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June 21, 2019
Repressed Memories - Aaron Woodall
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
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111 min
June 14, 2019
439 - Finding Our Core Emotions - Hilary Jacobs Hendel LCSW
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.
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100 min
June 7, 2019
438 Alec MacDonald aka @AlecWithPen
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
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131 min
May 31, 2019
437 - Aging & Happiness - Dr Andrea Brandt
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
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94 min
May 24, 2019
436 - Healthy Love - Christina Howard
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
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112 min
May 17, 2019
435 Anxiety & Humor - Jordan Reid
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
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88 min
May 10, 2019
434 - Depression, Drinking & Fear - Ry Doon
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
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117 min
May 3, 2019
433 - Janet Varney Returns
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
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112 min
April 26, 2019
432 - Heartache & Obsession - Elle Huerta
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
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92 min
April 19, 2019
431 - Rich But Sad & Video Games - Keith Kingbay
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
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92 min
April 12, 2019
430 - Our Own Worst Enemies - Lori Gottlieb LMFT
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
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102 min
April 5, 2019
429 Trust Issues, Ideation & Food - Leo Flowers
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
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127 min
March 29, 2019
428 - Trading Sex For Love - Marigny Goodyear
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
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102 min
March 22, 2019
427 Best Of: Adoption & Religious Abuse - Julie J
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
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146 min
March 15, 2019
426 Grief Support Mistakes - Megan DeVine LPC
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
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139 min
March 8, 2019
#425 Remembering Jenn Golick
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
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126 min
March 1, 2019
424 Remembering Brody Stevens
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
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122 min
February 22, 2019
#423 Catholic Black Sheep - Joe Bill
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
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91 min
February 15, 2019
#422 Religious & Sexual Orientation OCD - Kimberley Quinlan LMFT
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
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121 min
February 8, 2019
#421 Amy G - Male Attention & Feeling Safe
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
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134 min
February 1, 2019
#420 Psychiatrist/Writer Dr Paul Puri
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
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122 min
January 25, 2019
Feeling Like An Outsider - Glenn Lutz
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
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101 min
January 21, 2019
#419b Bonus ep - Listener Struggles/Secrets
Some "Shame and Secrets" surveys and some "Awfulsome" and "Happy Moments" surveys as well.
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34 min
January 18, 2019
#418 Fears & Loves w/Nora McInerney Live
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
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110 min
January 15, 2019
Bonus Ep - Maternal Incest - Daniel M
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.
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41 min
January 11, 2019
Our Inner Critic - Cartoonist Lucy Bellwood
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
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111 min
January 4, 2019
Facing Her Fears - Courtenay Hameister
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
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122 min
December 28, 2018
2018 Year Ender - Awfulsome Traditions
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.
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53 min
December 21, 2018
Struggles With Moderation, Identify & Survivor's Guilt - Akshay Nanavati
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!)
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129 min
December 14, 2018
Dating Anxiety & Reproductive Issues - Becky Feldman
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
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135 min
December 7, 2018
Back in My Parents' F-ing Basement - Live in MN w/Kjell Bjorgen
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.
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123 min
November 30, 2018
Cartoons & Murder - Tonya McKenzie
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.
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132 min
November 23, 2018
LeeAnn Kreischer - Rural Southern Generational Trauma
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.
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119 min
November 16, 2018
FOMO, Shame & People Pleasing - Mary Holland
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.
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102 min
November 9, 2018
Chris Mancini - A Buffet of Anxiety
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
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77 min
November 2, 2018
Sofiya Alexandra - Mania, Communism, Surviving Cancer & #MeToo
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.
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147 min
October 26, 2018
Lazy, Dumb, Hyper, Scattered - Jessica McCabe & ADHD labels
"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
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102 min
October 19, 2018
It's OK To Be Weird & Anxious - May Wilkerson
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.
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108 min
October 12, 2018
Adam Cayton-Holland: OCD, Social Conscience and Loss
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
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103 min
October 5, 2018
Mariel Hemingway - Generational Dysfunction & Art
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
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105 min
September 28, 2018
Dealing with Hopelessness - AFSP Psychiatrist Dr Christine Moutier
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
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111 min
September 21, 2018
Paul in Ireland VI - Terror, Hate & Forgiveness - Sponsored by BetterHelp
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
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91 min
September 14, 2018
Paul in Ireland V - Ex IRA Prisoner Jake MacSiacais - Sponsored by BetterHelp
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
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132 min
September 7, 2018
Paul in Ireland IV - Emma - Sponsored by BetterHelp
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
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100 min
August 31, 2018
Paul in Ireland III - Sponsored by BetterHelp - Caitlin
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
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88 min
August 24, 2018
Paul in Ireland II - Sponsored by BetterHelp - Michael Corr/Belfast
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.
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92 min
August 17, 2018
Paul in Ireland I - Sponsored by BetterHelp
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
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101 min
August 10, 2018
ECT aka "Shock Therapy" - Beth May
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
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106 min
August 3, 2018
Fetish Shame, Meds & Martial Arts - Dylan Brody
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
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112 min
July 27, 2018
How to Deal With Addicts - Dr Cali Estes
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
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98 min
July 20, 2018
Michael Duffy - Vietnam Vet - Art & War
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
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86 min
July 13, 2018
Meredith Erin - Trolls, SJWs & Angry People
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
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62 min
July 6, 2018
Brian Huskey - Codependency vs Love
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
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63 min
June 29, 2018
Sexism PTSD & The Body - Elizabeth Menzel
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.
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119 min
June 22, 2018
Female Domestic Violence Against Men - Daniel A
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
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88 min
June 15, 2018
Social Anxiety - Dr Ellen Hendriksen
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
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122 min
June 7, 2018
Jessa Reed - Trailer Park Survivor & PTSD
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
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116 min
June 1, 2018
Clutter, Hoarding & Buying "Stuff" - Tracy McCubbin
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
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108 min
May 25, 2018
Unspeakable Trauma to Meth Psychosis - Todd G
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.
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130 min
May 18, 2018
Best Of: Tiffany Haddish
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'.
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131 min
May 11, 2018
Singer-Songwriter Chris Smither
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
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73 min
May 4, 2018
Melissa Broder aka @SoSadToday Returns
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
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122 min
April 27, 2018
Andy Richter
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
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123 min
April 20, 2018
Nora McInerny - Live in Minneapolis
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
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149 min
April 13, 2018
Cy Amundson Live in Minneapolis
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
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74 min
April 6, 2018
Judging Our Feelings - TED Talk Speaker Dr. Susan David
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
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107 min
March 30, 2018
Polyamory - Daisy & Cory
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
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150 min
March 23, 2018
Workaholism & Anxiety - Jordan Harbinger
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.
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134 min
March 16, 2018
My Brain Hates Me - Jessie Dean Altman
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
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118 min
March 9, 2018
The Devil & James Bond - Michael Cannan
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.
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108 min
March 2, 2018
CC Sheffield aka Daisy - Fame, Money & Abuse
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.
