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April 11th, 2012
11:01 AM ET

We've moved!

Dr. Drew’s blog has a new home at HLNtv.com.

Visit his site directly at http://www.HLNtv.com/shows/dr-drew.

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April 10th, 2012
12:24 AM ET

Behind-the-scenes: Dr. Drew is ready for your questions

Don't miss the special edition of "Dr. Drew On Call" this Wednesday, April 11, only on HLN.

If you have question for Dr. Drew, write into us now!

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Don't miss our special edition of "Dr. Drew On Call" this Wednesday, April 11.

If you have question for Dr. Drew, write into us now!

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Behind-the-scenes: Dr. Drew thanks viewers after one-year anniversary show

It was Wednesday of this week that marked the one-year anniversary of Dr. Drew’s show on HLN.

The good doc took a moment to address his viewers behind-the-scenes.

“I wanted to take second to thank you, the viewers, for supporting the show and watching us,” he said. “My goal is to do something good … something that helps … something that educates.”

He added, “I hope that you’ll engage with us online and continue to help us shape this program. I like the show to be as interactive as possible. We’re going to start dedicating entire shows to it. So come on along and be part of this.”

Watch Dr. Drew weeknights at 9 p.m. ET on HLN and follow the show on Twitter @DrDrewHLN.

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Autism: Separating fact from fiction

April is "Autism Awareness Month".

It was just last week that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 1 in 88 children are affected by autism or some form of the disorder; a 23-percent increase since 2009.

Are these new numbers linked to a rise in the disorder or can they be attributed to a better diagnosis by the medical community?

HLN’s Dr. Drew and his guests discuss the issue.

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March 29th, 2012
11:15 PM ET

Dr. Drew on ‘unconscious racism’

HLN's Dr. Drew says the Trayvon Martin tragedy has shown "something about ourselves", and notes that we need to elevate the conversation about racial issues.

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March 9th, 2012
12:24 AM ET

Dr. Drew on becoming an empty-nester

HLN's Dr. Drew shares his thoughts on becoming an empty-nester after he and his wife sent their 18-year-old triplets off to college.

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February 4th, 2012
01:41 AM ET

Funding restored to Planned Parenthood

Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. She reacts to the foundation's announcement. Watch.

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January 21st, 2012
12:26 AM ET

Teens suffer from mystery illness

A mysterious illness has surfaced among 12 teenage girls at a New York high school.

The teens at times will shake uncontrollably, stutter profusely and exhibit bursts of nervous twitches.

Parents have demanded that administrators at LeRoy Junior/Senior High School look into the illness, which emerged in October.

Last Tuesday, the school district stressed that it was doing everything it could to address their concerns. “The environment or an infection is not the cause of the students’ tics,” a statement on the district’s website said. “There are many causes of tic-like symptoms. Stress can often worsen tic-like symptoms. These symptoms are real.”

Two of the girls suffering from the mystery illness, Thera Sanchez and Lydia Parker, appeared on "Dr. Drew" Friday night to talk about their condition.

"I`m not good - not today … my tics got worse,” Sanchez stated at the beginning of the interview.

Her mother, Melisa Philips added, “She also now has daily blackouts and seizures … not like epilepsy seizures, but where she’s somewhat lucid and can feel her body being rigid and it`s almost like she’s a stone statue. And she can’t move and she’s very weak and tired, and so, it just continually seems to get new symptoms.”

Philips added that all the girls had been treated individually with physicians assuming that it stress/anxiety induced or from "conversion disorder."

Psychiatrist Dr. John Sharp, MD, told Dr. Drew that he has examined groups of women in the past that were high-stakes card dealers who have had conversion reactions.

“Simply put, a conversion disorder is a condition when a person converts psychic distress,” he said. “This is going to be hard to understand, but not necessarily consciously felt. The brain converts it from one thing into another - into something physical. And you can have tingling. You can have lack of ability. You can have tics - feel numb or go hoarse or go blind. And, it’s not faking it.”

Dr. Drew asked Parker if she was aware that other girls at the school had this condition at the time she had developed her symptoms.

“I was,” she responded. “I was in school for a little while after it started, but I ended up leaving the last week of October because I didn’t feel I could handle school anymore, and my doctors didn’t feel I could handle school anymore."

At the end of the interview, Dr. Sharp said, “psychiatrically, the prognosis is generally quite good if you can be comprehensive. If you can really make a difference in the beginning to try to start to move things in the right direction, things usually do clear up over time. There`s a disorganizing phase where you don`t know what`s wrong and everything seems out of control. That’s what we’re seeing. And that yields to an organizing phase where you can take some comfort in an understanding and a treatment plan. It always goes that way. So, we’ve just got to get these girls farther down the road.”

Sanchez had a seizure during the interview itself, but her mother assured Dr. Drew that she was OK, saying that the seizures have been happening daily since December.

Dr. Drew and Dr. Sharp talked backstage immediately after the segments aired, which you can watch by clicking here. Dr. Drew will have more on the story this Monday, and will continue to monitor the girls' condition.

Watch Dr. Drew weeknights at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on HLN and follow the show on Twitter @DrDrewHLN and Facebook.

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