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What to Do About Toxic Relationships
Toxic relationships come in many forms. They can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, and more. Most of us, at one point or another, will find ourselves in one… perhaps with a romantic partner, possibly a friend, or even with a family member. Even good relationships can sour and turn toxic. So what do we do when we realize that we’re in such a relationship? Listen for some excellent advice and information.
|Feb 14, 2019|
Service Animals vs. Emotional Support Animals
This week, we look at service animals and emotional support animals. Additional information about the guest, as well as a full transcript of the show, can be found here.
|Feb 07, 2019|
Podcast: How to Change Your Psychological Identity
We all know that addiction, severe depression, and other conditions change our personality. What few know, however, is just how deeply ingrained that change can be, and how difficult (and scary) it can be to try to become “ourselves” again. In this episode, we examine such changes through the experiences of our guest, who overcame depression and addiction, and now helps others do the same.
|Jan 31, 2019|
Talking Parity and Advocacy with Patrick Kennedy
Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy joins our hosts to talk about mental health and addiction parity, both at the federal and state levels. He shares information about new initiatives, dontdenyme.org and parityregistry.org, designed to help consumers file appeals on their own, if they feel they’ve been wrongly denied coverage by their insurance companies. They speak candidly about the problems faced with regard to parity by those who live with mental health or addiction issues. And finally, they talk about how anyone can become an advocate.
|Jan 24, 2019|
How to Let Go of Past Hurts
It’s inevitable that we will suffer emotional pain as we go through life. Whether it’s from a death of a loved one, the ending of a relationship, or any number of other issues, sometimes the pain we experience becomes embedded to such a degree that we can’t seem to recover from it. We might dwell on past hurts to the point that it negatively affects our emotional health, preventing us from moving on and growing as we should. In this episode, we examine this kind of emotional baggage and how to break free of the grip it can have on us.
|Jan 17, 2019|
How to Make the Transition to Adulthood Easier
The transition from youth to adult is a difficult one for most people, filled with unexpected events and changes that we are ill-prepared for. Many find themselves seriously lacking not only the life skills needed, but also the psychological and emotional tools that would make this huge change easier. Our guest this week explains how we can use mindfulness to develop these tools and make adulting much less intimidating.
|Jan 10, 2019|
Why New Year's Resolutions Don't Work
Every year, millions of people make New Year’s Resolutions. And one of the most common resolutions is to lose weight and get in shape. It’s also one of the most commonly failed resolutions. In this episode, you’ll meet a man who lost over 130 pounds and went on to become a transformational coach helping others to achieve the same goals. His success was not because of a New Year’s Resolution, and shows just why such January promises don’t work.
|Jan 03, 2019|
What Are Cognitive Distortions?
At some point or another, virtually everyone has fallen victim to cognitive distortions – lines of thinking that are based on things that are simply not true. This doesn’t mean to the level of conspiracy theories, but even the tiniest things. In this episode, Psych Central founder, Dr. John Grohol, explains many types of these distortions, as well as how to address them in order to improve our lives.
|Dec 27, 2018|
How to Survive a “Not Bad” Christmas
There are all kinds of suggestions out in the world about how to survive a bad holiday… holidays with people you don’t like, holidays with too many people, all kinds of bad holidays. But what about those holidays that are… well… not bad? Maybe not optimal, but in no way awful. Gabe and Vincent talk about how they are each spending Christmas this year, both of them having the “not optimal” version, but also a “not bad” version. Listen to hear their plans, and why they’re totally okay with not having their preferred holidays.
|Dec 20, 2018|
A Delicious Ritual to Reduce Stress
Living in our fast-paced world, many of us find ourselves stressed out, and many others don’t even realize how stressed they’ve become. Many people choose to ignore their stress, others use meditation, exercise, or other endeavors to reduce stress. This episode shares the story of a woman whose solution to stress involves regularly making challah, a traditional Jewish bread. Not only does the ritual of the making of the bread reduce stress, but the history and tradition of the bread are also important to her.
