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Ask the Mental Health Expert Archives 2001-2004

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Week of November 24, 2003

    Question: Is there a website, organization or way to check the credentials of child psychiatrists to know if they have a specialty? My daughter was diagnosed with major depressive disorder and her psychiatrist tried her on Zoloft, Paxil and Lexapro since December...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I had an MRI of my brain 10 years ago. They found white spots, but nobody has been able to tell me what they are or why they appear...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I once took care of a postpartum patient who took 350 mg of Seroquel right after having a baby. She had been off the medication for 8 months. She got confused and dropped the baby into a hamper thinking it was the crib. A CT of the baby's head revealed no injuries...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: Our family has several members who have had Alzheimer's disease. My grandmother and mother both died from complications of Alzheimer's. My brothers and sister all have Alzheimer's now. I am the only one out of my siblings who does not have Alzheimer's. I worry about this constantly. Is there some kind of testing I could do to find out if I could get it in the near future?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I have had depression for eight years and I also have epilepsy. Last year I had an MRI that showed I have mesial temporal sclerosis, a condition that causes seizures. I have heard that it can also cause depression. Is this the case? If so, what are my treatment options?    Dr. Pies' Answer