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Ask the Mental Health Expert Archives 2001-2004

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Week of November 3, 2003

    Question: I have an 8-year-old son that was just diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome and is also experiencing symptoms of attention deficit disorder (ADD)...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: How important are community meetings or ward government meetings to an inpatient psychiatric program? Are there any JCAHO standards that address the necessity for community meetings or ward government meetings in the therapeutic milieu's?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I'm a 30-year-old woman, recently diagnosed with rapid-cycling bipolar disorder. I would like the opportunity to research medications available to someone with my condition. There are websites out there listing side effects but only if you know the drug name...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I suppose it is rather ridiculous to say that the most effective way to avoid suicide is to stop someone from that first attempt. However, isn't it true that after the first attempt, the following attempts increase in frequency?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: Can you list common counterdependent behavior and/or characteristics?    Dr. Pies' Answer