|Dec 13, 2018|
Growing Up With a Mentally Ill Parent
Growing up with a mentally ill parent can be a traumatic experience for any child. For Ally Golden, her mother’s mental illness was major depression, later diagnosed as borderline personality disorder. Ally’s book, A Good Soldier, chronicles her life growing up in this environment, with a mentally ill mother who frequently threatened suicide, and the psychological trauma that resulted for her. Decades later, her mother carried out her threat. Listen to hear Ally’s fascinating story.
|Dec 06, 2018|
Defying Bipolar Disorder
Charita Cole Brown was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 21. After reaching recovery, she became very active in her local NAMI affiliate for many years. Recently, her book – Defying Bipolar: My Bipolar Life – was published. Her goal with the book is to show that people can live well with bipolar disorder, despite how the disease is often portrayed in the media. In this episode, she talks about her story and also shares her views on the ways mental illness is viewed in different cultures.
|Nov 29, 2018|
Amy Gamble - From Olympian to Advocate
Amy Gamble’s most surreal moment was when she walked into Olympic Stadium in Seoul, Korea, in 1988. In the years that followed, her bipolar disorder led her on a strange journey that included being paranoid that her family was trying to poison her, that she owned a cabin on a mountain in Montana (and how breaking into it led to a stint in jail), and finally to the path of recovery. From there, she has gone on to become an author and outspoken advocate for the mentally ill, speaking to audiences of all sorts, from high school students to the elderly.
|Nov 22, 2018|
Are We Addicted to Technology?
It’s often claimed (and not without good reason) that we are addicted to technology, from the tiny screens of our phones and the temptations of social media to the progressively bigger screens of that multi-generational babysitter: our televisions. But is it actually true that we have such an addiction? This episode looks at the effects of technology on our personal and social lives. You’ll hear about how technology is a double-edged sword, making our lives easier and more complicated at the same time. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to form and maintain a healthy balance in your relationship with technology.
|Nov 15, 2018|
How Can You Stop Emotional Overeating?
Emotional overeating is an extremely common problem for many people, particularly among those who live with depression. Many of us have a tendency to “eat our feelings,” resorting to food to make us feel better and as an escape from the things that bother us. As one would expect, this kind of behavior leads to weight gain, which only adds to the negative feelings that we’re trying to escape from. In this episode, we’ll learn about emotional overeating, including what it is and isn’t, its relation to hunger, and how to deal with the ever-present food during holidays, work functions, and more.
|Nov 08, 2018|
The Importance of Innovation in Suicide Prevention
Despite all the efforts being made in suicide awareness and prevention, death by suicide is still rampant in society. The obvious observation, then, is that bringing awareness is not enough, and that our current methods of suicide prevention are not working or, at least, not working well enough. Spurred by her brother’s death by suicide, our guest this week became a self-described “change agent” who stresses the importance of being more innovative in our approach to suicide prevention. She speaks of different approaches she has taken, herself, including “Man Therapy,” a social enterprise approach, and various initiatives she has started.
|Nov 01, 2018|
The Problem of Workplace Bullying
Bullying is a huge problem in society. Many people believe that it’s something that takes place just in school and online, but it’s also unfortunately present in the work environment, as many listeners will likely agree. This episode looks at the topic of workplace bullying, covering the definition and causes of it, the extended damage it can inflict (including the damage “taken home”), and the pattern that workplace bullying often follows. Also discussed is “mobbing,” where entire groups of employees are being bullied. Listen to this episode to learn just how widespread workplace bullying is, and about instances where perceived bullying really isn’t bullying at all.
|Oct 25, 2018|
The Trauma of Living with Addicted Parents
When future NFL player Erik Coleman was eleven years old, he discovered that both of his parents were addicts (one to alcohol, one to harder drugs). This was a traumatic discovery, but made worse when, one day, he returned home from school to find his father had moved out. Erik shares this and more with us, including how this affected him as a child and as an adult, even through his years playing in the NFL. He shares his thoughts on what is most important for children of addicts to know, and of what happened to his parents later in life.