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92 min
February 23, 2018
Heartbreak - Dr. Guy Winch
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.
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115 min
February 16, 2018
Horror & Beauty - Witnesses to a Shooting
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.
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93 min
February 9, 2018
Female Sex Addiction - Erica Garza
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.
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110 min
February 2, 2018
The Dark Grip of OCD - Dr Jenny Yip
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.
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86 min
January 26, 2018
Food Owns Me, Anger & Dad Issues - Jay Larson
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  
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145 min
January 19, 2018
Couple Troubles - Jen Elmquist LMFT
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    
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107 min
January 12, 2018
Network Anchor Panic Attack - Dan Harris
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
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129 min
January 5, 2018
My Fair Junkie - Amy Dresner
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  
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125 min
December 29, 2017
Asperger's, Nerd Culture & Anime - Luke Palmer
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  
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129 min
December 22, 2017
Born Into A Notorious Criminal Family - Nicole Y.
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
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147 min
December 15, 2017
Military PTSD & Sexism - Marc & Sonja Raciti
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
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162 min
December 8, 2017
High School Tornado/Author Seamus Kirst
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
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124 min
December 1, 2017
The Absent Father Wound - Daria Polatin
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  
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119 min
November 24, 2017
Alt Depression Treatments - Shane Mauss
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  
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134 min
November 17, 2017
Kelly's Shame and Secrets
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
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128 min
November 10, 2017
Success-Obsessed Parents & The Scapegoat Child
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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140 min
November 2, 2017
#355 Afraid To Leave The House - Sam Harriman
Panic attacks, agoraphobia, anxiety and depression had brought Sam to a very dark place a few years ago and he decided he needed help. Bit by bit he began to see how his childhood and negative self-beliefs had to be re-examined. A new clarity on the dysfunction in his family (a disinterested workaholic dad and a controlling, angry mother) gave him the hope to began protecting himself from the pain of having them in his life. A great episode on self-care, cutting contact with parents, re-parenting ourselves and the importance of humor and pursuing our dreams and being our authentic selves even if it means disappointing others. Sam's Website:  https://www.sisyphusbrewing.com/ NAMI MN: http://www.namihelps.org/   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 Audible.  To start your free trial go to www.Audible.com/Esther   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 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
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103 min
October 27, 2017
#354 Surviving Suicide - Kelechi Ubozoh
The 32 year-old poet, mental health advocate and daughter of a Nigerian immigrant father and Brooklyn mother opens up to Paul about her emotional and mental turnaround after years of feeling suicidal and several times attempting it. She details the ways her depression, disconnection and fear of taking off her "mask" as the perfect, popular girl played in leading her to believe it was a good idea. She and Paul discuss possible ways loved ones can reach out to someone who is talking about suicide as well as how the person who is in pain can find help and potentially hope. Her relationship with her mother, who is a doctor, is a great example of how someone in the helping profession can still learn ways to communicate with and love someone who is hurting. Follow Kelechi at   https://kelechiubozoh.wordpress.com/   https://twitter.com/kubozoh   Check out the documentary she appears in called The S Word   The book about covert incest that Paul mentioned is called Silently Seduced. 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 HelloFresh meal kit delivery service.  For $30 off your first week of meals go to www.HelloFresh and use promo code MENTAL 30 This ep is sponsored by Quip Electric Toothbrush.  To get your first refill pack free with the purchase of a toothbrush 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 Help the podcast by shopping 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
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141 min
October 20, 2017
#353 Andy Kindler - OCD, ADD, Twitter Fights & More
Paul's longtime friend, standup (Letterman) and actor (Everybody Loves Raymond) shares about his struggles with OCD, ADD and feeling the need to control people's opinions about his behavior even after lashing out at someone. He talks about his childhood and the negative self-beliefs and self-hatred that he's now understanding have been driving his behaviors and fears.   For more on Andy go to www.AndyKindler.com  www.Facebook.com/AndyKindler or www.Twitter.com/AndyKindler   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 RXBar protein bars.  For 25% off your first purchase go to www.RXBar.com/mental and use offer code MENTAL This ep is sponsored by Glynn Washington's new podcast about cults entitled Heaven's Gate.  It can be found in Apple Podcasts or Stitcher. 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 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
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95 min
October 13, 2017
#352 Caitlin Doughty: Death, OCD & Being a Mortician
The mortician, TED Talk speaker and author of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, talks about her childhood OCD and fascination with death as a result of witnessing a tragedy, how she'd like to see the American funeral industry change and how death is viewed/embraced around the world via a read excerpt from her new book From Here To Eternity: Traveling the World To Find The Good Death.   Follow Caitlin on Instagram @TheGoodDeath Follow Caitlin on Twitter @TheGoodDeath Check out her website www.CaitlinDoughty.com Buy her new book From Here to Etnernity: Traveling the World To Find The Good Death   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 Hello Fresh meal kit delivery service.  For $30 off your first week of deliveries go to www.HelloFresh.com and use offer code MENTAL30 This ep is sponsored by ZipRecruiter.  To post jobs for free go to www.ZipRecruiter.com/mental  If you live in the Twin Cities come see a live taping of the podcast in the afternoon and a comedy show that night at Sisyphus Brewery (with Paul as the emcee) Sat Oct 14th.  Click here for tix or info. 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 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 @mentalpod
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132 min
October 5, 2017
#351 Fears, Loves, Filth & Mortality w Greg Behrendt
The comedian, co-author of He's Just Not That Into You and longtime friend of Paul drops by to lighten his day up. They laugh at their fears, loves and thoughts about mortality and getting older.   Check out Greg's PODCAN podcast network Here is the episode with Paul that he talked about Follow him on Twitter @GregoryBehrendt Check out his website http://www.gregorybehrendt.com/ Visit his 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 To buy tickets to LAPodfest Oct 6-8 (we're taping Oct 8th 4pm) at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown LA go to www.LAPodfest.com If you live in the Twin Cities come see a live taping of the podcast in the afternoon and a comedy show that night at Sisyphus Brewery (with Paul as the emcee) Sat Oct 14th.  Click here for tix or info. 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 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    
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90 min
September 29, 2017
#350 Intrusive Thoughts OCD aka "Pure OCD" - Kimberley Quinlan LMFT
Specializing in treating clients whose self-judgement of their thoughts results in obsession and compulsions, Kimberley sits down with Paul and talks about the different forms OCD can take and how to treat it or support someone you love without enabling their compulsions.  She and Paul also play a game she plays with clients called "One Up" where they try to outdo each other in sharing "disgusting" things that pop into their brains to show we all have thoughts pop into our heads that make us uncomfortable and laughing about it instead of judging it is the healthy response.  Be forewarned, some of the stuff they share might be considered offensive or too intense for some listeners.   Links and resources mentioned by Kimberley. KQ links:  Her podcast: Podcast Your Anxiety Toolkit Website: kimberleyquinlan-lmft.com Her Facebook:  Her Instagram     Other links:  Best website and org to help get info and resources Iocdf.org   Best book for a family member with OCD  Best book to explain Intrusive thoughts/OCD    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 HelloFresh meal delivery.  To get $30 off your first week go to www.HelloFresh.com and use offer code MENTAL30 This ep is sponsored by Audible.  For a 30 day trial and free audiobook go to www.Audible.com/mental To buy tickets to LAPodfest Oct 6-8 (we're taping Oct 8th 4pm) at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown LA or to live stream it go to www.LAPodfest.com If you live in the Twin Cities come see a live taping of the podcast in the afternoon and a comedy show that night at Sisyphus Brewery (with Paul as the emcee) Sat Oct 14th.  Click here for tix or info. 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 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
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126 min
September 22, 2017
#349 Emotionally Coercive Sex - Perfectionism - Dissociating
Paul's support group friend Meredith opens up about being raised by parents who lacked a sense of privacy or sexual boundaries; being sexualized by her father, mother (who has a long history of "accidentally" showing her vagina) and step-mother in covert but damaging ways, being comfortable giving help but not taking it or asking for it; being a perfectionist, self-harm, being attracted to emotionally unavailable men and being on both ends of manipulative/coercive sexual experiences.
