The Depression Files
Al Interviews Dr. Rick Doblin, Founder of MAPS, on the Topic of MDMA (Ecstasy) Research for the Treatment of PTSD

Al Interviews Dr. Rick Doblin, Founder of MAPS, on the Topic of MDMA (Ecstasy) Research for the Treatment of PTSD

March 28, 2021

In this interview, Al interviews Dr. Rick Doblin, founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), on the topic of MDMA research for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Rick shares some incredibly personal stories related to how he became involved and interested in psychedelics, including the story of a college counselor who shared a book with him in order to improve his psychedelic "trips".

Hear how MAPS was able to receive U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Breakthrough Therapy Designation for MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD in 2017 and much, much more!

Check out maps.org if you would like to find out more information about MAPS, their psychedelic research, and Rick Doblin.

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Al Interviews Theodora Blanchfield on Receiving Ketamine Infusions

Al Interviews Theodora Blanchfield on Receiving Ketamine Infusions

February 28, 2021

In this episode, Al interviews Theodora Blanchfield on the topic of receiving ketamine infusions (recorded 8-10-21). For the past five years or so, Theodora had been struggling with severe depression. In that time, she was hospitalized twice for suicidal ideation and spent six weeks at an in-patient program.

Her therapist then suggested ketamine. After a great deal of research, Theodora decided to give it a shot. She describes her first session in great detail and the immediate, positive impact it had on her. After an initial schedule of eight infusions in a two-week period, Theodora occasionally goes back for a 'bump'.

Theodora is a social media consultant, a writer, and a running coach. Check out some of her incredible writing and learn more about her at theodorablanchfield.com or at preppyrunner.com.

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Al Interviews Dr. Natalie Gukasyan of Johns Hopkins University on the topic of Psychedelics and the Treatment of Mental Illness

Al Interviews Dr. Natalie Gukasyan of Johns Hopkins University on the topic of Psychedelics and the Treatment of Mental Illness

January 31, 2021

In this episode, Al interviews Dr. Gukasyan, psychiatrist and post-doctoral research fellow at Johns Hopkins University, on the topic of psychedelics and the treatment of mental illness.

Dr. Gukasyan describes the current research that is ongoing at Johns Hopkins. Hear about the history of psychedelics and the ins and outs regarding the structure of the research. You'll hear about the guides, the importance of set and setting, and much more.

Given that research regarding antidepressants is at a near standstill and the challenges of finding the right antidepressant, psychedelics are looking like a very viable possibility for treating depression with much quicker efficacy.

If you'd like to learn more about the research at Johns Hopkins, you can visit their psychedelic research page at hopkinspsychedelic.org. In addition to the Johns Hopkins website, if you're interested in learning about the possibilities of participating in their research, you can visit their partners' websites; Usona Institute and COMPASS.

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Al Interviews Dr. Nolan Williams on the topic of Stanford Accelerated Intelligent Neuromodulation Therapy (SAINT) - an Enhanced Version of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Al Interviews Dr. Nolan Williams on the topic of Stanford Accelerated Intelligent Neuromodulation Therapy (SAINT) - an Enhanced Version of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

December 27, 2020

In this episode, Al interviews Dr. Nolan Williams, assistant professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the director of the Stanford Brain Stimulation Lab (recorded 11-20-20). Dr. Williams has a broad background in neuropsychiatry and is double board certified in both neurology and psychiatry.

Dr. Williams describes what Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is and how it works. He goes on to describe the very recent research he is leading at Stanford University titled, "Stanford Accelerated Intelligent Neuromodulation Therapy (SAINT)". This enhanced version of TMS has been shown to be five times more potent than traditional TMS. More potent stimulation means patients can be stimulated for less time, meaning more sessions could be administered per day, potentially resulting in much faster antidepressant responses.

You can find out more about Dr. Nolan Williams here. You'll also find him tweeting @NolanRyWilliams. You can find out more about Stanford's Brain Stimulation Lab and SAINT here.

