DBSA podcasts feature some of the nation’s leading experts on mental health, covering a wide range of topics dealing with depression, bipolar, anxiety and more. Listen and learn about treatment options, personal wellness strategies, relationships and more. You can also listen and view the whole library on Apple Podcast, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Recognizing the early signs of a mood disorder – Young Adult Council

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DBSA's Young Adult Council members are back to discuss their early experiences with bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety, and explain how they found the right treatment. Symptoms of a mood disorder can be hard to recognize and understand, especially when they happen simultaneously. YAC members recall where they were in life when the first signs appeared, how they found self-awareness and acceptance, how friends and family reacted, and the resources that helped them most. Each member provides unique perspectives, offering suggestions for dealing with the first signs of a mood disorder and revealing how loved ones can be supportive in the early stages.

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Read the Recognizing the first sign of a mood disorder blog: www.dbsalliance.org/about/young-adu…-mood-disorder/

Listen to the Navigating budgets and insurance while living with a mood disorder podcast: Dbsalliance – Young-adult-council-navigating-budgets-and-insurance-while-living-with-a-mood-disorder

Finding meaning during challenging times with Sue Phillips – Wellness Wheel Podcast

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In our ongoing series based on the DBSA Wellness Wheel, hosts Maria Margaglione and Hannah Zeller welcome expert guests that shed light on how people with mood disorders can build resilience in 7 key areas of their lives.

In this episode, Maria and Hannah talk with Sue Phillips, co-founder of Sacred Design Lab, where she helps people find new ways to flourish by deepening their spirituality. An ordained minister and former denominational executive in the Unitarian Universalist tradition, Sue uses ancient wisdom to help people find meaning and solve gnarly problems, especially in difficult times like these. She delights in seeing the transformation that happens when we get all up in life's biggest questions! Sue is part business strategist, part design geek, and part monastic. A graduate of Colgate University and the Episcopal Divinity School, she has also taught at Harvard Divinity School, where she is a Ministry Innovation Fellow. She lives in Tacoma, Washington with her wife Tandi Rogers.

A conversation on race, culture, and Mental Health – BIPOC Mental Health Awareness

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In this DBSA podcast, host Dontae Freeman welcomes guests to an open conversation on the unique experiences and barriers that people of color face in seeking effective mental health care. We offer these perspectives as part of the wider conversation on race, culture, and mental health taking place during Black, Indigenous & People of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health Month 2020.

In the first part of the podcast, we hear from Michele Bibby, a trained peer facilitator living in Austin, Texas, who hosts national support groups for DBSA, and Mario Lemos, a Chapter Leader with DBSA San Francisco. Both Michele and Mario identify as persons of color, and their own experiences give us a clear sense of what it's like to attend a support group where your fellow peers may not have faced the same struggles in finding care, resources and social support.

In the second part of our podcast, Dontae speaks with Dr. Obari Cartman, a clinical psychologist working with Black high school students in Chicago. Dr. Cartman is program director at Real Men Charities, where he hosts a weekly men's wellness circle. In his remarks, Dr. Cartman reflects on the unique forms of stigma surrounding mental health in the Black community and suggests how mental health organizations can improve outreach to communities of color.

DBSA welcomes your thoughts and feedback on this conversation. Please remember to rate and review our podcasts so we can continue to bring you the most interesting, informative guests with the most useful perspectives.

Occupational Wellness with Alexandra Kopack – Wellness Wheel Podcast

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In the DBSA Wellness Wheel podcast, DBSA staff Maria Margaglione, Programs Director, and Hannah Zeller, Programs Manager discuss the areas of the Wellness Wheel and their journey towards wellness. In this episode, DBSA interviews expert Alexandra Kopak, to find out more about Occupational Wellness.

The conversation covers challenges you may be experiencing at work if you live with depression and bipolar and discusses specifically the challenges that COVID-19 presents to workers. COVID-19 has greatly altered the way we work and the discussion covers how we can best navigate working from home and the anticipated changing landscape of work in a new era.

