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August 20, 2019
On today’s episode, Trevor discusses the importance of being mindful and breathing. He’s then joined by Laura Germine, PhD, technical director of the McLean Institute for Technology in Psychiatry, who talks about her non-traditional career path. A type 1 diabetes diagnosis in graduate school led Laura to change her career focus to research. She was recently awarded one of the largest grants in McLean’s history to study type 1 diabetes and mental health. She also discusses use of technology in mental health treatment and research and the website she created, Test My Brain. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: – Laura explains the continuous glucose monitor installed in her leg that monitors her sugar levels (07:25) – Laura discusses the website she created in college, TestMyBrain.org, which has over 2.5 million users (15:41) – Laura has suffered from panic attacks since her youth (26:20) RELEVANT CONTENT: – TestMyBrain.org – Laura Germine, PhD: mclean.link/f2r – A Researcher’s Journey From Tinkerer to Innovator to Mentor: mclean.link/zyc – Can Smartphones and Digital Health Trackers Revolutionize Mental Health Care?: mclean.link/fds - - - The McLean Hospital podcast Mindful Things is intended to provide general information and to help listeners learn about mental health, educational opportunities and research initiatives. This podcast is not an attempt to practice medicine or to provide specific medical advice. © 2019 McLean Hospital. All Rights Reserved.
August 7, 2019
On today’s episode, Trevor talks about his struggle to go with the flow. Then Mariel Paz y Mino, PhD, (04:24), head of the Psychology Department at the Universidad de San Francisco Quito (USFQ) in Ecuador joins us. Mariel shares how she discovered her passion for mental health, public education, and improving mental health resources in Ecuador, as well as the challenges that come with this. She touches on the lack of mental health resources and efforts to destigmatize mental health among the Ecuadorian community. Mariel also talks about the success of USFQ’s collaboration with McLean and gives a sneak peak of what’s to come in that partnership. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: – The Ecuadorian government approved mental illness coverage under health insurance a few years ago, but have yet to start enforcing it (11:00) – Mariel talks about learning organizational skills during her training here at McLean (24:17) – There are only 1.7 psychologists per 100,000 people in Ecuador (48:44) RELEVANT CONTENT: – Baseline determination in social, health, and genetic areas in communities affected by glyphosate aerial spraying on the northeastern Ecuadorian border: mclean.link/a5x – McLean Hospital and Universidad San Francisco de Quito Collaboration: mclean.link/ivb - - - The McLean Hospital podcast Mindful Things is intended to provide general information and to help listeners learn about mental health, educational opportunities and research initiatives. This podcast is not an attempt to practice medicine or to provide specific medical advice. © 2019 McLean Hospital. All Rights Reserved.
July 25, 2019
On today’s episode, Trevor shares the new way that he incorporates exercise into his daily routine. Then Dr. Brent Forester, chief of McLean’s Division of Geriatric Psychiatry (15:24), joins us to discuss the need to get people talking about the Alzheimer’s epidemic. He also talks about addressing behavioral complications in older adults. Brent shares a bit about his groundbreaking research project on the effects of ECT on people with dementia. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: – McLean Hospital is the leader in Alzheimer’s and dementia resources and research (22:26) – How music helps with memory retention (32:54) – McLean is using synthetic marijuana as one avenue of battling dementia (01:01:37) RELEVANT CONTENT: – McLean Researchers Lead ECT Study for Alzheimer’s Patients With Aggression: mclean.link/4o1 – Study Examines How Sensitivity to Emotions Changes Across the Life Span: mclean.link/i6u – A Landmark Law Hopes to Improve Alzheimer’s Care in Mass.: mclean.link/0aj - - - The McLean Hospital podcast Mindful Things is intended to provide general information and to help listeners learn about mental health, educational opportunities, and research initiatives. This podcast is not an attempt to practice medicine or to provide specific medical advice. © 2019 McLean Hospital. All Rights Reserved.
