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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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Addiction
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Anxiety Disorder
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Clinical Trials / Parkinson's Disease
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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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PTSD
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Addiction to Pain Medications
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Psychosis
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ADHD in Adults
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Featured Experts:

Barbara L. Andersen, Ph.D.
Barbara L. Andersen, Ph.D.
Gloria Baciewicz, MD
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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.
Zachary Bell
Zachary Bell
Karen Fasciano, PsyD
Karen Fasciano, PsyD
Lynne Fisher
Lynne Fisher
Donald C. Goff, MD
Donald C. Goff, MD
Susan McDaniel, PhD
Susan McDaniel, PhD

Brett W. Robbins, MD

Associate Professor, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
University of Rochester Medical Center 

After growing up and finishing medical school in Indiana, Dr. Robbins matched at the Med-Peds residency at the University of Rochester. Upon completion of residency in 1997 he became the Associate Director and ultimately the Program Director for the Med-Peds residency in 1999. He is dual boarded in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and cares for patients of all ages in a primary care setting.

ADHD in Adults

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) starts in childhood but often can go unrecognized until later in life.  In this episode, Frank South shares his story of late diagnosis and the challenges he faces every day managing and adapting to life with ADHD.

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ADDA provides information, resources, and networking opportunities to help adults with ADHD lead better lives. They provide hope, empowerment, and connections worldwide by bringing together science and the human experience for both adults with ADHD and professionals who serve them.
ADDR helps people with ADHD achieve their full potential through education, support and networking opportunities.
CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.
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Robert L. Weisman, DO

Associate Professor of Psychiatry
University of Rochester Medical Center

Dr. Robert Weisman is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He is Senior Medical Director of Adult Ambulatory Services and Director of Clinical Care at Strong Ties for the New York State ACT/FACT team serving mentally disordered offenders in the community. Dr. Weisman is also Co-Director of the Charles E. Steinberg Memorial Fellowship in Psychiatry and Law, at the University of Rochester.

Psychosis

Schizoaffective disorder is a form of psychosis and is a mental illness in which a person experiences a combination of schizophrenia symptoms.  People affected often have hallucinations or delusions, as well as mood disorder symptoms such as mania or depression.  Our patient, Lynne Fisher, had her life turned upside down by the onset of this illness, and battled through five years of symptoms to find a treatment plan that enables her to have a constructive and happy life.

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NAMI works in communities to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.
RMI is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by mental illness through advice and information, mental health services and support groups, and campaigning.
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Second Opinion Psychosis Panel

Donald C. Goff, MD

Marvin Stern Professor of Psychiatry
NYU School of Medicine

Director, Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research
Orangeburg, NY

Dr. Goff is a translational clinical researcher who studies and treats schizophrenia.  He pioneered the development of glutamatergic agents and folate supplementation based on models from basic neuroscience and a personalized medicine approach.  He is currently working in the areas of early intervention and the treatment of refractory symptoms employing strategies to enhance neuroprotection and neuroplasticity. 

Lynne Fisher

Person living with Schizophrenia

Lynne Fisher was diagnosed in 2000 with Schizoaffective Disorder, a psychiatric disorder with traits of Schizophrenia and Depression.  Lynne was treated at Strong Hospital in Rochester, NY and received ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) as part of her treatment.  Lynne went on, however, to recover and received her second Master’s degree in Library Science in 2003.  Today she works full-time at a nonprofit organization in Rochester.

Daniel J. Smuckler, MD

Director of Psychiatry
Bronx Psychiatric Center

Daniel Smuckler, MD, Director of Psychiatry at the Bronx Psychiatric Center and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, is a Supervising Attending Psychiatrist at Bronx Psychiatric Center. 

He is a graduate of Einstein and completed his psychiatry residency at Montefiore Medical Center. His post-graduate training includes psychoanalytic psychotherapy training at the William Alanson White Institute.

Dr. Smuckler's career includes several years working as a psychosomatic medicine attending before becoming active in community psychiatry.

Frank South

Author of ADHD Dad blog at ADDitude magazine

Formerly a performer, playwright, and longtime TV writer and producer, Frank now writes the popular ADHD Dad blog and articles for ADDitude magazine. An ADHD Adult living in Georgia with two ADHD young adult children and a very non-ADHD wife, Frank’s writing relates a personally skewed view of his, and his family’s haphazard struggle for equilibrium with wry humor, and a deep sympathy for all who have to deal with him on a daily basis.

Anthony Rostain, MD, MA

Director of the Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program
University of Pennsylvania

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Kimberly A. Van Orden, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Rochester Medical Center

My program of research focuses on the prevention of late life suicide. Specifically, I have contributed to the formulation, refinement, and evaluation of the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide, including the development of a self-report measure to assess two of the theory's constructs, The Interpersonal Needs Questionnaire. My current focus is on using the Interpersonal Theory to inform the investigation of psychological mechanisms of action for suicide prevention interventions for older adults.

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