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September 13, 2019
Jamie aka @JamieTworkowski is the founder of "To Write Lover on her Arms," a non-profit finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. He discusses the power of empathy and community. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mentalpod
September 6, 2019
Julie explains the steps to recovering desire, passion, and pleasure after her sexual assault.  Discuss how being catcalled and sexualized at age 11 informed her value in society, sexual harassment in the workplace, struggles with anorexia and a complex relationship with food, desire vs craving, being sexually assaulted by a trusted friend and how she learned to recovery through mindfulness, therapy, and yoga.  They also discuss the #MeToo movement, toxic masculinity, incels & patriarchy stereotypes
August 30, 2019
Zane Helberg performs stand-up comedy in an unlikely setting - rehab clinics. He and Paul discuss how getting sober lead to living an authentic life, personal development, and the importance of spiritual progress (not perfection). WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/me
August 23, 2019
Sexual abuse and incest can often fly below the radar because there isn't overt touching but as Tony M shares, his being raised in a sexually charged home has impacted his ability to trust and be intimate. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mentalpod
August 16, 2019
The patient advocate discusses experimental treatments, pharmaceuticals vs eastern remedies, navigating the healthcare system, the struggle to get to the "root cause" of health issues and losing her mother to mental illness. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mentalp
August 15, 2019
Part reality show, part self-love school and the best makeover podcast out there. Hosts Kristen Meinzer and Jolenta Greenberg (from By The Book) draw on their extensive knowledge of self-help to provide guests with a prescription for their next life challenge, whether it's getting back into dating or starting a new career. The goal: for the guest to find the outstanding person who was there all along, and learn to love themselves more. We Love You (And So Can You) is out NOW - wherever you get podcasts.
August 9, 2019
Dan discusses intra-race racism, growing up mixed-race (Latinx/Japanese/African-American) & sexually fluid with a judgmental and homophobic father, and how he renewed a relationship with his mother after learning self-advocacy. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mental
August 2, 2019
The comedian (Anthony) & psychologist (Brigitte) open up about losing their 2-year-old daughter to cancer and how they learned to navigate the grief process through faith, love, and humor. They are the authors of Behind the Laughter. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/
July 26, 2019
From the first season (2011). Paul interviews “Murph”, a retired serial felon who opens up about prison, the guilt of his crimes and leaving it all behind. Six years ago you might have labeled him a psychopath. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mentalpod
July 19, 2019
From 2011.  Jen @JenKirkman (Chelsea Lately, Drunk History) and Paul have an epic “Fear Off” that leaves both of their souls emptied. Jen shares about her panic attacks and what it was like to be in New York on 9/11. Paul shares about the horror of being in an earthquake.
July 12, 2019
From 2011 - actor Rob Delaney (Catastrophe) opens up about his hilariously horrifying alcoholic bottom and how he has adapted to live with what might have killed most people. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mentalpod
July 5, 2019
Listener-Voted #1 episode of 2011 and for good reason. The Emmy-nominated writer/performer brings it. She opens up about her struggles, insecurities and fear of not being cut out to be a mother. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mentalpod
June 28, 2019
The 53 year-old former gang-member has spent most of his life in prison in solitary confinement. He addresses his shame over the harms he caused, surviving prison, getting sober, going back to school and regaining custody of his kids. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/
June 21, 2019
Repressed sex abuse memories are difficult especially when the perpetrator is a female relative. The comic talks about uncovering his memories, leaving Mormonism & his belief that he deserves bad things to happen to him. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mentalpod
June 14, 2019
The certified psychoanalyst, author of It's Not Always Depression:Working the Change Triangle to Listen to the Body, Discover Core Emotions, and Connect to Your Authentic Self and AEDP psychotherapist opens up about her struggles with perfectionism and equating value with achievements, mistakes she has made as a parent, listening to our bodies, discovering our core emotions, how depression can misdiagnosed and advice on bringing about change in our lives using the change triangle.
June 7, 2019
The popular cartoonist @AlecWithPen shares his history with depression, anxiety, failed relationships, a wealthy but distant family, low self-esteem, trying to find his passion & how he finally channeled it into his drawings. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mentalpod
May 31, 2019
The 77 year-old veteran psychotherapist, teacher and author shares her insights into how we can embrace aging and mortality to deal with feelings of irrelevance and anger and find contentment thru acceptance, mindfulness and purpose. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/m
May 24, 2019
Her lifelong fear of commitment was masked behind an obsession with emotionally available men - Christina shares how she personally changed and healed her pain to be able to recognize and accept healthy love including self-love. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/ment
May 17, 2019
The hilarious blogger/author of Ramshackle Glam &The Big Activity Book For Anxious People shares about her battles with anxiety, & being fired from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. She & Paul also get into some fun Fears and Loves.  WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com
May 10, 2019
The comedian shares about his battles with depression, fear of failure, huge financial and professional setbacks (he had a huge following on Vine before it was retired), having a mother with BiPolar I, and alcohol. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mentalpod
May 3, 2019
Paul's former Dinner and a Movie cohost and very first guest on the podcast returns to share about fears, loves, panic attacks, people pleasing, hurt feelings and her battles with personalization displacement syndrome. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mentalpod
April 26, 2019
Elle talks about obsessions & letting go especially after breakups, shame, isolation, rejection and not being enough, plus the sickness of working to extreme exhaustion and trying to find validation outside of her accomplishments. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/men