July 10, 2019
Today, Trevor is joined by Alan E. Fruzzetti, PhD, director of McLean’s 3East Boys Intensive Program, to discuss gender as it relates to borderline personality disorder (BPD). Alan talks about the differences in how BPD presents itself in men vs. women. He also notes that there is work to do in the clinical community to guide thinking about the occurrence of BPD in young men. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: – Trevor and Alan discuss the creation of the boys dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) program (05:37) – Alan shares that 20% of male inmates in Swedish prisons have BPD (18:58) – The two delve into Dr. John Gunderson’s impact on DBT and examine how males who seek treatment for BPD actually exemplify less aggressive behaviors (40:18) RELEVANT CONTENT: – Mental Health, BPD, and Boys: What Everyone Needs to Know: mclean.link/liv – John Gunderson: Borderline Personality Disorder Trailblazer: mclean.link/ft9 – Borderline Personality Disorder: Separating Fact from Fiction: mclean.link/ee8 - - - The McLean Hospital podcast Mindful Things is intended to provide general information and to help listeners learn about mental health, educational opportunities, and research initiatives. This podcast is not an attempt to practice medicine or to provide specific medical advice. © 2019 McLean Hospital. All Rights Reserved.
June 26, 2019
On today’s episode, Trevor recalls a particularly difficult time when outside circumstances forced a good friend to come out to her parents. Then Lauren Wadsworth, PhD (12:15), a post-doctoral fellow at McLean, talks with Trevor about nonbinary gender pronouns and why they matter. She urges folks to become more flexible when thinking about gender and to be OK with messing up and making mistakes when trying to use these pronouns properly. She also discusses the importance of incorporating these pronouns into everyday use. http://laurenwadsworth.com/ - - - The McLean Hospital podcast Mindful Things is intended to provide general information and to help listeners learn about mental health, educational opportunities and research initiatives. This podcast is not an attempt to practice medicine or to provide specific medical advice. © 2019 McLean Hospital. All Rights Reserved.
June 12, 2019
Today, Trevor talks about being self-aware and the need to constantly remind himself that he is a work in progress. Then we chat with Lindsay Kalter (06:20), a former reporter who bravely shared her experience with mental illness on the cover of The Boston Herald. Lindsay talks about the difficulty of being a writer with OCD and her struggles with depression. She also discusses relationships, family, and her decision to write about her depression and her treatment and the internal battle she faced about the story’s release. Kalter - Reporter shares her depression struggle: https://bit.ly/31uFXi0 Kalter - Reporter hit bottom, then found strength to search for a way out: https://bit.ly/2F4eGJG The McLean Hospital podcast Mindful Things is intended to provide general information and to help listeners learn about mental health, educational opportunities and research initiatives. This podcast is not an attempt to practice medicine or to provide specific medical advice. © 2019 McLean Hospital. All Rights Reserved.
May 29, 2019
Today Trevor talks about his fear of confrontation and how being consumed by unnecessary anger can prevent us from enjoying things and being in the present moment. Then we are joined by Dr. Blaise Aguirre (10:53), Medical Director of the 3East DBT programs at McLean. Blaise and Trevor discuss the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why and its impact on adolescents. From the constant distractions of the world we live in to problems identifying one’s sense of self, Blaise and Trevor discuss possible reasons why some teens may be activated by watching the show while others may not. Blaise and Trevor also get into the topic of DBT and offer tips for teens watching shows that could potentially be triggering. High-Profile Suicides Could Influence Students, Teens: https://bit.ly/2sUJ3fz Staff Profile - Blaise Aguirre: https://bit.ly/2EIXzwZ Why Do Teens Cut and What Can Parents Do to Help: https://bit.ly/2XbNpw0 The McLean Hospital podcast Mindful Things is intended to provide general information and to help listeners learn about mental health, educational opportunities and research initiatives. This podcast is not an attempt to practice medicine or to provide specific medical advice. © 2019 McLean Hospital. All Rights Reserved.
