I love this podcast. So much fun- and so insightful. If you have depression, it feels like coming home!
It is so nice to hear from people whose work I enjoy talking about their mental health issues, both for my own struggles with mental health and of those around me.
Depressed people arenât very social. We donât often get together and chit chat, but this podcast feels like I had coffee with a friend. I see a therapist, but she never seems like she got it. The podcast doesnât have a âjust see the positive side of thingsâ vibe because thatâs not depression. It lets us all know that weâll be okay- no matter who you are or where you are or what sinkhole youâre sitting in. Great job, guys!
This podcast shows that we are not alone in struggling with depression and anxiety. Many people including famous people struggle with depression. This podcast shows how people have struggled with depression and how they are fighting back against it. Learn in depth about peopleâs lives of growing up with depression and how they overcome it.
Thanks for this podcast. I found it when I was on the verge of planning my funeral...listening to others tell their stories helped me learn I AM NOT ALONE. Everyoneâs story is different but theyâre all alike in that they kept going, they persevered. Thanks for introducing me to my fellow Thwod-balls!
.. is in this podcast. Where we speak honestly about our struggles and ways to get through them. Where we understand that mental health issues are not due to a lack of willpower and/or a lack of gratitude. Thank you for this podcast.The sentiments expressed are a balm to my heart. It's like being in a recovery meeting with all this real talk, and as a person in recovery from a substance use disorder, due to medicating undiagnosed depression, I truly appreciate the feeling of connection. This is wonderful. Keep up the great work!
This podcast has been so important to me. Even though I don't think of myself as feeling a lot of shame around my depression, it's still not something I generally talk with people about. This podcast is fun and interesting, and has the added benefit of making me feel less isolated, even during my lowest lows.
I am hooked on this podcast. I canât wait for new episodes.John, thanks for sharing your talents and bringing these wonderful people to the podcast.
This is a stellar podcast with relevant and helpful information and guests. Iâm so lucky I found it and I hope anyone who needs it finds it too.
I donât know if I have depression but I have friends who do and when I listen to these stories, I think they should listen to them too. And it also makes me laugh a lot so thanks for this podcast
John Moe and his guests handle the sensitive topic of mental health with so much respect, professionalism and sincerity.
I stumbled upon this podcast when I was in a very down place due to my depression. Listening to these podcasts reminded me that I am not alone, I am strong, there is hope, this will not last forever. I have almost listened to them all in the last 2.5 weeks and I am going to go through and listen to them again because they are entertaining and a great tool to help me see hope when everything seems so hopeless. Share with all your friends who may benefit from listening!
When you reflected on the therapist situation with Jeff Tweedy and you made the statement âPeople who have some damage to them may gravitate towards situations exactly like ones that cause the damage in the first placeâ really hit Home and was also a thought I had never put together. I have listened to all the episodes in order up to this one and will listen to the rest because with each new guest I am learning more about my own issues and illness. I canât thank you enough for creating this podcast, and I know that your own illness is what led to this show to exist which is a double edge sword in a way. Thank you so much from the bottom my my heart.
So many interesting stories. Erich Segal was my favorite functional depressive. Listening to him on Wait, Wait (NPR) is so encouraging. So many favorite episodes. I think Iâll replay each one before next season begins. Thank you for bringing us brave souls willing to tell their stories. Bobbe White
Mental illness is and has been in my family. This podcast has given light and hope to me personally. Look forward to listening to this, as it is funny and insightful, thanks!!!
I have been listening to this podcast since it started. I struggle with depression and anxiety, I appreciate hearing the different forms depression takers and the different ways anxiety manifests for others. I appreciate how this podcast is able to separate the mental health struggle guests have from the individual and yet still part of them. I have had an incredible amount of clarity regarding my mental health struggles because guests have shared how they are affected. I listen so much I see the theme song. Thank you all for a wonderful and important podcast. The world is a little brighter because you have shined a light in an often dark place.
I didnât expect it to be so helpful in understanding the very personal insights of those dealing with suicide, depression, and bipolar disorder disorder, of whom I am one. Sometimes amusing, sometimes heartbreaking, but poignantly authentic.