April 19, 2019
The comedian and podcaster (New Player Has Joined) opens up about his financially privileged but emotionally barren childhood, verbal abuse from youth hockey coaches, and discovering himself thru video games. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mentalpod
April 12, 2019
The licensed therapist shares common issues people deal with in therapy and ways that we are our own worst enemy. Paul shares about adopting a dog, plus great listener descriptions of their food issues anxiety and depression. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mentalpo
April 5, 2019
The comic, life coach, & ex-athlete shares about his suicidal ideation, struggles with food, abandonment by his dad who fathered him via an affair, learning trust, self-care, conflict resolution and even trying the suicide hotline. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/men
March 29, 2019
The 41 year-old mother reads the open letter she wrote to the men who took advantage of her as a young teen, discussing gray area issues like consent, alcohol, objectification and trading sex for love, attention or to avoid abandonment. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) at www.Patreon.com/mentalpod
March 22, 2019
Funny & vulnerable, Julie was born to a teenage mom, was given up for adoption and raised by a stoic military dad and Fundamentalist mom whose obsession with demons comes close to resembling the mother from “Carrie”. From 2013 WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/men
March 15, 2019
The licensed therapist shares about the well-meaning but misguided "cult of positivity" after tragedies, emotional dissonance, grief support, having difficult conversations and how she dealt with the sudden death of her partner. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mental
March 8, 2019
Weeks after recording this episode last year, therapist Dr. Jennifer Golick was killed by a combat veteran with PTSD whom she was helping. She talks about her work with vets, covert incest and codependence. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mentalpod
March 1, 2019
One of the most unique voices in comedy ended his life last week. Paul shares some thoughts on it, reads a listener email and replays episode 100, an interview with Brody from Feb 2013, in its entirety. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mentalpod
February 22, 2019
Paul's longtime friend and improv teacher talk about his violent ex-Notre Dame football player dad, his mentally unstable and sexually abusive mother and how he found his voice in creativity but still struggles with shame, codependency and self-love. Fill out a listener demographic survey (anonymously) and help the show attract advertisers go to www.PodSurvey.com/mental Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Ment
February 15, 2019
The LMFT returns to talk about two types of OCD; Scrupulosity - a fear of sinning or having sinned, and Sexual Orientation OCD - an obsession about one's present or future orientation. She and Paul share their own anxieties. Kimberley also hosts her own podcast Your Anxiety Toolkit. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mentalp
February 8, 2019
Paul's support group friend opens up about being addicted to male attention while also fearing them, feeling unsafe, love addiction, growing up without her bio dad (without explanation) and the power of vulnerability in healing. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe! Spread the word via social media.  website is www.mentalpod.com www.Facebook.com/mentalpod Twitter& IG are both @Mentalpod  Become a Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/ment
February 1, 2019
The psychiatrist and tv writer (Chicago Med) shares about his childhood, why some of his peers overprescribe medications, the importance of talk therapy, some info on hypnosis and Paul opens up about his health fears especially around meds and long-term health. More About Our Guest http://paulrpurimd.com
January 25, 2019
The author (Go F*%#, I Mean Find Yourself) opens up about being mixed race and battling depression and feeling like an outsider as far back as childhood. He and Paul share things they're grateful for and read inspirational quotes from his book. More About Our Guest Buy Glenn's book here Follow him on Instagram @Glenn_Lutz
January 21, 2019
Some "Shame and Secrets" surveys and some "Awfulsome" and "Happy Moments" surveys as well.
January 18, 2019
The author (It's OK to Laugh and No Happy Endings) and host of the podcast Terrible Thanks For Asking returns in front of live audience in Minneapolis. She, Paul and the audience share their fears and loves and answer some questions. More About Our Guest Check out her books and where to buy them at www.noraborealis.com/book Follow her on social media @NoraBorealis And of course check out her great podcast Terrible Thanks For Asking
January 15, 2019
After hearing mens' stories about experiencing incest (overtly or covertly) by their mothers, Daniel reached out to Paul with his story and has come to share it (with his girlfriend for support as well.) This episode is sponsored by StitchFix online personal styling service.  Get 25% off when you keep all 5 items in your box.  Go to www.StitchFix.com/mental This episode is sponsored by Himalaya podcasting app.  You can download it at the App store or Google Play store.
January 11, 2019
The cartoonist (100 Demon Dialogues) delves into her struggles with the mean/critical voice in her head and how she is confronting the lies it tells her about herself. She also shares about her dad, the author of The Highlander, and their complex relationship. More About Our Guest lucybellwood.com 100demondialogues.com  patreon.com/LucyBellwood www.twitter.com/LuBellWoo www.instagram.com/LuBellWoo
January 4, 2019
The writer/performer opens up about her anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, shame and body issues. She also reads excerpts from Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went From Being Afraid Of Everything to Being Afraid Of Most Things, her hilarious new book about taking risks and challenging her fears, especially social phobias. More About Our Guest For more on Courtenay go to www.CourtenayHameister.com  Follow her on Twitter @Wisenheimer
December 28, 2018
No guests, just some of Paul's thoughts on traditions and holidays; how we hide our feelings and some great, very honest (and one very dark) listener surveys including the best holiday Awfulsome moment yet.
December 21, 2018
Born in India, raised in Texas, 33 year-old Iraq War veteran, ultra-runner and global philanthropist talks about his lifelong struggles with moderation, getting his identify from his accomplishments or dangerous/crazy/extreme behavior, feeling unworthy and battling survivors guilt after losing a fellow soldier.  He also talks about spirituality especially finding purpose through sacrifice and service. Akshay is the author of the book Fearvana (with a forward by the Dalai Fucking Lama!)
