Depression affects more than 300,000,000 worldwide. So basically, if you don't have it yourself, you know someone who does. Giving Voice to Depression was founded to start discussions that reduce stigma and promote understanding. We look at depression from many angles. A journalist with depression pre-produces short (7-10 minute) interview segments, and then the sister co-hosts, who both live with depression, comment on the issues presented. The episodes are informative and hopeful-- and seldom depressing. It's time to shine some light on depression's darkness! Join us.
167- Depression- A Sickness Not a Weakness
One of depression's most insidious characteristics, is its intent to convince us we don't have it; that our dark thoughts, loss of energy, and inability to experience joy are personal characteristics and failings vs. symptoms-- that we are just too weak to handle life the way others are able to.
Believing that dissuades us from treating it like a medical condition for which there are treatments. Believing that keeps us trapped in a downward spiral that costs us on many levels. The time and experiences we lose to it cannot be regained.
In a candid discussion with mental-health advocate and sports journalis Michael Landberg, we talk without shame about our shared experiences and battles with depression and make the important distinction between being sick and being weak.
166- Holding on to Hope
A holistic therapist addresses the need for and importance ot hope, and offers some of the advice she gives her own clients.
Lauren Bittner, who has extensive experience treating anxiety, depression and addiction, speaks compassionately and realistically about the challenges of being human in 2021.
Are There Gifts in Depression? Rebroadcast
It can be very, very difficult to acknowledge or find, but some say there are gifts in our depression: "terrible gifts."
Depression is, to put it mildly, an unwanted guest in our minds and bodies. Yet, for those who experience it regularly, it can help to look for some value, some lessons or even inspiration in the experience.
Kristin "owns her shadow," and uses depression's voice to express herself in poetry. Hers is a gentle, allowing and unique perspective on an illness many of us simply despise.
To learn more about Kristin and her poetry: KristinRoedell.wikidot.com
Others Have Been Right Where You Are- Rebroadcast
No matter how dark a place you are or have been, and how alone you felt when you were there, there are others who have had similar experiences and made it out. By sharing their stories/experiences they also light a path out for us to follow. Jordan is one such person. He freely shares about his lowest points, knowing that his lived experience is a way to connect with others and show them that recovery is real and possible. Please take 19 minutes to listen.
To Those Who Struggle This Christmas Rebroadcast
If you are struggling this holiday season, with depression, loneliness, grief or anything else that really hurts, please know that many others feel the same way, and that you will not always feel the way you do today. If you live in the U.S., please call 800-273-8255 or text 741-741 and talk to a trained listener, if you do not have another option. If you live elsewhere, please Google "crisis line." Giving Voice to Depression has a Facebook page with thousands of people with depression who support each other. Please hold on and know that you DO matter. This holiday, and this terrible feeling will pass. You Matter!! (This was recorded years ago, and referenced Christmas, but it is even more true today, and applies to any holiday and/or the end of this unprecedented year.)
The Gift of Gratitude - Rebroadcast
Hearing the stories of how other people survive and manage life with depression inspired Dan, a GVTD podcast listener to reach out to share- for the first time publicly- about his own battle with depression, his hospitalization and more.
In a wide-ranging, candid, casual conversation, he offers his comments in the hopes of both thanking the people who helped him, and to offer support and hope to those now listening to him.
Please take 18 minutes to listen to Dan's healing conversation.
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I love it
So I have ups and downs about anxiety and depression, I don’t think I have depression but I do have my moments, this show is amazing and I gonna tell you why: they inform you, they teach you and with that you gain knowledge to learn how to deal with your own moments. I learn about rumination in the last episode and I even didn’t know I was doing that with myself or even how to respond when anxiety catch up with my brain. Knowledge is a power roll thanks to give me that!!! Thank you ladies love the show @jrhostins
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Depressed and have health issues
I have ms, fibromyalgia, ptsd and a single parent. I have no support, I live in constant pain. I think of death constantly because I want peace. How does someone with chronic illness and depression not think of death?