DBSA Educational Podcasts

DBSA podcasts feature some of the nations leading experts on mental health, covering a wide expanse of topics from treatment options, to personal wellness strategies, to relationships, to the creative arts. Enjoy!

Understanding Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents

An Update with Dr. Daniel Pine, MD
Chief of the Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Intramural Research Program

DBSA Parent Volunteer Coordinator Julia Small discusses anxiety and depression in children and adolescents with Dr. Pine, who notes that anxiety can lead to depression and that better treatment of anxiety may have a positive impact on the prevention of depression. In this wide-ranging podcast discussion, Dr. Pine also touches on various treatments for anxiety and depression, provides an update on research he and his NIMH colleagues are conducting, and offers insight into the “black box” warning on SSRI antidepressants. Learn more about NIMH’s research here: 
www.nimh.nih.gov/labs-at-nimh/joi…-disorders.shtml


Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents

An Update with Dr. Kenneth Towbin, MD
Chief of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

DBSA Parent Volunteer Coordinator Julia Small speaks with Dr. Towbin about NIMH’s ongoing research, which will further our understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder and related mood disorders in children and adolescents. NIMH’s clinical work focuses on the differences of brain function and brain processing between children and adolescents with classic episodic bipolar disorder and chronic severe irritability. Learn more about NIMH’s research here: http://patientinfo.nimh.nih.gov/BipolarDisorderPediatric.aspx




Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT)

Speaker(s):

Allen Doederlein, DBSA President, DBSA
Dr. Ellen Frank, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine / DBSA Board member and DBSA Scientific Advisory Board member

Description

DBSA's Allen Doederlein speaks with Dr. Ellen Frank about Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy, an innovative psychotherapy that she and her colleagues developed for the treatment of bipolar disorder. This treatment has been proven effective in preventing and reducing the recurrence the symptoms of bipolar disorder.




Depression and Back

Speaker(s):

Cindy Specht, DBSA Interim Executive Director, Operations
Susan Polis Schutz

Description

DBSA’s Cindy Specht speaks with Susan Polis Schutz about her latest book, Depression and Back: A Poetic Journey Through Depression and Recovery, which was written after Susan’s three–year struggle with depression. Susan also talks about her second documentary film, The Misunderstood Epidemic: Depression. The film takes an intimate look at how depression affects its victims and their families and explores how depression can strike anyone, regardless of age, race, or socioeconomic background.

Website: www.sps.com




From Illness Stories to Wellness Stories

Speaker(s):

Ingrid Deetz, Director of Chapter Relations
Jane Mountain, MD, Author of Bipolar Disorder — Insights for Recovery and Beyond Bipolar — 7 Steps to Wellness, Chapter Leader of DBSA Metro Denver

Description

DBSA’s Ingrid Deetz speaks with Dr. Jane Mountain about the differences between sharing our 'illness stories' and 'wellness stories' in the recovery process. From deciding who to share your stories with to breaking your story down into manageable pieces and even the importance of hearing your story in the words of your loved ones, Dr. Mountain shares several tips to help you in this importance process.




Unstuck: An Integrative Approach to Depression

Speaker(s):

Allen Daniels, Ed.D., DBSA executive vice president and director of Scientific Affairs
James S. Gordon, MD, Founder and director, The Center for Mind–Body Medicine in Washington, DC, Clinical professor of psychiatry and family medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine

Description

DBSA’s Allen Daniels speaks with Dr. James Gordon about the topics he covers in his book Unstuck, a guide for the journey out of depression. Dr. Gordon discusses his integrative approach to treatment for depression and alternative strategies for mood disorders and provides different perspectives on understanding and treating depression.




Madness: A Bipolar Life

Speaker(s):

Cindy Specht, DBSA Interim Executive Director, Operations
Marya Hornbacher, Best–selling author, Pulitzer prize nominee, and keynote speaker for DBSA 2010 National Conference

Description

In this podcast, Marya Hornbacher gives a preview of the keynote presentation she will give at the DBSA 2010 National Conference, “Celebrating 25 Years of Peer Support.” She speaks about her latest book, Madness: A Bipolar Life, in which she takes the reader along with her on her journey through Type I rapid–cycle bipolar.




