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Week of November 18, 2002

    Question: I have been recently diagnosed with Paramyotonia Congenita, possibly potassium aggravated myotonia instead. At the same time my neurologist/psychiatrist has diagnosed me with dysthymia...    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: I first slashed my wrist in 1965 for self punishment and self-disgust. Since then I have fought the urge. When I get that urge, I talk with friends and am okay. However, when my friends mention it to me, I get the urge. When I think about it I want to do it. I have an urge to do it now. It is like a hunger and a thirst. How can I find out more about this disorder?   Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: I am trying to start a non profit organization surrounding the subject of hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD). It seems to me that there are many people who experiment with Hallucinogenic drugs and have the misfortune of getting HPPD but more often than not get misdiagnosed with depression, mania, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or any other mental disorder other than HPPD...    Dr. Pies' Answer