The Depression Files
Al Interviews Kenny | Elementary School Teacher & Mental Health Advocate

Al Interviews Kenny | Elementary School Teacher & Mental Health Advocate

December 1, 2019

In this episode, Al interviews Kenny, an elementary school teacher and mental health advocate (recorded 10-21-19). Kenny shares how he struggled with depersonalization-derealization disorder (DPDR) for eight years and actually never received a diagnosis. He describes the pain, the muscle and body fatigue, the sleep issues, and the challenge of dealing with emotions and relationships while dealing with the disorder.

While Kenny put in a great amount of effort into recovering from what, at the time, was an unknown illness to him, he can share the exact date in which his DPDR was resolved. Kenny shares what that day was like, as a rush of emotions came crashing over him and his pain suddenly vanished. Although the DPDR has resolved, he is currently struggling to put together the emotional pieces of the past eight years.

Kenny now has a website, The Outside The Box Project, in the hopes of educating others about DPDR.

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Al Interviews Gabriel Nathan | Editor-in-Chief of OC87 Recovery Diaries & Board Member of Prevent Suicide PA

Al Interviews Gabriel Nathan | Editor-in-Chief of OC87 Recovery Diaries & Board Member of Prevent Suicide PA

November 17, 2019

In this episode, Al interviews Gabriel Nathan, editor-in-chief of OC87 Recovery Diaries and a Board Member of Prevent Suicide PA (recorded 11-4-19). Gabe shares how he was bullied from elementary school through his freshman year of college. While he struggled from an early age with depression and anxiety, he was not diagnosed until his sophomore year of college.

Gabe shares his interesting path to becoming the editor-in-chief of OC87 Recovery Diaries, which included working as an EMT and five years as a front-line staff member at a locked in-patient psychiatric hospital.

In addition to his work with OC87 Recovery Diaries, Gabe drives a 1963 VW Beatle; a "Herbie the Love Bug" replica. The back window of his Beatle is adorned with the telephone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Gabe recently took an eleven-day, 1300 mile journey with Herbie in order to spread suicide awareness. His journey is being made into a full-length film. You can see a teaser of the film here.

You can find out more about Gabe at OC87 Recovery Diaries. You'll also find Gabe on Facebook...and Herbie, too! Finally, you'll find OC87 Recovery Diaries on Instagram at recovery_diaries and on Twitter @OC87rd.

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Al Interviews Dale Curd | Psychotherapist, Host of CBC’s “Hello Goodbye” & Founder of The Men’s List

Al Interviews Dale Curd | Psychotherapist, Host of CBC’s “Hello Goodbye” & Founder of The Men’s List

November 3, 2019

In this interview, Al interviews Dale Curd, psychotherapist, host of CBC's Hello Goodbye, and founder of The Men's List (recorded 10-7-19). After a second failed marriage, losing a job, and finding himself in debt, Dale fell into a deep depression. Eventually, he found refuge by attending a men's support group. Several years later, Dale was trained to be a facilitator of a group, and eventually found himself running the groups for twelve years.

Dale shares with us the importance of selecting a therapist who is the right fit. He also describes how he became the host of CBC's Hello Goodbye, a show in which Dale interviewed strangers at an airport as they were saying "Hello" or "Goodbye" to a loved one or a friend. He also describes The Men's List, a website he has created that is rich in content and contains an online listing of mental health professionals who provide expert, gender competent services and support to men. 

To learn more about Dale, check out his website at dalecurd.com. You'll also find him on Twitter @dalecurd and on Facebook at Dale Curd and @menslist.directory.

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Al Interviews Mark Henick | Mental Health Advocate & Public Speaker

Al Interviews Mark Henick | Mental Health Advocate & Public Speaker

October 20, 2019

In this episode, Al interviews Mark Henick, mental health advocate and public speaker (recorded 9-16-19). Mark is the principal and CEO of Strategic Mental Health Solutions and previously served as the youngest president of a provincial Canadian Mental Health Association division. His TEDx talk, Why We Choose Suicide, is among the most watched in the world with over 6 million views.

