The Depression Files
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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Al Interviews Victor Janzan | A Telecommunications Project Manager and Mental Illness Activist

Al Interviews Victor Janzan | A Telecommunications Project Manager and Mental Illness Activist

August 29, 2021

In this episode, Al interviews Victor Janzen, a telecommunications project manager and mental illness activist (recorded 8-11-21). Victor speaks very candidly about the ongoing childhood trauma that he endured at the hands of his family members.

Victor was eventually diagnosed with severe complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD), borderline personality disorder (BPD), and dissociative identity disorder (DID), previously known as multiple personality disorder. 

Victor has at least twenty different alters, some threatening and violent to himself. Victor has attempted suicide five times and been hospitalized many times. He typically calls a crisis line on a daily basis. Victor also believes his previous therapist and CMHA have "weaponized" his diagnoses against him, with CMHA going as far as banning him from using their crisis line.

Victor now speaks publicly about the challenges he has faced and is advocating for changes to the mental health system. You can find, and connect with, Victor on Twitter @victorjanzen

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Al Interviews Sarah Hancock | Former Professor of Clinical Psychiatric Rehabilitation Counseling at San Diego State University & a Nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor on the topic of ECT

Al Interviews Sarah Hancock | Former Professor of Clinical Psychiatric Rehabilitation Counseling at San Diego State University & a Nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor on the topic of ECT

July 25, 2021

In this episode, Al interviews Sarah Hancock, former professor of clinical psychiatric rehabilitation counseling at San Diego State University and a nationally certified rehabilitation counselor, on the topic of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) (recorded 7-1-21). Sarah received 17 years of treatment consisting of thirty-seven combinations of more than five medication classifications, 116 ECT treatments, multiple hospitalizations, and was institutionalized for thirteen months...all for a misdiagnosed mental illness that was determined to actually be fungal hepatic encephalopathy. Sarah now advocates for more regulations, safety testing, electrical dosing standards, injury assessment, and fully informed consent regarding ECT. Listen as we discuss possible consequences to receiving ECT, the limited training most psychiatrists receive in administering ECT,  the lack of proper assessment of possible negative consequences of patients receiving ECT, the research around ECT, and much more. To learn more about Sarah and ECT, check out her personal website at PsychRecoveryAndRehab.com, or LifeAfterECT.com, which is an educational resource created by a coalition of advocates concerned with ECT. You'll also find Sarah tweeting @PsychRecovery. 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. Lastly, please subscribe to the show and take just a minute to leave a review and rating.

Al Interviews Dr. Joyce Baptist | Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at Kansas State University, on the topic of Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

Al Interviews Dr. Joyce Baptist | Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at Kansas State University, on the topic of Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

June 27, 2021

In this episode, Al interviews Dr. Joyce Baptist, a professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at Kansas State University, on the topic of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy (recorded 6-7-21). Dr. Baptist's current work focuses on examining the efficacy of clinical interventions to mitigate suffering from traumatic childhood events using EMDR. Dr. Baptist describes EMDR and shares how a therapist uses EMDR to work with their clients. Although EMDR is typically thought of as a therapy that is used for patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Dr. Baptist has conducted some very promising research on the use of EMDR for the treatment of depression. Learn more about Dr. Baptist by visiting her page on the Kansas State University website. You can learn more about EMDR by visiting the EMDR International Association website. 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. Lastly, please subscribe to the show and take just a minute to leave a review and rating.  

Al Interviews Dr. Damon Ashworth | Clinical Psychologist and Sleep Expert, on the Topic of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i)

Al Interviews Dr. Damon Ashworth | Clinical Psychologist and Sleep Expert, on the Topic of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i)

May 30, 2021

In this episode, Al interviews Dr. Damon Ashworth, clinical psychologist and expert in the field of sleep and treatments for insomnia, on the topic of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i) (recorded 4-29-21). Dr. Ashworth helps listeners understand the definition of CBT-i and insomnia. He shares the critical elements of CBT-i and explains what one could expect if going to a therapist to receive this type of treatment. He also describes his randomized clinical trail that significantly reduced insomnia AND depression severity of participants across only four sessions of CBT-i. You can learn more about Dr. Ashworth by checking out his website at damonashworthpsychology.com. Questions about CBT-i, sleep, or psychology? Feel free to email him at damon.ashworth@gmail.com. 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. Lastly, please subscribe to the show and take just a minute to leave a review and rating.

Al Interviews Sam Morris | Founder of The Unbreakable Human Collective & Managing Director - Head of Culture at Five to Flow

Al Interviews Sam Morris | Founder of The Unbreakable Human Collective & Managing Director - Head of Culture at Five to Flow

April 25, 2021

In this episode, Al interviews Sam Morris, founder of The Unbreakable Human Collective and Managing Director - Head of Culture at Five to Flow (recorded 11-2-21). Sam was always dedicated to tennis. This allowed him to have an excuse to avoid high school and college parties that caused him great social anxiety. An off-season ACL tear gave Sam his longest break from tennis in the previous fifteen years.

A break from tennis gave Sam a glimpse of life without the demands of being a high-level athlete. This also created time for Sam to explore more of a social life. However, he realized that alcohol helped relieve his social anxiety. Years of partying, drinking, and doing coke led to four DUIs, jail time, and multiple stints in rehab.

Hear these stories and how Sam finally was able to turn his life around. He is now on a personal mission to impact one billion humans. Through retreats, workshops, and coaching, Sam helps men fight toxic masculinity and talk feelings!

You can learn more about Sam at themanunbreakable.com. You'll also find Sam on Instagram @samgibbsmorris and on LinkedIn at Sam Morris.

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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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