Episode 10 — Depression and Suicidality

This month we’re going to talk about some heavy stuff that a lot of us experience, especially during the holiday season: we’re going to talk with musician Amy McNally about ways she copes with depression and suicidal ideation, both with formal medical and psychological treatment and in ways she deals with it apart from that. Click through for links to resources on dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts. Musical excerpts copyright Amy McNally, used with permission.

Hello and welcome to episode 10 of the podcast Tips and Tricks on How to be Sick.

I’m Eirenne and I will be your host as we talk about navigating the world as people with chronic illnesses, both physical and mental, disabilities, and the ways in which the world isn’t necessarily designed for us.

This month we’re going to talk about some heavy stuff that a lot of us experience, especially during the holiday season: depression and suicidal thoughts. We’re going to talk with musician Amy McNally about ways she copes with depression and suicidal ideation, both with formal medical and psychological treatment and in ways she deals with it apart from that. If you need to skip this episode for now, you should absolutely do what you need to in order to take care of yourself. This podcast will still be here later, when and if you feel up to listening to it.

After the interview, I will have some numbers, links, and resources for coping with depression and suicidal thoughts, and direct links to them included in the transcript, so stick around for that, as well as information about the different music you’re hearing this month. And now, let’s get to the interview.

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Episode 07 — Teletherapy – what it is and how it can help

We are going to be talking about mental health, why therapy could be helpful to anyone — mental health diagnosis or not — and ways to make therapy more accessible to people with disabilities. For this, the interview will be with a clinical psychologist who, in the interests of full disclosure, I will tell you now has been my closest friend for almost 25 years, Dr. Erica Essary, Psy.D.

Hello and welcome to episode 7 of the podcast Tips and Tricks on How to Be Sick.

I’m Eirenne and I will be your host as we talk about navigating the world as people with chronic illnesses, both physical and mental, disabilities, and the ways in which the world isn’t necessarily designed for us.

In this episode, we are going to be talking about mental health, why therapy could be helpful to anyone — mental health diagnosis or not — and ways to make therapy more accessible to people with disabilities. For this, the interview will be with a clinical psychologist who, in the interests of full disclosure, I will tell you now has been my closest friend for almost 25 years.

Many of the tips and tricks on this podcast come from other chronic illness warriors and folks with acquired disabilities, but it is also helpful to hear from medical professionals, particularly in a dialogue with the disability community, so that we are able to increase that communication for all sides. Now with that in mind, let’s go to the interview. Continue reading “Episode 07 — Teletherapy – what it is and how it can help”