The Depression Files
Al Interviews Dr. Steve Lamberti | Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center on the Topic of Psychosis

Al Interviews Dr. Steve Lamberti | Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center on the Topic of Psychosis

November 27, 2022

In this episode, Al interviews Dr. Steve Lamberti, professor of psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) where he serves as Academic Chief of the Community Division and as the Chair of the Research Subject Review Board for Behavioral and Social Sciences, on the topic of psychosis (recorded 10-12-22).

In this fascinating interview you'll hear Dr. Lamberti explain the primary symptoms of a psychosis, share which mental illnesses may include psychosis, discuss single-episode events, and much, much more.

You can find more information about Dr. Lamberti, and his biography here. And here you can find his LinkedIn page. For additional information on psychosis, visit the NAMI website.

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Al Interviews Nick Jonsson | Keynote Speaker, Author & Co-Founder of EGN - An Executive Peer Network

Al Interviews Nick Jonsson | Keynote Speaker, Author & Co-Founder of EGN - An Executive Peer Network

October 30, 2022

In this episode, Al interviews Nick Jonsson, keynote speaker, author, and co-founder of Executives' Global Network (EGN)-Singapore, an executive peer network (recorded 9-19-22). Nick speaks of his own personal experience dealing with loneliness and depression as a top-level executive. In his case, alcohol was his outlet. His mental health struggles were accompanied by physical ailments.

Hear these stories and how Nick benefited from sharing his story with others who were struggling. Nick now shares is story publicly and in his memoir, "Executive Loneliness", in hopes of helping others. He also co-founded EGN-Singapore. This is a global peer network in which peers get to speak on the topic of mental health with one another, amongst many other topics driven by the peers themselves.

Find out more about Nick on his website at nickjonsson.com. There, you can also locate several other social network platforms in which you will find Nick.

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Al Interviews Geralyn Ritter | Executive Vice President at Organon, Trauma Survivor & Author

Al Interviews Geralyn Ritter | Executive Vice President at Organon, Trauma Survivor & Author

September 25, 2022

In this episode, Al interviews Geralyn Ritter, executive vice president at Oregon, trauma survivor, and author (recorded 9-8-22). May 12, 2015 started out as a typical day for Geralyn. She was on a train that she had taken many times. Only this time, soon after leaving the Philadelphia station on a train that would normally be a short ride to her home, she felt some unusual shaking as she had stood up to get something from her briefcase that was on a luggage rack. She grabbed the luggage rack with an unbelievable sensation that the train was tipping.

Later, she was to find out that the Amtrak 188 train was traveling at a speed of 106 mph on a curve designed for a speed of 50 mph. After screaming, realizing that the train actually was tipping, her next memory was waking up several days later in the ICU of a hospital with a breathing tube down her throat.

Geralyn describes how her family, too, struggled to even find her after the tragic accident, as she was clinging to life as a Jane Doe. She shares her incredible, inspirational story of surviving through unimaginable physical injuries, terrible pain, and debilitating depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Hear how this tragedy changed the trajectory of Geralyn's work and inspired her to write a memoir in the hopes of helping others. You can find her memoir, Bone by Bone: A Memoir of Trauma & Healing, at BoneByBoneBook.com. You can also find out more about Geralyn on her website, GeralynRitter.com.

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Al Interviews Dr. Doug Klein | Family Physician & Professor at the University of Alberta on the topic of Park Prescriptions

Al Interviews Dr. Doug Klein | Family Physician & Professor at the University of Alberta on the topic of Park Prescriptions

August 28, 2022

In this episode, Al interviews Dr. Doug Klein, family physician and a professor at the University of Alberta on the topic of Parks Prescriptions (recorded 6-20-22).

Dr. Klein speaks in general about the incredibly mental and physical health benefits of getting outside, exercising, and spending time in nature. From improved heart health to decreasing stress and anxiety and much more, Dr. Klein shares some of the data from research on the topic.

Dr. Klein also describes the Parks Prescriptions program that began in British Columbia. While Parks Prescriptions began as a grassroots movement in the United States over a decade ago, PaRX, created in 2020, is Canada’s first national, evidence-based nature prescription program. Dr. Klein is now a proud prescriber, as PaRx recently launched in Alberta.

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Al Interviews Charlie Kratsch | Founder & CEO of Infinite Campus on Topic of $1M Prize to Develop Mental Health Care Network

Al Interviews Charlie Kratsch | Founder & CEO of Infinite Campus on Topic of $1M Prize to Develop Mental Health Care Network

July 31, 2022

In this episode, Al interviews Charlie Kratsch, founder and CEO of Infinite Campus (recorded 6-1-22). Ten years ago, Charlie's seventeen year-old son had a paranoid, psychotic episode. Charlie realized, this being the first time ever having to access it, how complicated the mental health system is; from a 72-hour hold, to finding a bed hours outside of the city limits for his son, to finding proper after-care.

After this experience, Charlie began to learn more and more about the broken mental health system. In October of 2021, Charlie announced that his foundation, the Infinite Campus Foundation, would be offering a $1 million prize to one or more organizations who would build a web-based, mental health care network.

Hear much more about Charlie's son's psychotic episode and Charlie's struggle to understand the complicated mental health system in order to support his son. Additionally, you'll hear up-to-date information on the $1 million prize money and the plan to begin to develop a one-stop, web-based mental health care network.