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186 min
September 15, 2017
#348 Manhattan Party Girl - Fielding Edlow
Raised in financial privilege but emotional poverty, the actor/writer/standup reflects on her "don't give a fuck" eating disorder, drug and alcohol years trying to stuff the real feelings of abandonment, not being good enough, anxiety, anger and feeling invisible especially in comparison to her golden-child brother. She gets honest about the "self-centered demon inside me" that drove her actions until sobering up almost 20 years ago and learning to deal with her insecurities, fears and anger by connecting to trusted people in support groups and trying to be of service. Check out her great web series www.BitterHomesandGardens.com and her website www.FieldingEdlow.com This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To try a free week go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental and fill out a questionnaire.  Must be 18 This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter.  To post job ads for FREE go to www.ZipRecruiter.com/mental To take the survey Paul mentioned on the podcast (to help out a graduate student doing a thesis on how this podcast helps people) click here. To become a monthly donor (and qualify for bonus content and goodies from Paul go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod For tix or info for the live podcast appearance Oct 14 in Minneapolis at Sisyphus Brewery click here Catch the podcast live at LAPodfest Oct 6-8.  To learn more go to www.LAPodfest.com If you live in the Twin Cities come see a live taping of the podcast in the afternoon and a comedy show that night (with Paul as the emcee) Sat Oct 14th.  More details to follow. To make a one-time donations via Paypal go to www.mentalpod.com/donate Help the podcast by shopping 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
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128 min
September 8, 2017
#347 Paul Rust - Anxiety, OCD & Embarrassment
The actor/writer/comedian known for the Netflix show Love, the movie Inglourious Basterds and IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang! opens up about his battles with anxiety, OCD, taking on other people's emotions, people pleasing, wanting attention, shame, fear of letting people down and the role vulnerability and therapy have played in him finding emotional stability and peace.   Follow Paul on Twitter @PaulRust Follow Paul on Instagram @PaulRust   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To try a free week go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental and fill out a questionnaire.  Must be 18 This episode is sponsored by HelloFresh.  To get $30 off your first week of meals go to www.HelloFresh.com and use offer code MENTAL30 To take the survey Paul mentioned on the podcast (to help out a graduate student doing a thesis on how this podcast helps people) click here. To become a monthly donor (and qualify for bonus content and goodies from Paul go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod Catch the podcast live at LAPodfest Oct 6-8.  To learn more go to www.LAPodfest.com If you live in the Twin Cities come see a live taping of the podcast in the afternoon and a comedy show that night (with Paul as the emcee) Sat Oct 14th.  More details to follow. To make a one-time donations via Paypal go to www.mentalpod.com/donate Help the podcast by shopping 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
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119 min
September 1, 2017
#346 Plane Crash Survivor: Carol E Miller
The author (Every Moment of a Fall: Recovery Thru EMDR Therapy) opens up in front of a live audience in Oakland about the years she abused herself through bad relationships, booze and sex before therapy and EMDR helped her confront her true feelings about her predatory father, passive mother, abusive step-father and the plane crash she survived as a 16 year-old. Visit Carol's website www.Carol-E-Miller.com Buy her book Every Moment of a Fall: Recovery Thru EMDR Therapy This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To try a free week go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental and fill out a questionnaire.  Must be 18 This episode is sponsored by Warby Parker Glasses.  To try some on free at home go to www.WarbyParker.com/mental This episode is sponsored by the men's personal clothes styling service Bombfell  To get $25 off your first purchase go to www.Bombfell.com/mental  To become a monthly donor (and qualify for bonus content and goodies from Paul go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod Catch the podcast live at LAPodfest Oct 6-8.  To learn more go to www.LAPodfest.com To make a one-time donations via Paypal go to www.mentalpod.com/donate Help the podcast by shopping 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
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128 min
August 24, 2017
#345 Food, Porn, Shame, Vulnerability & Losing a Sibling - Matt Shepherd
Paul's support group friend shares about recovery and battles with binge-eating, shame, compulsive exercise, not knowing what he looks like, porn addiction, love addiction, fear of leaving relationships, feeling like he "is enough", growing up in a family where one sibling takes up all the parents' attention and energy, surviving the suicide of his brother and the huge impact learning to be vulnerable has had on his healing and life in general. Find out more about Matt at: Youtube: www.youtube.com/meetmattshepherd Instagram: www.instagram.com/meetmattshep Twitter: www.twitter.com/meetmattshep website: www.meetmattshep.com   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To try a free week go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental and fill out a questionnaire.  Must be 18 To become a monthly donor (and qualify for bonus content and goodies from Paul go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod Catch the podcast live at LAPodfest Oct 6-8.  To learn more go to www.LAPodfest.com To make a one-time donations via Paypal go to www.mentalpod.com/donate Help the podcast by shopping 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
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90 min
August 18, 2017
#344 If Only You Knew This Secret
YouTube personality Sarah Sterling is 26 and was obsessed with Harry Potter (and Disney) since day one. At a convention she met a singer who captivated her. He was 24 and she was 16. Looking back, she sees it as statutory rape and is processing that. What's possibly even harder to process for her is that she still hasn't told her overly-protective easily-overreactive mom. Sarah talks about how she has always felt the need to protect her mom from information that would set off her anxiety and the dynamics of having a parent that loves her but sometimes just doesn't understand her or accept her as an adult.   For more about Sarah visit: Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/sarahsterling_ YouTube- http://www.youtube.com/sarahsterling Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/sarahgsterling   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To try a free week go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental and fill out a questionnaire.  Must be 18 To become a monthly donor (and qualify for bonus content and goodies from Paul go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod Catch the podcast live at LAPodfest Oct 6-8.  To learn more go to www.LAPodfest.com To make a one-time donations via Paypal go to www.mentalpod.com/donate Help the podcast by shopping 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
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82 min
August 11, 2017
#343 British Therapist Louise M
Louise (a pseudonym) shares about the moment in her otherwise mostly happy childhood that things changed.  She shares about the abuse at a posh Harry-Potteresque school when she was six by a headmaster who walked the dark halls with a torch; her mom's drinking, letting go of childhood shame, fear of conflict, how parents can support an abused child, when kids sexually abuse other kids, inner child work, Britain's NHS, and trying to cope with past trauma thru drugs and sex.   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To try a free week go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental and fill out a questionnaire.  Must be 18 This episode is sponsored by Casper Mattresses.  To learn more go to www.Casper.com/mental   Listeners can use offer code MENTAL  To become a monthly donor (and qualify for bonus content and goodies from Paul like the upcoming raffle for a free hotel, lunch with Paul, weekend passes for two and front row seats for the MIHH taping at LAPodfest Oct 6-8) go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod    Monthly donors pick a number between 1 and 1000.  The closest guess wins the hotel and weekend passes (does not include airfare).   Contest ends Aug 16th.  Monthly donors get 1 guess for each $5 amount they donate per month.  So a 15/month donor would get 3 guesses etc.   Patreon subscribers submit your guesses through the Patreon site, PayPal subscribers email Paul thru the mentalpod.com website.   To learn more about LAPodfest go to www.LAPodfest.com To help fund Paul's next trip to record international guests, especially in Ireland, go to https://www.gofundme.com/pauls-trip-to-ireland To make a one-time donations via Paypal go to www.mentalpod.com/donate Help the podcast by shopping with our podcast's Amazon link (it doesn't make your product any more expensive - even bookmark it!)
