and persons with mental illness. Are there reliable and validated scales that measure knowledge of cause, prevention, and treatment of mental illness?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I have read different articles about possible effects of mothers choosing not to breast feed their sons. One result is an addiction to big breasted women. I have a male friend who struggles with this addiction and is desperately looking for ways to overcome this addiction. He is currently in a relationship with a wonderful woman whom he loves very much, but the obsessions with big breasts won't go away. He recognizes it as a problem and we have been unable to locate any books on the subject. What can he do to overcome these thoughts?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I would like to know what is considered an appropriate amount of time to discontinue suicide precautions on patients that are admitted with suicidal ideations or attempt. If the patients stabilizes and their mood improves and is ready for discharge, when should discontinued suicide precautions be written by the physician? Would you consider writing the order on the day of discharge appropriate?    Dr. Pies' Answer