Avoiding Depression Treatment Pitfalls

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Aired Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Helping your loved one get treatment for their mental health condition can be time-consuming, confusing, and frustrating. Your loved one may sit on a waitlist hoping a clinician’s schedule opens up. Providers and prescriptions might not be covered under their insurance plan. Their geographic area may lack quality treatment options.  Despite the obstacles, people living with mental health conditions deserve to get the best care possible according to their wellness goals.

There are steps you can take as a caregiver to make the process of getting treatment easier. Learn how to avoid issues before they happen and manage concerns as they arise. Get advice and hear first-hand experience from our panelists.


Takeda Lundbeck Alliance

Sage Therapeutics



Pear Therapeutics

Janssen Neuroscience

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Suicide Prevention Program


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Imadé (ee-MAH-day) is a writer and mental health advocate who founded Depressed While Black®. She is a suicide attempt survivor who lives with clinical depression and borderline personality disorder. Imadé first developed Depressed While Black as her 2015 Columbia University Non-Fiction Creative Writing MFA thesis. Depressed While Black has grown into an online community, an in-progress book, and a 501(c)3 nonprofit that donates Black-affirming personal care items to psychiatric patients and connects people to Black therapists.

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Tony is a public school teacher in Central Wisconsin and has spent the last ten years as a mental health caregiver for both his wife and son. He is currently working on a collection of nonfiction pieces tracing his family’s struggles with mental health and the mental healthcare system.

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Marelin, LICSW

Marelin, LICSW (She/her/hers) is a bilingual Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the mental health field for the past 10 years. Her experience as a therapist has been shaped by working in various clinical settings with children, adolescents, and adults. Currently, Mrs. Dost is in private practice working with adults navigating the challenges of experiencing anxiety, depression, and/or trauma.

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Valerie Cordero, PhD, Moderator

Valerie Cordero, PhD, Co-Executive Director, joined the FFDA staff in 2010. Before assuming her role as Co-Executive Director primarily responsible for fundraising and marketing, she held positions in programs and development. Now based in FFDA’s Nashville office, Valerie utilizes her personal knowledge of how mood disorders affect families in dialogues with donors, partners, and the general public. Valerie has lent her voice to national discussions of mood disorders and been featured on major media outlets such as Reader’s Digest, Better Homes & Gardens, and New York Magazine’s vertical The Cut. She received her BA from Spelman College and earned her Masters and PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of California at Los Angeles.