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Week of January 6, 2003

    Question: My 3-year-old daughter is starting to steal objects. She has taken something from a flea market and a grocery store. Everything that I can find on kleptomania assures me that she probably does not have this problem, but how can I teach a preschooler that stealing is wrong when she just doesn't seem to understand?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: My son has an anoxic brain injury and has ADHD as a result. He is 11 years old, 4' 7" and weighs 76 lbs. He takes Ritalin and Prozac. I am thinking of starting him on fish oil since I've heard many good things about it and brain injury. I also have been giving him a 400IU vitamin E capsule daily along with his regular Flintstones multi-vitamin. Will the fish oil interact with the Prozac? I've been told that it will concentrate the effects of the Prozac causing overdose reactions. I've researched and can't find anything to support this person's claim, but I'd rather be safe than sorry. Is this true?   Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am a 14-year-old girl and one of my friends is bipolar. We live at a boarding school, and I wanted to know what we could do to help her. My dad has bipolar disease but I still don't know enough about it. One of my questions is: can bipolar disorder lead to schizophrenia or paranoia? What can we do to keep her in good spirits? She is on medication and just got it increased the other day so she is depressed. What can my friends and I do to help her?    Dr. Pies' Answer