April 30, 2019
Today Trevor shares an update on his progress over the last few weeks and talks about the discomfort of being open and vulnerable. Then we talk to Amy (13:02), one of the first participants in our Deconstructing Stigma public awareness campaign. Amy explains how her job as a librarian gave her a sense of control at work when things felt so out of control at home. Amy then talks candidly and emotionally about being married to a man with treatment resistant depression and the toll that her role as his caregiver took on her and their family. She also recalls the guilt she felt for worrying about her own well-being while it was her husband who was struggling with mental illness. Although now divorced, Amy and her ex-husband successfully co-parent their teenage son who is also well versed in caring for someone with mental illness. The McLean Hospital podcast Mindful Things is intended to provide general information and to help listeners learn about mental health, educational opportunities and research initiatives. This podcast is not an attempt to practice medicine or to provide specific medical advice. © 2019 McLean Hospital. All Rights Reserved.
April 17, 2019
In this week's episode, Trevor talks openly about how his problems staying mindful and present have led to some significant changes in his medication regimen and recalls a particularly difficult time in his life when a certain med he was taking led to some serious physical issues and an embarrassing emergency room visit. Then we talk to Jeff Szymanski, Executive Director of the International OCD Foundation (12:48) as he takes a deep dive into OCD, hoarding, and the underlying anxieties that can lead to these conditions. Jeff also discusses Exposure Response Prevention and his own struggles with particular anxieties and fears. International OCD Foundation: https://iocdf.org/ Hoarding Resources: https://hoarding.iocdf.org/ "The Perfectionists Handbook" by Jeff Szymanski: https://amzn.to/2UE38Xz The McLean Hospital podcast Mindful Things is intended to provide general information and to help listeners learn about mental health, educational opportunities and research initiatives. This podcast is not an attempt to practice medicine or to provide specific medical advice. © 2019 McLean Hospital. All Rights Reserved.
April 3, 2019
To Wayne Torres (08:00) who will celebrate his fifth year of sobriety this November, it always seemed normal to him to use alcohol to celebrate special events, to cope with stress, and just because. To help manage the difficulty of his job as a Lieutenant at a correctional facility, Wayne would drink for 4-5 hours a day: drinking wasn’t a pleasure for Wayne, it was a necessity. After branding himself ‘a fat drunk who hated life’ Wayne went through a horrific detox that landed him in a coma. His addiction to alcohol nearly killed him. Despite unsuccessful attempts at therapy and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Wayne finally received the treatment he needed to overcome his addiction. Now Captain at the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office, Wayne spends time helping his fellow officers when they are struggling. From creating a Peer Support group to driving his coworkers to and from detox centers, Wayne wants everyone who struggles to know they are not alone. Hear even more about Wayne’s incredible journey and the power of recovery: https://bit.ly/2TP1ayj The McLean Hospital podcast Mindful Things is intended to provide general information and to help listeners learn about mental health, educational opportunities and research initiatives. This podcast is not an attempt to practice medicine or to provide specific medical advice. © 2019 McLean Hospital. All Rights Reserved.
March 20, 2019
From the outside, Robert Oxnam (19:51) had it all. He was successful in high school and college, earned a PhD, had a thriving career and was married with two children. What was completely hidden from everyone was the inner torment he was experiencing. In 1990, Robert was diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (DID), a condition associated with post-traumatic stress due to severe physical, sexual, or emotional abuse during early childhood. Robert and Trevor discuss his initial denial of his diagnosis and how over time, Robert came to realize that his eleven identity states could interact to overcome the painful memories of his childhood abuse – from being held over a pot of boiling water to being locked in an ice box. Robert turned to art-making as a creative outlet and now is a successful sculptor, painter, photographer, and author. Robert also speaks openly about his illness and the abuse that caused it, hoping to inspire others to feel as if they are not alone. Robert Oxnam's Story: https://bit.ly/2HwiCpG The Secret and Life-Changing Impact of Early Childhood Abuse: Dissociative Identity Disorder: https://bit.ly/2HGGgyR "A Fractured Mind" by Robert Oxnam: https://amzn.to/2CqHMBS The McLean Hospital podcast Mindful Things is intended to provide general information and to help listeners learn about mental health, educational opportunities and research initiatives. This podcast is not an attempt to practice medicine or to provide specific medical advice. © 2019 McLean Hospital. All Rights Reserved.
