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Week of June 18, 2001

    Question: I have recently undergone a series of 7 ECT sessions. I am rather distressed about the memory loss suffered since. I know that a certain amount is to be expected and that for most patients this is temporary. What constitutes temporary? In particular, I am most distressed by my inability to retain new information. Has there been anything written on this that you could possibly refer me to?    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: We have a schizophrenic under commitment in our psych unit who'll be coming to the labor and delivery unit soon to have her baby. I would love to be involved and educate myself and my peers. What resources are there where I may find more information? Are there any particular precautions that need to be taken?    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: I am writing a paper on the impact postnatal depression (in women) has or may have on fathers/husbands and children. I was wondering if you are aware of any good publications or case studies on this issue. The sites on the Internet that I've found so far tend to emphasize the "what" and "why" of PND and center upon women. There are social support groups for men, indicating an impact upon them, but in terms of concrete research, I've had a tough time finding some. Any help would be appreciated.    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: I would appreciate your opinion in the pharmacological treatment for nursing mothers with severe cases of OCD.    Dr. Pies' Answer