Road To Resilience

Road To Resilience

Welcome to Road to Resilience, a series that features thought-provoking insight from renowned experts as they explain the science behind resilience. They will detail how everyday people can learn to be resilient and become stronger in times of hardship. This monthly series identifies simple steps that people can apply to their own lives to respond to stress, grief and trauma in healthy ways. Take a listen and discover what it takes to become resilient and bounce back when you’re faced with life’s greatest challenges. Based on the well-received book Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges, co-authored by Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Steven Southwick, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University.... Show More

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October 29, 2019 17 min

Learning to overcome your fears is a key stepping stone to becoming resilient. But it’s easier said than done. Fear memories—from agonizing missteps to traumatic experiences—have a way of haunting us. On this special Halloween episode, Mount Sinai neuroscientist Anthony Lacagnina, PhD, takes us inside the brain to understand why. Dr. Lacagnina’s work helps explain why fear memories are so tenacious and raises the possibility of ... Read more

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October 16, 2019 14 min

George flees anti-gay violence in his native Ghana and seeks asylum in the United States. This is the story of what happens next. Featuring Elizabeth Singer, MD, MPH, director of the Mount Sinai Human Rights Program. The program provides medical evaluations to support the claims of victims of human rights abuses who are seeking asylum in the United States. The Read more

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September 29, 2019 18 min

A new study has found that optimists have a substantially reduced risk of cardiovascular events and premature death compared to pessimists. Lead author Read more

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September 10, 2019 28 min

Nobody knows what was in the dust cloud that blanketed Lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001. But we’re increasingly sure about the health consequences, including asthma, PTSD, and cancer. On this episode, a 9/11 health expert and a volunteer responder talk about what it was like to work at Ground Zero, what we know about 9/11-related illnesses, and what their experiences taught them about resilience.

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August 27, 2019 17 min

Five kids. Four Grammy nominations. One pear-sized brain tumor. When a life-threatening diagnosis turned comedy writer/director Jeannie Gaffigan’s life upside-down, she and her husband, comedian Jim Gaffigan, turned to faith, family, and of course—humor. Jeannie's new memoir is “When Life Gives You Pears" http://bit.ly/2HqD5KU. Joshua Bederson, MD, Chair for the Department of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai Health System, pe... Read more

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Mount Sinai researchers have published the first large, empirical study examining the mental health of children in immigration detention. Co-authors Craig Katz, MD, and Priscilla Agyeman, MPH, talk about what they found and what it means for all of us. More about the study (http://bit.ly/2yl3swP). The Mount Sinai Human Rights Program (http://bit.ly/2OqPRyL). Dr. Craig Katz (http://bit.ly/2yrHo3r). Help us tell more great stories... Read more

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June 24, 2019 27 min

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). Help us tell more great stori... Read more

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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 Ma... Read more

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May 29, 2019 21 min

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 ill... Read more

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April 23, 2019 42 min

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)... Read more

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March 27, 2019 30 min

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 storyt... Read more

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March 7, 2019 18 min

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 mor... Read more

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January 30, 2019 14 min

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. Help us tell... Read more

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December 25, 2018 17 min

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 challe... Read more

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November 28, 2018 26 min

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 practicin... Read more

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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 renow... Read more

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September 25, 2018 22 min

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 Read more

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August 28, 2018 27 min

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, Read more

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July 24, 2018 24 min

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... Read more

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June 26, 2018 22 min

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... Read more

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