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Week of August 25, 2003

    Question: I am working with a student who has autism (high functioning). He has an obsession (sexual in nature) with feet and shoulders. He is turned on by bare feet and bare shoulders or even perceived bare shoulders. For example, if a girl is wearing a tank top with a shirt over it, he will try to pull the shirt down to expose the shoulder...   Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I'm looking for information about Emotional Deprivation Disorder. As far as I know this disorder is included in DSM-IV Text Revision, but I couldn't find any information about that. I only saw it under "Healing the Unaffirmed: Recognizing Emotional Deprivation Disorder" by Baars & Terruwe. I couldn't find any diagnostic of it. Can you tell me more about this?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: My doctor is reluctant to increase my Wellbutrin dose from 150 mg once a day to twice a day. I also take 15 mg Remeron at night. I have researched some sites on the internet and I have read nothing to indicate that this is a problem. I tried increasing the dosage myself for a week and found I felt much better--I slept very well and felt alert all day...    Dr. Pies' Answer