As someone who personally struggles with depression, this podcast has really helped to bring me up when Iâm feeling in a low place. itâs so nice to not feel alone and hear open discussions about depression , and the host really does an amazing job
This podcast caught me in a tough time in my life, but also a hopeful time. Listening to others' stories about living with mental illness has been so enlightening. We need to talk about these things. Thank you John!
as someone who has struggled my whole life AND as a therapist. I recommend it to anyone with ears!
Thank you for providing a platform where mental health and illness is discussed honestly. I grew up with a sibling that suffered from schizoaffective disorder. Growing up, I felt like our family had a secret that few people understood. Now, our family openly talks about and gives as well as receives support that helps all of us deal with what it is to have a loved one that suffers from a chronic illness that is invisible to others. Thank you.
John Moe does a really good job. The Peter Sagal episode was especially eye opening. A reality check for many people who are not aware of how pervasive depression is in our country.
This podcast was such an incredible help to me in one of the hardest mental health situations of my life. It literally got me through and helped me cope when my depression felt like it was eating me alive. I have a therapist now because of this show, something which I honestly believe has saved my life.
Great host, great guests, great interviews. I have learned so much about myself from listening. Iâve learned names for and the context behind thoughts and feelings Iâve had my whole life. The podcast runs the gamut of topics fro depression and anxiety to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
It is refreshing to hear these guests talk so openly and genuinely about their hardships. As someone with untreated anxiety and depression, this lighthearted take on a tough subject has really lifted my own emotional load and encouraged me to open up about my own situation as well.
As someone who has suffered from depression since I was a child and anxiety, I find this podcast to be very helpful. When Iâm really down I just avoid everybody because Iâm so paranoid that nobody really loves me. Itâs nice to know other people understand And can help me laugh about it. D. M.L. F. C., VA
Never before have I listened to a podcast and thought, that person is describing my life. A wonderful exploration of depression. John Moe asks great questions to his guests. The guests are raw, honest, and funny all in one podcast. Highly recommend this one if you have some depression or know someone with depression or even just have a brain. Listen.
Really thoughtful, well researched, compassionate podcast that is funny becaue it's so human. I wish this had been around when I was a teenager. But when I was a teenager I was so much smarter than this podcast. I didn't have time to listen to a podcast like this. I was too busy listening to my lizard brain tell me how worthless I was.
Thank you for this podcast. Every episode is exactly what I need, always.
I found this show at a dark time in my life when I felt so out of place. I felt defeated and stupid because of how I interpreted the world, but this show has helped me understand my depression and anxiety more than ANY psychiatrist or therapist ever has and I am truly grateful for it. I now know that Iâm not crazy and that my brain just works differently and there are others out there like me. Thank you!!
I want to thank the people responsible for making this podcast, I look forward to every new episode. THWOD has opened my eyes to mental illness even more and made me feel so spectacularly part of the world. Every guest has stories that most people can relate to, they are so candidly open and honest and courageous about doing so. The host, John Moe, could not be more perfect to interview this individuals. There is this incredible warm, supportive way in which he interviews but also a gentle curiosity to get deeper into the conversations with kindness. I could talk about this podcast all day, thank you guys for all that you do, you are doing something so amazing for so many people and with my THWOD mug I feel like part of the family! :)
Really love this podcast. Reassuring, cathartic, and funny. Looking forward to the next season.
Very glad that John Moe put this show together and I've found the discussions helpful and recommend it often.
this is amazing. it made me feel so much less alone. thank you american public media and john moe. i didnât know i needed this!
Iâve listened to many self help podcasts but this has put things into a better perspective. I realize Iâm not alone with depression, but to hear others talk about it helps to truly know that others have some of the same thoughts as me. Laughter is the best medicine, and puts it into a â hey it can be ok and there is help.â Thank you for this show, I hope to hear a lot more. Being a truck driver, it is nice to listen to instead of being stuck in my own thoughts ð¤ª
Thanks so much to John and his guests...knowing you're not alone is a big help. And some of my favorite segments are actually the "Placebo" ones where listeners offer their own songs, poems, sayings and so on. I use a couple of them now.Please keep doing this, John and co!