Mark shares his personal story of depression that includes seven hospitalizations between the ages of twelve and sixteen. He describes a "cocktail" of medications that, at one point, most likely led to the development of seizures. Mark describes being pulled from the edge of a bridge at the age of fifteen and over a decade later tracking down the stranger who saved his life in order to thank him.

Mark also describes his ongoing recovery, relapses, the importance of a safety plan, his current advocacy and his podcast, "The So Called Normal". Mark is currently finishing a memoir that is due to be published within the next year. You can find out much more about Mark and how to book him for an event on his website. You'll also find him on Facebook @markhenick. Finally, you'll find Mark Tweeting @markhenick.

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Al Interviews Logan Lynn | American Musician, Writer, Producer, Filmmaker, TV Personality, Mental Health Advocate & LGBT Activist.

Al Interviews Logan Lynn | American Musician, Writer, Producer, Filmmaker, TV Personality, Mental Health Advocate & LGBT Activist.

October 6, 2019

In this episode, Al interviews Logan Lynn, American musician, writer, producer, filmmaker, TV personality, mental health advocate, and LGBT Activist (recorded 9-9-19). Logan shares his incredible story of surviving childhood sexual abuse and the impact it had on his entire family. He describes being outed by a therapist after sharing with him that he was gay. Logan also shares how the music scene and his early popularity fueled his 16-year addiction of cocaine, alcohol, and crack. It wasn't until he suffered a TIA (a mini-stroke) and entered a program specifically for dual diagnoses (addiction & mental health) that he was able to finally become healthy.

Logan received the prestigious 2017 Award of Excellence from the National Council for Behavioral Health for his advocacy work in music, TV, film and community, and for founding the Keep Oregon Well campaign to fight the stigma of mental illness. In 2018 Kink FM named him one of The Portland 50, honoring the people who “dreamt, built and championed the innovation, growth and uniqueness of Portland”. His "My Movie Star" is currently up for three Grammy Awards.

You can find out more about Logan on his website. You'll also find him on Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram.

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Al Interviews John Panigas | Executive Coach & Author

Al Interviews John Panigas | Executive Coach & Author

September 22, 2019

In this episode, Al interviews John Panigas, executive coach and author (recorded 8-21-19). Although John spent approximately 58 years struggling with depression, as the president of The Panigas Group of Companies, he helped grow them to become a $100 million business in twenty years. Hear how John met a therapist, received hypnotherapy, and finally started his true recovery.

For the past twelve years, John has worked as an executive coach. He is also the author of Crazy, Who Me?, in which John describes his journey of leading with depression. John is also about to roll out a new workshop based on his RESTORE model of understanding and overcoming depression.

You can find out much more about John on his website at johnpanigas.com and you'll find him tweeting @jpanigas. Finally, you will also find him on Facebook.

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Al Interviews Michael Landsberg | TV/Radio Host, Mental Health Advocate & Founder of Sick Not Weak

Al Interviews Michael Landsberg | TV/Radio Host, Mental Health Advocate & Founder of Sick Not Weak

September 8, 2019

In this episode, Al interviews Michael Landsberg, longtime TV/radio host on TSN, mental health advocate, and founder of Sick Not Weak (recorded 8-7-19). Michael shares how he followed his heart and broke into the field of television and radio broadcasting. He shares his story of depression and describes the one interview, an interview with NHL player Stéphane Richer, that drove him to utilize his notoriety and platform to continue to speak publicly on the topic of mental health.

In addition to continuing his career at TSN, this incredibly passionate, outspoken mental health advocate founded Sick Not Weak. In addition to the website, you can find Sick Not Weak on FaceBook and Twitter @SickNotWeak. Michael also has his own Twitter account @HeyLandsberg.

