DBSA podcasts feature some of the nation’s leading experts on mental health, covering a wide range of topics dealing with depression, bipolar, anxiety, and more. Listen and learn about treatment options, personal wellness strategies, relationships, and more.
A Conversation About Peer Support and Peer Support Specialists
A Peer Support Specialist is a professional with lived mental health experience who is trained and certified to provide help and encouragement for others who are also working towards wellness. Listen and learn from Douglas Hulst, DBSA’s Peer Specialist Workforce Development Program Manager, as he dives into the concept of peer support and how it benefits those living with depression or bipolar. Also hear from Jennifer, a Peer Support Specialist, who talks about her journey to become a certified specialist, where she works, and how her role impacts peers.
Learn more about Peer Support Specialists: https://www.dbsalliance.org/get-involved/training/whats-a-peer-specialist/ (https://www.dbsalliance.org/get-involved/training/whats-a-peer-specialist/)
Learn about DBSA’s Peer Support Specialist Course:
I'm Living Proof: Wellness Is Trending Upwards
This is a special preview of the first episode of our new I'm Living Proof Podcast Series.
In our first episode of I’m Living Proof: A Letter to My Younger Self, we hear from Olivia, DBSA Young Adult Council member. Olivia’s letter to her younger self describes the challenges she had in confiding in others and asking for help. Olivia describes her journey towards wellness from hospitalization to her work with DBSA support groups. Her letter reminds us the path to wellness is not always a straight line but rather one that it is trending upwards.
DBSA Support Groups
DBSA offers support groups across the United States. Find out more about DBSA support groups https://www.dbsalliance.org/support/chapters-and-support-groups/online-support-groups/ (here).
DBSA Young Adult Council
The DBSA Young Adult Council is a group of young adults (ages 18-30) who advise DBSA and create their own content to share with other young adults living with mood disorders. Find out more about the DBSA Young Adult Council (YAC) https://www.dbsalliance.org/about/young-adult-council/ (here).
Introducing I'm Living Proof: A letter to My Younger Self
If you live with depression or bipolar, when things are at their worst it can feel like things will never get better. It may be when you are first diagnosed or during a difficult event, or for no particular reason that you can pinpoint at all.
What we do know is that these times do pass, and that you are not alone. In fact, when we take time to reflect on our experiences and circumstances, we often find, with overwhelming proof, the strength we have shown during some of our greatest challenges.
DBSA’s blog and podcast series, I’m Living Proof: A Letter to My Younger Self, shares inspiring stories of young adult peers who are living proof that they can overcome even the most difficult times.https://www.dbsalliance.org/programs-im-living-proof/ (Learn more about our new series)
Download the first episode May 1, 2021
Tending to your Environmental Wellness with Dr. LaGenia Bailey
In this DBSA Wellness Wheel podcast, guest expert Dr. LaGenia Bailey shares with Programs Director Maria Margaglione and Programs Manager Hannah Zeller how to tend to our Environment Wellness in three areas: nature, our homes and workspaces, and our brain.
Dr. LaGenia Bailey is the founder of East West Integrative healing. Her soul’s mission is to facilitate Holistic Wellness for her clients through the use of Eastern and Western Science. These sciences include sound, mindfulness, and traditional as well as complementary healing modalities. Dr. Bailey is a board-certified neuropharmacologist, a yogi, musician, and singer. She uses her knowledge to help guide people to wellness.
Finding the right activities for your intellectual wellness with Dr. Wendy Linderholm
In this DBSA Wellness Wheel podcast, two DBSA staff members, Maria Margaglione, Programs Director, and Hannah Zeller, Programs Manager discuss Intellectual Wellness and their journeys toward wellness. Maria and Hannah interview expert Dr. Wendy Linderholm to address the challenges individuals who live with depression and bipolar might face in terms of their intellectual wellness.
Intellectual Wellness is about finding work and leisure activities that stimulate you and help you to learn new things. Reading, writing, doing puzzles, and collecting, are all different types of hobbies that can boost our intellectual wellness. Dr. Linderholm gives Maria and Hannah insight into why intellectual wellness can help change or brain chemistry to allow for new ideas which can disrupt our experience of depression.
Dr. Wendy Linderholm is the Director of Behavioral Medicine in the Family Medicine Residency Program at MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center where she focuses on full mind-body spiritual healing. She holds degrees in clinical health psychology from Alliant International University in Los Angeles, Calif., then completed a three-year post-doctoral training program in behavioral health in family medicine and oncology. Afterwards, she was offered a fellowship in behavioral health and family systems education. Currently, Dr. Linderholm treats patients at the Family Medicine Center on the campus of Long Beach Medical Center. Dr. Linderholm has cared for patients across a broad spectrum of medicine, including neurology, Huntington’s Disease, HIV, oncology, disaster mental health, and works actively with the LGBTQ+ community. She also teaches physicians how to assess patients for and how to treat mental illness. Dr. Linderholm supports doctors and patients on their journey to build resiliency, also working one-on-one with physicians to create a healthy balance within their own stressful careers. Dr. Linderholm’s favorite leisure activity is racing Hawaiian outrigger canoes in the open ocean.
Hey this is Dontae Freeman Communications Manager for DBSA and the producer of the podcast you are listening to. A few times in the intro Hannah and Maria will refer to me, and you will briefly hear from me. We decided to leave these peaks behind the curtains because they were relevant to the conversation about intellectual wellness. Enjoy the episode
What is pharmacogenetic testing and how can it help you?
Did you know that your DNA can provide insights that can help with treatment planning? In this episode of the DBSA podcast, we talk to Dr. Mark Pollack, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Clinical Affairs of Myriad Neuroscience, about what pharmacogenetic testing is, how the testing works, and what benefits it can offer peers. We also talk to Dennis L., a peer who details his journey with Major Depression and how pharmacogenetic testing helped improve his treatment plan.
What is pharmacogenetic testing? This test uses a small sample of your DNA, usually obtained by swabbing the inside of your cheek, to learn how your genetic makeup can affect your response to medication. Doctors use this information as a tool to help make prescription decisions. Along with PGx test results, your age, gender, other medical conditions, and any other drugs you take may also be factors in your doctor’s recommendations about possible treatments.
Learn more about PGx https://www.dbsalliance.org/wellness/treatment-options/what-is-pharmacogenetic-testing/
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DBSA would like to thank Myriad for supporting this episode.
I frequent their meetings in MA and they’ve been extremely helpful and I’ve met some great people there.
Great series and insights!
DBSA discusses how to live successfully with a mental health mood disorder and always considers a whole health approach. So glad I can get these on iTunes now!