Best podcast ever!!!
As someone who has âclini-Dâ, as John Moe sometimes calls it, I get a lot out of hearing the stories others tell about their experiences with it. Some of my favorite people have been on this show, like Jenny Lawson and Rachel Bloom. Hearing their stories helps me feel more normal.
Iâm a 24 year old amateur comedian, Iâve been an idiosyncratic eccentric person my whole life, in 2011 I had a mental breakdown in high school that hasnât happened again since but I went through a 3 month period of mania. I now take meds for depression and anxiety and I have my down days of course. I listened to Gary Gulmanâs episode , heâs a comic I relate to a lot and he is way too brilliant to not be as successful as he desires .The sad clown isnât just a stereotype for comics , itâs a real thing. Itâs refreshing to hear it spoken about
I didn't know I needed this podcast so much, but thank you for making it happen. I have not only learned a lot about how different people cope with depression and mental illness, but I feel less alone and less alien.
we are starting to talk about the elephant in the room, mental health. I have had mild depression for years that exercise helps with. My lovely child was diagnosed with severe depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation at 15. Child has since told me they donât remember not being depressed. They are 20 now.The high school was woefully unprepared to deal with anyone with mental health issues. Her student counselor, when I met with them and asked for help on the school front, actually said, âBut X is such a good kid.â Sigh. I then taught the counselor about the rates of teenage depression, 25-33% of teenagers at that time were estimated to have severe depression. HS counselors looked stunned. Only one of my childâs teachers wanted to help and that teacher shared that one of her children was the same, so that teacher âgot it.â I was, and am still, grateful that my child continues to talk to us. That and catching behavioral changes, not bathing after formerly being fastidious, eating habits, school performance, etc., were what saved my childâs life at that time.Please continue the excellent work.
I need this show to pull me through. Pls hurry back
Thank you for this podcast--it is such a great way to reduce stigma and help people feel like they are part of a larger community, which is incredibly healing for those with depression. Even though it's a heavy subject, John M. somehow keeps it fun and entertaining. As a psychiatrist, I love listening to it and recommend it to my patients.
This series manages to convey a lot of info about very weighty topics - mental illness, childhood trauma, suicidal thoughts - while remaining relatable and yes, funny. If you or someone you know struggles with depression, definitely check this podcast out. It does help to know that you are not alone.
A bittersweet series getting to the humans behind mental illness (primarily depression, among other conditions). If understanding of depression in yourself or others is important, you can't miss this.
I am immeasurably grateful to you for this podcast, John Moe. You are one of the best interviewers I have ever heard, on public radio or beyond. You evoke each narrative gently and without getting in the way of your guest, yet also know how to probe where the big truths wait to be revealed. I have never suffered from Clinical Depression myself--the blues of course, and even multiple deep troughs in prolonged times of grief, stress and trouble--but I am surrounded on multiple flanks by dear ones who suffer from Clinical Depression, including two of my own students who took their lives. Before listening to this podcast, I attributed their rejection of help as a failing of character, not understanding how this disease warps cognition and manipulates emotion. I am ashamed I did not know this when they needed me. Moving forward, I plan to continue to inform myself (will listen to every podcast you post) and strive to be a better source of compassion and support. Thank you for helping to reduce the stigma and ignorance, and make it okay to talk about mental ilness. I hope you know that this podcast is easing suffering and saving lives.
I adore this podcast, itâs insightful, funny, and poignant. As a person who works in the creative industry and battles anxiety and heavy bouts of melancholy I absolutely love hearing the stories of other creative folks who have found ways of coping with depression and anxiety in order to keep creating art, comedy, literature, music and more. I always look forward to new episodes!
In the midst of both anxiety and depression, I've replayed many episodes of this awesome podcast for insights, relief, and laughs. Out of the 50+ podcasts I subscribe to, this is one of my very favorites.
This was literally the first podcast I ever listened to, simply off the name alone. This podcast has really helped with various ways to deal with my own depression and hear how even the highly successful go through their lives with depression. John Moe is a genius for do this podcast. The placebos between seasons was a great idea as well! Keep it up!!
Helped me understand myself and get help.