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114 min
August 4, 2017
#342 When Your Trauma Informs Your Turn Ons
Why do some people enjoy physical pain or become aroused by it? For Kal, the discovery came with a lot of complications; he was a young boy and it was at the hands of a powerful and sadistic pedophile Rabbi (Heshy Brier) who is now a fugitive living in Israel. Kal shares about his years of self-destruction and bottoming out before eventually getting sober and starting the process of healing and advocating for other survivors. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online therapy. To try a week for free go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Must be 18. This episode is sponsored by BlueApron. To get your first 3 meals free with FREE delivery, go to www.BlueApron.com/mental  To become a monthly donor (and qualify for bonus content and goodies from Paul like the upcoming raffle for a free hotel at LAPodfest Oct 6-8) go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod  To learn more about LAPodfest go to www.LAPodfest.com  To help fund Paul's next trip to record international guests, especially in Ireland, go to https://www.gofundme.com/pauls-trip-to-ireland  To make a one-time donations via Paypal go to www.mentalpod.com/donate  Help the podcast by shopping with our podcast's Amazon link (it doesn't make your product any more expensive - even bookmark it!)
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97 min
July 28, 2017
#341 80's Childhood Shitshow! - Dana Eagle
Imagine getting gay hate mail from your own family.  Or finding a letter where your parents talk about you in a way that confirms your worst fears.  How does Bipolar 2 compare to having something like cancer?  Comedian and author (How To Be Depressed: A Guide) Dana Eagle opens up about being a lonely kid in the 80s whose parents couldn't relate to her perhaps b/c her dad was alcoholic or her mom was thriving in her corporate job.  Or is it genetic?  Paul and Dana talk about art, comedy, shame, money, puberty, homophobia, abandonment, moving and apes!   Buy Dana's book How To Be Depressed: A Guide Visit her websites www.DanaEagle.com  http://howtobedepressed.com https://www.facebook.com/DanaEagleComedy/ https://twitter.com/DanaEagleTweets   https://www.instagram.com/danaeagle/   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To try a free week go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental and fill out a questionnaire.  Must be 18 This episode is sponsored by Bombas socks.  For 20% off your first purchase go to www.Bombas.com/mental  The podcast is doing live recordings Aug 2 & 3 in Oakland.  For details and tickets go to www.eastbayexpress.com/mental To become a monthly donor (and qualify for bonus content and goodies from Paul like the upcoming raffle for a free hotel at LAPodfest Oct 6-8) go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod To learn more about LAPodfest go to www.LAPodfest.com To help fund Paul's next trip to record international guests, especially in Ireland, go to https://www.gofundme.com/pauls-trip-to-ireland To make a one-time donations via Paypal go to www.mentalpod.com/donate Help the podcast by shopping with our podcast's Amazon link (it doesn't make your product any more expensive - even bookmark it!)
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133 min
July 14, 2017
#339 I Wrote A Hit Now What?!! - Seth Swirsky
He's authored Grammy-nominated hits for the biggest artists, put out his own albums, written best-selling books on baseball, and directed a documentary on the Beatles.  And for as long as he can remember he has struggled with anxiety, panic attacks and feeling disconnected.  What happens when you're achieving your dreams but you haven't dealt with the feelings underneath the drive to be recognized?  Seth got his masters in clinical psychology.  He opens up about his life and his approach to dealing with mental illness -especially depression and anxiety-, making art, raising kids and finding peace through a life lived with authenticity and meaning. For info on or to purchase his book 21 Ways to a Happier Depression click here.   To see all the books, music, documentaries and art he's done visit Seth's personal website: Seth.com   To learn more about him as therapist in Los Angeles visit Seththerapy.com   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To try a free week go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental and fill out a questionnaire.  Must be 18 The podcast is doing live recordings Aug 2 & 3 in Oakland.  For details and tickets go to www.eastbayexpress.com/mental To become a monthly donor (and qualify for bonus content and goodies from Paul like the upcoming raffle for a free hotel at LAPodfest Oct 6-8) go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod To learn more about LAPodfest go to www.LAPodfest.com To help fund Paul's next trip to record international guests, especially in Ireland, go to https://www.gofundme.com/pauls-trip-to-ireland To make a one-time donations via Paypal go to www.mentalpod.com/donate Help the podcast by shopping with our podcast's Amazon link (it doesn't make your product any more expensive - even bookmark it!)