December 14, 2018
Coming from an anxious family, coupled with not fitting in, being bullied by her ballet teacher (and having red hair), then as a young teen, developing vaginismus, Becky spent her 20s resigned to never dating or having a partner. Surgery, talk therapy, physical therapy and giving dating another try has proved to be more helpful than she expected. Older eps can be found ad-free only at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get a month free w/offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/men
December 7, 2018
Recorded live in Minneapolis at Sisyphus Brewing, Paul and Kjell reunite and share stories of bombing onstage, panic attacks, depression, meds, feeling lazy, future tripping, anger at partners, living in parents' basements, self-doubt, dead-end jobs and self-sabotage. Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod  hear guests like Tiffany Haddish and Maria Bamford.
November 30, 2018
One of her first memories is seeing her mother's boyfriend shot dead in front of her at four years-old. The mother she adored was fiercely protective of her except when it interfered with her dangerous lifestyle. A great chat about mental health - especially among POC -, complicated relationships with mothers, the cycles of generational dysfunction and trauma in the black community and the challenges raising her teenage son in a mostly white community.
November 23, 2018
The former screenwriter, mother and podcaster shares about her relationship with her "party-animal" husband Bert Kreischer and her tumultuous childhood split between a mentally-ill narcissistic mother, a lovesick broken father, and a grandfather with severe combat PTSD from being the one of the first soldiers to enter Nagasaki after the atomic bomb detonated. She describes how she faced her pain, changed her life and is trying to grow into the person and mother she never had.
November 16, 2018
The improviser/actor (UCB's Wild Horses) opens up about her struggles with feeling like a fraud, people pleasing, shame, FOMO, feeling undeserving or that her authentic self is just too much for people. Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod   Hear guests like: Tiffany Haddish, Marc Maron, Maria Bamford, and more.
November 9, 2018
The filmmaker (Earbuds) podcaster (Comedy Film Nerds and Conversations From the Abyss) writer (Pacified: A Handbook For the New Freaked-Out Dad) and comedian sits down to talk about anxiety, depression, parental stress/anxiety and feeling career disappointment/frustration/doubt.  He also talks about the Earbuds documentary and the importance of human connection not only in dealing with mental struggles but between podcasts and listeners. Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Prem
November 2, 2018
The writer (Danger & Eggs) standup (Comedy Central: This is Not Happening) & podcaster (Reality Bytes) shares about her childhood under communism in the Ukraine, her battles with bipolar (loving the mania), surviving cancer and how to help or talk to someone with it and how all of us can help the #MeToo movement, especially powerful people who caused harm. Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup.
October 26, 2018
"Bored", "lazy", "scattered" "hyper"; Are these fair or accurate labels? Is there anything we can do to help our brains or motivation? Jessica shares about her past struggles with these labels and how we can find what our brain likes so we don't label and fight it, rather understand it and work with it. Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod
October 19, 2018
The standup & cohost of the "Crazy in Bed" podcast opens up about being an only child & a "weird kid" who couldn't appreciate her uniqueness and desire to belong until college. She shares about her battles with social anxiety, bulimia, drinking, insomnia, racing thoughts, being left out and feeling guilty for coming from privilege.  She and Paul also talk about their histories of taking meds and their side effects and finding a home in support groups despite thinking they wouldn't work.
October 12, 2018
The standup, actor and author shares about familial loss, his lifelong OCD rituals, and growing up in a home where the harsh and often brutal realities of the world were discussed with the kids, helping them empathize but also took an emotional toll. Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod   Hear guests like: Tiffany Haddish, Marc Maron, Maria Bamford and more
October 5, 2018
The actress, author (Out Came the Sun) and granddaughter of writer Ernest Hemingway shares about the him, her family, acting, generational trauma, mental illness, addiction/alcoholism and dysfunction and how she has learned to deal with her anxiety, codependence, depression and fear of letting go. Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month. Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod
September 28, 2018
The psychiatrist and chief medical officer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention shares insights into dealing with hopelessness both personally and with loved ones. The Suicide Hotline number is 1-800-273-TALK Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month. Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod Hear guests like: Tiffany Haddish, Marc Maron, Maria Bamford, NHL Legend Theo Fleury, & more
September 21, 2018
Belfast native James Murray shares his story of surviving a terrorist attack, spiraling into drinking and anger then getting sober and finding peace & forgiveness and how he maintains it. He also shares about the benefits of ayahuasca. Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month. Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod Hear guests like: Tiffany Haddish, Marc Maron, Maria Bamford, Nikki Glaser, and more
September 14, 2018
The former IRA member shares his people's history, his years of imprisonment & torture by Protestants and the British govt, the responsibility he feels for civilian lives that were taken by his organization, watching fellow prisoner Bobby Sands die by hunger strike, finding ways to survive mentally and how the emotions surfaced unexpectedly years later.  Older episodes can be found ad-free at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Use offer code MENTAL  www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod
September 7, 2018
The English architect (and yoga teacher) talks about navigating relationships being bisexual, finding solutions for her lifelong bouts with anxiety, recurrent depressive disorder, abusive partners and bottoming out with a suicide attempt. Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod
August 31, 2018
The 29 year-old Dubliner opens up about her struggles with psychosis, cutting/self-harm, alcohol, anger, learning disability (seeing letters mirrored) & spatial/motor control; also her suicide attempt and it finally expressing her pain despite feeling numb. Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod
August 24, 2018
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland to a Catholic father and Protestant mother. He had the rare perspective of seeing all sides of the conflict both inside and outside his home, where he was raised Catholic in a violently Protestant neighborhood.  He shares stories of having to endure violence walking to school every day because of his easily identifiable Catholic uniform.   He's an architect working on global projects that try to bring together communities torn apart by differences and violence.
