Road to Resilience brings you stories and insights to help you thrive in a challenging world. From fighting burnout and trauma, to building resilient families and communities, we explore what’s possible when science meets the human spirit. Powered by the best experts in the world.
Here's the Latest Episode from Road to Resilience:
Overwhelmed by grief for patients who had died, an oncology fellow embarks on a self-care journey that leads to unexpected places. Cardinale Smith, MD, PhD, Director of Quality for Cancer Services at the Mount Sinai Health System, shares the ritual she uses to process loss, offers tips on having hard conversations, and reflects on the end of life. // Dr. Smith's profile: http://bit.ly/2LfeBHh
In this mini-episode, Stephen Krieger, MD, shares resilience insights he's learned from treating patients with multiple sclerosis. No. 1: View uncertainty as a positive. Listen for more. Dr. Krieger (http://bit.ly/2R4eEX0) is a neurologist at the Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis at Mount Sinai (http://bit.ly/2wqMcFl). His patients include Elizabeth Jones and Kate Milliken from Episode 12. Music by Matthew Earle.
The science is in: We’re stronger together. Supportive social networks are linked to better health, protection against depression, and even a longer life. On this episode, multiple sclerosis patients Kate Milliken and Elizabeth Jones talk about how their tight-knit MS community has made them more resilient. Kate and Elizabeth met on MyCounterpane.com (now moodify.com), a once-thriving online community for people with chronic illness. But everybody can benefit from tight bonds with people who “get” them.
Listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts https://apple.co/2JMCo14, Spotify https://spoti.fi/2KkssM3, or your favorite podcast app.
Check out the trailer for the Moodify movie https://bit.ly/2YUL0WY and Kate's MS Facebook group (new members welcome!) http://bit.ly/30RzihN. For more information on multiple sclerosis, visit Mount Sinai's Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for MS http://bit.ly/2wqMcFl. The resilience research mentioned in this episode appears in the book, "Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life's Greatest Challenges," by Dennis Charney, MD, Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Steven Southwick, MD http://bit.ly/2WimJgZ. Music by BlueDot Sessions. Special thanks to Stephen Krieger, MD, and Jacob Ham, PhD.
Saturday Night Live veteran Darrell Hammond, filmmaker Michelle Esrick, and Mount Sinai psychologist Jacob Ham, PhD, discuss childhood trauma, complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and healing. Mr. Hammond's experience with trauma, addiction, and recovery is explored in a new documentary film about the lifelong effects of childhood trauma called Cracked Up, directed and produced by Ms. Esrick. (http://bit.ly/2WAVOfm)
Listen on Apple Podcasts (https://apple.co/2WAWr8I), Spotify (https://spoti.fi/2Mj2kUp), Google Play (http://bit.ly/2EIZu4P), or your favorite podcast app.
Dr. Ham (http://bit.ly/2HMkl99) is director of the Center for Child Trauma and Resilience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (http://bit.ly/2YZT2hd). To host a screening of Cracked Up in your community, follow this link: (http://bit.ly/2Wsjd2I). To learn more about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) visit acesconnection.com or check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's ACEs website (http://bit.ly/2XbxONa). Music by BlueDot sessions. Interview recorded at CDM Studios in New York City.
An anxious woman’s worst fears come true. A young man grasps for a ladder out of poverty and depression. On this episode, two resilience stories told live by neuroscience PhD students at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Featuring “unsanctioned” breast exams, zebra finches, and DREADDs (Google it!). These stories were performed live at the Studying the Brain storytelling event hosted by the Icahn School of Medicine's Friedman Brain Institute at El Barrio's Artspace PS109 on March 11, 2019. Music by BlueDot Sessions. Additional editing by Ben Kruse.
In 1977, Doug Dieterich contracted a mysterious virus that attacked his liver and left him unable to work. Four decades later, Dr. Dieterich, now Director of the Institute for Liver Medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital, reflects on his journey from patient to caregiver with the help of an unlikely ally—AIDS activist and “Cockney Rebel” Leigh Blake—and explains why Hepatitis C isn’t the terrifying diagnosis it once was.
Learn more about Leigh's latest initiative at fundamom.net
And here's Dr. Douglas Dieterich's website.
Leigh's son, India, raps as SaddiqThaKidd. His music is available on all major streaming services. We featured a snippet of the track "Wishes."
Music by Blue Dot Sessions
Paralympian Deb Gruen exemplifies the power of optimism. Born with spina bifida, Gruen stayed positive, focused on her strengths, and through hard work became a two-time Paralympic medalist. A graduate of Yale and Georgetown, Gruen is now a successful lawyer in New York City. In this episode, she explains how setting realistic expectations and the power of positivity can help you overcome life’s toughest challenges.
Dr. Rosalind Wright, Dean of Biomedical Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine, opens up about her brother's murder, which occurred while she was finishing her residency and caring for a newborn baby. She explains how she used active coping skills to stay resilient during the most challenging and stressful time of her life. Dr. Wright explains how this tragedy prompted her to pursue a career in public health, where her research has shown how trauma can lead to hypertension, diabetes, obesity and asthma.
How do you cope with stress? Why do some give up, while others persevere? Listen as med student Jordyn Feingold and resident Dr. Benny Laitman explain how they cope with everyday stress. Each detail their unique circumstances, including the terrifying experience of performing a first surgery, facing pressure to succeed, and taking on an overwhelming course load. Learn how reframing stressful thoughts, facing fears, and practicing self-care has helped them overcome these challenges and avoid burnout.
Have you ever reached the lowest point in your life and felt like you can’t recover? Listen as Dr. Angela Diaz shares her emotional journey and explains how you can bounce back and build resilience. Dr. Diaz grew up in poverty, dropped out of high school, and battled depression, but went on to get an Ivy League medical education. She now runs the renowned Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. Learn how playing to her strengths and being altruistic helped her achieve success.
Drawing upon faith and spirituality can make you more resilient and able to overcome life challenges. A core belief system, even if it isn’t tied to religion, may help you better cope with stress and lead to a better quality of life. Dr. Deborah Marin, a renowned psychiatrist and Director of Mount Sinai’s Center for Spirituality and Health, explains how this works and how she has used this resilience factor to overcome losses in her own life.
You can raise a resilient family and help your children to become stronger. Research shows that exposing children to manageable amounts of stress while putting them in uncomfortable situations can build resilience and confidence. Dr. Dennis Charney explains how he did this with his own family, and his son, Dr. Alex Charney, joins the conversation. They share personal stories of resilience and emphasize the importance of having role models from a young age.
Dr. Dennis Charney faces the man who tried to kill him during a highly publicized trial. Listen as he takes that courageous step and details the "resilient factors" he used to stay strong during this emotional stage in his recovery, including setting up a support system and letting go of anger. Dr. Charney is co-author (with Steven Southwick, MD) of "Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life's Greatest Challenges."
Dr. Dennis Charney, dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, takes us back to the day he was shot by a disgruntled former employee and talks about his emotional journey of recovery. The renowned resilience expert describes the simple steps he used to overcome the greatest challenge of his life: setting goals, finding role models, and harnessing the power of optimism. Everybody can use these "resilience factors" to build inner strength and weather adversity. Dr. Charney is co-author (with Steven Southwick, MD) of "Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life's Greatest Challenges."
In our kickoff to the series, host Ilana Nikravesh of the Mount Sinai Health System will explain the details behind this new monthly podcast on resilience. During the episodes she interviews experts who share their personal experiences of overcoming adversity and how they used different resilience factors to move forward. Road to Resilience will launch on June 27, and each episode will be released on the last Wednesday of every month.