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129 min
July 7, 2017
#338 Dear Food: I Want To See Other People
Fat-shamed as a child by her mother and classmates, writer-performer Chelsea Frank, now 24, opens up about the complex role food plays in her life.  She talks about her struggles with weight, self-hatred, bingeing and restricting, going to "fat camps", life inside an eating disorder rehab and cutting contact with her abusive mother. Follow Chelsea on Twitter @ChelseaSFrank and on Instagram @ChelseaFrank This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To try a free week go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental and fill out a questionnaire.  Must be 18 This episode is sponsored by BoredWalk. an artist-owned and operated graphic apparel company.  To get 10% off your first purchase go to www.IloveBoredWalk.com and use offer code MENTAL    To become a monthly donor and qualify for bonus content and goodies from Paul (including the upcoming raffle for a free hotel at LAPodfest Oct 6-8) go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod  To learn more about LAPodfest go to www.LAPodfest.com    To help fund Paul's next trip to record international guests, especially in Ireland, go to https://www.gofundme.com/pauls-trip-to-ireland    For more ways to support the podcast go to www.mentalpod.com 
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155 min
June 30, 2017
#337 - Raised in Repression & BPD - Anne from Berlin
Creative and sensitive, born and raised in 1980's communist East Germany by a dysfunctional family, Anne's abuse was not dramatic, more like death by 1000 cuts.  Bearing the brunt of being a first child and resented for her intelligence, she developed BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) but has always turned the anger inwards, rarely if ever lashing out.  She talks about the benefits of learning DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) as well as her struggles with anorexia, bingeing, cutting and being passive aggressive as well as the greater context of her personal battles taking place alongside her country's people fighting for freedom and independence from a regime that shot its own citizens for trying to leave the country.   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To experience a week for free go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental and fill out a questionnaire   This episode is sponsored by BlueApron.  To get your first 3 meals free with free shipping go to www.BlueApron.com/mental    This episode is sponsored by Bombas socks.  To get 20% off go to www.Bombas.com/mental   To help finance Paul's next trip to record international guests consider contributing to its GoFundMe page.    Consider becoming a monthly donor to the podcast (and get occasional bonus content from Paul) www.Patreon.com/mentalpod To make a one-time PayPal donation go to www.mentalpod.com/donate  
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133 min
June 23, 2017
#336 Jealousy & Internet Affairs - Mila
What goes on in someone when they're jealous, possessive, obsessive or need to create drama?  Mila was born into a family where her parents "couldn't live with/couldn't live without each other"  and she found herself as an adult becoming like them, She also began snooping on her partners and engaging in online and in-person affairs despite knowing better and wanting to stop but unable to leave her cold and uninterested husband.   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To try a week for free go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Must be 18.   This episode is sponsored by Audible's Binge Listening Event which lasts until June 28.  Get $50 off the price of an annual membership as well.   www.Audible.com/binge   Help Paul keep this podcast going.  It's not possible without donations and help from listeners like you.  You can help by:   Becoming a one-time (PayPal) or monthly (Patreon) donor for as little as $1/month and qualify for bonus content and personalized stuff from Paul.  www.mentalpod.com/donate You can help the podcast by using our Amazon link.  Bookmark it.  It helps us and doesn't make your items any more expensive.   You can also help the podcast by going to our Itunes page and giving us a nice rating.  It boosts our visibility.  And you can help by spreading the word about the podcast through social media. Every little bit helps he needs it!
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149 min
June 16, 2017
#335 From Hostile to Peaceful - JT
19 year-old JT shares about the crippling anxiety, panic attacks and fear of abandonment he tried to alleviate for years through being hostile and controlling (of course it backfired) before finally deciding to get help. He shares with Paul the painful working-class childhood he had including the death of his parents when he was 8 and embracing his sexuality at 16. He talks about the importance mindfulness has played in helping him find the peace that has allowed him to deal with his anxiety. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling. To see if it's right for you go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental , fill out a questionnaire and try a free week. Must be 18 This episode is sponsored by ZipRecuiter. To post jobs and find the right person to hire fast, and for free go to www.ZipRecruiter.com/first    To support the podcast through donations of money (one-time or recurring monthly for as little as $1) or frequent flyer miles, go to www.mentalpod.com/donate    
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109 min
June 9, 2017
#334 Abused By Her Therapist - Christina L
Christina L (a pseudonym) shares about learning to stand up for herself after an abusive rehab therapist preyed on her as she was getting sober and the confusion of not knowing what he was doing was wrong.  She shares about her dysfunctional family, being bullied by boys in middle school, binge eating, and always being the "good child" by never making waves (unlike her sister who got most of the attention through speaking up or getting in trouble) but also never learning how to talk to her parents about her struggles for fear of bringing more chaos into an already unstable home.  She also talks about the difficulties in getting mental health treatment in her country, England. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To try a week for free go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental and fill out a questionnaire.  Must be 18. This episode is sponsored by Casper Mattresses.   Help the podcast by checking out their highly rated products and to let them know you found out about them from the show go to www.Casper.com/mental and use the code MENTAL at checkout. This episode is sponsored by Audible's Where Should We Begin?  Go to www.Audible.com/Esther   If you'd like to help out the podcast go to www.mentalpod.com/donate  Every little bit helps, whether it's money or frequent flyer miles.  Also when you shop through our Amazon page they donate money to our podcast but your product isn't any more expensive.  You can also help by going to Itunes and giving us a good rating.  It helps bring more people to the show.  Also spreading the word through social media helps!  Here is our Facebook page and our Twitter Page @mentalpod  
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133 min
June 1, 2017
#333 - When Sex Abuse Victims Become Adults & Avoiding Help/Work Burnout - Katie Vernoy LMFT
LMFT therapist Katie Vernoy and Paul respond to listener questions around the topics of 1) How childhood sexual abuse affects the survivors when they become adults and 2) How can people avoid job or helping burnout. They talk about the specifics of self-care and coping tips, acceptance vs approval, forgiveness, anger, misguided generosity, overprotective parents, people who can't say no and is it possible for a younger child to sexually abuse an older child? Katie's website: www.evolvetothriveconsulting.com    Katie's Facebook group for helpers to combat Sacrificial Helping, called The Helping Collaborative: https://www.facebook.com/groups/helpingcollaborative/    Katie's Facebook: Evolve to Thrive by Katie Vernoy    Katie's Twitter: Katie Vernoy     This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online therapy, to experience a free week go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental   This episode is sponsored by Bombas socks.  For 20% off your 1st purchase go to www.Bombas.com/mental   This episode is sponsored by BlueApron.  To get your first 3 meals free (with free shipping) go to www.BlueApron.com/mental   This episode is sponsored by the Scott Alan Turner Show.  To learn how to better your finances go to www.ScottAlanTurner.com/happy     To help out our podcast thru one-time or recurring monthly donations, or donating Frequent Flyer miles go to www.mentalpod.com/donate
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129 min
May 26, 2017
#332 Obsessive & Secret World of Classical Musicians - Ben Turner
The Australian professional trombonist shares about the mental, emotional and logistical rigors of making a living as a classical musician and some insights into what drove him (and his peers) to such obsessive lengths. We get a peek behind the curtain into the dysfunction and sickness that can fester in such a high-pressure workplace and the poor coping mechanisms used by people who were raised to stuff emotions and just achieve to receive love. We touch on depression, anxiety, therapy, people pleasing, perfectionism, numbness and difficulty with intimacy. Turns out Mozart in the Jungle and Whiplash are not that far off. Check out Ben's podcast Double Depresso https://omny.fm/shows/double-depresso-podcast  Ben's Twitter handle is @DepressoPodcast This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling. To experience a free week go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental and fill out a questionnaire. Must be 18 This episode is sponsored by the Scott Alan Turner podcast. For a free audiobook and to hear the strategies he used to achieve financial independence and how he learned to handle and save money, go to www.ScottAlanTurner.com/happy  This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter To post jobs for free go to www.ZipRecruiter.com/first  To become a monthly donor (for as little as $1/month) and get free bonus content from Paul go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod 
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146 min
May 19, 2017
#331 The Worst Day of My Life - Rhonda Britten
Rhonda says "It took me 20 years to get thru that day" as she opens up about the event that changed her life forever when she was 14 years old.   She talks about how it changed her view of God, herself and the world around her, sending her on a path or self-destruction she barely survived until finally dealing with the pain and anger, eventually healing and finding her life's purpose. Follow Rhonda on twitter @RhondaBritten Check out her websites for the course she mentioned www.fearlessliving.org/risk www.LifeCoachCertificationProgram.com and her books https://fearlessliving.org/books/   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To get a free week go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental This episode is sponsored by Audible and their new audio program Where Should We Begin?  To check it out go to www.Audible.com/esther (Audible & Amazon Prime members listen for free) This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter.  To post jobs for free go to www.ZipRecruiter.com/first   To become a recurring monthly donor to the podcast (and get free things from Paul like Paul's video Tribute to Herbert go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod and sign up for as little as $1/month.            