Postpartum Depression: More than Just the Blues

Speaker(s):

Gloria Pope, DBSA director of Advocacy, Public Policy, and Training
Susan Dowd Stone, MSW, LCSW, Chair, Postpartum Support International’s (PSI’s) President’s Advisory Council, Adjunct lecturer on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Silver School of Social Work, New York University
Shoshana Bennett, PhD, licensed clinical psychologist, Former president, Postpartum Support International (PSI), Author, Pregnant on Prozac, Postpartum Depression for Dummies, and more

Description

Having a baby is a happy time for most women, but many women feel sad, afraid, or anxious after childbirth. While many women experience some mild mood change, or "blues," during or after the birth of a child, 10–15% of women experience more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety, which is a more serious problem called postpartum depression (PPD). In this podcast, DBSA talks to Dr. Shoshana Bennett, a two–time survivor of life–threatening, undiagnosed postpartum depression, and Susan Dowd Stone, an award–winning psychotherapist, author, and mental health expert who has been a staunch advocate for the Melanie Blocker Stokes Postpartum Depression Research and Care Act (H.R. 20, S.1375) legislation that will provide PPD public awareness campaigns, education, and funding for research and vital services.




All the Way Well: Alternatives for Treatment–Resistant Depression (TRD)

Speaker(s):

Allen Daniels, Ed.D., DBSA executive vice president and director of Scientific Affairs Glenn J. Treisman, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Course director, Educational Alliance for Consensus on Treatment–Resistant Depression (TRD)

Description

Dr. Glenn Treisman presents the notion that all treatment for mood disorders should strive towards the goal of being "all the way well." Dr. Treisman discusses alternatives for treatment, consultation, and follow–up, information that is invaluable for those with TRD or who are supporting family and friends with mood disorders.




Diagnosis, Causes, and Course of Mood Disorders: Part One

Speaker(s):

Ellen Frank, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Andrew Nierenberg, Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
Sheri Jenkins Tucker, Executive Director of the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network
Kevin Siembor, Chapter Services Coordinator

Description

This podcast is the first in a series brought to you by a partnership between the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP). The questions addressed were selected from an online survey conducted by DBSA regarding the interest and concerns of individuals living with depression or bipolar disorder about research surrounding the cause and treatment of mood disorders.




Diagnosis, Causes, and Course of Mood Disorders: Part Two

Speaker(s):

Ellen Frank, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Andrew Nierenberg, Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
Sheri Jenkins Tucker, Executive Director of the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network
Kevin Siembor, Chapter Services Coordinator

Description

This podcast is the second in a series brought to you by a partnership between the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP). The questions addressed were selected from an online survey conducted by DBSA regarding the interest and concerns of individuals living with depression or bipolar disorder about research surrounding the cause and treatment of mood disorders.




Making Amends and Asking Forgiveness

Speaker(s):

Michelle Roberts, freelance writer and author of “Making Amends, Asking Forgiveness,” bp Magazine‘s Winter 2009 cover story
Karen Kraft, DBSA’s publications manager
Skip Treaster, father, husband, and former advertising executive profiled by Michelle in this story

Description

DBSA's Karen Kraft speaks with freelance writer Michelle Roberts and Skip Treaster about bp Magazine's Winter 2009 cover story, "Making Amends, Asking Forgiveness." Skip was one of the people Michelle profiled in this article which explores the difficult and yet healing, transformative process that individuals go through to repair relationships wounded in the wake of a mental illness, such as bipolar disorder. Michelle discusses her experience as interviewer, and Skip shares his personal story of the ups and downs of making amends with his now–adult children. Read an excerpt from the article at www.bphope.com/Issue.aspx?id=25.