August 17, 2018
21 year-old M emigrated to Dublin from China at 8. With a history of abuse and neglect, she learned to stuff her sadness or unleash it thru anger. She battles Bipolar I, BPD, Complex PTSD & co-dependence but is developing tools & support.  She talks about growing up with conditional love and physical violence where emotions like sadness weren't allowed.  M also shares about the dramatic episodes of mania that landed her in trouble with the law and in hospital. Her girlfriend A sits in as well
August 10, 2018
At 27 Beth has had 68 ECT treatments aka "Shock Therapy" and while she attests to it's effectiveness in helping her with her bipolar episodes it has also taken a toll on her memory; including not recognizing her boyfriend of several years. Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod
August 3, 2018
The writer/storyteller discusses the lifelong struggle to make peace with his amputation fetish, his ups and downs with taking meds, inheriting his dad's pomposity, suicidal ideation and the benefits of martial arts in dealing with depression and anxiety. Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod
July 27, 2018
Cali's specialty is speaking the truth to high-profile or wealthy people trying to get sober, especially when they're being enabled by family, hangers-on or the people they make money for. Topics are : codependency, low self-esteem & boundaries Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod
July 20, 2018
He was just a kid who wanted to get into art school but when he was rejected, he instead got sent to Vietnam. Later he would use painting to process the traumas he experienced. Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod
July 13, 2018
Paul and Meredith share their stories and thoughts about encountering internet trolls, Social Justice Warriors gone awry and self-righteous bullies. Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod
July 6, 2018
The improvisor/actor (Comedy Bang Bang, UCB, Adult Swim - Mr. Neighbor's House) shares about dealing with his co-dependency, urge to fix other people, play the resentful victim and how support groups help him. Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod
June 29, 2018
Elizabeth Menzel's life's work is understanding and healing trauma trapped in the body - including her own. Originally a trained physical therapist she became intrigued by the link between clients with fibromyalgia and a history of trauma.  She found help in Somatic Experiencing and other modes of releasing trauma.  She talks about the science of releasing tension and stress, PTSD and sexism - including sharing her own struggles coming from a childhood with an overtly misogynistic father.
June 22, 2018
Daniel looks back at his relationship with his soon-to-be-ex-wife; turning from the woman of his dreams to a dangerously violent and unpredictable stranger. He talks about the myths around female on male DV and his experiences before leaving her   Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod
June 15, 2018
The author of How To Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety, and Harvard Medical School Psychologist shares not only the science of Social Anxiety and ways to deal with it but some of her own battles with it.   Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod
June 7, 2018
Few guests have revealed as much of themselves as Jessa, a comic and podcaster (Mormon and the Meth-Head)  We touch on being molested, fear of intimacy, addiction, sobriety, anger, psych wards, rejection, sexual fantasies most people would never share publicly (rape, being cheated on), psychosis, binge eating and the lengths we will go to get attention. Older episodes ad-free exclusively at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod for $4.99/month.  One month free with offer code MENTAL
June 1, 2018
Decluttering expert Tracy McCubbin shares about her experiences being raised by a hoarder and how she helps clients part with their stuff. She and Paul get into the topics of materialism, cheap-goods consumerism, compulsive shopping and using "stuff", especially collecting to avoid feelings or issues in our lives. Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod
May 25, 2018
Paul's friend shares about the co-dependent relationship with his longtime lover that ended in tragedy & Todd's PTSD, porn & meth binges tailspinning into a showdown on his roof vs a SWAT team, before finally having a moment of clarity and getting his life together piece by piece. Episodes older than one year can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.   Get one month free by using offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod.
May 18, 2018
One of our best episodes - recorded in 2015 before she was famous (Girl's Trip, Saturday Night Live) - Tiffany opens up about her horrific family life, being shuttled around the foster care system and finally finding her voice doing comedy.   The full archive of MIHH shows one year and older can be found exclusively on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of listening, go to stitcherpremium.com/mentalpod and use promo code 'MENTAL'.
May 11, 2018
The blues-based singer-songwriter who has written for Bonnie Raitt and other artists started out in the epicenter of the NY/Boston folk scene among contemporaries like Bob Dylan and Eric Von Schmidt reminisces about his career, the art of songwriting, jamming with blues legends like Son House, his battles with alcoholism and what success means internally. He performs Train Home and Leave The Light On. This week's surveys were released as a donor-only ep at www.Patreon.com/mentalpod
May 4, 2018
The hilarious author and uber-popular Tweeter @SoSadToday delves into subjects covered in her latest book, The Pisces (and reads from it). She and Paul talk about romantic obsession, sexual compulsion that leads to shame and regret; the overall search to fill the nothingness in a futile attempt to know the unknowable and the animal part of the brain that overrides logic. Follow Melissa on Twitter @SoSadToday Buy her new book The Pisces
April 27, 2018
The comedic actor, improviser and longtime Conan O'Brien sidekick opens up about his battles with depression, worry, anxiety and sadness and how he has learned to manage them with talk therapy. He also shares about the illusion he held that acquiring money and getting married would "fix him". He talks about growing up in a combative, eventually-divorced house where humor was prized and how he felt shortly after that, learning his father had come out as gay. Follow Andy on Twitter @AndyRichter
April 20, 2018
The host of the Terrible Thanks For Asking podcast and author of It's Okay To Laugh (Crying is Cool Too) sits down with Paul before a live audience to talk about how she processed (and still is) the grief of losing family members and dealing with her depression and anxiety. A funny and touching conversation. For more on Nora go to www.NoraBorealis.com Follow her on twitter @NoraBorealis Follow her on Instagram @NoraBorealis
April 13, 2018
The actor/comedian (Comedy Central Presents: Cy Amundson) opens up in front of a live audience about his OCD, anxiety and how the loss of his teenage sister affected him and his family. For more on Cy visit www.cycomedy.com www.twitter.com/cyamundson
April 6, 2018
The Harvard Medical School research psychologist's recent TED Talk "The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage" went viral a month or so ago and here she sits down with Paul to talk about the human habit of judging ourselves for our feelings, how it affects us, the science behind it and how we can move away from toxic self-judgement. She also shares some of her personal life; being born and raised in South Africa during Apartheid and losing a parent when she was a child. www.SusanDavid.com
March 30, 2018
Daisy (with Cory for support) shares about her emotionally absent parents, Taiwanese culture, her anxiety, need to control, fear of making mistakes, struggling to find a sense of self and the imprint left on her by pleasing her emotionally withdrawn/critical mother at any cost. They share about the specifics of their polyamorous relationship and agreements/boundaries vs open ones and monogamous ones. Daisy talks about the struggle of being a jealous person in a poly partnership and her need for validation
March 23, 2018
The hilarious, self-depreciating podcaster (Jordan Harbinger Show) and ex-lawyer opens up about a recent professional crisis that left him with extraordinary anxiety, insomnia and panic attacks. He talks about often feeling like a fraud, (also known as imposter syndrome), workaholism and difficulty in finding who he is outside of his work.
