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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.
||CleanBonus: 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...||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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...||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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...||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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...||3/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 3: Social Context - Depression From the Outside||A 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...||3/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA 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...||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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...||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: 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..||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 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...||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome 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...||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
The whole story
David and Caroline have done a masterful job pulling together all of the perspectives we know matter, but don’t hear in a single, respectful forum, about some of the most serious health challenges we face. The Silver bullet isn’t found for us, but at least we gain a new perspective that helps us respect the people who live with these challenges and the people who wake up everyday trying to solve them.
A deep look into all the components of our health
Contributing Factors is designed to look at the many facets of our health. We spend so much time these days talking about healthcare - doctors, hospitals, insurance - that we don't always get the bigger picture. That's what this show is for. Each season we focus on a single health issue and then dig into it from the perspective of patients, clinicians, economists, historians, policy-makers, and many others in order to better understand what exactly is happening to our individual health and the health of society as a whole.
Good reminder to practice patience, empathy with someone struggling with depression
My partner suffers from severe depression, and I’ve had episodes of mild depression too. But even with our own personal struggles, it’s sometimes hard for us not get frustrated with each other when one of us in the throes of an episode. Like the interviewee said, why can’t we just “snap out of it”? But the interviewee put these big, amorphous feelings into words that serve as a good reminder: the overwhelming lethargy, the numbness, the hopelessness, they can come out of nowhere without explanation. Often there’s no immediate fix. Hearing all that definitely reminded both of us, my partner and I, to put ourselves into each other’s shoes. Sometimes you just have to practice patience and empathy and just be there.