Transitioning to Work: What the Ticket to Work Program Has to Offer

Speaker(s):

David Jones, account manager for SSA Ticket to Work Recruitment & Outreach, specializing in mental health
Jim McNulty, DBSA’s vice president of peer support
Sallie Rhodes, program specialist for Social Security Administration (SSA) Ticket to Work

Description

DBSA's Jim McNulty interviews SSA Ticket to Work (TTW) Program Specialist Sallie Rhodes and David Jones, an account manager for TTW Recruitment & Outreach, specializing in mental health, about this program—how it works and what it has to offer. The TTW program is free and helps those eligible for SSDI or SSI benefits to enter, or re–enter, the workforce. This podcast addresses the following: what type of employment and job search services/supports are available; what an Individualized Work Plan is; whether TTW affects disability benefits, health insurance coverage, and Medicaid or Medicare; the Social Security Administration's 2009 hiring project; and more.

Note: It is highly recommended that you consult with a Social Security representative or benefits specialist before using your Ticket to Work or starting any employment program. Each beneficiary's circumstances are different; it is only by consulting with an expert that you will get specific information that pertains to your individual situation.

To learn more about...

Your eligibility for the Ticket to Work program
(866) 968–7842 (voice)
(800) 833–2967 (TTY)

Your local area's Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) projects
(800) 772–1213

Work Incentives
www.socialsecurity.gov/redbook




The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic

Speaker(s):

Darby Penney, International Network Toward Alternatives and Recovery (INTAR), founder, Advocates for Human Potential, Inc., Senior Research Associate / The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic, co–author
Cindy Specht, DBSA Interim Executive Director, Operations

Description

Darby Penney speaks with DBSA's Cindy Specht about "The Suitcase Project" (www.thesuitcaseexhibit.org) which documents the lives of a dozen patient residents at the Willard State Hospital in New York and her book, The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic, profiling the individuals featured in the exhibit. She explores both the tragedy of their stories and the catharsis that comes from giving them a voice…finally.




Bipolar Disorder or Depression? Understanding Important Differences in Symptoms and Treatment

Speaker(s):

Joseph R. Calebrese, MD, Professor of psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University, Co–Director of Bipolar Disorder Research Center, Case Western Reserve University, Director of Mood Disorders Program, University Hospital of Cleveland
Allen Daniels, Ed.D., DBSA executive vice president and director of Scientific Affairs

Description

Dr. Joseph Calabrese speaks with DBSA's Dr. Daniels about the differences, in terms of symptoms and treatment, between depression and bipolar disorder, especially bipolar II disorder. He explains the subtle symptoms of hypomania (bipolar II disorder's "mild high"), which is often overlooked by both mental health professionals and individuals living with the illness. He also addresses the several elements of treatment, including medication (traditional antidepressants versus mood stabilizers) and the importance of mood tracking, as well as family and peer support.

Dr. Calabrese has written more than 200 scientific publications focusing on bipolar disorder and has presented his research on this illness and other psychiatric conditions to medical students and physicians in 11 different countries. In 2004, he received the National Alliance for Research Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) Lifetime Achievement Award for Psychiatric Research in mood disorders and was chosen by psychiatry residents as "Best Teacher of the Year" three different times. Dr. Calabrese has also received five NIMH federal research grants that have helped to improve clinical outcomes in underserved populations suffering from bipolar disorder.




The Hidden Battle: Living with PTSD

Speaker(s):

Aaron Adair, DBSA Events Manager
Laura Prescott, Executive Director and founder of Sister Witness International Incorporated

Description

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur after you have been through a traumatic event. It is affecting a never–before–seen number of U.S. military who are traumatized by combat experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan. In this podcast, DBSA speaks with Laura Prescott, Executive Director and Founder of Sister Witness International and Advisory Board Member of Mental Disability Rights International. Laura offers a general overview of PTSD for anyone who has endured the horrors not just of war but also of abuse or a terrible accident.




