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Week of July 21, 2003

    Question: Can smokers who have generalized anxiety safely take Wellbutrin? I've read so many conflicting accounts. Some say it greatly increases anxiety; some say it helps. Is it reasonable to add something like Ativan to the Wellbutrin?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: What suggestions do you have for night terrors? I have an 11-year-old male, bipolar client who has terrible night terrors that includes screaming, yelling, hitting, etc. Any advice will help! It has gotten to the point where neighbors are calling the police from all of the yelling in the middle of the night. Should he be woken up? Or should he sleep through it?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I have an unusual question regarding the ethics of the doctor-patient relationship. I have a friend who was seeing a psychiatrist about 10 years ago following her divorce. Since that time, she has seen 3 more different therapists, and thankfully, she is all better now...    Dr. Pies' Answer