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Al Interviews Dr. Robb Kelly | World-Renown Addiction Specialist & CEO and Founder of Robb Kelly Recovery Group

Al Interviews Dr. Robb Kelly | World-Renown Addiction Specialist & CEO and Founder of Robb Kelly Recovery Group

November 29, 2020

In this episode, Al interviews world-renown addiction specialist and CEO/Founder of Robb Kelly Recovery Group (recorded 10-7-20). Dr. Kelly candidly shares his tragic story of what drinking did to his life. Dr. Kelly had a love and talent for music at a very young age. He was playing gigs with his uncle on stage at the age of nine. It was between sets at one of these gigs that his uncle gave him his first beer.

Dr. Kelly describes how, as a functioning alcoholic, he was able to enter the University of Oxford and work at the notorious Abbey Roads Studio as a session bass player in order to help fund his education. Hear how alcohol got him kicked out of one of the university's colleges and how he lost his first job for drinking on the job.

He shares how he finally had a job (still drinking daily), acquired a great amount of wealth, got married and had two children. However, none of this without bumps in the road. A violent assault on his wife wasn't enough to get him to stop drinking. Dr. Kelly describes how he lost everything and ended up homeless on the streets of Manchester.

Hear how Dr. Kelly finally was able to get the help he needed, follow the program, and become healthy. He goes on to share about the incredible work he is doing as the founder and CEO of Robb Kelly Recovery Group.

You can learn more about Dr. Kelly by visiting robbkelly.com. You'll also find him on Facebook @robbkellyrecoverygroup and on Twitter @RobbKellyGroup.

Note: Listen to this episode for a very personal offer from Dr. Kelly to any/all listeners of The Depression Files!

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Al Interviews Dr. Sam Ko on the Topic of Ketamine

Al Interviews Dr. Sam Ko on the Topic of Ketamine

October 25, 2020

In this episode, Al interviews Dr. Sam Ko, Board Certified Emergency Physician and Medical Director of Reset Ketamine, on the topic of Ketamine (recorded 7-9-20). Dr. Ko talks about his own challenges of working as an emergency room doctor for just over two years and having reached a point of burn out.

After spending time traveling the world, studying yoga and meditation, and taking leadership courses, Dr. Ko was able to become rejuvenated and ponder the question, "What is something unique that I can do and offer to the world?". The insight that he came to was working with Ketamine.

Dr. Ko shares the history of Ketamine, as well as the typical and off-label uses of Ketamine. He describes the types of mental illnesses and other ailments for which he treats his patients with Ketamine. He then walks the listeners through the four stages of treatment that he uses in order to provide Ketamine infusion treatment.

You can find out much more about Dr. Ko and Reset Ketamine by going to resetketamine.com. The Depression Files podcast listeners can find an additional free Preparation and Integration Guide by going to resetketamine.com/thedepressionfiles. You'll also find Dr. Ko on Twitter @resetketamine, on Instragram @resetketamine, and on Facebook @resetketamine.

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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.

Al Interviews Mindy Greiling | Former MN State Representative, Former National NAMI Board Member & Author

Al Interviews Mindy Greiling | Former MN State Representative, Former National NAMI Board Member & Author

September 27, 2020

In this episode, Al interviews Mindy Greiling, former Minnesota State Representative, Former National NAMI Board Member and author of Fix What You Can: Schizophrenia and a Law Maker's Fight for Her Son (recorded 8-19-20). A former teacher and school board member, Mindy first joined the Minnesota House of Representatives with her eye on education. After six years in the legislature, her son, Jim, was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. While continuing her work within the education committee, Mindy decided to also focus on mental health.

Hear Mindy's story of navigating through the complex mental health system, her attempts at improving it, and the challenges of caring for a loved one with schizophrenia in her new book Fix What You Can: Schizophrenia and a Lawmaker's Fight for Her Son.