March 16, 2018
The writer (Lady Parts, The Onion) and dog walker shares about the lifelong battle she has had with her brain and emotions including: Intrusive thoughts, OCD, treatment-resistant depression, procrastination, self-judgment, and anger. She shares how REBT was a game changer for helping her cope. 078122 Follow Jessie on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NickCageMatch To become a monthly donor for as little as $1/month (and qualify for bonus content and goodies from Paul go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod
March 9, 2018
Paul's support group friend, recovering heroin addict and author shares about his upbringing on the Isle of Mann (UK) and the shame and anxiety he felt about secrets in his family and within himself. He opens up about his psychosis that convinced him that not only was he the devil he was also James Bond. He touches on his battles with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, codependency, religious delusions and grappling with the idea of what it means to be a man.
March 2, 2018
Originally recorded while speaking under the pseudonym "Daisy" to protect her from her abusive ex-fiancee, CC, a successful model, DJ and actress describes her relationship with a wealthy, powerful and manipulative drug addict/alcoholic who had turned increasingly violent and controlling. She opens up about the therapist and support group that helped her leave the abuse and gain clarity on the dynamics of domestic abuse.
February 23, 2018
Renowned author & TedTalk speaker Dr. Guy Winch talks about different kinds of heartbreak, especially the ones some people  minimize (loss of pets or non-married breakups). He gets into the science of how our brains react to loss, how we experience this emotionally and some tips for coping or supporting someone.
February 16, 2018
Paul is joined by two support group friends, Jonathan & Mukunda, to talk about their experience 3 weeks earlier when a shooting victim stumbled into their meeting and began bleeding out at their feet. Jonathan and Mukunda, both sober and ex-criminals, talk about how they were able to respond differently today than they would have when they were gangbangers.
February 9, 2018
The Salon contributor and author of Getting Off shares about her sex addiction, which began at age 12 after discovering masturbation as a way of soothing her anxiety and not having to deal with her feelings but over time escalated into riskier and more addictive behavior which she eventually sought help for. She shares about the odd relationship shame and pleasure have for her when acting out and how today she can have sexual experiences that are actually intimate and freeing.
February 2, 2018
She battled OCD as a child but when she gave birth to twins it gripped her again despite being a trained psychologist who specializes in...yes...OCD. A great episode about the power fear, dark thoughts and shame in fueling OCD but also the power of getting help. She tearfully recalls her obsessive monitoring of her newborns despite being exhausted; being gripped by fear, almost certaint of their imminent deaths. Dr Yip shares about her postpartum OCD and OCD signs, treatment & support.
January 26, 2018
The writer (HBO's Crashing) and stand-up (Me Being Me) opens up about his dad abandoning his family when he was 2 years-old and how that has effected his view of the world, himself and now his children. He talks about his struggles with food, anger, making mistakes, letting people into his life for fear of them disappointing him and he also discusses his need as a child to care for his overburdened mother after his father left. For more on Jay, including his new special "Me Being Me" go to www.JayLarsonComedy.com Follow him on Twitter at @JayLarsonComedy www.Twitter.com/JayLarsonComedy Follow him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/JayLarsonComedy This ep is sponsored by BetterHelp online therapy.  To try a week of counseling for free go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Must be 18 This ep is sponsored by SquareSpace.  Go to www.SquareSpace.com to try it for free and when you're ready to launch use offer code MENTAL for 10% off your first purchase of a domain or website.   For more on Jay, including his new special "Me Being Me" go to www.JayLarsonComedy.com Follow him on Twitter at @JayLarsonComedy www.Twitter.com/JayLarsonComedy Follow him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/JayLarsonComedy This ep is sponsored by BetterHelp online therapy.  To try a week of counseling for free go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Must be 18 This ep is sponsored by SquareSpace.  Go to www.SquareSpace.com to try it for free and when you're ready to launch use offer code MENTAL for 10% off your first purchase of a domain or website   Check out SquareSpace in action at listener/artist Emily's site www.EmilyDenise.com  and Paul's dog pictures and music at www.Paul-Gilmartin.SquareSpace.com This ep is sponsored by Audible. To start a 30-day trial and your first audiobook free go to www.Audible.com/mental or text MENTAL to 500-500  The book Paul mentioned is Fire & Fury by Michael Wolff. To become a monthly donor (and qualify for bonus content and goodies from Paul go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod To make a one-time donations via Paypal go to www.mentalpod.com/donate  To help fund Paul's next trip to record international guests, especially in Ireland, go to https://www.gofundme.com/pauls-trip-to-ireland Follow Paul on Twitter and Instagram @mentalpod  
January 19, 2018
Couple's therapist Jen Elmquist sits down with Paul and answers questions about the most common mistakes and hurdles couples face and offers advice on how to value your partner and relationship without devaluing yourself. There are no surveys in this episode as Paul will explain in the opening 20 minutes. Moments before he sat to record he was at his usual Thursday night support group meeting when it was interrupted by a shooting outside their building and the bleeding victim taking refuge in his meeting.   For more on Jen Elmquist: Twitter: @jen_elmquist FB: @jenelmquistlmft Insta: @relationshipreset LinkedIn: Jen Elmquist, LMFT website: www.jenelmquist.com Buy her book Relationship Reset: Secrets From A Couples Therapist That Will Revolutionize Your Love For a Lifetime   This ep is sponsored by BetterHelp online therapy.  To try a week of counseling for free go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Must be 18 This ep is sponsored by SquareSpace.  For 10% off the purchase of a website or domain go to www.SquareSpace.com and use offer code MENTAL To become a monthly donor (and qualify for bonus content and goodies from Paul go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod To make a one-time donations via Paypal go to www.mentalpod.com/donate To help fund Paul's next trip to record international guests, especially in Ireland, go to https://www.gofundme.com/pauls-trip-to-ireland Follow Paul on Twitter and Instagram @mentalpod    
