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Week of December 10, 2001

    Question: Could you direct me to any research or literature regarding the dangers of evangelical, religious healing practices, such as speaking in tongues, laying of hands, etc. precipitating a psychotic episode? As a psychologist in charge of a psychosocial rehabilitation program, I am especially interested in any documented dangers for individuals who are already getting treated for schizophrenia.    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: Do you believe depression can be controlled by diet and exercise? There seems to be much information in regards to treatment with medications only. I believe proper diet and exercise can be an effective treatment without the use of antidepressants, since I am an example of that. I am writing a research paper on this subject.    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I was wondering if you could provide reference to any criminal cases where bipolar disease of any form was used as a defense in a criminal court. My 19-year-old brother was convicted of robbery with a deadly weapon. Before the incident he was a model citizen...    Dr. Pies' Answer