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Week of October 27, 2003

    Question: I've been on several different medications for bipolar and anxiety disorders for the last 8 years. Recently I have stopped due to excessive weight gain and liver damage. I still find myself getting depressed and anxious. I was wondering if there is a safe alternative to the medications that have destroyed my body but also help me with my mood swings?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: My husband and I have been married for almost 27 years and have been going to a female marriage therapist for about 7 years. She has described my husband as being passive-aggressive. He has also been diagnosed with chronic depression and attention deficit disorder without hyperactivity...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: Since the study of Astrology was found many decades ago, have there been any studies about criminals and birth charts? For example, Scorpios are often associated with death, while Taurus have been documented as the most sexual, yet possessive. What are your thoughts?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I've been on Topamax for some time now, but for the past few months, I have been experiencing the pins and needles effect. My doctor cut back my dosage and that seems to take care of it for the most part but at times, I still feel strange sensations in my face...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: What solutions are there for people who refuse treatment and continue to get worse? Are there any laws in America to help and protect people with mental illness?    Dr. Pies' Answer