DBSA podcasts feature some of the nation’s leading experts on mental health, covering a wide range of topics from treatment options, to personal wellness strategies, to relationships, to the creative arts. You can also listen and view the whole library on iTunes.

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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.