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166 min
April 30, 2017
#330 Co-Dep & Boundaries - Dr. Natalie Feinblatt
Dr. Feinblatt shares her experience as a therapist in working with co-dependent clients; how is co-dependency defined, what are some characteristics and how can it be treated or managed? She also shares about the importance of codependents learning about setting, enforcing and respecting boundaries. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling. To experience a free week go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  In addition to her private practice Dr. Feinblatt also works at Westside Treatment, an intensive outpatient program for addiction & mental illness. Dr Feinblatt (who is also a BetterHelp therapist) can be reached at: www.drnataliefeinblatt.com  https://www.instagram.com/drnatalief/  https://twitter.com/DrNatalieF  https://www.facebook.com/drnatalief  https://www.betterhelp.com/natalie-feinblatt/    Consider helping out the show by making a donation. Either one-time, recurring monthly (you get freebies from Paul) or by donating frequent flyer miles.
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122 min
April 30, 2017
#329 My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward - Mark & Giulia Lukach
Rarely do we talk about the spouse of someone battling a serious mental illness. Mark and Giulia had never heard of Bipolar I with psychosis until she broke from reality well into their marriage. Taped in front of an audience in Oakland, they bare their souls about the pain and confusion of her treatment and Mark realizing how much help spouses also need. Check out Mark's new book My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward Visit his website www.MarkLukach.com  This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron. To get your first 3 meals free with free delivery go to www.BlueApron.com/mental  This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling. To experience a free week go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Consider donating to the podcast with either a one-time donation, a recurring monthly donation (with free rewards) or donating frequent flyer miles.
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105 min
April 28, 2017
#328 - Crack, Fights & Trying to Find Love - Charlie King
Paul's support group friend has led an astoundingly painful life especially in regard to his mother (schizophrenia, depression), father (workaholic, hoarder), and sister (drug addict). He describes his descent into drugs (crack), emotionally damaged women and violence before finding the key to understanding his behavior. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. To see if online counseling is right for you go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental and experience a free week. Must be 18. This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter. To post jobs for free to go www.ZipRecruiter.com/first  This episode is sponsored by Audible. To start a free trial or just see their catalog of audiobooks go to www.Audible.com/mental  Support the podcast by becoming a one-time donor, a monthly donor or use when shopping at Amazon, enter using our Amazon link so they give us some money (at no cost to you). 
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107 min
April 21, 2017
#327 Leaving Domestic Violence - Jenna Brister
The comedian/storyteller (The Moth) shares about her whirlwind 86 day romance that led to a Vegas wedding to a man who soon turned into a man she didn't recognize, leaving her in fear for her life.  Jenna talks about her experience escaping from domestic violence and stalking, especially how family and friends reacted in terms of supporting her (or not).  She also shares about having to cut her mercurial, often emotionally abusive mother out of her life and the freedom she feels in learning how to stick up for herself even if it means disappointing someone.   Links for Jenna:  instagram: jennatullsbrister twitter: @jennabrister website: www.jennabrister.com   This episodes is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To see if it's right for you and to experience a week free, go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental   This episode is sponsored by Adam and Eve.  To get 50% off an item, free shipping plus some free gifts go to www.AdamandEve.com and use offer code MENTAL   This episode is sponsored by StampsDotCom.  For a 4 week trial including a digital scale and stamps go to www.Stamps.com, click on the radio mic at the top of the page and enter offer code MENTAL   This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter.  To post your jobs for free go to www.ZipRecruiter.com/first   To become a monthly donor for as little as $1/month go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod and qualify for free stuff from Paul including bonus episodes.
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117 min
April 14, 2017
#326 I Was Born Afraid - Jenny Jaffe
The comedic writer/performer and mental health advocate who started www.projecturok.org shares about the tremendous support she received from her family when depression anxiety and OCD had her close to suicide by age 10, and even more despondent from 15-17. Her story is a great example of parental support, the power of coping skills, and proof that even people from safe supportive homes with no trauma in their lives can suffer from mental illness because the issue is often one of chemical imbalance. Follow Jenny on Twitter @JennyJaffe and @JennyJaffe on Instagram Check out her Facebook page www.facebook.com/jennyjaffe Visit her website www.theJennyJaffe.com And of course check out www.ProjectUROK.org This ep is sponsored by BetterHelp online therapy.  To try it and get a week for free go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  To support the podcast consider becoming a one-time or recurring monthly donor or donating frequent flyer miles. It can be done at www.mentalpod.com/donate  Monthly donors using Patreon can begin for as little as $1/month and qualify for occasional free stuff from Paul, like mini-episodes and more. To sign up go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod  Another way to support the show is to give it a nice review and rating at iTunes or spread the word through social media.  
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137 min
April 6, 2017
#325 I Am The Worst Person Ever: Mike Levine
For most of his life Mike has been wracked with shame and self-hatred, convinced he was the worst person ever and fantasizing about suicide when he was hospitalized at 15. He and Paul talk about where his self-hate may come from as well as his ADHD, emotionally sterile and achievement-focused childhood, body dysmorphia, cross-dressing, kink as a submissive male, and how he finally summoned the courage and self-love to end an abusive friendship. Mike is a great example of someone learning to embrace his uniqueness instead of hating and shaming himself for it. Follow Mike on Twitter/Instagram: @bizmichael Check out his books: At Least You're Not These Monsters and All The Feelings This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp To try a week of counseling for free go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental and fill out a questionnaire so you can be paired with a licensed counselor. This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter. To post your jobs for free go to www.ZipRecruiter.com/first  To support the podcast consider becoming a monthly donor via Patreon for as little as $1/month (and get rewards for free like donor-only mini eps where Paul reads responses from the donor-only survey) Go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod  A great way to help the podcast is to donate frequent flyer miles. For details on how to do it go to. www.Mentalpod.com/donate and scroll down to the Frequent Flyer Miles section.
