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Men experience depression differently. Al Levin interviews men who have suffered from depression, educating those who may know little about mental illnesses while giving hope to those who may be suffering. After three years of compiling and sharing stories, Al now includes interviews of experts on various topics around mental health.

Men experience depression differently. Al Levin interviews men who have suffered from depression, educating those who may know little about mental illnesses while giving hope to those who may be suffering. After three years of compiling and sharing stories, Al now includes interviews of experts on various topics around mental health.

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United States

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Men experience depression differently. Al Levin interviews men who have suffered from depression, educating those who may know little about mental illnesses while giving hope to those who may be suffering. After three years of compiling and sharing stories, Al now includes interviews of experts on various topics around mental health.

Twitter:

@allevin18

Language:

English

Contact:

952-201-1616


Episodes

Al Interviews Dr. Mark Rasenick | Distinguished Professor of Physiology, Biophysics and Psychiatry & Director of the Biomedical Neuroscience Training Program at Univ of Illinois College of Medicine

4/24/2022
In this episode, Al interviews Dr. Mark Rasenick, distinguished professor of physiology & biophysics, as well as psychiatry, the Director of the Biomedical Neuroscience Training Program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and a research career scientist at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (recorded 3-16-22). Dr. Rasenick speaks about research he has conducted that will allow a doctor to diagnose a patient with depression based on one biomarker in a simple blood test. In...

Duration:00:45:01

Al Interviews Deb Robison | Licensed Social Worker & Project Administrator at the Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs at Miami University

3/27/2022
In this episode, Al interviews Deb Robison, licensed social worker and project administrator at the Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs at Miami University (recorded 2-28-22). Deb describes the Ohio School Wellness Initiative, a grant-funded program with a goal of ensuring that all students and staff, especially the most vulnerable, will have access to mental health, behavioral health, substance abuse, and wellness services and supports. Working with eighty, diverse schools in...

Duration:00:54:06

Al Interviews Corey Dixon | Actor, Public Speaker & Mental Health Advocate

2/27/2022
In this episode, Al interviews Corey Dixon, actor, public speaker, and mental health advocate (recorded 2-3-22). Corey talks about dealing with anxiety, panic attacks, and depression since being bullied in school as a child. Hear how he was dragged outside of school by a classmate at one point and beat up on the school grounds. As a young actor, perhaps based partially on jealousy, the bullying continued into high school. Corey eventually found some refuge by transferring to a different...

Duration:00:57:00

Al Interviews Ricky Sapp | Former NFL Linebacker & Current Inspirational Speaker

1/30/2022
In this episode, Al interviews Ricky Sapp, former NFL Linebacker and current inspirational speaker (recorded 1-6-22). Ricky speaks of the challenges he had in school as a young boy. Kicked out of high school, Ricky ended up in an alternative high school his Sophomore year. Having found a coach who believed in him, football and basketball helped him get through high school. Ricky was recruited heavily out of high school and joined the Clemson Tigers in 2006. This was a huge change from high...

Duration:00:54:59

Al Interviews Lesley Moffat | Author, Classroom High School Band Teacher, Public Speaker, and Mom

12/26/2021
In this episode, Al interviews Lesley Moffat, author, classroom high school band teacher, public speaker, and mom (recorded 11-17-21). Leslie shares her story of being an overwhelmed teacher and the consequences it had on her mental and physical health. After multiple surgeries, a regimen of fourteen different prescription medications a day, and dealing with depression, she decided she needed to make some serious life changes! Hear how she learned to change her lifestyle through various...

Duration:00:57:29

Al Interviews Michele Rosenthal | Trauma Recovery Specialist, Author & Mental Health Advocate

11/28/2021
In this episode, Al interviews Michele Rosenthal, trauma recovery specialist, author, and mental health advocate (recorded 10-25-21). Michele speaks candidly about an incredibly traumatic experience she had at the age of thirteen. For a typical infection, she was given a typical antibiotic that caused a reaction that was anything but typical. Her body had a reaction to the antibiotic and had to rid itself of the medicine any way it could, which was through the skin. The reaction turned her...

