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Conquer Your Battlefield Podcast - Interview with Daniele Gottardo | Conquering Expat Depression

I'm JD McGibney, and today I'll be talking with an international guitar master. A modern virtuoso who has perfected the eight-finger tapping technique, has taught at numerous prestigious music schools across Italy, taught across multiple platforms and given various lectures on theory and technique, performed all over the world with pop artists, chamber orchestras, various bands, and as a solo artist. Today I am chatting with the endlessly talented, humble, and wonderful Daniele Gottardo! Today we are going to be talking about Expatriate Depression, or "Expat" Depression. Expat Depression is a type of depression specifically found in those who move to a new country. It is associated with higher feelings of anxiety, stress, sadness, and a unique sense of isolation being removed from one's culture. Pre the COVID-19 pandemic, expat depression among immigrants was a difficult enough issue with the regulations put in place by national governments, as well as the initial culture shock of LIVING in a different country. With the added element of the global lockdowns, and restricted international travel, the senses of sadness, anxiety, stress, and isolation among expatriates has increased.
00:40:37 5/9/2022

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I'm JD McGibney, and today I'll be chatting with one of my favorite singers in hard rock and heavy metal today. She is a powerhouse performer, a master of the stage, and owner of some of the coolest hair in show business. Today we are going to be talking about Depression. This is a mental illness that has come up a few times in previous conversations on this podcast, and it affects millions of people across the globe. To give it an exact definition: Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression affects about 17 million people 18 years and older in a given year. 1.9 million children ages 3-17 are diagnosed with depression. According to the World Health Organization, depression is THE leading cause of disability worldwide. Having its roots in a wide variety of sources from chemical imbalance, to traumatic experiences, Depression is a very prevalent mental illness in the world today. An unfortunate reality that many people face is that they are unaware that they are even dealing with depression, and therefore do not receive the help that they may need.
00:25:38 4/25/2022
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I'm JD McGibney, and today I'll be chatting with a modern heavy metal icon. One of the most surreal, epic, commanding, and powerful voices I've ever personally heard. She is the brain behind the band Unleash the Archers, a Dungeons and Dragons connoisseur, and every cat's best friend: Brittney Slayes. Today we are going to be talking about Overcoming Prejudice. Prejudice, to give it an exact definition, is a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience. Prejudice can lead to things such as racism, sexism, or even xenophobia. Prejudice has been an ongoing issue for all humanity throughout recorded history, and oftentimes ends up being the root behind a lot of conflicts. In more recent history, prejudice has led to people calling for significant social reform, such as with the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s-1960s, and an ongoing call for equality between men and women in the workplace. Having to face prejudice in one's daily life can oftentimes lead to negative mental health side effects such as stress, anxiety, and depression. In the realm of music, heavy metal specifically, it is heavily male dominated. The ratio of men to women is significantly slanted to the point where if a woman does "make it," she tends to stand out, and usually has to face a plethora of stereotypes.
00:39:57 4/11/2022
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I'm JD McGibney, and today I'll be chatting with a guitar virtuoso. A true master of her craft, versatile in her style, proficient in her music theory, and even an airplane pilot on the side: The amazing and wonderful Gretchen Menn! Today we are going to be talking about Coping Mechanisms. For those who are not familiar with the term,Coping mechanisms are the strategies people often use in the face of stress and/or trauma to help manage painful or difficult emotions. Coping mechanisms can help people adjust to stressful events while helping them maintain their emotional well-being. It should be pointed out that Coping Mechanisms are different from Defense Mechanisms. Coping Mechanisms tend to be conscious efforts and actions individuals take in order to manage their emotional reaction to an external situation, whereas Defense Mechanisms tend to be unconscious "Knee Jerk" reactions. Healthy coping mechanisms can come in a variety of forms such as exercising, playing sports, using humor to de-escalate a situation, or even simply talking about a stressful event and your feelings with a supportive person.
00:44:05 3/28/2022
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Today we are going to be talking about Separation Anxiety. Normally, it is a common occurrence in children as they grow and develop, learning to be separated from their parents and loved ones as they become independent. Separation Anxiety can, however, persist into adulthood for a myriad of reasons. In adults, separation anxiety tends to revolve around fear or concern about the wellbeing of a child or spouse. It can lead to bouts of extreme anxiety, or even panic attacks. Over an extended period of time, individuals dealing with Separation anxiety can become withdrawn from their normal social interactions, have difficulty concentrating, and even experience bouts of depression. According to "The Recovery Village," between 1%-6% of adults deal with separation anxiety. Those who do, tend to also have dealt with some sort of traumatic event in relation to their child or significant other. Another common statistic is that Separation anxiety is not uncommon in women who have had difficulties during pregnancy or childbirth.
00:41:29 3/14/2022
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I'm JD McGibney, and in this episode I'll be chatting with one of the most positive and outgoing people I personally know. He is the Executive Production Manager for the United Wrestling Network, and once built a coffin to bury someone alive just for television. Mr Nick Bonanno, how are you today? Today we are going to be talking about Anger Management. Anger management is a psycho-therapeutic program for anger prevention and control. Anger is frequently a result of frustration, or of feeling blocked or thwarted from something that an individual feels is important. Anger can also be a defensive response to underlying fear or feelings of vulnerability or powerlessness. The root cause of an individual's anger can stem from any number of things. Part of the goal of anger management techniques is to identify one's main causes of anger in order to analyze them, and address them in healthy manners. According to Strive Psychiatry, as of 2019, 7.8% of all people living in the United States have intense, poorly controlled, or inappropriate levels of anger.