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142 min
March 31, 2017
#324 Literally Pulling Her Hair Out From PPD - Jennifer Tracy
It wasn't until she began to literally pull chunks of her hair out she knew she might be battling something out of her control; postpartum depression. She talks about her battles with cyclical depression starting at an early age, being an only child with depressed, anxious and angry parents, not feeling seen or heard and being a high-bottom alcoholic who finally sobered up instead of self-medicating. She also touches on her body issues and how it was exacerbated during her few years as a model.   Thanks to Accurate Secretarial & @WebCaptioning 4 donating their transcribing services. They're so dependable! This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. To see if online counseling is right for you, and to get your first week free, go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental and fill out a questionnaire. Must be 18 or older. This episode is sponsored by BlueApron. To get your first 3 meals free with free shipping go to www.BlueApron.com/mental  Support the podcast and get free, donor-only stuff from Paul by becoming a monthly donor -starting for as little as $1 a month- go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod  It really helps!
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146 min
March 24, 2017
#323 Family Secrets & Hiding Depression - Patricia McKee
How does a family deal with its secrets? The PhD opens up about the inter-generational rage brewing beneath the surface of her extended family and the difficulty in trying to cope when favorites are played, a mother feels jealous of her daughter, trauma isn't discussed, emotions are stuffed and through depression a smile is mustered for the unsuspecting outside world. Patricia can be reached at her website www.PatriciaMcKee.com and on Twitter @Patricia_McKee This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com For a free 4 week trial including postage and a digital scale, go to www.Stamps.com, click on the Radio Microphone at the top of the homepage and type in offer code MENTAL This episode is sponsored by Young Health's probiotic Probimune. For your 1st bottle free go to www.Probimune.com and use offer code MENTAL This episode is sponsored by Audible audiobooks. For a free trial go to www.Audible.com/mental  This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling. To get your first week free go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Must be over 18. To get rewards from Paul, like donor-only mini-episodes or personal videos & pictures support the podcast with a recurring monthly donation starting for as little as $1/month, go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod 
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139 min
March 16, 2017
#322 Being Trans in a Red State: Olivia Haidar
The 29 year-old trans woman dispels myths about what it means to be trans, including those she used to believe. She shares about hormone therapy, gender reassignment surgery, the prejudice and stigma of "passing", feeling dysphoric growing up, coming out in her Indiana hometown and her upbringing by an overprotective mother, an absent father, an alcoholic and emotionally abusive stepfather. Follow Olivia on Twitter @hitherehaidar Follow her on Instagram @ohaidarling Follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ohaidarling  This episode is sponsored by Young Health's probiotic Probimune. To get your first bottle free (plus $6.75 shipping) go to www.probimune.com and use offer code MENTAL This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling. To get your first week free, go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Must be 18 or older. This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter. To post jobs for free go to www.ZipRecruiter.com/first  Support the podcast by becoming a monthly donor for as little as $1 a month. Get free rewards from Paul. www.Patreon.com/mentalpod  Check out Earbuds, the great documentary about the power of podcasting featuring podcasters like Paul and many of his former guests/friends/fellow podcasters. Stream or buy DVD at www.comedyfilmnerds.com 
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155 min
March 9, 2017
#321 Herpes from Date-Rape: Laura J
Laura J. shares about contracting herpes by being date-raped and how she has navigated managing it logistically, sexually and emotionally with partners, including her husband. She was raised in an emotionally cold home by a psychiatrist father and image-obsessed mother. Her mother's response when Laura would say "I love you" has only ever been "thank you". Laura shares about having Bipolar 2, codependency, fear of intimacy, occasional paranoia, an eating disorder (compulsive eating), multiple stays in psych hospitals, an abortion and always being in the shadow of her high-maintenance and unstable sister. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling. To get your first week free go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Must be 18 or over. This episode is sponsored by Young Health's probiotic Probimune. To get your first bottle free (plus $6.75 shipping) go to www.probimune.com and use offer code MENTAL This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter. To post jobs for free go to www.ZipRecruiter.com/first   
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179 min
March 3, 2017
#320 Fantasy & Love Addiction - Maia Akiva
Paul's fellow support group friend shares about the huge role fantasy has played in her struggle to accept life; especially her love addiction. She talks about being unable to watch lesbian films in moderation (she is a lesbian) and how the CPTSD from her physical (and emotional) trauma at birth and being raised in an emotionally stifled home (where success was the only thing that mattered) have made intimacy and trust difficult especially with her struggles with low self-esteem. Inspired to help others as she has healed Maia now facilitates workshops and speaks publicly to help others who are also struggling. Check out Maia's website http://www.maiaakiva.com/  Maia's Instagram https://www.instagram.com/maiaakiva/  Maia's Facebook https://www.facebook.com/maiaakiva2  Maia's Twitter https://twitter.com/maiaakiva  This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. To get your 1st week of online counseling free go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Must 18 or over. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron. To see this week's menu or to get your first 3 meals free (with free delivery) go to www.BlueApron.com/mental  This episode is sponsored by Young Health's probiotic Probimune To get your first bottle of Probimune free (plus $6.75 shipping) go to www.Probimune.com  and use offer code MENTAL at checkout.
