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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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Depression Later In Life
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Teen Depression
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Barbara L. Andersen, Ph.D.
Barbara L. Andersen, Ph.D.
Gloria Baciewicz, MD
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.
Anton P. Porsteinsson, M.D.
Anton P. Porsteinsson, M.D.

Alzheimer's Disease

(Source: Alzheimer’s Association) Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases.

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The Alzheimer's Association is a national U.S. non-profit organization providing support to families and caregivers. Their extensive web site includes basic information on Alzheimer's and resources for patients and caregivers, including a list of local Alzheimer's Association chapters which give information on care services, and links to online chat and support groups. The site also provides an overview of current research. Contact its 24/7 Helpline at for more information, referral, and support.
The ADEAR Center is a service of the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Their web site provides a toll free phone number and an email address for access to experts who can answer questions about Alzheimer's. On-line publications include updates on current NIA research, Alzheimer's fact sheets and extensive yearly progress reports on the state of Alzheimer's research. The site also includes a searchable bibliographic database of more than 5,000 abstracts of books and journal articles on Alzheimer's and a searchable database of clinical drug trials.
ADI is the umbrella organization of Alzheimer associations around the world. The site includes information on the disease, how to find help and resources for caregivers.
The Alzheimer's Research Forum is a non-profit organization that promotes collaboration among Alzheimer's disease researchers. Though primarily directed towards researchers and other professionals working with Alzheimer's, it does include a section for laypersons, which provides abstracts of current research papers, a diagnosis and treatment guide, and links to Alzheimer's news sources, research centers and support groups for caregivers. The section dedicated to physicians includes a series of interviews with top researchers in the field and posts articles for discussion and comment.
Operated by the U.S. Administration on Aging, this is a nationwide directory of state and area agencies that deal with services for the aging. There's also a toll-free number – 1-800-677-1116-which operates Monday though Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern time.
A public voice for caregivers, FCA provides information, education, services, research and advocacy to support and sustain the important work of families nationwide caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions.
Healthassist puts the client at the center of every interaction with the healthcare and insurance system. With years of experience on both the direct patient care side and business side of healthcare, Principal Dianne Savastano has the skills to offer consulting, coaching, information and assistance to help empower you to make the best decisions regarding your family's healthcare.
The National Family Caregivers Association educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships and life stages to help transform family caregivers' lives by removing barriers to health and well being.
Established in 1996, The National Alliance for Caregiving is a non-profit coalition of national organizations focusing on issues of family caregiving. Alliance members include grassroots organizations, professional associations, service organizations, disease-specific organizations, a government agency, and corporations.
In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have developed a blood test for Alzheimer's disease that predicts with astonishing accuracy whether a healthy person will develop the disease.
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Rebecca Weintraub Brendel, MD, JD

Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Dr. Weintraub is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She serves as a Faculty Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and as a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum. Dr Weintraub was a co-founder of Jumpstart, the national AmeriCorps program, and she also serves as a technical advisor to Ashoka and non profits promoting the work of health entrepreneurs. Dr.

Anton P. Porsteinsson, M.D.

William and Sheila Konar Endowed Professorship - Department of Psychiatry (SMD)

Professor - Department of Psychiatry, Geriatric/Psychiatry (SMD)

Dr. Porsteinsson is the Director of the University of Rochester Alzheimer's Disease Care, Research and Education Program (AD-CARE). In addition, he is the first William B. and Sheila Konar Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry. In 1987, he received his MD degree from the University of Iceland School of Medicine and came to the University of Rochester in 1989, where he completed his internship and residency. He is Board certified in Psychiatry, with added qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry. 

Addiction to Pain Medications

(Source: Mayo Clinic) Prescription drug abuse is the use of a prescription medication in a way not intended by the prescribing doctor, such as for the feelings you get from the drug. Prescription drug abuse or problematic use includes everything from taking a friend's prescription painkiller for your backache to snorting or injecting ground-up pills to get high. Drug abuse may become ongoing and compulsive, despite the negative consequences.

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ASAM is a professional society representing over 3,000 physicians and associated professionals dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment; educating physicians, other medical professionals and the public; supporting research and prevention; and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addictions.
CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.
It’s difficult to face up to addiction. Many people are turning to the internet for support and education. This site is a place where people who think they might have “a problem” can come for current news and research about addiction and recovery, as well as reviews of books and media about addiction, recovery, and practices that support recovery.
NIDA's mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.
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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.

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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.
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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. 

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