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Al Interviews Lorraine Montez | Film Producer, Actor & Writer

Al Interviews Lorraine Montez | Film Producer, Actor & Writer

June 26, 2022

In this episode, Al interviews Lorraine Montez, film producer, actor, and writer (recorded 5-9-22). Lorraine shares her own personal story of depression that began at a young age. She experienced death for the first time at just eight years old, when her eldest brother died tragically in an airplane crash. She describes living with her father who was a World War II veteran struggling with undiagnosed PTSD and a "rager" who would, at times, become physically aggressive for the slightest of things. Lorraine lost an uncle to suicide and her mother struggled with depression, as well.

In addition to sharing her own personal struggles of depression, which continue to this day, she also shares about her successful producing, acting, and writing career. She is currently working on a theatre piece, titled The Well, that is a dark comedy musical that provides a social commentary on depression and mental illness. The plan is to adapt the theatre production into a screenplay.

You can find out more about The Well at thewellmusical.com. You can find out more about Lorraine on her website lorrainemontez.com.

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Al Interviews John Callas | Emmy-Nominated Hollywood Director, Writer, Producer & Author

Al Interviews John Callas | Emmy-Nominated Hollywood Director, Writer, Producer & Author

May 29, 2022

In this episode, Al interviews John Callas, Emmy-nominated Hollywood director, writer, producer, and author. John talks about the incredible amount of trauma he endured as a child.

John's father died ten days after his third birthday. John describes how that was the start of everything falling apart. At age twelve John was sent away to military school and suffered physical abuse at the hands of his peers that was an accepted part of the school. He describes his three years of military as "absolute hell".

John shares these stories and much more, as well as how he was able to persevere and make his way to Hollywood.

Eventually, John decided to share his story in the hopes of helping others through their own struggles. John's memoir, When the Rain Stops, was published in April of 2021. You can find John on Twitter @johnpcallas learn much more about him on his website at johncallas.com.

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Al Interviews Dr. Mark Rasenick | Distinguished Professor of Physiology, Biophysics and Psychiatry & Director of the Biomedical Neuroscience Training Program at Univ of Illinois College of Medicine

Al Interviews Dr. Mark Rasenick | Distinguished Professor of Physiology, Biophysics and Psychiatry & Director of the Biomedical Neuroscience Training Program at Univ of Illinois College of Medicine

April 24, 2022

In this episode, Al interviews Dr. Mark Rasenick, distinguished professor of physiology & biophysics, as well as psychiatry, the Director of the Biomedical Neuroscience Training Program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and a research career scientist at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (recorded 3-16-22).

Dr. Rasenick speaks about research he has conducted that will allow a doctor to diagnose a patient with depression based on one biomarker in a simple blood test. In addition to a diagnosis, using the very same biomarker, a doctor would be able to determine whether or not an antidepressant will work after only one week of usage.

Dr. Rasenick hopes to secure additional funding in order to expand his research and eventually develop this screener which could one day be available through your family doctor.

To find out much more about Dr. Rasenick and his research, visit PaxNeuroScience.com.

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Al Interviews Deb Robison | Licensed Social Worker & Project Administrator at the Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs at Miami University

Al Interviews Deb Robison | Licensed Social Worker & Project Administrator at the Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs at Miami University

March 27, 2022

In this episode, Al interviews Deb Robison, licensed social worker and project administrator at the Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs at Miami University (recorded 2-28-22). Deb describes the Ohio School Wellness Initiative, a grant-funded program with a goal of ensuring that all students and staff, especially the most vulnerable, will have access to mental health, behavioral health, substance abuse, and wellness services and supports. 

Working with eighty, diverse schools in eight different regions of Ohio, Deb describes this three-component framework that includes a statewide Student Assistance Program (SAP) model, strengthening specialized interventions for youth and addressing staff mental wellness. 

Check out these websites for more information on Deb and Miami University's Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs (CSBMHP) or the Ohio School Wellness Initiative (OSWI).

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Al Interviews Corey Dixon | Actor, Public Speaker & Mental Health Advocate

Al Interviews Corey Dixon | Actor, Public Speaker & Mental Health Advocate

February 27, 2022

In this episode, Al interviews Corey Dixon, actor, public speaker, and mental health advocate (recorded 2-3-22). Corey talks about dealing with anxiety, panic attacks, and depression since being bullied in school as a child. Hear how he was dragged outside of school by a classmate at one point and beat up on the school grounds.

As a young actor, perhaps based partially on jealousy, the bullying continued into high school. Corey eventually found some refuge by transferring to a different school. Through the alternative high school, and with the support of his father, Corey started an online radio station called 401 Radio. After high school, Corey continued with the radio station and his acting.

After acting in several commercials, Corey's break that got him recognized was having a part on an episode of Degrassi. However, in 2016, Corey had a tragic accident; a fall off a 30' cliff that nearly ended his life. After many surgeries and a year in a hospital and rehabilitation facility, Corey is getting back into acting. He's also now publicly sharing his story and advocating around mental health.

You can learn more about Corey by checking out his website at coreydixon.com. You'll also find him on Twitter and Instagram at coreydixon33 and on Facebook at coreydixon.

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In addition to The Depression Files podcast, you can find Al's blog at TheDepressionFiles.com. There, you can also find out how to work with Al as a coach or schedule him for a public speaking event. You will also find Al on Twitter @allevin18. Lastly, please subscribe to the show and take just a minute to leave a review and rating.

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