Alexandra Kopack has a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She also holds professional certificates from Harvard and Berkeley in the topics of Behavioral Economics and the Science of Happiness. Currently, she is the Regional Director of ABA services in San Diego and ACE Coordinator for EBS Healthcare and was a co-owner of W3RKWELL, an employee wellbeing, an analytic and advisory firm. She has spoken at international conferences, hosted workshops, and participated in research on the topics of wellbeing, trauma, neurobiology, and behavior change. Alexandra is passionate about combining the science of behavior with the science of wellbeing to make a meaningful impact in the lives of others and pursues this daily through her clinical and consulting work as well as creating and leading trainings for other professionals. Her mission is to evoke zest and curiosity for the artistry of behavior change so that progress is inevitable, willful, and fun.

Wellness Wheel Podcast – Physical Wellness with Dr. Holly Swartz

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In the DBSA Wellness Wheel podcast, DBSA staff Maria Margaglione, Programs Director, and Hannah Zeller, Programs Manager discuss areas of the Wellness Wheel and their journey towards wellness. In this inaugural episode, DBSA interviews expert Dr. Holly Swartz who is a member of DBSA’s Scientific Advisory Board and a former Klerman Award winner, to find more about the Physical realm of wellness. The conversation touches on the importance of implementing a routine for good mental health. Swartz explains to listeners we all have an internal “body clock” that works 24-hours to help us attune to our environments, and how this can be particularly important for individuals who live with depression and bipolar.

Dr. Holly Swartz is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her psychiatric residency training at New York Hospital / Cornell University School of Medicine. Dr. Swartz’s research focuses on understanding and optimizing psychosocial interventions for mood disorders. She is well known for her work evaluating Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy as treatments for depression and bipolar disorder. She is the author of over 100 publications, co-editor of the book, Bipolar 2 Disorder, Recognition, Understanding, and Treatment, and Editor of the American Journal of Psychotherapy. Dr. Swartz has held leadership positions for national and international professional organizations including President of the International Society for Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Treasurer of the International Society of Bipolar Disorders. She is actively involved in teaching the next generation of clinicians and researchers about mood disorders, disseminating information about effective treatments, and providing training in evidence-based psychotherapies.

Can routines improve your mental health

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DBSA talks to Young Adult Council members about how they use routines to help manage their mental health. Routines have been shown to reduce stress and can improve your mood. Listen and learn how to establish easy routines and build healthy habits.

Also, check out DBSA's new Wellness Wheel: www.dbsalliance.org/wellness/wellne…wellness-wheel/
Learn more about YAC: www.dbsalliance.org/about/young-adult-council/

Making life adjustments during anxious times

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DBSA sat down with three young adult council members to talk about the changes they are experiencing because of COVID-19. The conversation covers working from home, changing commencement plans, as well as giving and receiving therapy from home.

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Learn more about YAC: www.dbsalliance.org/about/young-adult-council/

Mental health and wellness during a public health crisis

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DBSA spoke with Dr. LaGenia Bailey, former DBSA board member, for tips on how to stay well during this public health crisis. In this podcast, she addresses benefits of mindfulness practice, lifestyle habits, and ways to stay connected with others to avoid isolation. LaGenia is the founder of East West Integrative healing. Her soul’s mission is to facilitate Holistic Wellness for her clients through the use of Eastern and Western Science. These sciences include sound, mindfulness, and traditional as well as complimentary healing modalities. Dr. Bailey is a board-certified neuropharmacologist, a yogi, musician, and singer. She uses her knowledge to help guide people to wellness.

Navigating budgets and insurance while living with a mood disorder

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Sticking to a budget and navigating insurance can be tough for anyone, especially if they are living with a mood disorder. Members of DBSA Young Adult Council provide practical tips to stay financially healthy while living with depression or bipolar. They also break down some insurance jargon you may not be familiar with and share personal stories about using their healthcare coverage.

Coping With Feeling Behind Your Peers

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Join Geralyn Dexter and Linea Johnson as they discuss the difficulties of feeling behind your peers while dealing with a mental health condition.

Handling a Quarter Life Crisis

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In this podcast, Linea Johnson takes on the role of interviewer while Young Adult Council co-chair, Geralyn Dexter, shares her experiences with handling a quarter life crisis.

Getting Your Financial Life on Track

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Listen to this podcast to learn how to start off on the right foot--or get back on track--with your finances. Join us as we discuss budgeting, obtaining credit and eliminating debt.

