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Ed Caggiani
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This episode begins with some discussion over technology and socialization. Do today’s modern habits of burying ourselves in our tech devices isolate us from being social? Is social networking helping us become more or less connected with other humans? We both take slightly different sides on this issue.

Doug’s current month-long remission from any depressive symptoms has him working hard. He talks about becoming more self-aware and how he now has to learn how to control his anxiety as he socializes more and more in real life. It’s a good problem to have.

This leads us to the topic of productive vs. unproductive worry. Worrying about things that are out of your control is unproductive, but when you can remove an obstacle that you CAN control, this is called “productive worry”. We give some examples and talk about how this is a good tool to have in your mental health arsenal.

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Some of you know that I have a podcast about mental health with my best friend Doug, who suffers from treatment-resistant depression (podcast is unhingedpodcast.com). Well, he's recently taken a downward turn again and has been struggling with anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and deep depression. He's on disability and lives just under the poverty line. Every month, when he runs out of money, he goes days without food and is just inches away from homelessness.

I started this GoFundMe campaign to try to help him not starve and to remove one of the biggest stressors he has in his life. This will help him mentally and physically. Any amount helps! Thanks!

https://www.gofundme.com/saving-doug

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Some of you know that I have a podcast about mental health with my best friend Doug, who suffers from treatment-resistant depression (podcast is unhingedpodcast.com). Well, he's recently taken a downward turn again and has been struggling with anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and deep depression. He's on disability and lives just under the poverty line. Every month, when he runs out of money, he goes days without food and is just inches away from homelessness.

I started this GoFundMe campaign to try to help him not starve and to remove one of the biggest stressors he has in his life. This will help him mentally and physically. Any amount helps! Thanks!

https://www.gofundme.com/saving-doug

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Some of you know that I have a podcast about mental health with my best friend Doug, who suffers from treatment-resistant depression (podcast is unhingedpodcast.com). Well, he's recently taken a downward turn again and has been struggling with anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and deep depression. He's on disability and lives just under the poverty line. Every month, when he runs out of money, he goes days without food and is just inches away from homelessness.

I started this GoFundMe campaign to try to help him not starve and to remove one of the biggest stressors he has in his life. This will help him mentally and physically. Any amount helps! Thanks!

https://www.gofundme.com/saving-doug

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It's almost Thanksgiving, and what better way to give than to help someone in need! My campaign to save Doug is still going but has stalled a bit in the last couple of days. If you're feeling generous, or just feel like helping someone who was dealt a bad hand at birth, please consider a donation for Doug. Any amount is ok! If you can't donate, I totally understand.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

https://www.gofundme.com/saving-doug

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My best friend Doug, who has been suffering from Treatment Resistant Depression most of his 47 years, was the inspiration for this song. Genetically, he was dealt a bad hand with the parts of his brain responsible for happiness being severely underdeveloped. His self-worth was crushed as a child due to bullying, and "normal" therapy never worked for him. He has been battling this demon his entire life, and only recently discovered that the root cause is neurological, not psychological.

His depression can get so severe that he underwent brain surgery to implant electrodes into his brain (called Deep Brain Stimulation) that attempt to stimulate the production of serotonin and raise his mood. He has had brief moments of remission where he felt great, but they are fleeting. He continues fighting to this day.

We both now do a podcast on mental illness and mental health, called Unhinged (www.unhingedpodcast.com), where we discuss his progress, the ups and downs, and work on removing the negative stigma surrounding mental illness.

This song is a tribute to his fight.

For those interested, I recorded this on my Surface Book laptop using Mixcraft Pro Studio 7, a Paul Reed Smith SE Custom guitar, various synth plugins controlled by a Roland A700 MIDI controller, and my voice (on an Audio Technica ATR 2100 microphone).

Lyrics below:
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Your dark and lonely journey passes day by day
Your hidden pain is real no matter what they say
There is no blame, it's not your fault you were born this way
Ooooooh, there is no shame

Scattered about are islands of hope. Too few. Too fleeting.
Preparing the knife or the rope, oddly concerned about bleeding
The plan, never complete, be it fear or bravery
But you still march on, under the demon's slavery

Your battle with the devil leaves you singed
Fighting alone, you become unhinged
A lone warrior, bloody and scarred
Slowly sinking, burned and charred

Help me, I'm burning
Save me, I'm yearning
The world is silent, but I hear screaming
My thoughts are violent, I hope I'm dreaming

So now you're learning how to live your life
Your brain is churning with ideas, not strife
It's been so long, the curtain's up, you can see the sun
but you can't give in, don't stop cuz your work's not done

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