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Week of January 21, 2002

    Question: What's your opinion of Reality Therapy? What are its strengths and short comings? Do you have any information on Dr. William Glasser?    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: What label/term is used to describe the condition that causes a person to spend days rehashing how they would solve a political situation or mentally rewriting a better script for a TV show or if they were in charge, how they would solve a major world problem? Even though this person enjoys reading, they are not able to finish a book without great difficulty as their mind latches on to a particular thought and they "daydream" about this thought. This person has been in treatment for 10 years with the general diagnosis of treatment resistant depression & is trying a combination of meds but thus far nothing has helped. The latest med combo is 100 mg Zoloft and 20 mg ziprasidone to help calm the obsessive thinking. How does obsessive thinking differ from obsessive compulsive disorder?    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: I am in a Social Worker (non-expert), Masters Degree Program in Columbia, MO. I am trying to research information on Interdisciplinary Assessments and their redundancies, to better understand the problems of time management we are having on our mental health unit and patient outcomes. I want to be able to show there are redundancies in multidisciplinary assessments and provide information on how to streamline assessments so staff have more time to do therapeutic interventions with clients and hopefully increase positive client outcomes in the future. Can you direct me to a site where I can gain information concerning this?    Dr. Pies' Answer