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Al Interviews Justin Peck | Professional Off-Road Racer, Mental Health Advocate & Author of Bulletproof

Al Interviews Justin Peck | Professional Off-Road Racer, Mental Health Advocate & Author of Bulletproof

August 25, 2019

In this episode, Al interviews Justin Peck, professional off-road racer, mental health advocate, and author of Bulletproof (recorded 7-22-19). Justin shares his story of being severely bullied as a child, having depression symptoms at age nine, and bipolar disorder symptoms since age thirteen. He was finally diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of twenty-six, after a suicide attempt.

A natural story-teller and a passionate, caring mental health advocate, Justin describes how he got into off-road motorcycling. He also describes the day of his suicide attempt and the moment of irrationality in which he nearly killed himself.

Justin's popular memoir, Bulletproof, describes the challenges he has had living with bipolar disorder and the perseverance he needed in order to overcome many tragic moments. Justin is a Mental Health America (MHA) Ambassador and shares his story publicly at every opportunity in order to support others living with a mental illness. You can find out much more about Justin, find resources, and learn how to book him to speak publicly by visiting his website. You'll also find Justin on Twitter @Justinpeck49 and on Facebook.

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Al Interviews Michael J Nanna | Former University Professor, Former Police Officer & Singer-Songwriter

Al Interviews Michael J Nanna | Former University Professor, Former Police Officer & Singer-Songwriter

August 11, 2019

In this episode, Al interviews Michael J Nanna, former university professor, former police officer, and singer song writer (recorded 7-15-19). Michael struggled with anxiety from a very young age. Once in college, Michael studied psychology particularly hoping to get some answers regarding his own mental health struggles. During his undergrad years, he experienced his first panic attack. Michael went on to graduate school and started seeing a psychiatrist, as his panic attacks increased.

After receiving a PhD in statistics, Michael worked in the field of academia for several years until losing the position due to a reorganization of the staff. By this point, he was also experiencing depression for the first time. Michael then decided to try something completely different. He followed his heart and joined the police academy. After a back injury and an FMLA lawsuit, Michael decided to return to academia. However, after only a year in this position and with absolutely no notice, Michael was let go. Around the same time, he lost his mother, had a daughter with his wife of the time, then went through a divorce, and had to deal with financial hardships. This led to Michael's second bout of major depression. Michael shares the challenges of multiple changes of meds and an intensive outpatient program.

Michael is now focused on his musical career. Michael has on solo album titled Karmic Clutter. You can find it on Amazon or iTunes. Michael also has a website and a YouTube channel. You'll also find him on Twitter @mjnanna, Instagram @mjnanna67, and Facebook.

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Al Interviews Cory Strathman | Mental Health Advocate and Former Principal

Al Interviews Cory Strathman | Mental Health Advocate and Former Principal

July 28, 2019

In this episode, Al interviews Cory Strathman, mental health advocate and former principal (recorded 7-11-19). Cory describes working in the high stress role of the principal of an elementary school. After a smooth first couple of years, Cory received a call from his younger brother stating that he had cancer. This was the start of a mental spiral downward. While Cory's wife realized what was going on, she also pointed out that this was not the first time she had seen Cory in a similar state of mind and urged him to seek help.

Cory reluctantly started medication. However, he took them inconsistently and was faced with another downward spiral. Cory started to self-medicate with alcohol and knew he needed more help. He finally agreed to try some counseling and even attended in-patient and out-patient programs. However, his drinking became out of control and it wasn't until he was charged with "driving under the influence" (DUI) and "leaving the scene of an accident" that he finally took his recovery seriously.

After his arrest, Cory immediately resigned from his principal position. He has now started his own advocacy work through his website, Grace In Your Corner. Here you will find his blog, his vlog, professional resources, and more! You'll also find Cory on Twitter @CoryStrathman, on Facebook, and on Instagram.

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