Podcast review “already heard?”: normalizing the disease

With the podcast "Kopfsalat" two radio presenters dedicate themselves to the taboo subject of depression. It seems very substantial, but overloaded.

The two "Kopfsalat" hosts are themselves directly affected by depression Photo: dpa

What is depression? Technically speaking, it is a multifactorial disease that can be caused by a metabolic disorder as well as certain life circumstances, and which manifests itself through a feeling of inner emptiness, emotional exhaustion, joylessness and loss of interest. So much for the complex medical definition. Most people understand something else by the word. Something that often misses the point.

The association "Friends for Life" and the presenters Sonja Koppitz and Sara Steinert want to dispel these misconceptions about depression – and replace them with facts, if possible. For this they have grabbed the taboo medium podcast and now send once a month the depression podcast "Kopfsalat" from Berlin. This can also be fun, so much is said in advance.

Koppitz and Steinert are RBB radio presenters. Both are directly affected by the topic of depression. Koppitz had one herself until recently, and says of herself that she’s "only been back on the steam for a year". Steinert was confronted with the disease through her father, who took his own life due to depression.

According to estimates, 4 to 5 million people in Germany suffer from depression every year. Almost everyone knows someone who is ill. Nevertheless, it is more difficult to deal with depression openly than with other illnesses. And this is where Koppitz and Steinert want to make use of the taboo medium of podcasts.

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In "Kopfsalat" the presenters want to normalize depression, but not only, they also want to inform, to answer important questions for sufferers and relatives. How do I behave properly when dealing with sufferers? When is it best to get help for myself? What do I say in the workplace? How do I deal with suicidal thoughts?

The podcast, as is often the case with podcasts by radio professionals, is a bit cluttered and overproduced. While semi-professional podcasters often trust the pull of the conversation or at most invite a guest, radio producers often can’t be dissuaded from doing a radio show. This also happens with "Kopfsalat".

The three guests are introduced with prepared clips, plus clips from doctors at the Charite University Hospital and, on top of that, a clip with a street survey. This may be the usual amount of voices for 60 minutes of radio, but it’s a hell of a lot for 60 minutes of podcasting, and no one really gets talking.

This certain calmness, which many appreciate in the medium of podcast, is therefore lost in slight rushing. What succeeds, however, is the information. Koppitz and Steinert are prepared, have done their research, and don’t rely on mere sentiment to carry the podcast, but rely on facts. For those affected and their relatives who are in the middle of it all, the podcast should not only be a relief, but also a compass for their own behavior.

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