Noticing a deficit of logic, who does this serve?
Sometimes Paul loses his faculty for logical reason to an astounding degree. In episode 38, he was talking about a person being severely abused, with a lot of conviction and emotion, and then apropos to nothing, said “or maybe [that individual] was being abusive”? Not in the sense of a complex situation, but rather in that he was completely changing all his apparent truthiness mid-sentence. For no apparent reason.
It made no sense and it made me think that Paul is not a reliable narrator.
If the truth is that unclear or malleable, or Paul is that much of a spineless wuss (that he will literally flip his position mid-sentence), what is the point of anything, including listening to this podcast?
Thank you- you make a difference!
Thank you, Paul, for making this podcast. You or a guest say at least one relatable thing each episode, or teaches me a valuable lesson. And you tackle difficult issues that most people do not talk about. Thank you for creating and holding this space- it helps to hear experts or other people who have experienced the myriad of things you discuss. It helps me (and others, to be sure) to feel heard and understood and also less alone in this world or in my thoughts.
I love this podcast so much! I'm in college now and it't great to have a place to listen to others' stories and know that you aren't alone.
I love this show!
This podcast is awesome. Even as someone who doesn’t really struggle with my mental health, I still find it intriguing, relatable, and comforting. I’m working through all the available episodes so I put it on while cooking, driving, or just relaxing! Highly recommend.
Life Changing Podcast
Frank and Lou
No matter what kind of issues you have (anxiety, depression, abuse, addiction, etc.) this show can help! Give it a listen.
Thank you, Paul. Just, thank you.
OMG People Like Me!!!
Thank you for getting people to talk. Hearing that people thought process the same ways I do about/through mental illness and have similar life experiences is so cathartic. I feel so alone even though I have resources.
I’m a primary caregiver/single working mom for my two children under 5 with a teenage (ex) step daughter. I have Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety with panic attacks, I fear I may have some sort of schizoaffectove disorder because I hallucinate visually and audibly (though I’ve been told I’m probably just tired and stressed). I was in a bad marriage to a man with alcoholism and misdiagnosed mental disorders, and have had really poor romantic experiences with men for most of my adult life. When I open up about this or my nihilistic viewpoints to others they get so uncomfortable and so I wind up feeling this all alone. I’m also obese and comfort eat.
I write, and try to make art when I can but it’s so limited being a mom. Just thank you so much for this. And digging in to your guests. Not just keeping it surface. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Good Content but Such Cringey Comedy
I really like this podcast and find the content to be interesting, thought provoking and valuable. I recommend for sure. That said Paul’s attempt at comedy in every single episode is so cringeworthy that I visibly do cringe and contort my face when he attempts to make any joke or silly comment. Many of the guests are noticeably uncomfortable when he does this and others try to just go with it but my god I wish he could realize how profoundly unfunny he is - so much so that it is frustrating and hard to listen to.
Excellent content and interviews! I’m in recovery and deal with very heavy depression and daily anxiety. This podcast helped inspire me to reach out and find a therapist during isolation. (Who I still see today!) Paul always reminds me that I am not alone and that my suffering is not unique, in a good way. The work he’s doing is important and empowering. His interviews are open, honest, thoughtful, intelligent, blunt, and funny. These dialogs shed light on all of the “dark” parts of ourselves we usually never reveal. I look forward to listening to this podcast every time a new episode is released. I hope it brings you as much enjoyment as it has to me.
P.S. - It’s probably not something you want playing in the background when the handy man comes to fix something in your apartment. Hahaha Oh, trust me. I know! :)
MIHH is part of my support system
This podcast acted as one of my closest friends during a really difficult period of my life. It holds a special place in my heart. Paul is dedicated to learning from his guests, his listeners, and his experiences in life-- he therefore sets a great example and also makes his podcast welcoming to all souls. This podcast also introduced me to a resource that has made all the difference in my sister's life and therefore indirectly in mine. Thank you, Paul.
I must admit when I first listened I was having second thoughts but found myself tuning in every night for a new episode! Good interviews. I wish they would have more male interviews and more topics regarding anxiety -GAD or panic disorder
Honest, Gritty, Helpful
Thank you for a real look into mental illness and trauma of all kinds. This podcast has made me smile, laugh, gasp, and cry. It has educated me, made me feel less alone and reminded me not only of my own strength, but of the incredible strength and complexity of humans in general.
I love many things about this podcast, but my favorite is hearing Paul be willing to discuss sensitive issues such as race and gender identity in an HONEST way; he’s willing to admit when he’s been wrong or has grown or changed his mind. Way too few people will talk honestly in that way. Thank you Paul.
I love you Paul, but I’ve been skipping a lot of the episodes lately because the guests are quacks like this one or they’re into new age-y voodoo. I’m coming up on 5 years sober and in the program so I get the “spirituality” talk, but I think these kinds of guests are dangerous to people trying to get real scientifically backed help.
Meth psychosis episode
I guarantee John had personality disorder or bi polar disorder before he went crazy and he was self medicating... I can relate I suffer from this and are now Medicated
This is a great podcast- I feel like Paul is one of my friends....he keeps it interesting funny and wanting to hear more!!!! I’ve shared this with friends and they enjoy it too!!!
