Family Center Audio Library

Tune in each month for family-focused podcasts, all archived here in our audio library. Hear from authors, consumers, leaders in the mental health field, clinicians and researchers… each offering a unique perspective for you and yours.

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Depression Is Real*: “Down & Up” Podcasts


Family Center Podcasts

Hurry Down Sunshine
Michael Greenberg

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Michael Greenberg shares the powerfully honest story of his teenage daughter Sally’s sudden break into mania, at the age of 15, on the streets of Greenwich Village. He discusses this first, shocking manifestation of her bipolar disorder, the impact it had on his family and Sally herself, and his desperation as a father to understand his daughter and the wrenching struggle she was facing.

Best-selling author Michael Greenberg has contributed many cover stories and critical essays to the Times Literary Supplement of London. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, Oprah Magazine, The Village Voice, and more.

Blue Genes
Chrisopher Lukas

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In this very frank and straightforward podcast, Christopher Lukas, author of Blue Genes: A Memoir of Loss and Survival, discusses his family’s ravaging history of mental illness and suicide. His mother’s suicide when he was six years old left him and his Pulitzer Prize-winning brother, Tony, on a lifelong quest to understand, and overcome, a staggering sense of abandonment. Tony’s quest ended with his own suicide; Christopher’s eventually led him to experience healing and, as he says, salvation through the process of writing Blue Genes.

Emmy Award-winning Christopher Lukas has worked as a writer-producer-director in public and commercial television. He has two grown daughters and continues to make films, write books, and work as a film and stage actor.

Please Note: This podcast very openly discusses suicide but also the healing the author reached through his book. However, if you feel that the podcast could be a trigger for you, please speak to your mental health professional about your concerns before listening.

Eli, the Bipolar Bear
Sharon Liddle

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Gail Cutler of Rebecca’s Dream speaks with Sharon Liddle, author of Eli, the Bipolar Bear. This beautifully-illustrated book is Liddle’s gift to her son, Eli, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of just nine. Written for children, it tells the story of a young bear struggling with drastic mood swings. With the help of his parents and a Wise Old Bear, Eli is able to find the resources he needs and understand what’s happening to him.

Sharon Liddle has a B.S. in Family & Child Development and over 20 years’ experience in this field. The mother of four, she is also the executive director of The Elijah Foundation.

Parenting with a Mood Disorder
Karen Fuqua

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Gail Cutler of Rebecca’s Dream speaks with Karen Fuqua, founder of an innovative human resources consulting firm, about the challenges of—and strategies for—living as a parent with bipolar disorder. Not formally diagnosed until age 37, Karen has been a single mom to her now-teenage daughter. She reflects on her own personal experience as a mom, in both early and recent years, as well as offers encouragement and ideas to parents who also wrestle with a mood disorder.

Founder of Fuqua Consulting Group, Karen holds an MBA from William Carey University and the following professional certifications: Senior Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Certified Staffing Professional (CSP), and Certified Compensation Professional (CCP).

A Balanced Life
Tom Smith

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Gail Cutler of Rebecca’s Dream speaks with Tom Smith about his new book, A Balanced Life: Nine Strategies for Coping with the Mental Health Problems of a Loved One. The book emerged from his family’s own experience with bipolar disorder. Recognizing that, for families and their loved ones with a mental illness, recovery means finding balance, Tom shares nine clear-cut, effective strategies to strike and maintain that balance. The strategies address warning signs, self-esteem, self-care, medication and counseling.

Tom is the cofounder of the Karla Smith Foundation, named for his daughter, Karla, who lived with bipolar disorder before eventually taking her own life. To learn more, visit www.KarlaSmithFoundation.org/.

At Home with Wellness: Families and Recovery
Julie Fast

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Gail Cutler of Rebecca's Dream speaks with Julie A. Fast, author of Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder and Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder, about how crucial family support is to recovery for those living with a mood disorder. This intimate conversation offers insight to both consumers and families, underscoring communication and understanding as fundamental in creating a supportive environment.

Julie is a best-selling author, speaker and radio host on the topic of mental health education. Be sure to check out Julie's video on "Successful Interpersonal Relationships" in the Family Center video library.

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Real Recovery Podcasts

Postpartum Depression (PPD): More than Just the Blues

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Dr. Shoshana Bennett--psychologist and survivor of undiagnosed PPD--and Susan Dowd Stone--therapist, author, and staunch advocate for PPD legislation--share their perspectives.

Making Amends & Asking Forgiveness

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A consumer featured in bp Magazine's Winter 2009 issue discusses the difficult but healing process of repairing family relationships wounded in the wake of mental illness.

Generation Y Support Group for Teens

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Jared Sherman talks about the "Gen Y" support group he founded, which is run by, and for, teens to help them deal with mood disorders.

Bipolar and Pregnant

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Author/consumer Kristin Finn shares insights from her book, a guide to managing bipolar disorder, from preconception through postpartum.

Relationships & Mood Disorders

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Brenda Shoshanna, PhD, iVillage.com’s relationship expert, describes ways to resolve conflicts constructively and creatively, integrating psychology, spirituality and everyday life.

What to Do When Someone You Love Is Depressed

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Author/psychologist Mitch Golant, PhD, offers tips to friends/family on how to keep their own spirits up while at the same time doing what's best to help a loved one living with depression.

The Opposite of Music

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Award-winning author Janet Ruth Young discusses her book, The Opposite of Music, written from the perspective of a teen whose father struggles with depression.

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Depression Is Real*: “Down & Up” Podcasts

Maternal Depression & Its Possible Effects on Children, Adolescents

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With Harvard professor Dr. William Beardslee, also the Children’s Hospital of Boston psychiatry chair

Depression & Families

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With Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) & Dr. Marion Sills of Denver’s Children's Hospital

Fathers with Depression

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A Navy veteran & NAMI board member’s personal experience

Motherhood & Depression

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A former Washington Post reporter’s story

Late-Life Depression

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With UCLA medical school professor, Dr. Helen Lavretsky

Supporting Family Members with Depression

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A NAMI educator on the important role of family members

Depression: Nature & Nurture

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A University of Notre Dame researcher on our genes & our environment

CNN Editor, John DeDakis, Discusses Depression

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The personal experience of the editor for CNN's "The Situation Room"

Depression Fallout

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Anne Sheffield on her book about the emotional toll on family/friends

Is Life Simply Harder for Some People?

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Novelist Ann Packer on depression’s impact on families & relationships

*DBSA is a member of Depression Is Real, a coalition of physician, patient and constituency groups that have come together to create an educational campaign about depression. Learn more at www.DepressionIsReal.org.

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