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Should I Enroll In a Mental Health Clinical Trial?
Let’s talk clinical trials, shall we? (Spoiler alert: One of our guests on this episode has been enrolled in one for 33 years! 🤯) In this episode of The Mighty Podcast, host Ashley is joined by Jackie Scott and Peter J. Franz, Ph.D. to explore the world of mental health clinical trials.
Jackie is a speaker with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, creator of the PS Project, and mental health advocate living with depression. Pete is an assistant professor at Yeshiva University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He conducts research on depression, suicide, and other topics related to mental health.
Together, the trio discusses Jackie’s involvement in her longstanding clinical trial for her depression related to her lack of serotonin, Pete shares his experience as a researcher — including some of his work on suicide reduction — where he tested whether reading other people's lived experiences could be used as a therapeutic resource, and both share their wisdom for anyone considering if a clinical trial is the right fit for their mental health journey.
This episode touches on suicide and suicidal ideation. If this is triggering, be sure to avoid these sections of the episode: 6:17-8:21 and 20:25-20:47.
If you live with depression, take this pre-screener to see if you’re eligible to participate in the Juniper study: https://bit.ly/3sdrCsx
A transcript (and more!) can be found on The Mighty: https://bit.ly/40OB4j8
This episode is sponsored by Otsuka.
Period Pain Points
Do you ever feel like riding a horse while on your period? Neither do we, but apparently period product commercials believe we do (and we have #opinions!). In this episode of The Mighty Podcast, host Ashley is joined by Camara, Shruti, and Skye to talk about the “taboo” experience that is having a period. They discuss societal “norms,” what doctors do – and specifically don’t – know, and just wait to hear some of the go-to euphemisms we use when it’s that time of the month.
Going More Than Skin Deep
For being the body’s largest organ, skin conditions sure do have a mixed reputation. (Insert joke here about them being flaky.) In this episode of The Mighty Podcast, host Ashley gets under the skin (well, metaphorically) of guests Camara Rauen, Shruti Shivaramakrishnan, Skye Gailing, and Katia Budak to talk about their respective skin conditions.
While they do discuss the physical symptoms of their diagnoses — eczema, rosacea, acne, and keratosis pilaris — they also dive into how those conditions impact their mental health as well as their relationships with the skin they’re in.
Come for the validation, stay for Shruti and Katia's incredibly detailed masterclass in skin care 101.
A transcript of the episode is available here: https://bit.ly/3EhYkLV
The Light and Dark of Life With Migraine
Why have one podcast host when you can have three? In this episode, Mighty host Ashley talks with Kat and Skye, the co-hosts of our new sister podcast Health & (un)Wellness, about their experience living with migraine. Learn more about each of their migraine stories as well as what the neurological disease has stolen from (and given to) them.
They will also give an inside scoop about the first season of Health & (un)Wellness, which centers an unfiltered deep dive on what it means to live with migraine; from work to home, mental health to misconceptions. Get a preview of the season’s incredible roster of guests, and find out what oddities Kat and Skye each have stashed in their purses right now!
Listen to Health & (un)Wellness: https://bit.ly/46msVVg
A Patient-Centric Approach to Finding a Treatment Plan for Major Depressive Disorder
In this episode, Carlos, who lives with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), and his healthcare provider share how they worked together to find a treatment plan that is working for Carlos.
Transcript Page: https://bit.ly/3KReznr
U.S. Full Prescribing Information, including BOXED WARNING: https://bit.ly/3KvpdAv
Medication Guide: https://bit.ly/3I4MCpm
This episode of The Mighty Podcast is sponsored by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc.
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Living With Treatment-Resistant Depression
In this episode, Mighty Host Ashley Kristoff chats with psychiatrist Dr. Patricia Ares-Romero along with patient and mental health advocate Sally, who is living with treatment-resistant depression. The trio discusses challenging-to-treat forms of depression, treatment options, and available resources.
This episode of The Mighty Podcast is sponsored by Janssen.
Podcast Transcript Link: https://themighty.com/topic/depression/the-mighty-podcast-living-with-treatment-resistant-depression/
Janssen Link: https://spravato.com
Medication Guide: https://bit.ly/3NwFJPH
Prescribing Information: https://bit.ly/3uGDOiY
Check out Dr. Ares-Romero’s article for more information: https://bit.ly/3wYfeN4
Real and relevant
I’ve enjoyed every episode of this so far and find myself getting excited when I see that a new one has been released.
This is well-made but also feels raw and real. The way mental and physical health often is. It’s not always pretty but it needs to be talked about. And they make it relatable and even funny. Keep up the great work!
It means so much to hear people who share chronic illness. Especially the judgement from family and friends due to their ignorance. I relate to everything you talked about in misconceptions episode.
The Mighty podcast is true to its word, totally delivering on humor, positivity and vulnerability. The hosts and guests share very personal and relatable stories that make me feel like I'm not alone in my struggles. I also find I can learn so much from listening to experiences with other health conditions and journeys. I hope anyone working in healthcare listens to this podcast - it really builds so much empathy.