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Get answers to your most important mental health questions with the help of Ron Pies, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at Tufts University and popular Psychiatric Times columnist. He has written several insightful books. Some of his latest works include The Difficult-to-Treat Psychiatric Patient and Handbook of Geriatric Psychopharmacology.

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    Question: Has there ever been a study on why people undergo body modifications such as body piercing, tattooing, branding, etc? Is it an expression of feelings, such as pain and suffering, that they can't or don't know how to communicate in any other way? Or is it simply a desire to adorn oneself?    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: My question is about the interaction between antipsychotic drugs and caffeine. I was wondering if someone's prescription of antipsychotic drugs would be different in dosage according to whether or not that person gets a lot of caffeine (drinks a lot of coffee for instance). Does caffeine impact any other psychotropics?    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: Are there any new treatments in the pipe line for treating dementia and short-term memory loss? Specifically in the elderly.    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: I am working on a research paper on fetal drug syndrome/fetal drug effects. I would like to find any information or even sources I could use for information on both the short term and long term psychological (and even physical) effects of children born addicted to drugs.    Dr. Pies' Answer



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