DBSA would like to thank Rebecca’s Dream for their support of the DBSA Young Adult podcast series and Q&A. Both are an extension of Rebecca’s Dream’s ongoing mission to promote awareness and compassion of depression and bipolar disorder as real diseases. Visit RebeccasDream.org

Struggling In Silence

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All over the world many people with mood disorders struggle in silence. Often times they have fears of telling others or beliefs about themselves that make it difficult to speak up. Linea Johnson shares her experiences with struggling in silence and offers some tips for others to combat this.

Helping Friends Understand Your Mental Health Condition

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Sometimes even the most well-meaning friends just can't understand what you are going through. In this podcast, Linea Johnson shares her experiences with friends who both "get-it" and don't.

Dealing with Relapse

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Experiencing relapse is a very real concern for many of us living with a mood disorder. Linea Johnson shares her personal experiences with relapse and how she has come to accept this part of her life.

Finding Balance

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Mental health advocate and author, Linea Johnson, shares her experiences with finding balance and why this is so important for her.

Should I or Shouldn’t I? Disclosing a Mental Health Condition

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How do you decide when, and with whom, to share a mental health diagnosis? This is a question virtually anyone living with depression or bipolar disorder struggles with, but for young adults it can be particularly difficult. Many are starting new jobs and beginning serious relationships during this time. Knowing who you can trust and how to handle those who are not receptive is very important. Join DBSA’s Young Adult Council chair, Geralyn Dexter, and author and fellow mental health advocate, Linea Johnson, as they discuss their own experiences with disclosure.

The DBSA Young Adult Council Partners with Campus Coalition, All for 1

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All for 1 is a cross-campus coalition that strives to offer support for college students experiencing mental health concerns as well as work with universities across the nation to reevaluate their current policies with regards to mental health. DBSA’s Young Adult Council had the opportunity to speak with All for 1 co-chairs, Jenna Zhang and Kathryn Dewitt, to learn more about this unique endeavor and how other young adults can get involved.

Dealing with Failed Expectations

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DBSA is proud to announce the latest podcast in our Young Adult Series – Dealing with Failed Expectations. Often times, we have great expectations of ourselves – and this can certainly be a good thing! However, sometimes these expectations can work against us, making us feel as if we are failing in our lives. Join DBSA’s Young Adult Council co-chair, Geralyn Dexter, and young adult mental health advocate and author, Linea Johnson, as they explore the difficulties in handling failed personal expectations.

In-patient Hospitalization for Mental Health Conditions

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Join mental health advocate and author, Linea Johnson, as she shares her experience with in-patient hospitalization for mental health concerns and offers helpful tips for others who may also experience hospitalization.

DBSA I’m here… Campaign with Dr. Greg Simon

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Maria Margaglione, Communications and Programs Director for the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, talks to Dr. Greg Simon, Chair of the DBSA Scientific Advisory Board, about the DBSA I’m here campaign and ways in which we can connect people living with a mood disorder with their family and loved ones---so that nobody feels like they have to go through this journey alone. Visit www.DBSAlliance.org/ImHere to learn more about the campaign!

Dr. Greg Simon is a psychiatrist and researcher at Group Health Cooperative at the Center for Health Studies in Seattle. His research focuses on improving the quality and availability of mental health services for people living with mood disorders, and he has a specific interest in activating consumers to expect and demand more effective mental health care.

Target Zero to Thrive featuring Dr. Gregory Simon and Dr. Joseph Calabrese

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Mood Disorders in the African-American Community featuring William B. Lawson, MD, PhD, DFAPA

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What to Do When Someone You Love is Depressed featuring Mitch Golant, PhD

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Bipolar Disorder & Genetics featuring Melvin McInnis, MD, FRCPsych

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Bipolar Disorder or Depression? Understanding Important Differences in Symptoms and Treatment featuring Joseph R. Calabrese, MD

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Diagnosis, Causes, and Course of Mood Disorders: Part Two featuring Dr. Andrew Nierenberg, Dr. Ellen Frank, and Sheri Jenkins Tucker

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Diagnosis, Causes, and Course of Mood Disorders: Part One featuring Dr. Andrew Nierenberg, PhD, Ellen Frank, PhD, and Sheri Jenkins Tucker

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All the Way Well: Alternatives for Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD) featuring Glenn J. Treisman, MD, PhD

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Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) featuring Ellen Frank, PhD

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Bouncing Back: The Importance of Becoming Resilient

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In this podcast we join happiness expert, Tim Bono, PhD, to learn what being resilient really means and some ways that we can help build our own resiliency.

