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Week of May 26, 2003

    Question: My daughter hears voices in her head--not like schizophrenia but more like thought projections. They mostly come to her while looking at pictures, as if the person in the photo is speaking telepathically, and these thoughts become conversations. Her IQ is above average and she said she knows they can't really see or talk to her, but she can't shake those feelings. She also feels like she is never alone, and when she is, she has silent conversations with someone she can't see. Have you ever heard of anything like this?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: According to the TIME article "The Power of the Mood" Jan 20, 2003, FDA approved MAOIs in transdermal patch form. Do you know if this is true and when it will be available?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: There is a Criminal Justice teacher at a community college where I live who is teaching his students that 50% of women who go through menopause develop bipolar disorder, as a result. He claims that there are studies that back this up. He is also claiming that obesity and/or eating certain foods can cause bipolar disorder. I think these claims sound absolutely ridiculous and I am convinced that he is giving his student's information that is not true. What is your opinion about these claims?    Dr. Pies' Answer