January 12, 2018
Imagine having a panic attack live on-air while anchoring ABC news. That happened to Dan Harris in 2004. The Nightline anchor, Good Morning America Weekend Co-anchor, war correspondent and author (10% Happier) opens up about his history of anxiety, depression, drug abuse (he's now sober) and witnessing horrific scenes while reporting in conflict zones. He talks about being skeptical at first about meditating but after researching it like a reporter, interviewing scientists and trying it himself he discovered it actually helps his anxiety. Dan is also the host of the 10% Happier podcast. Check out Dan's books about meditating and the power of getting help. Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How To Guide 10% Happier You can find Dan on social media at  https://www.facebook.com/DanHarrisABC/ https://twitter.com/danbharris https://www.instagram.com/danharris/ And check out his podcast   10% Happier Podcast (An ABC News Podcast) https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/10-happier-with-dan-harris/id1087147821?mt=2 www.10percenthappier.com   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To try a free week go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Must be 18. This episode is sponsored by SquareSpace.  For 10% off the purchase of a website or domain go to www.SquareSpace.com and use offer code MENTAL  (check out the site Paul made for his dog pictures and music at www.paul-gilmartin.squarespace.com) To become a monthly donor (and qualify for bonus content and goodies from Paul go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod To make a one-time donations via Paypal go to www.mentalpod.com/donate To help fund Paul's next trip to record international guests, especially in Ireland, go to https://www.gofundme.com/pauls-trip-to-ireland Follow Paul on Twitter and Instagram @mentalpod
January 5, 2018
The author (My Fair Junkie) details her jaw-dropping and often hilarious descent from a nice (but spoiled) Jewish girl from Beverly Hills to shooting coke into her neck, bottoming out on meth and sex and being assigned to a chain gang after threatening her ex-husband with a knife and ultimately having to rebuild her life.  She shares on her struggled with self-harm, BDD, depression, anxiety, sex addiction, suicide attempts, psych ward stays, fear of growing up, the danger of relying on her father's money, their complicated relationship and the abandonment by her mother. For more on Amy www.amydresner.com   twitter: @AmyDresner   IG: @amydresner   FB:  @amydresnerofficial    And buy her book My Fair Junkie   This ep is sponsored by BetterHelp online therapy.  To try a week of counseling for free go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Must be 18 This ep is sponsored by Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Learn more at www.JHSPH.edu/FeelGood This ep is sponsored by Casper mattresses.  Get $50 towards select mattresses by going to www.Casper.com/mental and using offer code MENTAL as well.  Terms and conditions apply. To become a monthly donor (and qualify for bonus content and goodies from Paul go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod To make a one-time donations via Paypal go to www.mentalpod.com/donate   To help fund Paul's next trip to record international guests, especially in Ireland, go to https://www.gofundme.com/pauls-trip-to-ireland Follow Paul on Twitter and Instagram @mentalpod  
December 29, 2017
The young writer/director (2 Kawaii 4 Comfort) shares about the intersection of people on the autism spectrum (especially Asperger's) and nerd culture especially anime. He opens up about his diagnosis as a child, different therapies his parents tried and what it feels like to be on the spectrum. He talks about a lot of the myths and stereotypes of people on the spectrum and how he has changed from an angry, withdrawn non-verbal child to an adult who is able to function easily in mainstream society (aka neurotypical people).   Watch all of the show Luke wrote and co-directed at www.2Kawaii4Comfort.com You can also check out its FB page https://www.facebook.com/2K4Comfort/ Scroll down to see the list of different anime genres Luke put together for people unfamiliar with it.   This episode is sponsored by Quip electric toothbrushes.  To get your first brush refill for free go to www.GetQuip.com/mental This ep is sponsored by BetterHelp online therapy.  To try a week of counseling for free go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Must be 18   To become a monthly donor (and qualify for bonus content and goodies from Paul go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod To make a one-time donations via Paypal go to www.mentalpod.com/donate   To help fund Paul's next trip to record international guests, especially in Ireland, go to https://www.gofundme.com/pauls-trip-to-ireland Follow Paul on Twitter and Instagram @mentalpod   FROM LUKE ----------------------- At Paul’s request Here’s a list of some anime if you are interested in getting a better understanding of the form. A lot of these names are well familiar to anime fans, again this is more of a beginner’s primer. I’ve included a link to each one’s IMDB page. For all the die hard anime fans, I’m sorry I couldn’t include more. STANDARD EXAMPLE ANIME: I actually hesitated to include these first in the list because I consider these shows to be examples of what anime typically is. They demonstrate a lot of the tropes and stylistic choices of the medium and while not ‘bad’, but I don’t think they are as interesting as the ones after it. Negima: This is an example of the ‘harem’ anime, where a shy young boy is thrown into a situation where he lives surrounded by nubile women (whacky scenarios ensue, said boy ends up in percarious situations where he witnesses these women undressing). In  this case it’s about a boy wizard who reaches as an all girl school but just a look at the intro gives an idea of what you are dealing with.   