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Second Opinion doctors often make the link between physical health and mental health. Patients on the show also discuss the importance of mental health, explaining how good mental health does more than help you enjoy life – it can make you feel better physically, do better at work, and handle life’s everyday issues and problems. Mental health is a factor in many diseases and conditions. Second Opinion doctors and patients have included mental health in their discussions of common problems such as heart diseases, and in some cases, devoted entire programs to specific mental health issues like depression and addiction. Click on the links below to learn more.

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Anxiety Disorder
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Depression Later In Life
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Female Sexual Dysfunction
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Forever Young
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Suicide
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Bipolar Disorder
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Breast Reconstruction
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Fecal Incontinence
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Spinal Cord Injury
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Grief
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Geriatric Oncology
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Conversion Disorder
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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
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Teen Depression
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Addiction to Pain Medication
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Are antidepressants safe for teens?
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5 signs of teen depression

Featured Experts:

Barbara L. Andersen, Ph.D.
Barbara L. Andersen, Ph.D.
Gloria Baciewicz, M.D.
Louis E. Baxter, Sr., MD, FASAM
Louis E. Baxter, Sr., MD, FASAM
Jeffrey J. Bazarian, M.D., M.P.H.
Jeffrey J. Bazarian, M.D., M.P.H.
Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.
Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.
Karen Fasciano, PsyD
Karen Fasciano, PsyD
Susan McDaniel, PhD
Susan McDaniel, PhD
Elizabeth Murray DO, MBA, FAAP
Elizabeth Murray DO, MBA, FAAP
Wilfred R. Pidgeon, Ph.D.
Wilfred R. Pidgeon, Ph.D.
Michael A. Scharf, M.D.
Michael A. Scharf, M.D.

Wilfred R. Pidgeon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Sleep & Neurophysiology Research Laboratory at URMC
Research Director at the VA Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention in Canandaigua, NY

Wilfred R. Pigeon, PhD is a clinical psychologist, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Sleep & Neurophysiology Research Laboratory at the University of Rochester Medical Center; he is also the Research Director at the VA Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention in Canandaigua, NY.

Dr. Pigeon’s clinical and research focus is on the mechanisms, consequences and treatment of sleep disturbance with particular emphasis on the co-occurrence of sleep problems in persons with other common conditions such as chronic pain, depression and PSTD.

Louis E. Baxter, Sr., MD, FASAM

Immediate Past President
American Society of Addiction Medicine 

Dr. Baxter is the Immediate Past President of ASAM and Executive Medical Director of the Professional Assistance Program of New Jersey, Inc, located in Princeton, New Jersey and Medical Director, of the Division of Addiction Services for the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. He is also an Instructor in Medicine at the Thomas Jefferson School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Teen Depression

Teen depression is a serious medical problem that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities. It affects how your teen thinks, feels and behaves, and it can cause emotional, functional and physical problems.

Videos
Myth or Medicine: 
Are antidepressants safe for teens?
Second Opinion 5: 
5 signs of teen depression
Resources
Resource Description: 
Families for Depression Awareness is a nonprofit organization that helps families recognize and cope with depressive disorders to get people well and prevent suicides.
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research.
The Balanced Mind Foundation guides families raising children with mood disorders to the answers, support and stability they seek.
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life. Doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients, joined by common systems and a philosophy of "the needs of the patient come first."
Mental Health America is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental and substance use conditions and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research and service.
Medline Plus
Medline Description: 

Interactive Medical Search logoConduct an off-site search from MedlinePlus.  These up-to-date search results are based on search terms specific to Second Opinion Key Points.

Second Opinion Teen Depression Panel

Susan McDaniel, PhD

Director, Institute for the Family, Department of Psychiatry

Associate Chair, Department of Family Medicine

Susan McDaniel, PHD, a family psychologist on our faculty, is the Dr Laurie Sands Distinguished Professor of Families & Health in the Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry. She received a PhD in 1979 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in clinical psychology, did her internship at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and was a fellow in family therapy at the Texas Research Institute for Mental Services in Houston.

Elizabeth Murray DO, MBA, FAAP

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

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Michael A. Scharf, M.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
Department of Psychiatry
University of Rochester Medical Center

Dr. Scharf earned his undergraduate and Medical degrees at The State University of New York at Buffalo, and completed residency training in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Rochester. 

He is currently the Chief of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division and Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center. 

Jeffrey J. Bazarian, M.D., M.P.H.

Assc Prof, Emergency Medicine, Neurology, and Neurosurgery at the Center for Neural Development and Disease, URMC

Dr. Bazarian is an emergency physician with a strong research interest in traumatic brain injury. He is associate professor of Emergency Medicine, Neurology, and Neurosurgery at the Center for Neural Development and Disease, University of Rochester Medical Center.

Mental Health

Second Opinion doctors often make the link between physical health and mental health. Patients on the show also discuss the importance of mental health, explaining how good mental health does more than help you enjoy life – it can make you feel better physically, do better at work, and handle life’s everyday issues and problems. Mental health is a factor in many diseases and conditions.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

(Source: NINDS / NIH) Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sometimes called Lou Gehrig's disease, is a rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells (neurons) responsible for controlling voluntary muscles. The disease belongs to a group of disorders known as motor neuron diseases, which are characterized by the gradual degeneration and death of motor neurons.

Resources
Resource Description: 
There are a very large number of organizations and websites dedicated to ALS. This is only a partial list. The ALS Association: Established in 1985, The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front.
ALS Care: ALS CARE is committed to providing support to patients, their families, and caregivers by means of education and consultations.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS): The mission of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke is to reduce the burden of neurological disease - a burden borne by every age group, by every segment of society, by people all over the world.
Medline Plus
Medline Description: 

Interactive Medical Search logoConduct an off-site search for ALS from MedlinePlus.  These up-to-date search results are based on search terms specific to Second Opinion Key Points.

Key Points: 

Key Point 1

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, is a progressive neurological disease (it just keeps getting worse).  Since there is no definitive test for ALS and the symptims can mimic many other medical conditions, the diagnosis of ALS can be difficult.  Getting a second opinion on the diagnosis of a serious disease like ALS can be critical.

Key Point 2

While there is not yet a cure for ALS, there are resources and technologies that can allow people with ALS to live their lives more fully.  Symptom management is a major ongoing component of the care of ALS and addressing symptoms as they change can minimize their effects on a person’s function, health, and quality of life

John Walkup, MD

Director, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
NY – Presbyterian Hospital
Weill Cornell Medical Center

John T. Walkup, MD is Professor of Psychiatry, DeWitt Wallace Senior Scholar, the Vice Chair of Psychiatry, and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Prior to joining the faculty at Weill Cornell, Dr. Walkup spent 20 years at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine serving as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Deputy Director in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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