|Oct 18, 2018|
The Paradoxes of Masculinity
Blue is for boys and pink is for girls, right? That depends on what generation you live in. Today, many people disregard such silly color assignments, or at least go for “gender neutral” colors. But a hundred years ago, all the top fashionistas insisted that pink was a masculine color and blue was feminine. Masculinity has long had an identity complex. How much “girly” stuff can a man enjoy without being viewed as non-masculine? Women have redefined femininity, so why can’t men redefine what it means to be masculine? Listen to this week’s episode and you might begin to understand.
|Oct 11, 2018|
Living Well With Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is an often misunderstood (and misdiagnosed) disorder. Our guest this week is a psychotherapist who has worked with many individuals with this diagnosis. He discusses the nature of the disease, therapy plans for treatment, and the multi-phase stabilization process. He also talks about the “Grand Bargain” between the bipolar person and his/her family, which helps keep everyone informed. Most importantly, he makes it very clear that bipolar disorder is a very manageable disease that will not prevent someone from leading a stable, satisfying life, on one’s own terms, rather than the terms dictated by the disease.
|Oct 04, 2018|
100th Episode Extravaganza
Okay, “extravaganza” might be a bit of an exaggeration. But it really is the 100th episode of The Psych Central Show. As such, we thought it would be fun (and maybe a bit educational) to take a look back on the Psych Central Show, from its conception to the current day. Michelle Hammer, co-host of A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and a Podcast, joins the show as “host for a day” to ask Gabe and Vincent to share their perspectives on the show as its hosts and to answer some common questions. Listen in for some inside scoops and a lot of laughs.
|Sep 27, 2018|
Mental Health in the Workplace
Most of us spend a large portion of our days at work, where we’re exposed to all sorts of different stressors that take a cumulative toll. And many of us are already dealing with some sort of mental health issue unrelated to our jobs. Put together, it can be a recipe for a breakdown, which is why it’s so important to address mental health in the workplace. Host Gabe Howard shares his insights on the subject, including his story of being fired from a job due to his mental illness, and the ensuing years of exploring the nature of mental health at our places of employment.
|Sep 20, 2018|
What Is Postpartum Bipolar Disorder?
Most people are familiar with postpartum depression (a topic we’ve discussed more than once on this show) or even bipolar mania. Less well known is postpartum bipolar disorder, despite the fact that childbirth is a significant trigger of bipolar disorder. Our guest this week is a woman who developed this condition very soon after the birth of her second child. She shares her stories of hypergraphia (an overwhelming need to write or draw), how her husband dealt with the condition, the treatments she adhered to, and how she stays stable with the condition today. Listen in to learn more about this little-known condition.
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|Sep 13, 2018|
Death in a Rehab Facility – One Woman’s Fight
For the millions of individuals with drug addictions, there are plenty of facilities out there for help. Some are public, some are private, but all have the goal of helping addicts to move on from drugs and live healthy lives again. Nothing in life is perfect, however, and sometimes things go awry at such facilities. Our guest this week tells the story of her son, who entered such a facility and never came out. She speaks of her own investigation of her son’s death, officially ruled a suicide, and the obstacles she encountered – and overcame – on her quest for the truth.
|Sep 06, 2018|
Mental Health Resilience in Gay Men
It’s no surprise that gay men have been one of the many groups subject to mental health issues. What is surprising, though, is how well they bounce back from such issues. Our guest this week has studied resilience in gay men and literally wrote the book on the subject. He shares with us some stories found in the book and behind-the-pages experiences from the writing of it. He stresses that the book is not just for the gay community, however, as many of the issues are fairly universal, including the anger we feel due to our experiences. Listen to hear more.
[4:30] Is this book just for the gay community?
[5:58] Stories of resilience.
[12:57] What about the anger from our experiences?
[15:36] Are there any specific mental health issues in the LGBT community that don’t exist outside of it?
[18:35] How John writes such a wide variety of genres.
[22:41] Surprising things learned while writing the book.
|Aug 30, 2018|
The Perpetual Trauma of Child Sexual Abuse (Isn’t What You Think)
Child sexual abuse is a deeply disturbing topic, made all the worse because of just how widespread it is. The vast majority of the victims of child sexual abuse know their abusers, all too commonly a family member. This week’s guest addresses some misconceptions of child sexual abuse, speaks on the survivors of incest, and the fact that much of the continual trauma suffered by these victims is due to keeping silent about the event. She also discusses the Four Rules of Sexual Consent and addresses the question of whether it is possible to have one’s abuser in one’s life and still be healthy.