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152 min
February 22, 2017
#319 - I Worry I'm Unlovable - Pauly David
The co-host of YouTube's Pauly & Monks show shares about feeling unlovable, not being a good enough partner, trying to always "fix" other people, having to be an adult in his family at nine, learning to equate money with love and being rejected by relatives for being gay. Oh and his Bruce Willis-admiring grandfather shooting his grandmother.   Follow Pauly on Twitter @PaulyDavid and Instagram @PaulyDavid1 Check out the Pauly & Monks show on YouTube and on Twitter @PaulyandMonks Visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PaulyandMonks/ Check out Pauly's personal YouTube page  http://YouTube.com/user/VapidDual This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp.com to try a week of online counseling for free go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  You must be over 18. This episode is sponsored by Young Health's Probimune.  To get your first bottle free (plus $6.75 shipping) go to www.probimune.com and use offer code MENTAL This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com  For a special 4 week trial go to www.stamps.com be sure to click on the microphone icon at the top of the page then enter offer code MENTAL Please take this anonymous survey so potential advertisers will see our demographic.  Plus you could win a $100 Amazon card.  www.podsurvey.com/mentalpod      
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166 min
February 17, 2017
#318 I Can't Stop Worrying! - Giulia Rozzi
The Moth Grand Slam winner, standup and podcaster (Hopefully We Don't Break Up) shares about being raised by Italian immigrant parents who worried a lot and her "high school brain" that still worries about being left out or gossiped about. Follow Giulia on Twitter @GiuliaRozzi Visit her website www.GiuliaRozzi.com  Check out her podcast www.HopefullyWeDontBreakup.com  Follow her on Instagram www.instagram.com/grozzi  This episode is sponsored by Young Health's Probimune. Sign up for automated delivery and get your first bottle free (plus $6.75 shipping). Go to www.Probimune.com and use offer code MENTAL This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. For a free week of online counseling go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  This episode is sponsored by MadisonReed. For 10% off your first color kit plus free shipping, go to www.Madison-Reed.com and use offer code HAPPY This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter. To post your job ads free go to www.ZipRecruiter.com/first  This episode is sponsored by Zola wedding registry. Receive $50 when you register and use Zola. Go to www.Zola.com/mental  For info or tix to the live recording of the podcast in Oakland on Feb 22 & 23 (Wed & Thurs) go to www.EastBayExpress.com/mental  Support the podcast by becoming a monthly donor via Patreon (and get free rewards from Paul) www.Patreon.com/mentalpod 
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145 min
February 10, 2017
#317 - Misophonia: Rage at Certain Sounds
35 year-old barista (and listener) Charlynn Schmiedt shares about having misophonia which is a "fight or flight" physical response to certain everyday sounds, such as gum chewing, throat clearing etc. and the complications and misunderstanding that arise out of having to interact with people who don't think it is a "real thing".  Charlynn also shares about having an eating disorder in her 20s as well as depression and anxiety.  Her husband Patrick sits in to also share what it is like to live with someone with misophonia. Follow Charlynn on Twitter at @OhTheProfanity For tix or info on Paul's Feb 22 & 23 appearances in Oakland go to www.eastbayexpress.com/mental This ep is sponsored by the online counseling provider BetterHelp.  To try a week free go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental and fill out a questionnaire to be matched with a counselor. This ep is sponsored by MadisonReed.  For 10% off your first hair color kit and free shipping go to www.Madison-Reed.com and use offer code HAPPY This ep is sponsored by BlueApron.  Check out this week's menu and get your first 3 meals free (with free shipping) by going to www.BlueApron.com/mental This ep is sponsored by Casper Mattresses.  For $50 towards the purchase of any mattress go to www.CasperMattress.com/mental and use offer code MENTAL Support the podcast by becoming a monthly donor at Patreon (and get free rewards from Paul) www.Patreon.com/mentalpod    
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159 min
February 3, 2017
#316: Kevin Allison on Owning Your Weirdness & Flaws
The podcaster (RISK!) and sketch actor (The State) talks about learning to "own his weirdness".  From being a gay kid in a conservative town to being the black sheep in The State he has battled the paralysis and fear of not being perfect or even good enough.  He shares about his attempt at being a prostitute, the 12 year gap between The State ending and him starting Risk! and how he learned to find his authentic voice when he was at his lowest and how he still struggles to act and feel like a grown-up.   Follow Kevin on Twitter @TheKevinAllison Check out RISK! at www.risk-show.com or follow on Twitter @RISKshow Check out his classes www.thestorystudio.org For info on Paul's upcoming live podcasts in Oakland Feb 22-23 go to www.eastbayexpress.com/mental To become a monthly supporter of The Mental Illness Happy Hour go to www.patreon.com/mentalpod This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To try a free week go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  (you must be at least 18) This episode is sponsored by MadisonReed hair color kits.  For 10% off your first kit and free shipping go to www.Madison-Reed.com and use offer code HAPPY This episode is sponsored by MVMT Watches.  For 15% off plus free shipping and free returns go to www.MVMTWatches.com/mental This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter.  To post jobs for free go to www.ZipRecruiter.com/first      
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152 min
January 27, 2017
#315 Jenny R - Raised in Wealth, Sadness & Anxiety
The anxious only child of a drunk/rager mom and a passive dad shares about her family's combination of material wealth and emotional ignorance/poverty. She talks about her fear of "just being" instead of always "doing", including triathlons & rock climbing, her ongoing battles with disordered eating -especially binging- , her all-or-nothing thinking and struggles with intimacy while being married and having a family.   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online therapy.  To learn more (and get your first week free) go to www.betterhelp.com/mental This episode is sponsored by MadisonReed.  For 10% your first hair color kit plus free shipping go to www.Madison-Reed.com and use offer code HAPPY This episode is sponsored by Movement Watches.  Get 15% off today (with free shipping and free returns) by going to www.MVMTWatches.com/mental This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter.  To post jobs for free go to www.ZipRecruiter.com/first   Support the podcast by becoming a monthly donor (for as little as $1/month and get rewards from Paul) at Patreon.   www.patreon.com/mentalpod   For info on Paul's upcoming live podcast shows in the Bay Area Feb 22 & Feb 23 go to www.eastbayexpress.com/mental      
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165 min
January 20, 2017
#314 - Working With Sexually Violent Predators: Renee G-M
The 40 year-old public administrator talks about "losing her humanity" being assigned to work on a criminal defense unit on behalf of sexually violent predators and the anxiety, panic and breakdowns that followed.   She also talks about her chaotic and abusive upbringing which included her father molesting her brother, domestic violence and her coping by becoming a rescuer.   This episode is sponsored by the online therapy provider BetterHelp.com  To try out a week of counseling for free go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental, fill out the questionnaire and get matched with a counselor, to see if it's right for you. This episode is sponsored by the one-stop wedding registry Zola.  Receive $50 when you register and use Zola.  Go to www.Zola.com/mental for details. This episode is sponsored by MadisonReed.  For 10% off your first hair color kit (plus free shipping) go to www.Madison-Reed.com and use offer code HAPPY Consider becoming a recurring monthly donor to the podcast (and receive free rewards from Paul) go to www.Patreon.com/mentapod 
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141 min
January 13, 2017
#313 Neal Brennan
The writer and director of Inside Amy Schumer, co-creator of Chapelle's Show and standup comic (3 Mics coming soon on Netflix) talks about being one of ten kids raised by a violent alcoholic father and his struggles today with trusting his feelings and needs and dealing with his anger especially with partners.  He also talks about his relationship with Dave Chapelle and the conflicts and emotions he experienced when Dave decided to stop doing the show. Neal's standup special 3 Mics debuts Jan 17th on Netflix Follow Neal on Twitter @NealBrennan This episode is sponsored by the online therapy service BetterHelp For a free week of counseling go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental and fill out a questionnaire. This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter To post jobs for free go to www.ZipRecruiter.com/first  This episode is sponsored by Madison-Reed For 10% off your first hair color kit (and free shipping) go to www.Madison-Reed.com and use offer code HAPPY This episode is sponsored by BlueApron. To get your first 3 meals free (with free shipping) go to www.BlueApron.com/mental 
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152 min
January 6, 2017
#312 Why Am I A Mess? My Parents Loved Me - Amanda Bloom
The 30 year-old freelance journalist and Pilates teacher doesn't have anything dramatic to point to in her life, yet she has struggled to find her voice in life with bad relationships, eating disorders, depression, body dysmorphia, and intense fears of rejection and feeling excluded.  Paul and Amanda peel back the layers to try to find out what's underneath. To learn more about Amanda, go to www.AmandaBloom.com  Follow her on Twitter @AmandaJBloom This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter.com Listeners can post jobs for free by going to www.ziprecruiter.com/first  To become a monthly donor to the podcast (and get the occasional reward from Paul) go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod  To donate Frequent Flyer miles to the podcast go to http://mentalpod.com/donate  
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120 min
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