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Week of November 10, 2003

    Question: My 2 -year-old girl gets on her belly and rocks on the floor a lot (several times a day). She acts as if she is trying to rub her lower abdomen or lower parts on the floor. She will do this for as long as I let her or until something more interesting catches her attention...    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: I am a therapist fresh out of school working in a partial hospitalization setting. Beginning in late February, I noticed an extreme increase in the amount of bipolar patients I was being consulted on in our local emergency room and in our program...    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: I noticed that after starting Tegretol that my low level depression gets dramatically worse. Could Tegretol be the culprit? My reason for taking Tegretol is not for mania or seizures. I have found that it helps my essential tremors but I'd much rather experience the annoyance/embarrassment of tremors than be depressed.    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: When I was approximately 12 years old, I would occasionally binge drink. I binged about 10-15 times in total from age 12-14. I am 18 years old now and would like to know if the damage caused by doing that would still be present and is it irreversible? Would that have had a serious effect? If so, would it have repaired itself by now?    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: I have been taking Citalopram (Cipramil, Celexa), one 20 mg tablet a day, for six weeks now, for the treatment of depression and anxiety. It seems to be working, but I have some questions...    Dr. Pies' Answer