[0:49] How many survivors of incest are there and why isn’t this more well-known?
[4:09] Talking Trees and living openly.
[8:05] Misconceptions about childhood sexual abuse.
[15:01] Healthy relationships and the 4 Rules of Sexual Consent.
[20:59] Is it possible to have your abuser in your life and still be healthy?
|Aug 23, 2018|
Using Nature to Improve Mental Health
We often hear about the healing qualities of nature. We’re told that connecting with nature is important, especially in this age where many people are tech connected during all waking hours. Sebastian Slovin believes this. In fact, he believes it so strongly that he became a developmental coach, now working with people to help them develop a stronger connection to nature, improve their well-being, and generally improve their lives. Listen in as he shares his story of why he chose this direction in life. He also speaks on how nature is important to mental health and why it’s so important for us.
[1:59] What happened to cause Sebastian to become more attuned to nature?
[5:15] How does nature combine with mental health?
[9:44] Why nature is so important to mental health.
[12:06] What is the proper balance between nature and tech?
[16:41] Nature and spiritualism.
|Aug 16, 2018|
Can Children Really Have PTSD?
When we think about post-traumatic stress disorder, our minds typically imagine war veterans or perhaps police officers and firefighters. Sometimes we’ll think of people who endured something horrible, such as a terrible accident, a home invasion, or other shocking events. But few of us picture children. Our guest in this episode witnessed a murder when she was quite young. She shares how this impacted her life, which included time spent in the Witness Protection Program. Listen to hear about the symptoms of PTSD in children, how to identify and avoid triggers, “restorative justice,” and about breaking the cycle of violence.
[3:17] What are symptoms of PTSD in children?
[5:36] Observed violence and PTSD in children.
[7:57] How can we improve how we deal with PTSD and kids?
[9:10] What is “restorative justice”?
[12:07] Identifying and avoiding triggers.
[17:43] Breaking the cyclical nature of violence.
|Aug 09, 2018|
How Is Depression Expressed in Children and Adolescents?
The rate of depression in children and adolescents continues to grow, leaving many parents clueless on what to do. What is driving this increase? Are things truly different for young people today, compared to twenty or thirty years ago? This episode welcomes a child psychologist to address these issues and more, including: how and why kids today are overloaded with activities, the different ways depression expresses itself in youth versus adults, how to tell when kids are “just being kids” versus dealing with depression, how to recognize the various signs of depression in young people, and how parents can stop feeling like failures.
YOUTH DEPRESSION SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
[3:57] Are we expecting too much of kids, today?
[5:49] Why are we overloading children?
[8:03] How do we slow down?
[17:56] What does depression look like in young people?
[23:40] how can parents tell when kids are depressed, rather than just “kids being kids”?
[29:56] What about parents who think they’re failures?
|Aug 02, 2018|
My Mentally Ill Brother Murdered Our Parents
A mental illness diagnosis is not only hard on the individual, but the person’s entire family. This week’s guest shares the story of one of his brothers, whose behavior would ultimately be diagnosed as schizophrenia, but who went undiagnosed and untreated for many years, coming into and going out of his family’s life for long stretches of time. This would come to an end only after his brother went behind bars for the murder of their parents. Listen in to hear the story, how it affected the family both before and after the tragedy, why his brother was unable to use a mental health defense, and how treatment could have prevented it all.
0:54 His brother’s diagnosis and how it affected the family
6:00 The murder that changed everything
8:50 His brother’s life after the tragedy
11:37 When did his brother realize what had happened and what were his reasons?
14:21 Why his brother could not use a mental health defense
19:14 How is the family now?
|Jul 26, 2018|
The Stanford Prison Non-Experiment
For decades, students have been taught about the Stanford Prison Experiment, in which volunteers were assigned as either “prisoners” or “guards” in a mock prison. The “guards” in this scenario allegedly became abusive and controlling toward the “prisoners,” thus it was concluded that average people, given power and control, would turn to such negative behavior. But was this a legitimate experiment? New evidence reveals that there was a lot more going on behind the scenes than was originally reported. Listen as we discuss the origin of the experiment, the controversy surrounding it, and what (if anything) we can actually learn from it.
