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Week of October 20, 2003

    Question: My friend's teenage daughter is in a long-term treatment facility for drug abuse and other issues. She is not under any medication and is not bipolar. She has been in the facility for a year and a half. She also had in the past what they call low boundaries because she had sex with several guys mostly while she was under the influence...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I would like to know of behavior management techniques that have been used successfully when working with conduct disorder in children (kindergarten through second grade). Do you have any suggestions?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: Have there been any research to establish a possible causal relationship between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from war trauma and antisocial personality disorder? If so, can you help me locate these studies?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I am a primary care provider and am looking for a tool to give a family member to use to give a more objective appraisal of a patient. Can you recommend something? I've already tried to have him use a patient questionnaire and have him try to put himself in his wife's shoes, but that didn't work. Do you have any other ideas?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: Is there a link between epilepsy and sociopathic behavior? If so how are they linked? Are there any scientific studies done on this topic?    Dr. Pies' Answer