Duration:01:48:21

Al Interviews Anne Moss Rogers | Certified Suicide Prevention Trainer, Public Speaker, Award-Winning Author & Mother of a Son (Charles) Who Died by Suicide

10/31/2021
In this episode, Al interviews Anne Moss Rogers, public speaker, certified suicide prevention trainer, NAMI Virginia Board Member, and an award-winning author (recorded 10-6-21). She is also the mother of Charles, a young man who lived with depression and addiction and died by suicide. Anne Moss talks very candidly about her son, Charles, who died by suicide at the young age of twenty on June 5, 2015. She describes the many years of chaos in the household due to Charles' substance abuse and...

Duration:01:20:48

Tracey Bear | PhD Student Discusses the Gut-Brain Axis and Depression

9/26/2021
In this episode, Al interviews Tracey Bear, a PhD student who is on a joint venture with Massey University and Reddit Institute and Plant and Food Research (part of a wider research program looking at how nutrition can impact well-being), on the topic of the Gut-Brain Axis and depression (recorded 8-25-21). Tracey describes the Gut-Brain Axis and the recent research that shows that this axis may play a key role in the regulation of brain function and behavior. She shares the types of foods...

Duration:00:56:38

Al Interviews Victor Janzan | A Telecommunications Project Manager and Mental Illness Activist

8/29/2021
In this episode, Al interviews Victor Janzen, a telecommunications project manager and mental illness activist (recorded 8-11-21). Victor speaks very candidly about the ongoing childhood trauma that he endured at the hands of his family members. Victor was eventually diagnosed with severe complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD), borderline personality disorder (BPD), and dissociative identity disorder (DID), previously known as multiple personality disorder. Victor has at least...

Duration:02:09:26

Al Interviews Sarah Hancock | Former Professor of Clinical Psychiatric Rehabilitation Counseling at San Diego State University & a Nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor on the topic of ECT

7/25/2021
In this episode, Al interviews Sarah Hancock, former professor of clinical psychiatric rehabilitation counseling at San Diego State University and a nationally certified rehabilitation counselor, on the topic of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) (recorded 7-1-21). Sarah received 17 years of treatment consisting of thirty-seven combinations of more than five medication classifications, 116 ECT treatments, multiple hospitalizations, and was institutionalized for thirteen months...all for a...

Duration:01:50:57

Al Interviews Dr. Joyce Baptist | Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at Kansas State University, on the topic of Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

6/27/2021
In this episode, Al interviews Dr. Joyce Baptist, a professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at Kansas State University, on the topic of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy (recorded 6-7-21). Dr. Baptist's current work focuses on examining the efficacy of clinical interventions to mitigate suffering from traumatic childhood events using EMDR. Dr. Baptist describes EMDR and shares how a therapist uses EMDR to work with their clients. Although EMDR is...

Duration:00:48:22

Al Interviews Dr. Damon Ashworth | Clinical Psychologist and Sleep Expert, on the Topic of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i)

5/30/2021
In this episode, Al interviews Dr. Damon Ashworth, clinical psychologist and expert in the field of sleep and treatments for insomnia, on the topic of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i) (recorded 4-29-21). Dr. Ashworth helps listeners understand the definition of CBT-i and insomnia. He shares the critical elements of CBT-i and explains what one could expect if going to a therapist to receive this type of treatment. He also describes his randomized clinical trail that...

Duration:00:44:18

Al Interviews Sam Morris | Founder of The Unbreakable Human Collective & Managing Director - Head of Culture at Five to Flow

4/25/2021
In this episode, Al interviews Sam Morris, founder of The Unbreakable Human Collective and Managing Director - Head of Culture at Five to Flow (recorded 11-2-21). Sam was always dedicated to tennis. This allowed him to have an excuse to avoid high school and college parties that caused him great social anxiety. An off-season ACL tear gave Sam his longest break from tennis in the previous fifteen years. A break from tennis gave Sam a glimpse of life without the demands of being a high-level...