[1:34] What was the Stanford Prison Experiment?
[5:00] What’s the new controversy about?
[11:37] Why weren’t these issues discovered earlier?
[14:39] What can we really learn from the experiment?
[16:35] Why were the claimed results so easily accepted?
[25:20] Should the Stanford Prison Experiment still be taught?
|Jul 19, 2018|
Let's Talk About Sex Therapy
Sex therapy. The very term is one that produces a flush of embarrassment in many people and is also prone to being misunderstood. But sex therapy is like most other psychotherapy, focusing on how to fix your issues. In this episode, our guest sex therapist talks about what his work consists of, dispelling a few of the misconceptions. He talks about the three main hallmarks of arousal, discusses common problems, such as erectile dysfunction and partners with extremely different libidos, and introduces practices such as “simmering” and “lazy sex.” He also offers some thoughts on polyamory, including the main factors leading to it failing.
SEX THERAPY SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
[3:26] The 3 main hallmarks of arousal
[5:18] Why do we have trouble discussing sex with our partners?
[6:40] What’s the deal with polyamory?
[9:48] What is “simmering”?
[18:38] What is “lazy sex”?
[19:10] What to do about erectile dysfunction.
[24:10] What to do when you and your partner have vastly different sex drives.
|Jul 12, 2018|
A Mindful Approach to Overcoming Addiction
More than 20 million Americans have a substance use disorder. Addiction is powerful and can easily destroy lives. Many approaches exist to fight such disorders, including the familiar “twelve-step” methods, but none of them have tremendous success rates. Now, two counselors present a way to use mindfulness in the fight against addiction. They speak with our hosts, discussing the evidence that mindfulness works and how it can be used to treat addiction. They speak of their new book on this topic and explain how it can be used by the reader. They also talk about forgiveness as a powerful therapy tool, both forgiveness of oneself and of others.
[4:23] How does mindfulness work for addiction problems?
[5:46] Is there evidence that mindfulness works?
[12:17] How does the book help an individual?
[14:29] What prompted the writing of the book?
[21:49] Forgiving yourself before forgiving others.
|Jul 05, 2018|
Fighting Your Fears with Kate Courageous
Fear is something we all face in our lives. For some of us (including some who don’t realize it), fear affects our behavior in profound ways, because we haven’t developed the courage to change this. Many people believe that courage is the same as fearlessness. In reality, courage is what allows us to do something in spite of the fear, whether it’s running into a burning building to save someone, touching someone’s pet snake to get over a phobia, or even just asking someone out on a date. Over time, we fall into habits, developing fear-based traits, such as pessimism. Our guest for this episode breaks it all down for us: what these traits are and how to change our behavior to reduce fear’s grip on us.
COURAGE SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
[1:09] How Kate became Kate Courageous
[3:44] What are fear-based habits?
[9:46] The four fear routines
[14:12] How do we change our routines?
|Jun 28, 2018|
What Does It Mean to be Transgender?
Gender transitioning has always been a topic that makes many people uncomfortable. And ever since Bruce became Kaitlin, it’s been a frequent topic of conversation. Most of the discomfort comes from unfamiliarity, from presumptions, and (of course) from bigotry. In this episode, two transgender women explain what it means to be transgender, both generally and personally. They talk about their experiences going back more than twenty years. They discuss how transitioning, and the science of it, changed over the decades. And they offer their views on what they believe are the most important things for society to know about it.
[3:45] What does it mean to be transgender?
[8:58] How transitioning is different today vs. 20 years ago.
[14:08] The most difficult aspects of transitioning.
[15:27] How the science has advanced in 20 years.
[19:52] What society should know about being transgender.
|Jun 21, 2018|
Don’t Just Survive PTSD – Thrive!
