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HEALTHY MINDS with Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein

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HMJB 0900 H1
Number of Episodes/Length:
12 / 30
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The Brain and Behavior Foundation
Connecticut Public Television
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Removing the stigma of mental illness.

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#901 Metabolic Psychiatry
A ketogenic diet focused on increased protein and decreased carbohydrates has shown positive results for patients with bipolar disorder, epilepsy and schizophrenia. Guests: Jan Ellison Baszucki, mother of bipolar patient, now funding research as President, Baszucki Group; Judith M. Ford, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco.

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A ketogenic diet may help patients with bipolar disorder, epilepsy, and schizophrenia.

#902 Update on COVID and Mental Health
A follow up to the 2022 season of “Healthy Minds” explores some potential long-term effects of Covid including depression, anxiety, psychosis and “brain fog,” as well as treatments for these conditions. Guest: Maura Boldrini, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York Presbyterian Hospital.

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Potential long-term effects of Covid on mental health include depression, psychosis and anxiety.

#903 Helping People who are Homeless, Part 1
A model program in Boston offers a holistic approach to clinical care for the homeless built around a ‘street team’ bringing mental health resources directly to those most in need, including case workers, psychiatrists, and a recovery coach who has experienced being homeless. Guest: Katherine Koh, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Street Psychiatrist, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.

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A holistic approach to medical care for the homeless makes mental health and autonomy a priority.

#904 Helping People who are Homeless, Part 2
Research to improve clinical care and positive outcomes for the homeless population includes understanding risk factors for homelessness including the need for mental health support during transitions out of the military, jail, and foster care. Guest: Katherine Koh, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Street Psychiatrist, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.
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Understanding the risk factors for homelessness including the need for mental health support.

#905 Post-Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents
Exploring how PTSD looks different in children and adolescents than in adults, what factors contribute to trauma’s long-term effects, unique treatments for youth including eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and the need for suicide prevention awareness after trauma in young people’s lives. Guest: Ryan Herringa, M.D., Ph.D, University of Wisconsin Health Professor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

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The unique symptoms and factors of PTSD in youth, and treatments specific to children after trauma.

#906 Prenatal Choline and Brain Health
The nutrient choline has been shown to support fetal brain development, and supplements taken during pregnancy may lead to improved concentration and attention spans in childhood as well as a decreased risk of schizophrenia for these children later in life. Guest: Robert Freedman, M.D., Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine.

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Prenatal choline supplements may offer primary prevention to decrease the risk of schizophrenia.

#907 Diagnosis and Treatment for Subtypes of Depression
New research using brain scans and biological markers has revealed areas of connectivity in the brain that can make diagnosis and treatment of the various types of depression more efficient and effective and identify the fundamental mechanisms that make moods change. Guest: Conor Liston, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Brain scans revealing biological markers can aid with diagnosis and treatment of depression.

#908 Treatment of Early Psychosis
Coordinated care including early intervention, education, a team of medical experts, and a strong support system of family as well as peers with shared experience can increase positive outcomes for young people after a first psychotic episode. The leader of the “On Track New York” program, a doctor and sibling of an early onset patient herself, explores the advances in understanding and treating adolescents and young adults experiencing hallucinations and other symptoms.Guest: Lisa Dixon, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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Coordinated care for adolescents and young adults experiencing hallucinations and other symptoms.

#909 Mental Health, Obesity and Diabetes
Research that looks at mental health holistically has revealed that half of all patients with depression or bipolar disorder patients are diabetic or pre-diabetic, leading to a new perspective on symptoms and treatment regarding insulin and brain function. Guest: Roger McIntyre, M.D., FRCPC, Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, University of Toronto, Canada

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Connections between diabetes, depression and bipolar disorder in patients may influence treatment.

#910 ADHD: What You Need to Know
Demystifying the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and understanding the variety of ways ADHD presents in young people including differences in which aspect of the disorder is manifested, and best advice for caregivers to help young people lead successful lives after diagnosis.Guest: Stephen P. Hinshaw, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco.

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Demystifying the symptoms and treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in youth.

#911 Education and Opportunities for People with Neurodiversity
A model academic program in Florida addresses the needs of neurodiverse students, founded by parents looking for resources. LiFT (Learning Independence for Tomorrow) Academy serves Kindergarten through 12th grade, and LiFT University Transition Program is a four-year post-secondary transition program for students who have completed high school for continued academics, career readiness, and life skill training. Guest: Keli Mondello, co-founder and Chairman of the Board, Learning Institute for Tomorrow (LiFT).

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A program specialized in academics and life skills for neurodiverse children and young adults.

#912 Anxiety in Youth
Diagnosing and treating anxiety in childhood and adolescence can decrease the risk of developing depression and other mental disorders later in life. Advice for parents to recognize the differences between normal worries and anxiety, and the impact of outside factors including bullying and social media. Guest: Daniel Pine, M.D.,Natioal Institutes of Health Distinguished Investigator.

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Diagnosing anxiety in childhood and adolescence can decrease the risk of other mental disorders.

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