Naruto: The story of a ninja who wants to be the leader of his ninja clan one day. This is an example of a Shonen anime, where the focus is on action, magical powers and building character rivalries and relationships. These shonen anime have long story arcs that can last years or even decades without any sign of resolution IF YOU DON’T THINK YOU’LL  LIKE ANIME: Cowboy Bebop: A stylish, laid back Neo-Noir about bounty hunters set in space. This is the one that people who hate anime still say “Except Cowboy Bebop, that show is cool”. Each episode is pretty self contained so you can jump in at any time.   Spirited Away: A landmark film from the legendary Studio Ghibli, this film is a bold reimagining of Alice in Wonderland set in a bathhouse in the afterlife. Wonderful story with Memorable cast that people of all ages can enjoy IF YOU’RE READY TO GET A LITTLE WEIRDER:Kino’s Journey: A laid back but philosophically fascinating series about a wanderer name Kino who travels from village to village with their talking motorcycle ‘Hermes’. Each episode plays like a more meditative version of the twilight zone. Paprika: From one of my favorite Directors Satoshi Kon, Paprikia is equal parts scifi thriller and imaginative art film about a scientist who has to stop a terrorist who stole a device that allows them to access people’s dreams. It’s basically the plot of inception but Paprika did it earlier and in my opinion better in every possible way. AKIRA: One of anime’s greatest scifi epics. An exploration of power, scale and psychology with unfortgettable animation and iconic moments of body horror. While violent, it does live up to it’s tagline of ‘Neo Tokyo is about to E-X-P-L-O-D-E’ OKAY, THIS IS REALLY WEIRD BUT AWESOME IF YOU GIVE IT A CHANCE: FLCL: A Coming of Age Story on Steroids. They literally took an entire series animation budget and blew it on 6 incredible hyper paced episodes.   Serial Experiments Lain: Dealing with themes of Identity, dissasociation, loss and the internet, this haunting surreal cyberpunk show slowly begins to make sense as the reality of the main character begins to disintergrate. TW: Suicide.     Neon Genesis Evangelion: The anime that chaged the game. It asks ‘would you save the world if all it caused you was more pain’. It combines religious imagery, psychological surrealism, angst and giant robots in a way no other show has been able to match. It starts off slow, but the drama and weirdness pick up aroung episode 8.    Okay there are still a ton but here are some other names if you are looking for good shows to watch: Princess Mononoke, Yuri on ice, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Death Note, Berzerk, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Attack on Titan, Madoka Magica, Ninja Scroll  
December 22, 2017
Born mixed-race to a white prostitute mother and a black, pimp father, Nicole grew up belonging to one of the most notorious families in the Boston underworld. Having seen and experienced unimaginable things, she found an outlet in music and finally gained a sense of self until drugs and alcohol stepped in. She shares about her new path in healing the PTSD, staying sober and trying to realize her artistic dreams. She also touches on being a lesbian, having a nervous breakdown and a dogged belief in science which cracked open the door for her to reimagine a universe that might hold the love and positivity she has found essential to staying sane. Nicole performs under the name Blu Nyle. Check her out on all social media @BluNyleGlobal or her speaking about the importance of opening up here   This ep is sponsored by BetterHelp online therapy.  To try a week of counseling for free go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Must be 18 To become a monthly donor (and qualify for bonus content and goodies from Paul go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod To make a one-time donations via Paypal go to www.mentalpod.com/donate To help fund Paul's next trip to record international guests, especially in Ireland, go to https://www.gofundme.com/pauls-trip-to-ireland Follow Paul on Twitter and Instagram @mentalpod
December 15, 2017
Marc and Sonja Raciti both served in the military; he as a medic, she as a psychologist. They talk about PTSD myths and the PTSD he struggles with from fearing for his life to seeing unspeakable carnage to having survivor's guilt. She weighs in as his supportive partner, a therapist, and an ex-officer who witnessed and experienced both overt and subtle sexism while she served. They also address how Marc has been able to heal thru exposure therapy and EMDR.   Buy Marc and Sonja's book about his battles with PTSD, I Just Want To See Trees:A Journey Thru PTSD This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To experience a free week, go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental Use offer code MENTAL This ep is sponsored by HelloFresh meal kit delivery service.  For $30 off your first week go to www.HelloFresh.com and use offer code MENTAL30 This ep is sponsored by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  To learn more go to www.JHSPH.edu/FeelGood This ep is sponsored by ZipRecruiter.  To post jobs for FREE go to www.Ziprecruiter.com/mental   To become a monthly donor (and qualify for bonus content and goodies from Paul go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod To make a one-time donations via Paypal go to www.mentalpod.com/donate   To help fund Paul's next trip to record international guests, especially in Ireland, go to https://www.gofundme.com/pauls-trip-to-ireland Follow Paul on Twitter and Instagram @mentalpod
December 8, 2017