Nearly all adults in the U.S. have experienced a traumatic event in their lives. Up to 20% of these will go on to develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This is not a condition exclusive to veterans (although they do experience it at a higher rate than the general population). There are several methods used to address PTSD in therapy. Our guest this week presents a new type of treatment, one that promises to do more than just treat the symptoms, but get to the root of the problem. The goal is not to just survive PTSD, but to thrive in spite of it.
[2:00] How does bomb disposal relate to trauma treatment?
[3:23] How is trauma defined?
[6:14] What prompted the writing of the book?
[7:40] What is post-traumatic growth?
[14:29] Does time really heal all wounds?
[17:30] How would the average person benefit from the book?
|Jun 14, 2018|
Money Isn't the Problem - Our Beliefs About It Are
Money is the root of all arguments… or might seem so, for many couples. But why is this the case? What is it about money that makes it such an issue? Kiné Corder is what you might call a “financial therapist,” a psychotherapist who specializes in financial issues her clients are struggling with. She explains the way our money beliefs are formed at a far younger age than one might think, why money is such a hot point in our relationships, our warped concept of “value,” and how to be more conscious about our relationships with and conversations about money.
MONEY SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
[3:11] Why do we so often fight about money?
[7:31] Why don’t we talk more consciously about money?
[9:50] The paradox of “value.”
[20:53] What couples need to know to prevent money from being an issue.
|Jun 07, 2018|
From Tragedy to Transformation – How a Psychologist is Born
Linda Meyers was twenty-eight and the mother of three young boys when her mother, after a lifetime of threats, died by suicide. Staggered by conflicting feelings of relief and remorse, she believed that the best way to give meaning to her mother’s death was to make changes to her own life. Bolstered by the women’s movement of the seventies, she left her marriage, went to college, started a successful family acting business, and established a fulfilling career. She recounts all of this in a memoir titled The Tell, and speaks candidly with our hosts to share her fascinating and inspiring story.
LINDA MEYERS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
[1:45] What was it like for a woman in college in the 70s?
[2:55] The impact of her mother’s suicide.
[9:10] Being a psychologist as a kid.
[11:25] Was there discrimination in the classroom?
[13:44] The boy who became Ralph Lauren.
[15:24] The family acting business.
|May 31, 2018|
Diverse Diseases, Allied Advocates
Listen to part two of the episode recorded live on location at HealtheVoices 2018. (Part one was posted last week, so check it out if you haven’t, already.) In this continuation of the multi-advocate panel discussion, our panelists talk about the most difficult aspect of their advocacy and how they deal with it. They also address misconceptions and ignorance about their diseases, such as the difference between AIDS and HIV or IBD and IBS, the fact that lupus is not contagious, and that men can have breast cancer. To close out the episode, each panelist shares his/her thoughts on what advocates for different conditions have in common.
[0:33] Each panelist shares what they find most difficult about their advocacy.
[8:32] AnnMarie speaks about breast cancer in men.
[10:48] AnnMarie shares her thoughts on joking about diseases.
[12:45] Marisa tells of the misconceptions the public has about lupus.
[16:05] Daniel speaks of his advocacy work in schools.
[18:30] Rasheed comments on the common confusion of IBD and IBS.
[20:30] Each panelist shares their observations on how advocates are the same, regardless of their conditions.
|May 24, 2018|
Finding Strength & Unity in Our Differences
Listen to part one of the first ever LIVE Psych Central Show, recorded on location at HealtheVoices 2018, an annual event that brings together online advocates from across various health conditions for an opportunity to learn, share and connect. In this show, you will meet four advocates who join our hosts on stage for a panel discussion on a variety of advocacy issues, including lupus, irritable bowel disease, HIV, and breast cancer. You’ll hear about how being diagnosed affected their lives in ways they didn’t expect, and what made them become advocates. The second half of this show will be posted next week!
[2:50] Meet Marisa Zeppieri, lupus advocate.
[4:00] Meet Rasheed Clarke, irritable bowel disease advocate.
[5:25] Meet Daniel Garza, HIV advocate.
[6:30] Meet Annmarie Otis, breast cancer advocate.
[8:45] Annmarie talks about breast cancer as the “popular” illness.
[12:19] The panelists tell how it felt being diagnosed and how it has impacted their lives.
