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Week of February 18, 2002

    Question: I am trying to find studies/information on meningitis in young children as a possible causal factor in bipolar disorder. Do you know of any?    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: My daughter has been put on doxipan. The results were immediate removal of her depressed state. Could you tell me more about that medication?    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: Do you think it is ethical for a bank to market credit cards to mentally ill individuals? My sister-in-law is a 51-year-old schizophrenic. She has not been able to work regularly in 30 years. A telemarketer talked her into accepting a credit card (without our knowledge). Now she has run up $3000 of debt. What can we do? She co-owns a small home (value of $50,000; equity of $20,000) along with her brother. Can she be held liable? Are there any laws, lawsuits, etc. that you are aware of that could help us? Thank you for any and all help.    Dr. Pies' Answer