Her book will be released on October 6, 2020 and there will be a virtual launch on October 8, 2020. Find out more about Mindy and where to get her book at mindygreiling.org.

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An Announcement - Changes Coming to The Depression Files

An Announcement - Changes Coming to The Depression Files

September 10, 2020

Today, September 3, World Suicide Prevention Day, marks three years to the day that the Depression Files podcast has been up and running. Every other week I’ve published a man’s lived experience with depression and/or other mental illnesses. In addition, I’ve published several BONUS episodes in between episodes in which we’ve had a guest and taken a deep dive into a topic such as bipolar disorder or suicide.

Today, on the third anniversary of the show, I’d like to announce a few changes that will allow me to have time to continue my advocacy in other ways. I’m excited that I was recently appointed by the governor to the MN State Advisory Council on Mental Illness. I’d also like to continue to grow my blog and speak publicly on the topic of mental health.

For these reasons, I plan to publish one show every month. I will continue to have a guest on every show. I’ll include a mix of stories of men living with a mental illness and episodes that explore a specific topic related to mental health.

I want to thank those of you who have been supporting me by listening to the show, sharing the show whether on Twitter or on other social media platforms or even word of mouth. I also want to thank those of you who have been supporting me monetarily through my Patreon page and those of you who have taken the time to rate and review the show. These acts of kindness really go a long ways.

Finally, if you have thoughts on a topic related to mental health that you’d like to hear on the show, or if you’d just like to connect with me, please email me at TheDepressionFiles@gmail.com.

Al Interviews Josh Knutti | Host of the Overcoming You Podcast

Al Interviews Josh Knutti | Host of the Overcoming You Podcast

September 6, 2020

In this episode, Al interviews Josh Knutti, host of the Overcoming You podcast (recorded 7-1-20). Josh worked his way up the corporate ladder and was managing a $580 million, 22K associates company that operated in several countries. But it was never enough for Josh. Wanting more, he left his job and planned to purchase his own company. This major deal fell through at the last possible moment, leaving Josh broke and with nothing.

Josh describes the debilitating depression he experienced for a year and a half that culminated in a motel room with cocaine, weed, and a shotgun.

Josh also shares his path to recovery. He describes the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatments and talks about meditation, therapy and medication.

Finally, Josh talks about his podcast, Overcoming You. If you'd like to learn more about Josh, you'll find him on Instagram @overcomingu and on Facebook.

If you have listened and feel that you have received some value from the podcast, please consider supporting the show by becoming a Patron at patreon.com/thedepressionfiles. You can begin to support the show with as little as $1.00/month!

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.

Al Interviews James Withey | Former Therapist, Mental Health Advocate, Public Speaker & Author

Al Interviews James Withey | Former Therapist, Mental Health Advocate, Public Speaker & Author

August 23, 2020

In this episode, Al interviews James Withey, former therapist, mental health advocate, public speaker, and author (recorded 6-18-20). James shares the challenges of losing his father at age five and knowing he was gay at the young age of eleven or twelve, yet keeping those feelings hidden until age eighteen.

James very candidly describes his battle with anxiety, panic attacks, anorexia and depression. Multiple suicide attempts and hospitalizations, James still has a safety plan in place that includes a daily check-in with his husband.

James is the co-creator and editor of The Recovery Letters: Addressed to People Experiencing Depression. He is also the author of How to Tell Depression to Piss Off: 40 Ways to Get Your Life Back. You can find out more about The Recovery Letters project and read letters that may not be included in his book at therecoveryletters.com. You can find out more about James on his website at jameswithey.com. Finally, you'll find James tweeting @jameswwithey and @RecoveryLetters.

If you have listened and feel that you have received some value from the podcast, please consider supporting the show by becoming a Patron at patreon.com/thedepressionfiles. You can begin to support the show with as little as $1.00/month!

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.

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