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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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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.






247_Applying Spoon Theory to Depression

One of the many things depression and other chronic or invisible illnesses steal from us, is our energy. In this 17-minute episode, we discuss Christine Miserandino's Spoon Theory as a way to both manage and explain our often-limited resources. The theory is a metaphor describing the amount of physical and/or mental energy that a person has available for daily activities and tasks, and how it can become limited. It offers a kind of shorthand for communicating why we need to make choices...


246_You Are Worth the Fight (NFL Hall of Famer-Brian Dawkins)

In his 16 seasons in the NFL (13 with the Philadelphia Eagles and three with the Denver Broncos) Brian Dawkins earned the nickname "Weapon X" and a reputation as one of the league's hardest hitters. Yet when depression was his opponent, Dawkins nearly lost the fight. He retired recently to become a mental-health advocate and philanthropist. He joined GVTD co-host Terry for a candid discussion about how continues to tackle depression.


245-I Think I'm Getting Better (The Tors Band)

In last week's episode we met singer/songwriter/guitarist Matt Weedon, whose honest description of his depression and anxiety was made music, and a hit song at that, by his band The Tors. We focused on the song's first verse and Matt's description of keeping his room dark to match his mood, and about how a dear friend supported him by phone so he knew he wasn't alone. Today, we focus on the second verse of the hit song "Anythng Can Happen" and the day Matt knew he was coming out of it when...


244_If You Need a Minute Take a Minute -Tors Band-Pt1

What do you get when a singer/songwriter/guitarist decides to share openly and honestly about his struggles with depression and anxiety? In this case, you get a hit song. Matt Weedon of the Tors Band in the UK joins us for a 2-episode conversation about his mental health struggles and how putting them to music is helping not just him, but listeners across the world as well. The Tors website:


243_ When the Doctor is Also the Psych Patient (remix)

A Philadelphia trauma surgeon whose depression required hospitalization learns what it's like to be a patient. He shares his story in the hopes that others will learn from his frightening experience and believe him when he says recovery is possible, no matter how deeply depressed you are. Article link:…Perspective.pdf YouTube video:


242_When Doctors Are Depressed (remix)

"Physician heal thyself." But what happens when depression convinces you you're not worthy of healing? Doctors and other healthcare professionals face uniquely-stressful situations during their education, training and careers. Sleep deprivation, myths and routinely witnessing human suffering can contribute to or trigger depression. In this episode, Dr. Michael Weinstein, a trauma surgeon, candidly and vulnerably discusses his depression, the "revolution" needed in medical training, and his...


241_ Small Kindnesses Can Have a Big Impact

A triggering trauma. A deep depression. A helpful therapist. A new hobby and mission. That's part of Kathleen's story and the genesis of The Little Heart Project. This episode is a 22-minute Valentine's Day reminder of the power of kindness.


Dual Diagnosis_ Depression and Substance Abuse

"About a third of all people experiencing mental illnesses and about half of people living with severe mental illnesses also experience substance abuse. These statistics are mirrored in the substance abuse community, where about a third of all alcohol abusers and more than half of all drug abusers report experiencing a mental illness," according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. That statistic, like all statistics, is about real people. Not numbers. This episode's guest, Donald, is...


239_Depression and Family Support

Depression is an illness that convinces us it is not one and that we should keep our symptoms secret. This week's guest, Sandeep Saib, shares about her mental health journey that includes bullying, anger, isolation, eating disorders and OCD, all of which contributed to a suicide attempt. Since then, her family has committed to keeping the lines of communication open and has even devoted regularly scheduled Family Trust Circles. Here is a link to a documentary featuring Sandeep and her family...


238 – When A Parent Struggles with Mental Illness, Kids Can Struggle Too

We don't need to tell anyone listening to this podcast that it can be difficult to care for ourselves when we're mentally ill. Now add in the responsibilities and challenges of parenting. In this 16-minute episode, Michelle, the adult daughter of a mother with bipolar disorder, shares about the unpredictability and pains of that relationship. We've named this "When a Parent Struggles with Mental Illness, Kids Can Struggle Too" for a reason. Michelle, like many children in such situations,...