At Home With Wellness: Families and Recovery

Chair :

Aaron Adair, DBSA Events Manager

Speaker(s):

Gail Cutler, Rebecca's Dream
Julie A. Fast, Author of Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder: A Four Step Plan for You and Your Loved Ones to Manage the Illness

Description

In this podcast, Gail Cutler of Rebecca's Dream speaks with Julie A. Fast, author of Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder and Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner, about why family support is crucial to recovery for those living with depression or bipolar disorder. This intimate conversation offers insight to both consumers and families, underscoring the importance of communication and understanding to create a supportive environment for loved ones with mood disorders.

Rebecca's Dream is an organization founded by Gail and Norman Cutler in memory of their daughter, Rebecca Cutler. In addition to this podcast, Rebecca's Dream is the sponsor of "At Home with Wellness: Families and Recovery," a workshop scheduled for Friday, September 12, during the DBSA 2008 National Conference in Norfolk, Virginia.




Stigma

Speaker(s):

Aaron Adair, DBSA Events Manager
Stephen Propst, Chair of the DBSA Board of Directors

Description

Description Stephen Propst is Chair of the DBSA Board of Directors, president of DBSA Metro Atlanta and is an active voice on radio, television and in print. His Mind Over Mood column appears regularly in bp Magazine. He is a writer, a conference speaker and a consultant to families and patients who seek to successfully confront mental illness and have meaningful lives. Stephen holds an MBA from Michigan State University and previously worked in the hotel/restaurant field.




Online Support Groups

Speaker(s):

Aaron Adair, DBSA Events Manager
Elizabeth Siegel, Manager of Chapter Recruitment

Description

Want to learn more about DBSA's online, real–time groups? Join us for this interactive chat! Online support groups are "a necessary part of our commitment to bring support to everyone who wants it, no matter where they are or how they need it," says Elizabeth Siegel, DBSA's Chapter Relations Manager who currently oversees the online support groups' operation. "We are the only organization offering this kind of virtual, real–time peer support to people with mental illness."

One of the benefits of online support groups (OSGs) is the support it offers to all of those who don't have access to DBSA's local support groups, either because they live too far away or have limited mobility, or because they wish to remain anonymous. One of the challenges that OSG participants face in their text–only world is how to communicate the nonverbal expression that face–to–face groups might take for granted—a simple nod of support or a smile, for example, as someone tells his or her story. Find out how OSG participants and facilitators manage these challenges and reap the benefits of connecting with peers online.




Laughter is the Best Medicine

Speaker:

David Granirer, author of The Happy Neurotic: How Fear and Angst Can Lead To Happiness and Success, Cindy Specht, DBSA Director of Programs

Description

"Laughter is the Best Medicine" features David Granirer—counselor, stand–up comic and author of The Happy Neurotic: How Fear and Angst Can Lead To Happiness and Success. In his book, David challenges some very popular new–age thinking by proposing that negative, rather than positive thinking, is crucial for success. David is also the founder of Stand Up For Mental Health, a project teaching comedy to individuals living with mental illness as a way of building confidence and fighting public stigma. Learn how his students have found new passion and purpose on their road to recovery by learning stand–up comedy…who knows…perhaps maybe even you?!

Visit www.standupformentalhealth.com to learn more about David and his work with Stand Up for Mental Health.




Bipolar & Genetics

Speaker:

Melvin McInnis, MD,FRCPsych, Sue Bergeson, President, DBSA

Description

Melvin McInnis, MD, FRCPsych, is the Thomas B and Nancy Upjohn Woodworth Professor of Bipolar Disorder and Depression, Professor of Psychiatry with the Department of Psychiatry and Depression Center at the University of Michigan.

Dr. McInnis is an established and internationally renowned researcher in the genetics of bipolar disorder. He has published widely in the field and is an active participant in one of the largest and longest standings collaborations in BP disorder that began as the NIMH Genetics Initiative for Bipolar Disorder. This endeavor (known colloquially as the "G11") now consists of a collaboration between 11 universities within the USA and is dedicated to the genetics of BP disorder. Dr. McInnis' involvement began as a fellow genetics in 1989, at the time the collaboration between the 4 founding sites.

