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Everyone has a health story.If you haven’t been a patient, someone close to you has.Each situation is different, a unique combination of factors ranging from a single genetic variation to the social, cultural and physical environment. At the same time, many of the processes and technologies used to prevent these situations - and treat them when they occur - are standardized.And in most cases, we only get to see part of the story. Even when we’re the patient, there are pieces of the process that remain unclear. We only get parts of the history of our disease; the genetic basis for our condition is confusing and often obscure; we don’t get a clear look at the people and companies working on new treatment options.With Contributing Factors, Health:Further is pulling back that curtain. We’ll be talking to clinicians, historians, economists, biomedical researchers, entrepreneurs, sociologists, investors and, most importantly, patients.

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Welcome to Contributing Factors

If you haven’t been a patient, someone close to you has. Each situation is different, a unique combination of factors ranging from a single genetic variation to the social, cultural and physical environment. At the same time, many of the processes and technologies used to prevent these situations - and treat them when they occur - are standardized. And in most cases, we only get to see part of the story. Even when we’re the patient, there are pieces of the process that remain unclear. We only get parts of the history of our disease; the genetic basis for our condition is confusing and often obscure; we don’t get a clear look at the people and companies working on new treatment options. With Contributing Factors, Health:Further is pulling back that curtain. We’ll be talking to clinicians, historians, economists, biomedical researchers, entrepreneurs, sociologists, investors and, most importantly, patients.

6 MIN2018 FEB 14
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Welcome to Contributing Factors

Season One Trailer

This season on Contributing Factors, a twenty-four-year-old woman dealing with major depressive disorder (MDD) tells her story about life with a severe mental illness. From first realizing something was wrong, to getting the diagnosis and navigating the healthcare system, to dealing with the social and personal implications of her disease, Lucero Sifuentes takes us deep into her experiences and the sometimes crippling pain of depression. Along the way, we hear from clinicians, social workers, economists, biomedical researchers, family members, entrepreneurs, and more. They give us a broader context about the biology and genetics of depression. They explain how depression and mental illness affect people as individuals and society as a whole. And most importantly, they give us hope for the future of mental health treatment.

1 MIN2018 FEB 22
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Season One Trailer

What Is Depression and Why Does It Matter?

Depression sits right at the intersection of so many components of our health system, so it’s in many ways emblematic of how we as a society handle “health,” and all of the different factors and people and industry sectors that are involved. One in five adults experiences mental illness in a given year. In a given year, 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. experiences a serious mental illness that substantially interferes with major life activities. In the first episode of Contributing Factors, Season One, host Caroline Leland covers three main ideas: she defines depression, asks what depression feels like, and talks about why depression and mental health matters. We learn about the DSM and the nine criteria for diagnosing depression, the physical, economic and social toll that depression and mental illness take, the importance of awareness and “coming out of the shadows,” and more. We are also introduced to Lucero Sifuentes, the twenty-four-year-old woman battling major depressive disor...

24 MIN2018 MAR 1
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What Is Depression and Why Does It Matter?

Episode 2: The Biological Context - Depression From the Inside

One of the biggest challenges in treating mental illnesses like depression is that so much of it is still trial and error. We know certain medicines work for certain people, but we don’t necessarily know which meds will work for which people. Or what the dosage should be — because unlike other diseases, the dosage you might need for an antidepressant is not necessarily correlated with how severe your depression is. It’s more difficult to define and measure psychiatric disorders than it is for diseases like diabetes and cancer. Even though what we call “mental illness” has a clear biological basis, the scientific community still doesn’t fully understand all that much about the functioning of the incredible organ we call “brain.” In this episode, we hear from clinicians and researchers about what we do know, what we don't, and what the medical and scientific communities are trying to figure out about depression. We also hear from Lucero Sifuentes about her story trying to find...

44 MIN2018 MAR 8
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Episode 2: The Biological Context - Depression From the Inside

A Genetic Counseling Session

The conversation in this episode is a genetic counseling session that took place between Lucero Sifuentes, whom you know we are following throughout this season, and genetic counselor Dr. Jehannine Austin of the University of British Columbia. Clips of the conversation appear in Episode 2, which you can hear on iTunes or by going to healthfurther.com/contributing-factors. We are publishing this conversation as a bonus episode because we believe it’s a unique opportunity to hear what goes on in a counseling session, and so can provide powerful insight into the process that we hope will be educational and helpful. We are so grateful to both Lucero and Dr. Austin for agreeing to do this session on the record. A couple of things before we get started. First, as always, do not take anything in this conversation as medical advice for yourself. It’s a specific conversation between a clinician and a specific patient, so if you need help please seek out your own clinical advice. Secondly, ...

