The Depression Files
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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Al Interviews Ricky Sapp | Former NFL Linebacker & Current Inspirational Speaker

Al Interviews Ricky Sapp | Former NFL Linebacker & Current Inspirational Speaker

January 30, 2022

In this episode, Al interviews Ricky Sapp, former NFL Linebacker and current inspirational speaker (recorded 1-6-22). Ricky speaks of the challenges he had in school as a young boy. Kicked out of high school, Ricky ended up in an alternative high school his Sophomore year. Having found a coach who believed in him, football and basketball helped him get through high school.

Ricky was recruited heavily out of high school and joined the Clemson Tigers in 2006. This was a huge change from high school and Ricky started to experience a great deal of anxiety and depression, even throwing up before games. At one point, Ricky even experienced suicidal thoughts and nearly left college to return home.

In 2010, Ricky was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. At this point, Ricky was still dealing with anxiety and depression. Prior to signing on with the NY Jets in 2011, Coach Rex Ryan required Ricky to first meet with a psychologist. After signing, he was required to continue with weekly therapy. This was the first time that Ricky actually opened up to a therapist and even began taking medication.

Hear about the incredible work Ricky now does through the Ricky Sapp Foundation, encouraging youth to "Dream Big, Live Big". In addition to his public speaking, The Ricky Sapp Foundation has provided hundreds of kids with support such as backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, new shoes and more.

In addition to his foundation's website, you'll find Ricky on Instagram at rsappfoundation, on Facebook at RickySapp, on Twitter @sapp91, and on Youtube at Ricky Sapp. He also has a website at rickysapp.com and a podcast called "Talk to Me Tuesday", which you can find on just iTunes, Spotify, and other podcast hosting sites.

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Al Interviews Lesley Moffat | Author, Classroom High School Band Teacher, Public Speaker, and Mom

Al Interviews Lesley Moffat | Author, Classroom High School Band Teacher, Public Speaker, and Mom

December 26, 2021

In this episode, Al interviews Lesley Moffat, author, classroom high school band teacher, public speaker, and mom (recorded 11-17-21). Leslie shares her story of being an overwhelmed teacher and the consequences it had on her mental and physical health. After multiple surgeries, a regimen of fourteen different prescription medications a day, and dealing with depression, she decided she needed to make some serious life changes!

Hear how she learned to change her lifestyle through various means to improve both her mental and physical health. A teacher at heart, she has designed her own program to help people who find themselves chronically sick due to excess stress and exhaustion to reclaim their health so they can reclaim their lives.

Her current books include: I Love My Job, But It's Killing Me and Love the Job, Lose the Stress. You can find out more about Lesley and her work at mpowerededucator.com.

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Al Interviews Michele Rosenthal | Trauma Recovery Specialist, Author & Mental Health Advocate

Al Interviews Michele Rosenthal | Trauma Recovery Specialist, Author & Mental Health Advocate

November 28, 2021

In this episode, Al interviews Michele Rosenthal, trauma recovery specialist, author, and mental health advocate (recorded 10-25-21). Michele speaks candidly about an incredibly traumatic experience she had at the age of thirteen. For a typical infection, she was given a typical antibiotic that caused a reaction that was anything but typical. Her body had a reaction to the antibiotic and had to rid itself of the medicine any way it could, which was through the skin. The reaction turned her into a full-body burn victim. She lost 100% of the first two layers of skin and had a near death experience.

For the next twenty-four years she struggled with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and many mysterious physical illnesses that no specialist in Manhattan could diagnose -- and the absolute inability to speak about what happened to me.

After five years of talk therapy, she had a complete physical and mental breakdown. She decided to take recovery into her own hands. She researched and trained and finally created her own trauma recovery protocol. She has now written three books and spends her life supporting others on their recovery path from trauma.

Her three books are: "Your Life After Trauma: Powerful Practices to Reclaim Your Identity", "Heal Your PTSD: Dynamic Strategies that Work", and "Before the World Intruded: Conquering the Past and Creating the Future, a Memoir".

You can find out more about Michele and how to work with her by visiting her website at: MyTraumaCoach.com. You'll also find her on Twitter @MyTraumaCoach and Facebook @MyTraumaCoach and LinkedIn and on Instagram at Michele.Rosenthal.

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Al Interviews Anne Moss Rogers | Certified Suicide Prevention Trainer, Public Speaker, Award-Winning Author & Mother of a Son (Charles) Who Died by Suicide

Al Interviews Anne Moss Rogers | Certified Suicide Prevention Trainer, Public Speaker, Award-Winning Author & Mother of a Son (Charles) Who Died by Suicide

October 31, 2021

In this episode, Al interviews Anne Moss Rogers, public speaker, certified suicide prevention trainer, NAMI Virginia Board Member, and an award-winning author (recorded 10-6-21). She is also the mother of Charles, a young man who lived with depression and addiction and died by suicide.

Anne Moss talks very candidly about her son, Charles, who died by suicide at the young age of twenty on June 5, 2015. She describes the many years of chaos in the household due to Charles' substance abuse and mental illness. She talks about the ways she and her family tried to support Charles...and the signs of his suicidal ideation that they may have missed.

Anne Moss describes the challenges of getting Charles to get accept more professional help later in his life in a system for which he had become jaded; jaded due to the shaming he, and his mother, had received by professionals around his substance abuse.

Now Anne Moss has turned this tragedy into a mission to save the lives of others who may be considering suicide. She has authored two books: Diary of a Broken Mind: A Mother's Story, a Son's Suicide, and the Haunting Lyrics He Left Behind and Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk.

You can learn more about Anne Moss on her website annemossrogers.com and you can read her blog posts and more on her site titled, emotionallynaked.com. You'll also find Anne Moss on Twitter @annemossrogers, on Facebook at AnneMoss Nimocks Rogers, and on Instagram @AnneMossRogers.

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Tracey Bear | PhD Student Discusses the Gut-Brain Axis and Depression

Tracey Bear | PhD Student Discusses the Gut-Brain Axis and Depression

September 26, 2021

In this episode, Al interviews Tracey Bear, a PhD student who is on a joint venture with Massey University and Reddit Institute and Plant and Food Research (part of a wider research program looking at how nutrition can impact well-being), on the topic of the Gut-Brain Axis and depression (recorded 8-25-21).

Tracey describes the Gut-Brain Axis and the recent research that shows that this axis may play a key role in the regulation of brain function and behavior. She shares the types of foods that are best for our body and our mind and describes inflammation and how it impacts our health.  

Tracey describes the makeup of the gut flora and its microbiome. Tracey goes on to describe the various microbiota that are present in the gut and how dietary intervention may prevent, or possibly assist in the recovery of, depression.

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