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Giving Voice to Depression

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.

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6 Behaviors to Avoid When Coping with Mental Illness

Living with depression or other mental-health challenges can be really difficult. There is so much we can't control. But there are also things we can; helpful, positive actions we can take that promote recovery, AND thoughts and behaviors that make things worse (or impede recovery progress.) Guest Katherine Ponte realized six things she'd done that "got in her own way." She chose to share vs. hide them, so others could learn from her mistakes. https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/January-2019/Coping-with-Mental-Illness-What-Not-to-Do https://www.forlikeminds.com/


26 Feb 2019

Rank #1

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116- Motivating Yourself When Struggling Mentally

We begin Season 11 of this podcast, with two practical episodes on how to motivate ourselves to do work when we're struggling mentally. We speak with NYC-based writer Sarah Fielding about an article she recently wrote on the topic for healthline.com. These tips might not apply to times we aren't cooking or showering, but they're good reminders for times we're functional, but not at 100%.


15 Oct 2019

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Building Your Recovery; Brick By Brick

Brent Williams shares his journey through depression and anxiety. Offering practical suggestions and insights on ways to manage oneself while walking through the darkness of mental illness.


5 Dec 2017

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Perfectly Hidden Depression

A clinical psychologist reminds us that not everyone who is depressed looks or acts depressed; and the fact that hidden pain and shame still affect us.http://drmargaretrutherford.com/


18 Jul 2017

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95 - Anxiety and Depression (Jordan)

Nearly half of the people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with anxiety disorder. This week's guest Jordan, talks about his anxiety and his struggle to be properly diagnosed. He also shares about his post-surgical depression, which is more common than many realize. It's an episode filled with great perspective, advice, and even some laughs.


16 Apr 2019

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107 - Depression - A Long Journey

Living with depression requires resilience, strength and sometimes-heroic efforts to find and fan hope's embers. Jennifer, currently on medical leave for her illness, struggles to find lasting relief in meds. In this 18-minute episode, she discusses self-harm, distraction techniques and how her lived-experience helps teens at the high school where she works.


30 Jul 2019

Rank #6

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Stigma-Part 1; It's Real

In the first of a 3-part series, we hear from people with depression who confirm that Stigma is not only a reality, but one of the greatest barriers to effective treatment and recovery.


14 Mar 2017

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"Depressed vs. sad" (3 experts weigh in)

Three experts answer the #1 question people without depression ask: What's the difference between depressed and sad?


2 May 2017

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The Mask: Hiding Our Depression

Stigma, shame and the fact depression is still (too) often seen as a weakness or failing, cause many people with the common illness to hide their struggles and pain behind a mask. While this can be a healthy coping mechanism, it can also be dangerous as it prevents us not only from living as authentic human beings, but also from getting the help and support we need to live healthy, connected lives.


24 Jul 2018

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92- When Depression Can No Longer Be Hidden

In last week's episode, "When Art Imitates Depressed Life," artist Jeff Beier talked about a series of paintings he created to make an invisible illness visible in a graphic and powerful way. (https://soundcloud.com/givingvoicetodepression/91-when-art-imitates-depressed-life) In his second episode he shares the story behind the paintings, and some of the less-healthy/creative ways he dealt with his mental-health challenges in the past, and the better methods he now knows and uses.http://jeffbeier.com


25 Mar 2019

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Self Help (Duff the Psych)

A psychologist and author, whose specialty is taking complex psychological issues and breaking them down into plain language, offers some techniques to help manage depression. http://www.duffthepsych.com


8 Aug 2017

Rank #11

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To Those Who Struggle This Christmas

This is a special Christmas edition of our podcast, written and produced especially for YOU, who are struggling right now. It's only 6-minutes long, and we believe it will resonate with and comfort you like it does us. You are not alone. You do matter. People DO care. It WILL pass. Come hang out on our Facebook page today if you need support.John's article, if you'd like to read vs. hear it is linked here: https://johnpavlovitz.com/2017/12/24/to-those-who-struggle-this-christmas/


23 Dec 2018

Rank #12

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Getting Real About The Holidays (Steve Austin)

Being "Merry," "Happy" or "Joyous" can be a tall order for anyone, regardless of the date on the calendar. If you are depressed, alone, grieving or any number of other things, it can be nearly impossible. Today's guest, a self-care consultant, talks about boundaries, realistic expectations and meaningful traditions vs. those aggressively marketed to us. He also shares one of the sweetest favorite-Christmas stories ever! Create a holiday that works for you and does not threaten your mental health.Previous Episode :https://soundcloud.com/givingvoicetodepression/survivor-steveSteve's website: https://iamsteveaustin.com/


11 Dec 2018

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126 -When Depression Makes You Homesick For Who You Were Before

We miss what we were before depression moved in; hopeful, vital, positive, connected. In a wide-ranging conversation, GVTD speaks with Savannah Wall about her experience of depression and the things she missed the most-- including herself.The full article that prompted the episode: https://savannahwall.wordpress.com/2018/12/22/when-youre-homesick-for-all-that-you-were-before-depression/


7 Jan 2020

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Identifying - And - Managing - Depression - (Liz).Re- Broadcast

Liz describes the different types of depressions she has had, and talks about how caring friends can help each other identify and manage depression.


24 Oct 2017

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117-Motivation When Struggling to Work- Pt 2

There are times we are In It and the simplest of tasks feel impossible. For the times before and after that (yes, there IS an after!) here are some tips for staying focused and motivated when trying to get work done.https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/motivation-work-tasks


22 Oct 2019

Rank #16

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A Suicide - Attempt Survivor's Story Of Hope (Mark Henick)

It can be so, so hard when you are in depression's darkness to believe anyone who says "it passes," "it will get better," or even "you are loved and needed." Mark Henick, a suicide-attempt survivor has the lived experience, perspective and empathy to reach out with his message of hope and recovery. He has been there. He knows. Please listen and share and hold on.Mark's TED Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1QoyTmeAYw


26 Jun 2018

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The Power Of Empathy

The Bridge: A powerful story of a man who had given up hope, and a stranger who took the time to give him some.


7 Nov 2017

Rank #18

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Guilt and Depression (Cindy Kolbe)

This episode features the utterly-amazing story of a mother's battle with guilt and depression after "causing" a car accident that left her daughter paralyzed. The crash was tragic, but their journey through it reminds us that while there is so much sadness and pain in the world, there is also so much hope. Stick with it till the end.link to Cindy's blog: http://www.strugglingwithserendipity.com/


4 Sep 2018

Rank #19

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How To Offer Support To Someone Who Is Struggling - Pt1

We hear (and say) "reach out for help if you need it." But for many reasons, including stigma, awkwardness, and lack of training, many people -- even those in danger-- do not. So it's our responsibility to learn how to offer help to the people in our lives who may need it. Our guest, Sam Dylan Finch, shares 11 ways his loved ones have supported him in mental health crises. They are proven, doable things that could really lighten someone's load, or even save a life. We detail five ways in part one, and the final six next week in part two. Please listen and share. The more we know the better we can support our loved ones. And the more they know, the better they can care for us.See Sam's full list at: https://letsqueerthingsup.com/2018/08/24/11-important-ways-my-loved-ones-supported-me-during-a-mental-health-crisis/


11 Sep 2018

Rank #20