86 MIN2018 MAR 8
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A Genetic Counseling Session

Episode 3: Social Context - Depression From the Outside

EA 2005 American Journal of Psychiatry study found that only half of families with a depressed member perceived their own family functioning as healthy. Meanwhile, clinicians rated 70 percent of those same families as unhealthy. This is because chronic depressive illness can be contagious. Family members and coworkers can become depressed because of the intense stress of living and working with a depressed person. Today we’re honing in on the social context of depression. We’ll explore this through the perspectives of an individual with depression along with her family members, plus a medical sociologist, a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, and a federally-funded social worker. Please remember that nothing in this episode should be or can be taken as medical advice.

46 MIN2018 MAR 15
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Episode 3: Social Context - Depression From the Outside

Episode 4: Depression and the Healthcare System

Only a minority of people suffering from depression get the appropriate level of care for their mental illness. Much of the reason for this deficit lies in gaps within our healthcare system. Too few providers with too few resources, a confusing and poorly-enforced federal policy, poor insurance coverage for mental health, low reimbursement for services provided, and global society's failure to recognize the problem, all work together to put up barriers to effective mental health care. In this episode, we hear about a patient's challenges in getting care and dealing with her insurance company, a healthcare administrator's efforts to improve his corner of the system, a health economist's views on the cost to our system, and a startup insurance company trying to offer better coverage.

42 MIN2018 MAR 22
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Episode 4: Depression and the Healthcare System

Episode 5: Business and Innovation in Depression

Our health system is more than clinicians and insurance agencies. It’s more than national or state policy and economics. It’s even more than personal relationships and environment. It’s also business and innovation. Many of the established structures are money-making machines, but the debt our system has generated makes clear that something is off. Something’s inefficient, ineffective, misdirected. Good policy can help solve many of our problems, and so can good business. In this episode, we look at three mental health startup companies that are changing the way care for depression is accessed and delivered. We also hear from an investor who puts a particular emphasis on finding mental health startups for his portfolio.

45 MIN2018 MAR 29
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Episode 5: Business and Innovation in Depression

Episode 6: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Depression is a deadly, costly disease. Throughout this first season of Contributing Factors, we have examined Depression from multiple angles, ranging from the social to the business. In this final episode, we review the series, what we've learned about mental health and depression, discuss things we missed, and bring up other viewpoints that we didn't get to during the season. We look at the ongoing problems in how our society deals with depression and talk about what we're hopeful for going forward.

48 MIN2018 APR 5
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Episode 6: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Bonus: How We Built Contributing Factors Season 1

Creating a six-part series on depression, with almost two dozen experts and contributors, countless articles and studies, and hours of interviews was a challenging task. In this bonus episode, Host Caroline Leland gives a brief look into the process she used to outline and then produce this in-depth series on the many different aspects of depression. This is for all of you who, like us, enjoy a peek behind the curtain.

22 MIN2018 APR 20
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Bonus: How We Built Contributing Factors Season 1
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Latest Episodes

Welcome to Contributing Factors

If you haven’t been a patient, someone close to you has. Each situation is different, a unique combination of factors ranging from a single genetic variation to the social, cultural and physical environment. At the same time, many of the processes and technologies used to prevent these situations - and treat them when they occur - are standardized. And in most cases, we only get to see part of the story. Even when we’re the patient, there are pieces of the process that remain unclear. We only get parts of the history of our disease; the genetic basis for our condition is confusing and often obscure; we don’t get a clear look at the people and companies working on new treatment options. With Contributing Factors, Health:Further is pulling back that curtain. We’ll be talking to clinicians, historians, economists, biomedical researchers, entrepreneurs, sociologists, investors and, most importantly, patients.

6 MIN2018 FEB 14
Comments
Welcome to Contributing Factors

Season One Trailer

This season on Contributing Factors, a twenty-four-year-old woman dealing with major depressive disorder (MDD) tells her story about life with a severe mental illness. From first realizing something was wrong, to getting the diagnosis and navigating the healthcare system, to dealing with the social and personal implications of her disease, Lucero Sifuentes takes us deep into her experiences and the sometimes crippling pain of depression. Along the way, we hear from clinicians, social workers, economists, biomedical researchers, family members, entrepreneurs, and more. They give us a broader context about the biology and genetics of depression. They explain how depression and mental illness affect people as individuals and society as a whole. And most importantly, they give us hope for the future of mental health treatment.

1 MIN2018 FEB 22
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Season One Trailer

What Is Depression and Why Does It Matter?

Depression sits right at the intersection of so many components of our health system, so it’s in many ways emblematic of how we as a society handle “health,” and all of the different factors and people and industry sectors that are involved. One in five adults experiences mental illness in a given year. In a given year, 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. experiences a serious mental illness that substantially interferes with major life activities. In the first episode of Contributing Factors, Season One, host Caroline Leland covers three main ideas: she defines depression, asks what depression feels like, and talks about why depression and mental health matters. We learn about the DSM and the nine criteria for diagnosing depression, the physical, economic and social toll that depression and mental illness take, the importance of awareness and “coming out of the shadows,” and more. We are also introduced to Lucero Sifuentes, the twenty-four-year-old woman battling major depressive disor...