Something for Everyone
Anon Uh Mouse
Give it a try. You won't be disappointed.
An honest look at mental illness with a dash of dark humor
I have been listening to this podcast for 4 years now and I am never disappointed. Paul does a wonderful job with this podcast and I learn something or gain insight every time I listen. It’s clear that Paul has done his own work in therapy and his insights and comments are pure gold. I love the dark humor and that Paul isn’t afraid to laugh at himself. Paul interviews interesting guests and is so kind, understanding, and empathic. This podcast does so much to destigmatize mental illness and gives a real look at the people who struggle.
Group Therapy where you don't have to talk
Paul Gilmartin is a gentle, easy-to-listen-to host that brings the darkest parts of our hearts and mind to light, not to shame, but give them some fresh air. His interviews are insightful and informative; from psychologists to everyday human beings. Paul just doesn't poke and prod for the sake of morbid curiosity but helps alleviate the heavy pain of isolation by not only discussing these issues but the coping and healing tools used to manage them as well.
Amazing and real
I love Paul. He does an amazing job at interviewing and making sure that people feel heard. He has experts on different areas of mental health is very informative. This show has enriched my life and helped me beyond measure. It’s educational, supportive, honest, raw, and somehow funny. There really is nothing like it.
By far the best
Cynical, caring, real, honest, always there for you ... Love you Paul! 💜
Talks too long.
Thank God I could fast forward the episode with Chris Smither so I could finally hear the man speak.
Unique and real
I’ve been listening to Mental Illness Happy Hour for years, every week. I’m continually impressed at the way Paul shows up in interviews and while reading surveys and feedback from listeners. He models exactly the kind of strength in vulnerability that is the basis of real self expression, exploration and healing. I deeply appreciate that he refuses to turn away from the darkness in our minds and histories. Every time he says “the hardest things to say aloud are the things that suffering listeners most need to hear, “ I cheer his and the contributors’ bravery. We need a safe place to practice witnessing and saying difficult things so that we can create that space in our in-person relationships. I’m so grateful this podcast exists!
Coco Chanel Coco 143
Resonates with feelings I don’t want to talk about
Aging and Happiness episode - can the guest remember the story?
Guest Andrea Brandt could not remember the story the host was trying desperately to engage her in. She couldn’t remember. Aging and happiness??
I’ve been listening about a year and I shared it with my partner today, he giggled at the title but we both think this is the best podcast ever!
Love Paul More
I have been trying to gather my own personal army of support and have found a great home,
(“waiting room” where I’m not alone and am able to be myself, good days and bad days, and it’s always alright to feel my feelings and not just hide them behind my mask, because it’s what finally caused me to break and forced me to face my feelings who won’t even try to help me.),
to hangout in and feel like I’m finally understood, accepted and loved.
Paul has great taste in guests and I am actually sure some managers and publicist hate him and that’s why he gets the real answers and real stories of the people who have been around for a long time and just did something bigger that might have gotten them noticed by the industry or even by the public or they just wanted to come on Paul’s show, because he helps people and maybe through his own life experiences and humor, (which he freely shares, wanted or not! lol I’m just kidding! Just an example only I'm not as funny!), and laughter is very important it’s therapeutic.
So he’s great 👍🏻
His guests are great 👍🏻
The listener surveys are great 👍🏻
(Listen to hear those. I’m going to fill one out soon....)
Remember, You are love 💕
This podcast has helped me through some dark times. I laugh, I cry, I connect with Paul and his guests. He's the realest out there.
This podcast is a light of my day
Hi Paul the host is the best, very real connect with it 100% for anyone looking to feel normal this is the place.
Helped me with depression
I was looking for help and knew I wasn’t ok but didn’t know what to do. This podcast comforted me in knowing I wasn’t alone, made it feel normal, provided resources, and gave me a place to feel hope that I could over come the struggles. I’m on the mend and still refer to these podcasts on bad days. I feel much better. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your podcast feels like a hug telling me it will be ok. Thank you!
Obsessed with this podcast
Interesting, comforting, entertaining. I love hearing Paul & guests thoughts, feelings, and experiences. This podcast has really helped validate a lot of my feelings and think through them. It’s helpful to know you’re not alone.
Paul is amazing
Thank you so much Paul, for the generous work you do. This is an amazing podcast you’ve created with your big and honest heart. There is so much to learn and grow from in this lifetime and feel so grateful to have found you in this “journey”. :-)
Found the Friend
I recently started listening to podcasts while also really addressing my major depression, anxiety, PTSD and just general mental health issues. Finding this podcast has been a blessing. There’s something about the relaxed conversation vibe of the podcasts that makes it feel like you’re just hanging out with friends - very understanding and open and honest friends that somehow understand you deeply and make you feel much less alone. I’ve always been someone who listens to music on all my drives and throughout my day, I don’t think I’ve opened Spotify once since finding this podcast, I absolutely love it and how there is a massive library of content that anyone can find something for them. Thank you Paul and guests!