In a live show recorded in Oakland, the 26 year-old writer (Shitfaced) discusses the loving but strained atmosphere growing up and his teenage years attempting suicide, drinking his way to rehabs and an eating disorder. He shares about making peace with being gay, therapy and the importance of writing and using other emotional tools today to keep him sane. Buy ‘Shitfaced’ on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Shitfaced-Musings-Former-Seamus-Kirst/dp/069282281X   Follow Seamus on Twitter and Instagram @SeamusKirst, and ‘like’ his page on Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/seamuspatrickkirst/   This ep is sponsored by BetterHelp online therapy.  To try a week of counseling for free go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Must be 18 This ep is sponsored by Casper sleep products.  For $50 off your first mattress go to www.Casper.com/mental and use offer code MENTAL This ep is sponsored by Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.  Learn more at www.JHSPH.edu/FeelGood This ep is sponsored by Quip electric toothbrushes.  To get your first refill pack free go to www.GetQuip.com/mental   To become a monthly donor (and qualify for bonus content and goodies from Paul go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod To make a one-time donations via Paypal go to www.mentalpod.com/donate To help fund Paul's next trip to record international guests, especially in Ireland, go to https://www.gofundme.com/pauls-trip-to-ireland Follow Paul on Twitter and Instagram @mentalpod
December 1, 2017
The award-winning playwright, t.v. writer (Jack Ryan)and author (Devil in Ohio) opens up about feeling abandoned by her father and the effect it has had on how she views herself, her place in it and the conscious decision she has made to become the hero of her own story by dealing with her fears of not being enough or taking chances. She shares about the catharsis of putting dark parts of herself in some of her characters and she and Paul talk about the awful feelings of jealousy or envy towards peers.  Photo by Elisabeth Caren. Devil in Ohio available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Daria-Polatin/e/B0762C6B61/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1 Twitter: @DariaPolatin // https://twitter.com/DariaPolatin?lang=en Instagram: @DariaPolatin // https://www.instagram.com/dariapolatin/ Facebook: @dariapolatinauthor // https://www.facebook.com/dariapolatinauthor/   This ep is sponsored by BetterHelp online therapy.  To try a week of counseling for free go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Must be 18 This ep is sponsored by ZipRecruiter.  To post jobs for free go to www.ZipRecruiter.com/mental This ep is sponsored by Omaha Steaks.  Buy the Family Gift Pack for just $49.99 (that's 75% off) go to www.OmahaSteaks.com and use offer code MENTAL This episode is sponsored by the book Memory Rescue.  For more info go to www.MemoryRescueBook.com   To become a monthly donor (and qualify for bonus content and goodies from Paul go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod To make a one-time donations via Paypal go to www.mentalpod.com/donate Help the podcast by shopping (U.S. Canada and U.K.) with our podcast's Amazon link (it doesn't make your product any more expensive - even bookmark it!) To help fund Paul's next trip to record international guests, especially in Ireland, go to https://www.gofundme.com/pauls-trip-to-ireland Follow Paul on Twitter and Instagram @mentalpod  
November 24, 2017
The standup/podcaster (Here We Are podcast) shares about taking unconventional approaches to his battles with depression and hopelessness. He opens up about his kind but very religious and uncommunicative parents and the hometown where things weren't questioned and getting help was considered weak or weird. For more about Shane and his A Good Trip tour go to www.ShaneMauss.com Follow Shane on Twitter at @ShaneComedy Listen to his podcast at www.HereWeArepodcast.com or on Apple Podcasts here  This ep is sponsored by BetterHelp online therapy.  To try a week of counseling for free go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Must be 18 This ep is sponsored by ZipRecruiter.  To post job ads for free go to www.ZipRecruiter.com/mental This ep is sponsored by the book Memory Rescue. For info go to www.MemoryRescueBook.com   To become a monthly donor (and qualify for bonus content and goodies from Paul go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod To make a one-time donations via Paypal go to www.mentalpod.com/donate Help the podcast by shopping (U.S. Canada and U.K.) with our podcast's Amazon link (it doesn't make your product any more expensive - even bookmark it!) To help fund Paul's next trip to record international guests, especially in Ireland, go to https://www.gofundme.com/pauls-trip-to-ireland Follow Paul on Twitter and Instagram @mentalpod  
November 17, 2017
Growing up Kelly McCarron's home life wasn't chaotic or abusive but she still struggles mentally and emotionally. After filling out the show's Shame and Secrets survey she reads it aloud, touching on the issues of self-esteem, the aftermath of being sexually assaulted by a co-worker at 18, binge eating, social anxiety, BiPolar, loneliness, being bullied in middle school and giving up on a painful relationship with a sibling. Follow Kelly on YouTube  Check out her standup on Open Comedy Follow her on Twitter @KellyBMcCarron and on her Facebook Page   This ep is sponsored by BetterHelp online therapy.  To try a week of counseling for free go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Must be 18 This ep is sponsored by the Family Ghosts podcast as well as The Hilarious World of Depression. This ep is sponsored by Quip electric toothbrushes.  To get your first brush refill pack free at www.GetQuip.com/mental This ep is sponsored by the book Memory Rescue.  Purchase it at www.MemoryRescueBook.com   To become a monthly donor (and qualify for bonus content and goodies from Paul go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod To make a one-time donations via Paypal go to www.mentalpod.com/donate Help the podcast by shopping (U.S. Canada and U.K.) with our podcast's Amazon link (it doesn't make your product any more expensive - even bookmark it!) To help fund Paul's next trip to record international guests, especially in Ireland, go to https://www.gofundme.com/pauls-trip-to-ireland Follow Paul on Twitter and Instagram @mentalpod
November 10, 2017
30 year-old Mary M. left America for Europe to escape not only an American culture that was wearing on her but a family where she was tired of being the scapegoat to her golden-child brother.  An all-too-common scenario where her parents can only seem to support her financially but not emotionally. She discusses the prejudice she experiences as a queer woman of color, what she has learned by having a fiancee who is a trans man and the subtle politics of skin color within the black community.
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