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Week of Week of October 29, 2001

    Question: My elderly mother is suffering from anorexia. She suffered from anorexia 5 years ago and required ECT, which reversed her anorexia. However, she has become anorexic again and is presently being tube fed. She has received ECT again but so far it is ineffective. Could you let me know if there is anything that would benefit her treatment? Do you think she should be on antidepressants? I realize that her problem may be different from younger patients suffering from anorexia nervosa. Her phobia against food has really affected her ability to get better.    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: My mother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. My brother has the power of attorney in case she becomes incompetent. What is legally involved? When someone has Alzheimer's, is there any way to measure their ability to maintain their own affairs?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I find myself to be a pendulum between promiscuity and aversion to sex. I was abused at a young age and wonder if I will ever be able to have a normal, healthy sex life. What causes this and how do I snap out of it?    Dr. Pies' Answer