Thank you Paul for doing what you do. Today I listened to Depression, drinking & fear! It is super uncomfortable to talk about depression and it is very unfortunate that we can be supportive to a sour throat, but not be supportive for depression! It is nice to hear I am not alone!
Sounds creepy but podcast literally is a part of my life now. Paul has an amazing gift of making people feel ‘normal’ and comfortable in ones self and mind! It’s the perfect amount of deep and hilarious. I get so excited when i see a new episode and i save it for my hour drive to work hehe, might have a pod crush on paul but hey. Anyways love love love it please don’t ever stop the show!!
I love this podcast
I’m from a small town in Georgia and having a mental illness is very hush hush. I have severe depression and anxiety. Listening to Paul and the guests he has on his podcast shows me that there are other people in the world who have mental illnesses and I’m not alone ❤️
Paul is awesome
Paul thanks for helping all of us stay woke...lol but seriously minus the visceral reaction I have to some of the surveys, I love love love everything your doing. The plethora of information I get to absorb from the many experts and just other struggling humans personal stories is priceless. It’s like learning all the insights that come from therapy (I can’t currently afford therapy) so your show has been like a beacon of light in the darkness. I am curious though if your depression is treatment resistant because your are constantly submerged in all of your listeners/survey writers/ &guests trauma...just a thought 💭 especially if your empathic 🤷♀️ anyways keep up the good work you are truly an inspiration. 🤗
Should be mandatory to implement listening sessions at work
Could you imagine how much better our lives would be if everyone would be involved in opening up their mind before their mouth? Beautifully constructed, open conversations with no judgement, this podcast could save the world.
Thank you, Paul.
Making a very long story very short, this podcast saved my life.
Have Review, Will Travel
I have been listening to the mental illness happy hour for over 3 years. This podcast helped me to shed the stigma of therapy and get myself the help I deserved. In 3 years I’ve gone from a massively codependent depressed anxious man to a slightly codependent rarely depressed rarely anxious man. I owe a great deal in part to the candor of Paul and his guests.
While listening to the podcast I have come across major revelations through things Paul and/or his guests share. I take note of the quotes and dissect them with my therapist. We discuss and find the reason why each quote affects me.
I owe a great deal of my personal recovery to this show. I generally don’t review podcasts or support them financially (I know, I’m terrible) but I have been a long time (over a year and a half) Patreon patron of the show.
You are not alone.
Paul has created a safe space for guests as well as listeners to share their stories of struggle and triumph with mental illness issues. He has mostly non-celebrity guests, and reads anonymous surveys from listeners. He adds his own levity and humor to the seriousness of it all, without making light of it. It's worth listening.
i love it
i have been looking for a good podcast for a while and stumbled upon this one. clicked a random episode and fell in love. he is very passionate about what he’s doing & you can hear it in the way he talks. his guests are always perfect. the right amount of humor is in there but he’s also able to get very serious. i get chills when i listen. i am so excited to listen to more!! <3 :)
G to the A to the BBI
Your podcast is a gem. It's wonderful,refreshing, inviting, heartbreaking. In one word: bittersweet. Thank you for being authentic and pure and bringing all of that in making this.
Best Podcast Ever
The “Mental Illness Happy Hour” is the Best Podcast Ever! Host Paul Gilmartin is super smart and brings on the best guests who talk very openly about their life stores and topics to do with recovery and mental health concerns. He’s also really really funny. It was a life-changing podcast for me because through this one, I found out about many comedians, other podcasts (most notably Festival of Friendship with Steven Brody Stevens), and many great books Paul recommends and discusses. Truly my favorite podcast ever.
Talking about feelings
Is easy to listen and to choose an episode that takes you to talk about what are you feeling
I am glad I found this
The Real White Rabbit
Claiming to be an expert but also saying you believe somebody should go to hell seems quite contradictory in the vaste land of mental health. Tread carefully. Not that it matters with the quantity of your reviews and tenure, but your words within a single podcast made me sick to my stomach, and I am quite liberal in my acceptance of verbiage.
Not for me
To start this podcast is very left wing. We all have politics in some form shoved down our throats everyday, I don't want to voluntarily subscribe to a podcast that does it. I like podcasts that just cover the trials and tribulations of dealing with mental illness and leave politics out of it. This one is just not for me.
I’m glad I find this podcast
The pattern has been, so far... every Friday a new episode. It’s something I look forward to every long week. Listening to this podcast has opened my mind to the idea that I’m not alone. Thank you Paul!
It's okay to not be okay
Paul lets his listeners in on the secret that we're all flawed and many of us are broken. But healing is never hopeless. Listening to his podcast has been a learning experience for me and I'm grateful that he takes the time to discuss listener and guest struggles with great empathy. The subject matter is tough but I find it so enlightening to hear that none of us are alone in any of our experiences. Thanks, Paul!
This podcast is a lifesafer
If you're not seeing a therapist, listen to the MIHH.
If you're seeing a therapist, listen to MIHH. Either way it helps in a big way.
Paul's attitude is wonderfully crazy and his guests get very raw.
My favorite part is that he collects and reads annonimous surveys that have helped me more than you can imagine. I recomend this podcast to everyone!
Paul, you mean a lot to me <3 Thank you for doing this podcast.