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Week of August 11, 2003

    Question: I'm a mother of a 10-year-old little boy who was just told that he has Intermittent Explosive Disorder. I have done some research on this and have yet to find a cause for this disorder. How did my son get this disorder? Was he born with it? Is it passed down from generation to generation?   Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am a psychiatrist and occasionally I've had patients whose creatinine is creeping up, from 1.5 to 1.7 and then 2.4 while on Lithium. I generally refer the patient to a primary care provider for further work ups. What would be your recommendations in terms of specific lab tests and how much would you be concerned about it?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I read about an infamous and quickly-abandoned study decades ago in which babies in an orphanage were divided into two groups. The babies in one group had their physical needs met but were otherwise left alone; babies in the other group were also held and nurtured, in a word, loved. The unloved babies literally shriveled and died, while the loved babies thrived. I've also heard a little bit about studies of infant animals and maternal deprivation...    Dr. Pies' Answer