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Week of February 10, 2003

    Question: I teach an AP biology class and we were studying the effects of hallucinogens on the nervous system when one of my students brought up this question. I had briefly heard something about it years ago, but I couldn't recall the details. What is the disorder or syndrome by which the person's neurotransmitters are so cross-wired that the person can taste music, see colors of noises or other such non-related sensory perceptions to sensory stimuli?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I have a Dandy Walker cyst. My question is: Is there a relationship between Dandy Walker cysts and OCD symptoms? I was diagnosed at age 13. I am a 24-year-old female looking towards removal of the cyst, but I have suffered with severe depression and "crazy" thinking that I have a hard time controlling. Is there a relationship between the cyst and these symptoms?   Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I have a patient with long-standing depression in our inpatient unit. Her psychiatrist has prescribed Effexor XR during this hospitalization. She is withdrawn from the milieu therapy, and doesn't participate in group discussion...    Dr. Pies' Answer