24 MIN2018 MAR 1
Comments
What Is Depression and Why Does It Matter?

Episode 2: The Biological Context - Depression From the Inside

One of the biggest challenges in treating mental illnesses like depression is that so much of it is still trial and error. We know certain medicines work for certain people, but we don’t necessarily know which meds will work for which people. Or what the dosage should be — because unlike other diseases, the dosage you might need for an antidepressant is not necessarily correlated with how severe your depression is. It’s more difficult to define and measure psychiatric disorders than it is for diseases like diabetes and cancer. Even though what we call “mental illness” has a clear biological basis, the scientific community still doesn’t fully understand all that much about the functioning of the incredible organ we call “brain.” In this episode, we hear from clinicians and researchers about what we do know, what we don't, and what the medical and scientific communities are trying to figure out about depression. We also hear from Lucero Sifuentes about her story trying to find...

44 MIN2018 MAR 8
Comments
Episode 2: The Biological Context - Depression From the Inside

A Genetic Counseling Session

The conversation in this episode is a genetic counseling session that took place between Lucero Sifuentes, whom you know we are following throughout this season, and genetic counselor Dr. Jehannine Austin of the University of British Columbia. Clips of the conversation appear in Episode 2, which you can hear on iTunes or by going to healthfurther.com/contributing-factors. We are publishing this conversation as a bonus episode because we believe it’s a unique opportunity to hear what goes on in a counseling session, and so can provide powerful insight into the process that we hope will be educational and helpful. We are so grateful to both Lucero and Dr. Austin for agreeing to do this session on the record. A couple of things before we get started. First, as always, do not take anything in this conversation as medical advice for yourself. It’s a specific conversation between a clinician and a specific patient, so if you need help please seek out your own clinical advice. Secondly, ...

86 MIN2018 MAR 8
Comments
A Genetic Counseling Session

Episode 3: Social Context - Depression From the Outside

EA 2005 American Journal of Psychiatry study found that only half of families with a depressed member perceived their own family functioning as healthy. Meanwhile, clinicians rated 70 percent of those same families as unhealthy. This is because chronic depressive illness can be contagious. Family members and coworkers can become depressed because of the intense stress of living and working with a depressed person. Today we’re honing in on the social context of depression. We’ll explore this through the perspectives of an individual with depression along with her family members, plus a medical sociologist, a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, and a federally-funded social worker. Please remember that nothing in this episode should be or can be taken as medical advice.

46 MIN2018 MAR 15
Comments
Episode 3: Social Context - Depression From the Outside

Episode 4: Depression and the Healthcare System

Only a minority of people suffering from depression get the appropriate level of care for their mental illness. Much of the reason for this deficit lies in gaps within our healthcare system. Too few providers with too few resources, a confusing and poorly-enforced federal policy, poor insurance coverage for mental health, low reimbursement for services provided, and global society's failure to recognize the problem, all work together to put up barriers to effective mental health care. In this episode, we hear about a patient's challenges in getting care and dealing with her insurance company, a healthcare administrator's efforts to improve his corner of the system, a health economist's views on the cost to our system, and a startup insurance company trying to offer better coverage.

42 MIN2018 MAR 22
Comments
Episode 4: Depression and the Healthcare System

Episode 5: Business and Innovation in Depression

Our health system is more than clinicians and insurance agencies. It’s more than national or state policy and economics. It’s even more than personal relationships and environment. It’s also business and innovation. Many of the established structures are money-making machines, but the debt our system has generated makes clear that something is off. Something’s inefficient, ineffective, misdirected. Good policy can help solve many of our problems, and so can good business. In this episode, we look at three mental health startup companies that are changing the way care for depression is accessed and delivered. We also hear from an investor who puts a particular emphasis on finding mental health startups for his portfolio.

45 MIN2018 MAR 29
Comments
Episode 5: Business and Innovation in Depression

Episode 6: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Depression is a deadly, costly disease. Throughout this first season of Contributing Factors, we have examined Depression from multiple angles, ranging from the social to the business. In this final episode, we review the series, what we've learned about mental health and depression, discuss things we missed, and bring up other viewpoints that we didn't get to during the season. We look at the ongoing problems in how our society deals with depression and talk about what we're hopeful for going forward.

48 MIN2018 APR 5
Comments
Episode 6: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Bonus: How We Built Contributing Factors Season 1

Creating a six-part series on depression, with almost two dozen experts and contributors, countless articles and studies, and hours of interviews was a challenging task. In this bonus episode, Host Caroline Leland gives a brief look into the process she used to outline and then produce this in-depth series on the many different aspects of depression. This is for all of you who, like us, enjoy a peek behind the curtain.

22 MIN2018 APR 20
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Bonus: How We Built Contributing Factors Season 1
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