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Week of June 9, 2003

    Question: I am a single mom of two boys, ages 11 and 13. Their father died when they were barely walking. I have not remarried. I'm concerned about my youngest who really dwells on the fact that there is no father figure in his life...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I work with a nurse who has bipolar disorder. She has said that she sees demons and that they look as real as you or I when she begins to see them. Does this sound like bipolar? I thought that visions such as this sounded more like schizophrenia. She has been getting electric shock treatment 3-5 days a week for the last 3 months and will be returning to work this week. Is she safe to work with and also is she trustworthy as a health care provider? I have to work with her alone and feel the facility I work for is scared to fire her for fear of being sued because of her mental health problems. Can you help?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am medical director of a mental health unit at a community hospital. We are having several discussions regarding whether the new atypical antipsychotics, ziprasidone and aripiprazole, should be on our formulary and available to our patients...    Dr. Pies' Answer