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X100: The First Steps to Managing Your Mental Health with Dr. Ken Duckworth

By September 23, 2022February 3rd, 2023No Comments

We can go pretty deep on this podcast. I love targeting specifics and peeling away layers. But what if you’re just starting out? What if you are just starting to accept that you might need some extra help? Or maybe you’ve just received a mental health diagnosis and don’t know where to go from here? Or maybe you see a loved one struggling and want to guide them toward some proactive first steps.

First, when you’re depressed or struggling, it can be hard to do anything at all, let alone find a therapist, book an appointment, and actually get there… week after week after week.

It can be really difficult to find someone you align with, and then you waste so much time having first appointments with a dozen people until you find one you like. That’s like a part-time job.

And then there are the medications. Maybe your doctor prescribes you something, but how do you know how to measure if it is effective? How do you know how long to try? Or when to switch? Is that even safe?

And then why does therapy work so well for some and not for others? What should you be doing between sessions to feel the benefits?

Well, that’s what we’re talking about today.

Our guest is Ken Duckworth. He’s the chief medical officer of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and has worked with NAMI since 2003. He is board certified in adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry and is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His passion for this work comes from his loving dad, who had bipolar disorder.

We Will Learn

  • How to make sure you have the right diagnosis.
  • How to make sure your provider or your medications are the right fit.
  • How to assist in your own recovery outside of therapy.


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