March 5, 2019
Today’s podcast is a particularly emotional one. Trevor talks with Randall Liberty (02:14), Commissioner of the Maine Department of Corrections and a participant in McLean’s Deconstructing Stigma campaign. Randall is no stranger to trauma. As a child, he watched his mother experience frequent bouts of domestic violence from his alcoholic father. As an adult, he has been witness to the scene of more than 30 suicides and 35 fatal accidents during his years in law enforcement. He’s also pulled 19 bodies from lakes, rivers, and streams as a rescue diver, and endured unthinkable amounts of stress, loss, and traumatic events during his time as a battalion commander fighting in the Iraq war. Randall talks candidly about living with PTSD, how he copes, and how it puts him in a unique position to help others. You really do not want to miss this one. Read more about Randall and his incredible journey: https://bit.ly/2XBrIGx The McLean Hospital podcast Mindful Things is intended to provide general information and to help listeners learn about mental health, educational opportunities and research initiatives. This podcast is not an attempt to practice medicine or to provide specific medical advice. © 2019 McLean Hospital. All Rights Reserved.
February 19, 2019
Today, Trevor shares how depression manifests itself physically in his body. Then we talk to Charles King (09:20), a participant in McLean's Deconstructing Stigma campaign whose story was too compelling not to share. Charles bravely shares his struggles with alcoholism, drug addiction, suicidal thoughts, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. As the son of drug addicted parents, Charles began running drugs for local dealers at just 5 years old and regularly had to provide clean urine samples for his mom to pass off as her own. Charles talks about the physical and mental abuse he suffered as a child and how he only felt loved and accepted when he was on drugs. Now clean and sober, Charles is enrolled in college working towards a nursing degree and currently works as a surgical pathologist. Charles King's Story: https://bit.ly/2TW1dZT The McLean Hospital podcast Mindful Things is intended to provide general information and to help listeners learn about mental health, educational opportunities and research initiatives. This podcast is not an attempt to practice medicine or to provide specific medical advice. © 2019 McLean Hospital. All Rights Reserved.
February 13, 2019
As Valentine’s Day draws near, love is in the air and on our minds. Today, Trevor talks candidly about the difficulty his mental illnesses can cause in his dating life. Then we talk to Kirsten Bolton, the program director of McLean’s OnTrack program ( 8:01) who discusses romantic and familial relationships and how mental illness diagnoses can affect them. She also recalls a patient struggling with the thought of sharing their mental illness diagnosis with a romantic partner. Later we are joined by Sean Shinnock, a participant in McLean’s Deconstructing Stigma campaign and Scott O’Brien, co-founder of the Deconstructing Stigma initiative, who have an honest conversation about dating, relationships, and being there for loved ones when they themselves are struggling. Learn more about Sean and his struggles with mental health by reading Sean’s Story. Deconstructing Stigma site: https://deconstructingstigma.org/ Sean's Story: https://bit.ly/2UQdIpY The McLean Hospital podcast Mindful Things is intended to provide general information and to help listeners learn about mental health, educational opportunities and research initiatives. This podcast is not an attempt to practice medicine or to provide specific medical advice. © 2019 McLean Hospital. All Rights Reserved.
January 24, 2019
When it comes to our bodies, there are many seemingly unrelated things that can actually affect our mental health and our general feeling of well being. From the foods we put into our body to the amount of exercise we get each day, there is a clear link between our physical health and our mental well being. In this episode, Trevor discusses how depression can sneak up on us at any time and the false sense of security that we create in our minds when we've had a series of consecutive 'good days'. Then we talk to Christopher M. Palmer, MD (5:40) and director of the Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education at McLean, who has spent the last 20 years working on treatment resistant cases of mental illness and the idea that diet can put psychiatric conditions into remission. Dr. Palmer goes pretty deep and shares lots of interesting information in this one, so check it out! Even more exciting content from Dr. Palmer: "Low-Carbohydrate Diet Superior to Antipsychotic Diet" - https://bit.ly/2kJQa6p "Is It Safe to Face Your Trauma?" - https://bit.ly/2HDzWKm The McLean Hospital podcast Mindful Things is intended to provide general information and to help listeners learn about mental health, educational opportunities and research initiatives. This podcast is not an attempt to practice medicine or to provide specific medical advice. © 2019 McLean Hospital. All Rights Reserved.