[18:07] The panelists discuss what made them become advocates.
|May 17, 2018|
Understanding and Preventing “Not In My Back Yard” Opposition
In this second installment of a two-part feature on NIMBYism, guest Steve Fields of The Progress Foundation shares his views and experiences in dealing with community opposition to facilities like The PEER Center, featured in the previous episode. In addition to offering his views on the Center’s situation, he also shares his method for preventing community opposition before the opening of a facility. He also offers his opinions on why people are so afraid of such facilities, how to minimize or eliminate that fear, and reflects on the emotional impact of such opposition, which often can’t help being interpreted as a personal attack.
[4:00] The problem with “NIMBY” as a name.
[6:07] Steve’s observations about The PEER Center’s situation.
[8:42] How can a non-profit prevent NIMBY opposition?
[15:15] Why are people and communities so afraid?
[25:39] The emotional impact of NIMBY.
|May 15, 2018|
Not In My Back Yard – Fear-Driven Discrimination
NIMBY is an acronym that stands for “Not In My Back Yard.” It’s what happens when a community (or even just an individual) puts up resistance to something coming into that community (for example, a prison). In this first of a two-part feature, you will meet Juliet Dorris-Williams, Executive Director of The PEER Center, a peer-run, drop-in facility in Columbus, Ohio. After providing much-needed services for quite some time, the Center was suddenly challenged by some members of the community who felt it was an undesirable element. This ultimately led to the Center relocating. Juliet shares the story of this year-long fight.
NIMBY SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
[1:26] Juliet talks about The PEER Center.
[3:06] How NIMBY struck.
[5:47] Welcoming the neighbors.
[8:05] Trying to meet the neighbors halfway.
[13:16] The legal fight over NIMBY.
[19:38] Will the neighbors learn anything?
|May 03, 2018|
A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and the Psych Central Show
As hard as it is to believe, Gabe Howard hosts another podcast, but with a different co-host! Michelle Hammer is his co-host on A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and a Podcast (AKA BSP). In this episode, she and Gabe chat with Vincent M. Wales about how she and Gabe met (spoiler: their stories don’t exactly match) and how the BSP podcast came to exist. Additionally, they clear up some of the misconceptions about their show, share a few words about person-first language, and explain just why the show has a “mature” rating. And don’t forget to listen to episode 007 of BSP, which features this same trio, together in person in Chicago!
[2:31] Why on earth would Gabe want to do a show without Vincent?
[7:39] Gabe clears up Vincent’s misconception about BSP.
[8:45] Person-first language and how BSP owes its name to Nathan Fillion.
[11:37] Michelle tells how she and Gabe really met.
[12:34] Gabe loses the dollar.
[15:42] Who is Michelle Hammer, anyway?
[21:11] Why does BSP have a “mature” rating?
|Apr 26, 2018|
Life With Schizophrenia – One Man’s Experience
The onset of mental illness can upend our lives in many ways. In this episode, we speak with a young man living with schizophrenia and hear about the impact it has had on him and his family. He describes his life before his diagnosis and the first symptoms of what would turn out to be schizophrenia. In addition to sharing the trauma of this diagnosis, he speaks of his treatment and how, in hopes of joining the Army, he stopped his treatment (with predictable results). He offers advice for those newly diagnosed with schizophrenia and for their parents, stressing how important it is to have loved ones who are accepting and supportive.
[2:35] The first symptoms of Patrick’s schizophrenia.
[5:01] Patrick describes the trauma of schizophrenia.
[16:49] Patrick offers advice for the newly diagnosed.
[17:52] Patrick offers advice for parents of the newly diagnosed.
|Apr 19, 2018|
What Is Participatory Medicine?
It’s an unfortunate truth that many people are unsatisfied with their relationships with their doctors. They often feel that their own concerns aren’t given any credit, that doctors don’t really listen to them, and that they are helpless to do anything about it. The concept of participatory medicine, however, throws all that out the window. In this show, a doctor and a patient describe how the field of medicine can – and should – change by including the patient in everything. They discuss how technology can play a bigger part in improving the patient experience than it currently is. They also touch on dealing with patients who are misinformed and how medical records aren’t as accurate as we think they are.