Dr. McInnis has a relatively rare combination of research and clinical experience. He has extensive laboratory leadership experience in a molecular genetics laboratory as well as experience in genetic analyses and bioinformatics, and a published record of these accomplishments. His professed strength and depth is in the clinical arena and is a recognized expert in assessment and management of patients with complex mood disorders. His collaborative nature is reflected in the enduring collaborations that he has within the G11 group, as well as establishing collaborations locally with Wayne State U. He has established strong relationships within the University of Michigan with experts in molecular genetics (Margit Burmeister) and within the Department of Biostatistics. There are active interactions and collaborations between the McInnis group with the Health Services Section within the Dept of Psychiatry focused on bipolar disorder.




What to Do When Someone You Love is Depressed

Speaker(s):

Mitch Golant, PhD, Author What to Do When Someone You Love is Depressed
Elizabeth Siegel, Manager of Chapter Recruitment

Description

Mitch Golant, PhD, is a licensed psychologist whose book What to Do When Someone You Love is Depressed offers guidance to friends and family on how to keep their own spirits up while at the same time doing what's best to help a loved one who's living with depression. The subjects he addresses include how to maintain intimacy and communication, what to do when someone threatens suicide, the role and limits of medication, the link between depression and chronic illness and how to handle specific challenging situations.

Dr. Golant is also Senior VP of Research & Training for The Wellness Community (TWC), an international nonprofit that provides free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones at over 100 locations worldwide. Dr. Golant is widely recognized as a pioneer in the use of information technology in cancer education and support through online support groups. He has facilitated over 4,500 support groups for people with cancer and trained over 350 professionals in TWC's Patient Active Support Group model. In addition to What to Do When Someone You Love is Depressed, Dr. Golant has coauthored five books and is the contributing editor to the Essentials of Psychosocial Oncology Handbook. And in 2005, he and two colleagues were selected to train 40 psychologists and psychiatrists from Poland's National Psychosocial Oncology Society. For the past four years, he has served on the board of directors for the American Psychosocial Oncology Society.




Relationships & Mood Disorders

Speaker(s):

Meaghan Cotter, DBSA's Event Coordinator
Dr. Brenda Shoshanna, author of The Anger Diet

Description

"Relationships & Mood Disorders" features Dr. Brenda Shoshanna—psychologist,therapist, mediator, author and speaker. Dr. Shoshanna offers counseling and relationship mediation, helping to resolve conflicts constructively and discover creative solutions.Her work integrates psychology, spirituality and everyday life. The relationship expert on iVillage.com, Dr. Shoshanna speaks on all aspects of relationships,balance, transition and living life to the fullest and is dedicated to discovering and developing the best in herself and others. She has been in private practice as well, for over 25 years in Manhattan, and also conducts sessions via telephone all over the country. Her latest book, The Anger Diet (Thirty Days to Stress–Free Living), was named best book of the year in spirituality by Spirituality and Health Magazine.

Visit Dr. Shoshanna's website, www.brendashoshanna.com, to learn more.




Bipolar & Pregnant

Speaker(s):

Meaghan Cotter, DBSA's Event Coordinator
Kristin Finn, Author – Bipolar & Pregnant

Description

Kristin Finn was inspired to write her first book after searching for practical information and guidance on managing her disorder ─ from preconception through postpartum. Fortunately, she kept a detailed journal, and is able to share her insights written from the unique perspective of someone who lives with a medical illness, particularly bipolar disorder.




Mood Disorders in the African–American Community

Speaker(s):

William B. Lawson, MD, PhD, DFAPA, Professor and chair of Howard University College of Medicine and Hospital's psychiatry department
Brenda Bergeson, MD, Director of Scientific Affairs, DBSA

Description

While the under—and misdiagnosis of mental illness is common in the general population, it's even more frequent in the African American community. Disparity in access to mental health care plays a significant role, but it's just one of several factors in the underdiagnosis of mental illness for African Americans. Listen to Dr. Bergeson and Dr. Lawson speak about the latest information, research and treatment of mood disorders in the African–American community.




