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Ask the Mental Health Expert Archives 2001-2004

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Week of March 19, 2001

    Question: Is dysthymia more common in any particular populations? Among teens? Children of divorce? Twins, especially female? What treatment protocols are recommended and how do they differ from treatment of major depression?    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: If someone was molested at a young age and continually tries to push away everyone who cares about her, is it possible that she will ever find a lasting and stable relationship? I'm very concerned about my sister... she says she is lonely, but it's like she creates her loneliness by pushing everyone away, even including her family.    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: I am looking for current mental health statistics for California. Do you know of any Web resources that I can access for these statistics by state? What other resources would you recommend? Is there any annual publication that records this information?    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: I have read somewhere that most/all (?) serial killers were abused as children and would like to know if this is true. I'm covering the child abuse side of things for a research project, and am curious how abuse may be linked to further criminal behavior. Any information you would be willing to give me, or books you could refer me to, or websites, would be greatly appreciated.    Dr. Pies' Answer