Expert Interviews

Mental Health Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

We interviewed Matthew Ruble, M.D., Director of Behavioral Health at Humana and a member of the Families for Depression Awareness Clinical Advisory Board, about how the health insurance industry has addressed mental health care access during the Covid-19 pandemic.... read more

Dr. Tianlai Tang, Finding a Treatment that Helps

Depression can be a devasting condition that interferes with your family’s way of life. In this video interview, Dr. Tianlia Tang, Medical Director of the Nashville Brain Institute, shares his experience of helping patients find a treatment that helps alleviate... read more

How Families Can Build Emotional Resilience During COVID-19

If you are feeling anxious these days, you are not alone. The pandemic, political climate, and issues of social inequality and racial injustice all bring stress and worry. Families for Depression Awareness (FFDA) Clinical Advisory Board member Linda Zamvil, MD, spoke... read more

Why You Deserve Shared Decision Making

John W. Williams Jr., M.D. Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry Duke University School of Medicine As a person living with a mental health condition, would you want your physician or other healthcare provider (HCP) making healthcare decisions on your behalf without... read more

How You Can Advocate for Maternal Mental Health Care

Families for Depression Awareness asked Joy Burkhard, MBA, Founder and Executive Director of 2020 Mom, to update us on maternal mental health care since her post on Care for Your Mind in 2016. 2020 Mom is a nonprofit social change organization aggressively working to... read more

Why You Should Have an ACA Health Plan

An Interview with Dania Palanker, J.D., M.P.P. Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms We asked health insurance policy expert Dania Palanker, an Assistant Research Professor at the Center on Health Insurance Reforms at the Georgetown University... read more

Richard Frank, Ph.D., How to Find and Pay for Treatment

Richard Frank, Ph.D., is Professor of Health Economics at Harvard Medical School where he studies the economics and financing of mental health care. Can you give us an overview of the mental health care system — how do people currently pay for mental health treatment?... read more

Scott Aaronson, M.D., Treatment-Resistant Depression

Dr. Aaronson directs the clinical research programs at Sheppard Pratt Health System, based in Baltimore, Md. Below he discusses his practice and some of the recent news surrounding treatment-resistant depression – including new treatments and how various... read more

Dr. Carol Glod, Teen Depression

Dr. Carol Glod is Director of Nursing Research at McLean Hospital. She conducts studies of adolescent depression and its possible treatments. Depression in teens usually goes undiagnosed, and often leads to drug and alcohol abuse or additional behavioral disorders.... read more

Matt Ruble, M.D., Diagnosis and Treatment

Matt Ruble, M.D., is Associate Training Director of Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School. How long does it typically take for someone with depression to get diagnosed? The length of time—from onset of symptoms until diagnosis and... read more

Laura Rosen, Ph.D., Family Communications

Laura Rosen, Ph.D., is author of When Someone You Love is Depressed. She has her own private practice in psychiatry, in New Jersey. What roles and responsibilities can family members and friends take on to help someone with a depressive disorder? Good relationships... read more

Myrna Weissman, Ph.D., Psychotherapy

Dr. Weissman is director of the Clinical and Genetic Epidemiology at the NY State Psychiatric Institute, which conducts many studies on depression in families, and co-author with the late Gerald Klerman of the Comprehensive Guide to Interpersonal Psychotherapy. In the... read more

Suzanne Mintz, Caregiver Burnout

Suzanne Mintz is President and Co-Founder of the National Family Caregivers Association. Is there any research that shows how helpful caregiving is? Yes. The 2003 Parade Caregiver Survey clearly shows the positive impact family caregivers have on getting a loved one... read more

S. Nassir Ghaemi, M.D., M.P.H., Bipolar Disorder Expert

S. Nassir Ghaemi is a psychiatric researcher with expertise in bipolar disorder and psychopharmacology. He also has interests and training in philosophy and public health. His research has helped identify the common misdiagnosis of bipolar disorder as unipolar... read more