Psychiatric Service Dogs

Speaker(s):

Peter Ashenden, Executive Vice President
Joan Esnayra, Ph.D, President and founder of Psychiatric Service Dog Society

Description

Joan Esnayra, Ph.D. is President and founder of the Psychiatric Service Dog Society. A recipient of the 2006 Eli Lilly 'Welcome Back Award' in Primary Care, Dr. Esnayra has spent the past ten years pioneering the 'Psychiatric Service Dog' therapeutic model. Building upon her analytical training as a scientist, and her insights as a mental health consumer, Dr. Esnayra and members of her online community identified over 30 tasks or functions that Psychiatric Service Dogs may be trained to provide to their owners who are disabled by refractory symptoms of severe mental illness.




Behind Happy Faces

Speaker(s):

Meaghan Cotter, DBSA's Event Coordinator
Ross Szabo, Author of Behind Happy Faces

Description

Ross Szabo is the Director of Youth Outreach for the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign. He has a vast amount of experience in dealing with and educating others about mental health. Ross was diagnosed with bipolar disorder with anger control problems and psychotic features at age 16. He was hospitalized for wanting to take his own life in high school and had to take a leave of absence from college due to bipolar disorder. He eventually returned to American University and graduated cum laude with a degree in psychology. He is the only person in the country who has spoken to over half a million young people about mental health issues in the past 5 years and has a book titled, "Behind Happy Faces; Taking Charge of Your Mental Health," published in August of 2007.




Finding Your Bipolar Muse with Lana Castle

Speaker(s):

Lana Castle, Author of Finding Your Bipolar Muse
Cindy Specht, DBSA's Director of Programs

Description

Lana Castle, author of Finding Your Bipolar Muse, speaks with DBSA's Cindy Specht about mood disorders and creativity. Do creativity and mental illness truly go hand in hand as many people believe? Do psychotropic medications cause creative droughts? Tune in and see what Ms. Castle has to say.




Advocacy 101

Speaker(s):

Gloria Pope, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy
Keith Romero, DBSA's Director of Communications

Description

Being a mental health advocate doesn't mean you have to quit your job and rush to Washington, D.C. Gloria Pope, DBSA's director of advocacy and public policy, explains the basics of advocacy and what you can to do to help improve the lives of people living with mood disorders.




Seven Dirty Words

Speaker(s):

Matthew Mattson, M.S., Director of Training, DBSA
Keith Romero, DBSA's Director of Communications

Description

Certain words and phrases used by doctors and providers simply set many consumer's teeth on edge. So says DBSA's Director of Training Matt Mattson, who talks about "The Seven Dirty Words" that hinder patient/provider partnerships.




Dr. Priscilla Ridgway Discusses the Recovery Movement

Speaker(s):

Lisa Goodale, DBSA's Director of Peer Services
Priscilla Ridgway

Description

Dr. Priscilla Ridgeway of the Yale Center for Recovery and Community Health and co–author of 'The Pathways to Recovery' workbook speaks with DBSA's Lisa Goodale about recovery and the recovery movement.




Author Andrew Solomon speaks with DBSA

Speaker(s):

Cindy Specht, DBSA's Director of Programs
Andrew Solomon

Description

Best–selling author Andrew Solomon speaks with DBSA's Director of Programs, Cindy Specht about his book, The Noonday Demon.




Author Janet Ruth Young

Speaker(s):

Maria Heim
Janet Ruth Young

Description

Award–winning author Janet Ruth Young speaks with DBSA's Maria Heim about her book, "The Opposite of Music." Written from the perspective of a teenage whose father is struggling with depression, Young's book is a great read for all ages.




Generation Y Support Group for Teens

Speaker(s):

Jared Sherman
Kevin Siembor, Chapter Services Coordinator

Description

Jared Sherman, founder and president of Generation Y support group, speaks with DBSA's Kevin Siembor about his unique part support group. "Gen Y" is run by, and for, teenagers and helps them deal with mood disorders, whether members themselves are diagnosed or if they're family members. Topics discussed include: stigma, supporting family members, recovery tools and age.