237_Depression is a Thief

Depression is a thief. It takes away our ability to experience joy, leads us to isolate, robs us of opportunities of many kinds, and can take away our sense of value as a human being and even our will to live. This week's guest, Gina Capobianco wrote a memoir about her mental health journey. Just as the time to release and promote it finally arrived, so did debilitating depression. It came on so strong she not only had to cancel those events but go on sick leave from work as well. Gina did...


236_ Appreciating the Light More After Darkness

This episode started with a social media post: "The snippets of happiness you begin to feel again after a dark period become more and more euphoric each time... the raw happiness that I feel after darkness reminds me why I hold on each and every time." We wanted to hear more. In an intimate and candid conversation, Cara McErlain shares some of her mental-health journey. She ends the episode with a realistic and hopeful message, that only someone who'd experienced depression's true darkness...


235_Lessons from 2022_Part2

In the second of two episodes, the Giving Voice to Depression podcast hosts (past and present) look back on 2022 and each selects an episode they learned from and want to bring back to attention. It's a new twist on a year-end review, and we hope you enjoy it. If you remember or were helped by a particular episode last year, we'd love to hear about it. We'll pass along your feedback to the episode's guest.


Lessons From 2022_Pt_1

When we say we learn from our EVERY weekly guest, we mean that from the bottom of our hearts. From the 52 podcast episodes we posted this past year, each of the Giving Voice to Depression co-hosts chose one that stood out for us. In a first-ever triple-hosted episode (Bridget, our retired co-host joined us for the look back) we talk about what we learned from some of our favorite/most-impactful interviews. We invite you to go to and record a message telling us if...


For You, If You Are Struggling This Christmas

You are not required to be "joyful" or "merry" because of the date on the calendar. This is a special Christmas edition of our podcast, written and produced especially for YOU, who are struggling right now. It's only 8-minutes long, and we believe it will resonate with and comfort you as it does us. You are not alone. You do matter. People DO care. It WILL pass. Come hang out on the GIving Voice to Depression Facebook community page today if you need support. John's article, if you'd like a...


233_What I Wish I'd Known as a (Suicidal) Teenager

This is a story of hope. But it's not a pretty story. (TW: selfharm and suicidal ideation) A 23-year-old woman stops during a magical holiday moment to share huge truths with her 14-year-old suicidal self: The fight IS worth it. Things can and do change. You will not always feel the (terrible)way you do right now. And you are NOT alone. It's a holiday message of hope and recovery that we hope you'll listen to, internalize and share. May 2023 bring you peace and mental health.


BONUS_3 Guided Practices for You

Whether it's the holidays stressing you out, or life in general, these three research-based, time-tested practices will help you manage yourself and your mental health. They are a gift of sorts, from Dr. Barbara Moser, a trained mindful self-compassion teacher. This episode features a 3-minute STOP exercise, which emphasizes the power of a pause, a 6-minue Calm Practice, and an 8-minute Mindful Self-Compassion Practice. You can download this episode and use any or all of the exercises...


231_ The Gifts of Breath and Self-Compassion

End-of-year holidays can be a celebratory time. Or a stressful time. Or both. Whichever is true for you, it can be a good time to add or tune-up some of the tools in your mental-health toolkit. This episode focuses on mindfulness and self-compassion -- two readily accessible tools that can help us regulate and cope with difficult emotions. And when the holidays pass, these valuable gifts to ourselves will still be available in our self-care and depression-management arsenals. Link to more...


Giving Voice to Depression on the SelfWork Podcast

The episode has been downloaded more than 7,000 times. Find out why. Dr. Margaret Rutherford recently had Giving Voice to Depression podcast co-host Terry on the SelfWork podcast to talk about the experience of interviewing people with depression for the past six years. Check out this and other episodes of SelfWork here: Link to Dr. Margaret's website:...


230_Depression is a Parasite

It's one of the best descriptions we've ever heard for depression: It is a parasite. Depression saps your energy, so you feel more lethargic, which makes you not do things, which makes you feel more guilty, which makes you feel more depressed. Rinse and repeat. Ad nauseam. Today's guest, Dr. Robert Duff uses that metaphor to begin today's episode. He, is a psychologist and author, whose specialty is taking complex psychological issues and breaking them down into plain language, offers some...