00:44:22 2/28/2022
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I'm JD McGibney, and in this episode I have my first repeat guest. The brilliant, magnificent, musically talented, hilarious, compassionate, and absolutely wonderful Mr. Rob Rico; solo artist, comedian, performer from Epic Rap Battles of History, and one hell of an amazing person. How're you doing, Rob? Today we're going to be talking about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. For those that are not fully aware, PTSD is a mental health condition that's triggered by a experiencing or witnessing a terrifying/traumatic event such as war, assault, rape, or physical or emotional abuse. Symptoms of PTSD are usually grouped into four categories: Intrusive Memories, Avoidance, Negative changes in thinking and Mood, and Changes in Physical and Emotional Reactions. These four categories have a wide range of manifesting from having regular and vivid flashbacks of the event, to avoiding people, places, or environments that remind a person of the traumatic event, or even the development of depression or feelings of emotional instability.
00:58:33 2/14/2022
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I'm JD McGibney, and in this episode I'll be chatting with one of my favorite guitar players on the planet. The masterful, witty, extremely metal, and totally humble Eli Santana of Ignite, Incite, Holy Grail and Huntress! Today we are going to be talking about Self Image. The definition of which is pretty simple and straightforward. Self Image is the view an individual has of themselves. When analyzing self image, there are generally four categories: How you see yourself. How others see you. How you perceive others see you. How you perceive you see yourself. Often we hear of friends and loved ones struggling with their self image, or even find ourselves struggling. Having a negative self image can come from a variety of factors from early childhood development, one's natural personality constantly setting higher and higher standards outside of reasonable reach, or even the actual or perceived standards of the society we live in. Learning to be comfortable with one's self is sometimes a difficult process, and no two individual's journeys are alike. Understanding one's own personality, desires, and motivations are key, as well as their desired role in the world they live in.
00:55:06 1/27/2022
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I'm JD McGibney, and in this episode I'll be chatting with one of the kindest people I've ever met in my entire life. The extremely talented guitar slinger of the bands Orphaned Land and The Secret Saints. Ever humble, and always smiling; my Israeli brother from another Mother: Mr. Chen Balbus. Today we are going to be talking about Stress Management. For those who are not fully aware of what stress management is, Stress Management is a wide spectrum of techniques and psychotherapies aimed at controlling a person's level of stress, especially chronic stress, usually for the purpose of and for the motivation of improving everyday functioning. According to the American Institute of Stress in a 2019 study, about 55% of Americans suffer from stress on a daily basis, and 83% of workers suffer from workplace stress. There is also a high correlation between stress and depression. With similar statistics spreading around the world, it is important for individuals to learn how to manage their stress in order to not feel overwhelmed. Developing stress relieving habits such as regular exercise, meditation, and practicing mindfulness are some examples of how to conquer stress on a daily basis.
00:29:42 1/27/2022
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I'm JD McGibney, and in this episode I'll be chatting with one of my favorite human beings on the entire planet. Someone that has paved an impressive career in entertainment, is a model example of growth and determination, and has one of the most charitable hearts in the universe. You might recognize her elegant and melodically commanding voice as Halo from Young Justice, General Yunan from Amphibia, and even the legendary Talia al Ghul from the DC animated universe: Zehra Fazal! Today we are going to be talking about "Mindfulness." For those who are not familiar with what Mindfulness is, it is a type of meditation in which one focuses on being intensely aware of what they're sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. It is the practice of purposely bringing one's attention in the present moment without evaluation. Some of the benefits of mindfulness are reduction of stress, anxiety, decreased rumination, and strengthening of personal relationships. Mindfulness is also an amazing tool for helping to prevent burnout. Burnout is chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. Practicing mindfulness helps bring oneself into the moment to analyze how they are feeling in any given situation, allowing for immediate recognition of fatigue. For anyone working in the entertainment industry, as for anyone that runs ANY kind of small business, or anyone in any kind of professional or high stress setting, practicing mindfulness can help regulate yourself and maintain healthy habits while simultaneously achieving those career goals.
00:29:30 1/27/2022
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I'm JD McGibney, and in this episode I'll be chatting with the inspiring, innovative, entrepreneurial, and incredibly humble Mr. Jeff Booth, co-founder of JamPlay.com. Today we'll be talking about depression. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression affects about 17 million people 18 years and older in a given year. 1.9 million children ages 3-17 are diagnosed with depression. According to the World Health Organization, depression is THE leading cause of disability worldwide. In 1998, it was reported by the American Society on Aging that for every two homicides in the United states, there were three suicides. In 2018 there were almost 50,000 deaths by suicide, according to the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. Having its roots in a wide variety of sources from chemical imbalance, to traumatic experiences, Depression is a very prevalent mental illness in the world today. An unfortunate reality that many people face is that they are unaware that they are even dealing with depression, and therefore do not receive the help that they may need.
00:58:11 1/27/2022

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