DBSA would like to thank Rebecca’s Dream for their support of the DBSA Young Adult podcast series and Q&A. Both are an extension of Rebecca’s Dream’s ongoing mission to promote awareness and compassion of depression and bipolar disorder as real diseases. Visit RebeccasDream.org.

Pregnancy and Mood Disorders

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In this podcast DBSA’s Angie Day and Ingrid Deetz talk about the difficult decisions and unique challenges that people living with mood disorders make when deciding to have a baby.

DBSA would like to thank Rebecca’s Dream for their support of the DBSA Young Adult podcast series and Q&A. Both are an extension of Rebecca’s Dream’s ongoing mission to promote awareness and compassion of depression and bipolar disorder as real diseases. Visit RebeccasDream.org.

Handling Mood Disorders in College

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Join Nareth Phin and Lucy Ingram as they answer questions about what it was like to live with a mood disorder during college and provide helpful tips for others.

DBSA would like to thank Rebecca’s Dream for their support of the DBSA Young Adult podcast series and Q&A. Both are an extension of Rebecca’s Dream’s ongoing mission to promote awareness and compassion of depression and bipolar disorder as real diseases. Visit RebeccasDream.org.

DBSA I’m here… Campaign with Cinda and Linea Johnson

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Cinda and Linea Johnson talk about the I'm here... campaign and their experiences from when Linea was first diagnosed with a mood disorder. They co-authored the book, Perfect Chaos: A Daughter’s Journey with Bipolar, A Mother’s Struggle to Save Her. Linea currently works as a research coordinator at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. Linea was the recipient of the 2013 DBSA Life Unlimited Award. Cinda is a professor and director of the graduate special education program at Seattle University. She is a national leader in the area of transition from high school to post-high for young people with disabilities. Together, Cinda and Linea make up a mother/daughter team with a shared purpose of building hope and lessening the stigma for those struggling with mental health conditions.

Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents

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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.

Understanding Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents

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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.

Collaborative and Proactive Solutions for Caregivers

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In the third of a new series of parent-focused DBSA podcasts, Dr. Ross Greene, author of the highly acclaimed books The Explosive Child and Lost at School, discusses understanding and parenting easily frustrated and chronically inflexible children with DBSA Parent Volunteer Coordinator Julia Small.

In the podcast, Dr. Greene explores his Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach, which sets forth two principles: First, challenging behavior in kids is best understood as the result of lagging cognitive skills (rather than as the result of permissive and inconsistent parenting). And second, the best way to reduce challenging episodes is to work together with the child to solve the problems that have set in motion the challenging behavior (rather than imposing adult will or using reward-and-punishment systems).

“A major thrust of the CPS model is to get caregivers out of the heat of the moment,” Dr. Greene explains, “out of deciding rapidly is this willful or is this a reaction to an anxiety or a mood trigger, moving away from looking at the kid’s behavior and instead focusing on the problems that are causing those behaviors, and then proactively deciding … is this one of the ones we are just letting go right now, setting aside for now because it’s not a high priority, or is this one of the ones that we’re actually solving collaboratively. That’s the level of analysis that I find is much more helpful to caregivers than in the heat of the moment trying to decide is this behavior willful or a reaction to an anxiety or mood trigger.”

The Connection Between Mental Health and Physical Health

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Join DBSA Young Adult Council co-chair, Danyelle Hooks, as she speaks with both a clinician and peer about how your physical health impacts your mental health and vice versa.

Faith & Mental Health: Wellness in a Faith Community

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Faith and mental health can be a hot topic for discussion. Join DBSA Young Adult Council co-chairs, Danyelle and Megan, as they share their wellness experiences within the context of their faiths, dispel myths, and provide valuable suggestions for not only faith communities but the public in general.