January 8, 2019
Our thoughts and perceptions can shape how we react to situations. Before today’s interview, our trusty host talks about attempting to move past a bout of severe depression. Trevor then sits down with Dr. Kathryn Boger, Program Director of the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program (8:45), who shares her thoughts on ways to retrain our brains to realize things are not as bad as we initially think. Dr. Boger also discusses child and adolescent mental health, particularly the importance of early detection and early invention in children and adolescents, while also sharing what it was like for her to grow up as an anxious child. Check out Dr. Boger’s TedX talk about child and adolescent mental health (https://bit.ly/2SH4rQt) after you read about her fresh approach to adolescent anxiety treatment (https://bit.ly/2H22Mn2)!
December 28, 2018
This New Year’s Eve, millions of Americans will resolve to lose weight, give up smoking, or find a new job. Chances are, they made the same resolution last year and the year before and have yet to succeed. In fact, more than 90% of people won’t meet their goals. In this episode, McLean’s Director of Psychology Dr. Philip Levendusky tells us that it’s easier than you think to start making changes in your life. He wants to help you stick to your resolutions by encouraging you to set realistic expectations and give yourself the leeway to forgive yourself and keep trying should you start to slip from your new routines. In the end, while your goal may be perfection, it is perfectly healthy to give it your best and always feel as if you are a work in progress. Don’t forget to check out Dr. Levendusky’s Top Tips for Meeting your New Year’s Goals! https://www.mcleanhospital.org/newyears
December 18, 2018
Life often includes many stressful moments, but stress around the holidays can be overwhelming for many people. From feelings of fatigue and isolation to financial stress and unrealistic expectations, it can be difficult to prepare ourselves for the increased stresses the holidays can often bring. In this episode, Trevor talks about his struggles with emotional regulation and what helps ground him. Then we are joined by McLean’s Mark Longsjo, LICSW, who helps remind us that we have more control than we believe and shares some suggestions to help each of us keep things in check. Learn more about ways to mitigate holiday stress: https://bit.ly/2UdCbpf
November 27, 2018
Leonard Su is a fully trained, fully licensed, fully retired vascular surgeon. After 4 years of college at Yale University, 4 years at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 3 years of laboratory research, 7 years of residency both at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Washington, AND 10 years of clinical practice, he hung up his scalpel and picked up a keyboard. He traded O.R. Lights for stage lights. His clinical career was cut short by mental illness, but he remains ever willing to help others. Only now instead of sutures and stents, he uses words and the power of talk. He speaks on the issues of mental illness in society, particularly in the medical profession, and strives to start conversations about mental illness. His background, while clearly steeped in medicine, also includes experience with stage such as with dancing in a local production of the Nutcracker, improv Comedy, and small episodes of trying stand-up Comedy.
November 6, 2018
Through this podcast, you will meet our host Trevor, who in addition to working at McLean, also knows a thing or two about living with mental health challenges. With Trevor as our moderator, he will guide us through up close and personal conversations with clinicians, advocates, celebrities, and ordinary people who have extraordinary stories to share. Along the way, you’ll also get to know Trevor, as he opens up about his own experiences with mental illness, growing up in a Native American household, and traveling the globe as a documentary filmmaker. In this week’s episode, Trevor introduces you to Jeff, whose experience with mental illness led him on a long journey that finally ended with him being paired with his service dog, Earl. Jeff talks about how his life with Earl led to his founding of Go Fetch Wellness, an organization dedicated to integrating animals into a whole-person approach to mental health treatment. Check out more about Jeff and the impact of pet therapy: https://bit.ly/2BV0iSr
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