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Week of December 22, 2003

    Question: I am a 33-year-old man in good physical health with a question about my mental health. Quite often when I'm in the middle of a sentence I'll "freeze" for 2 or 3 seconds. I'll stop talking, look straight ahead and in the words of my girlfriend, I "vanish." It's like I've stepped out of my body and I am not there any more...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: Is it possible to not exhibit symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) in childhood and then have nearly all the symptoms manifest as a teenager?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: Recently, we had an attempted suicide in our community. It's being reported that it was a violent, psychotic reaction to marijuana. Is there such a thing? Is it common?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I was wondering if the drug Serenity was as good as it claims to be. Do you know if it has any harmful side effects? Will it interact with other psychopharmacological drugs? I have been unable to locate information about it. Have you heard about it?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am a 31-year-old white male suffering from major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Throughout the years I've been on a myriad of SSRIs and other medications. I also have been suffering, since puberty, from classic and contemporary migraines, for which I have taken different types of pain and migraine medications...    Dr. Pies' Answer