Duration:01:28:10

Al Interviews Dr. Rick Doblin, Founder of MAPS, on the Topic of MDMA (Ecstasy) Research for the Treatment of PTSD

3/28/2021
In this interview, Al interviews Dr. Rick Doblin, founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), on the topic of MDMA research for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Rick shares some incredibly personal stories related to how he became involved and interested in psychedelics, including the story of a college counselor who shared a book with him in order to improve his psychedelic "trips". Hear how MAPS was able to...

Duration:01:12:53

Al Interviews Theodora Blanchfield on Receiving Ketamine Infusions

2/28/2021
In this episode, Al interviews Theodora Blanchfield on the topic of receiving ketamine infusions (recorded 8-10-21). For the past five years or so, Theodora had been struggling with severe depression. In that time, she was hospitalized twice for suicidal ideation and spent six weeks at an in-patient program. Her therapist then suggested ketamine. After a great deal of research, Theodora decided to give it a shot. She describes her first session in great detail and the immediate, positive...

Duration:01:06:49

Al Interviews Dr. Natalie Gukasyan of Johns Hopkins University on the topic of Psychedelics and the Treatment of Mental Illness

1/31/2021
In this episode, Al interviews Dr. Gukasyan, psychiatrist and post-doctoral research fellow at Johns Hopkins University, on the topic of psychedelics and the treatment of mental illness. Dr. Gukasyan describes the current research that is ongoing at Johns Hopkins. Hear about the history of psychedelics and the ins and outs regarding the structure of the research. You'll hear about the guides, the importance of set and setting, and much more. Given that research regarding antidepressants is...

Duration:01:42:50

Al Interviews Dr. Nolan Williams on the topic of Stanford Accelerated Intelligent Neuromodulation Therapy (SAINT) - an Enhanced Version of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

12/27/2020
In this episode, Al interviews Dr. Nolan Williams, assistant professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the director of the Stanford Brain Stimulation Lab (recorded 11-20-20). Dr. Williams has a broad background in neuropsychiatry and is double board certified in both neurology and psychiatry. Dr. Williams describes what Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is and how it works. He goes on to describe the very recent research he is leading at Stanford...

Duration:00:31:25

Al Interviews Dr. Robb Kelly | World-Renown Addiction Specialist & CEO and Founder of Robb Kelly Recovery Group

11/29/2020
In this episode, Al interviews world-renown addiction specialist and CEO/Founder of Robb Kelly Recovery Group (recorded 10-7-20). Dr. Kelly candidly shares his tragic story of what drinking did to his life. Dr. Kelly had a love and talent for music at a very young age. He was playing gigs with his uncle on stage at the age of nine. It was between sets at one of these gigs that his uncle gave him his first beer. Dr. Kelly describes how, as a functioning alcoholic, he was able to enter the...

Duration:01:08:00

Al Interviews Dr. Sam Ko on the Topic of Ketamine

10/25/2020
In this episode, Al interviews Dr. Sam Ko, Board Certified Emergency Physician and Medical Director of Reset Ketamine, on the topic of Ketamine (recorded 7-9-20). Dr. Ko talks about his own challenges of working as an emergency room doctor for just over two years and having reached a point of burn out. After spending time traveling the world, studying yoga and meditation, and taking leadership courses, Dr. Ko was able to become rejuvenated and ponder the question, "What is something unique...

Duration:01:09:31

Al Interviews Mindy Greiling | Former MN State Representative, Former National NAMI Board Member & Author

9/27/2020
In this episode, Al interviews Mindy Greiling, former Minnesota State Representative, Former National NAMI Board Member and author of Fix What You Can: Schizophrenia and a Law Maker's Fight for Her Son (recorded 8-19-20). A former teacher and school board member, Mindy first joined the Minnesota House of Representatives with her eye on education. After six years in the legislature, her son, Jim, was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. While continuing her work within the education...

Duration:01:18:50