Dr. Ellen Frank

Speaker(s):

Matthew Mattson, M.S., Director of Training, DBSA
Dr. Ellen Frank, Ph.D., Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic, Pittsburgh, PA

Description

DBSA's former Scientific Advisory Board Chair, Dr. Ellen Frank, spoke with Matt Mattson, director of training, for the newest edition of DBSA's Real Recovery Podcasts. Their conversation hit important topics such as how Making Recovery Real training impacts her practice, what recovery means to her and her own experience as a physician and researcher.

Dr. Ellen Frank is professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and director of the depression and manic depression prevention program at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. She is one of the nation's leading researchers on mood disorders and her expertise is a tremendous asset to DBSA.




Interview with Chapter Leader Cheryl Naughton

Speaker(s):

Cheryl Naughton
Elizabeth Siegel, Manager of Chapter Recruitment

Description

DBSA's Chapter Recruitment Manager, Elizabeth Siegel, talks with Cheryl Naughton of DBSA Loganville/Snellville about how local chapters are formed.




Actress Victoria Maxwell Speaks with DBSA

Speaker(s):

Maria Heim
Victoria Maxwell

Description

Actress and playwright, Victoria Maxwell speaks with DBSA's Maria Heim about her role as a mental health educator. Maxwell talks about her diagnosis and how she has learned to use humor as a wellness tool.




DBSA Interview with John McManamy

Speaker(s):

John McManamy
Cindy Specht, DBSA's Director of Programs

Description

John McManamy, author of 'Living Well with Depression and Bipolar Disorder: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You, That You Need To Know', speaks with host Cindy Specht about the his book, his perspective and mood disorders. DBSA is pleased to have Mr.. McManamy as our guest for the inaugural DBSA Author Chat.




Certified Peer Specialists

Speaker(s):

Keith Romero, DBSA's Director of Communications
Lisa Goodale, DBSA's Director of Peer Services

Description

DBSA's Director of Peer Services, Lisa Goodale, speaks with Keith Romero about the innovative Certified Peer Specialists Training. A recovery–oriented concept that is entering the mental healthcare field, Certified Peer Specialists are people diagnosed with mood disorders helping their peers lead successful and happy lives. Goodale details the training process and explains who is eligible for the training as well as where the program is offered.




FDA Black Box Warning Labels

Speaker(s):

Keith Romero, DBSA's Director of Communications
Gloria Pope, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy

Description

In this edition of DBSA's Real Recovery Podcasts, host Keith Romero and guest Gloria Pope, DBSA's director of advocacy and public policy, discuss the recommended extension of black box warnings for antidepressents for consumers between 18–25. What does the recommendation really mean and what's the likely impact on consumers?




TMS Therapy: One Consumer's Experience

Speaker(s):

Maria Heim
Garret Aguzier

Description

In this episode of DBSA's Real Recovery Podcast, Maria Heim has a conversation with consumer Garrett Aguzier about trancranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy, one of the emergent technologies being used to treat depression. While DBSA does not endorse specific treatments or medications, we will be talking to experts and consumers about the wide range of new treatments available to people living with mood disorders. The experiences and perspectives provided are soley those of our guests.




Patty Duke Receives Award From DBSA

Speaker(s):

Ms. Patty Duke
Keith Romero, DBSA's Director of Communications

Description

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance proudly presents "DBSA's Real Recovery Podcasts;" a biweekly conversation with leading mental health advocates, well–known authors and writers, medical experts and most importantly, consumers like you who understand the challenges of living with, and successfully managing, mood disorders. Listen to our inaugural podcast, featuring Academy Award–winning actress, writer and mental health educator, Patty Duke. Ms. Duke talks openly about her own experiences as a consumer and offers advice and hope to fellow consumers and their loved ones in this brief, but inspiring podcast. New podcasts are available every couple of weeks, including upcoming segments on Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and other emergent technologies and treatments, a conversation with highly regarded author and psychiatrist Kay Redfield Jamison, and an in–depth interview with DBSA President, Sue Bergeson.




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