[0:38] The value of online communities and the stagnant medical approach to healthcare.
[2:37] Using technology to improve the patient experience.
[6:04] Dave kicks cancer and learns about the e-patient movement.
[8:54] What is participatory medicine?
[11:27] How do doctors deal with patient misinformation?
[15:43] Dave discusses how wrong medical data records can be.
|Apr 12, 2018|
How Do We Fix Our Broken Mental Health Care System?
Why in the world is it so difficult for so many people to get the mental health care that they need? Our mental health delivery system is a broken mess. The Well Being Trust, however, believes this can change. Their vision is of a nation that is well, in all respects. And this isn’t just a vision, but a movement. The parts of our system that are broken aren’t hidden. They’re in plain sight, waiting to be fixed. This week’s guest, Dr. Benjamin Miller, shares his views on how to fix our broken mental health care system, even at the individual level. Hosted by Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales.
[0:53] What is the Well Being Trust, anyway?
[4:58] Why is it so hard for people to get mental health care?
[15:03] How do we fix our broken mental health care system?
[19:51] What can one person do to bring change to the system?
|Apr 05, 2018|
Asking the Therapists
Psych Central – and many other places – has a group of therapists who answer questions online. Two of them join us now answer questions about what they do. In this episode, you’ll learn how they got involved with this endeavor, the process of how the questions are received and answers are given, and how the therapists approach inquiries that involve unfamiliar cultures. They also talk about the most common questions they receive, some of the most disturbing ones they’ve had to answer, and the concerns they have when giving certain replies.
ASKING THE THERAPISTS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
[3:00] How Marie and Dan got involved with online Q&As.
[4:42] How the process of receiving and answering questions works.
[8:52] How are cross-cultural issues handled?
[16:26] The most common questions received.
[19:36] The most disturbing questions received.
[21:58] The concerns Marie and Dan have in giving replies.
|Mar 29, 2018|
Interview with the Medical Director of the National Council for Behavioral Health
The National Council for Behavioral Health is made up of health care organizations across the United States, committed to the concept of all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. In this episode, Dr. Joe Parks, Medical Director for the National Council, shares facts and opinions on many topics, including the use of telepsychiatry, the homeless crisis, and the shortage of psychiatrists. He also addresses the questions of why there are so many individuals with schizophrenia in prison and how we can get all people the same quality of care, no matter their financial situation.
NATIONAL COUNCIL SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
[2:51] Dr. Parks speaks on the pros and cons of telepsychiatry.
[4:30] Choosing one’s own path to recovery.
[7:21] Why are there so many people with schizophrenia in prison?
[8:59] The homeless epidemic in the U.S.
[18:19] What is the National Council and what does it do?
[23:55] What to do about the psychiatrist shortage.
[26:01] How can we get everyone to receive the same quality of care?
|Mar 22, 2018|
A Digital Approach to Employee Mental Health
Many employers provide health benefits to their workers that go above and beyond the typical medical insurance. This may take the form of incentive programs for improving health, discounts on fitness centers, or employee assistance programs (EAPs) that provide various health-related services. But there’s a new star on the health horizon called LifeSpeak. This is an entire wellness platform that employers can make available to employees, giving them free, anonymous access to an enormous library of health information, discussion forums, and even live interaction with health experts on a variety of topics, including a great deal related to mental health.
[0:55] What is LifeSpeak and what does it do?
[3:50] Examples of LifeSpeak’s mental health resources.
[5:38] LifeSpeak’s approach to mental health.
[8:13] The effect of mental health on work attendance.
[13:56] Differences in how Canada and the US treat mental health in the workplace.
[20:54] Assistance in real time.
[24:08] How LifeSpeak finds experts.
|Mar 15, 2018|
How to Control Social Anxiety Before It Controls You
Social anxiety is more common than most of us realize. Around 80% of us have experienced it at some point in our lives. In this episode, Dr. Ellen Hendriksen shares her insights into social anxiety, including how it is experienced by different sorts of people, and how we can reduce its impact on us. She explains about safety behaviors and how they can work against us in overcoming anxiety, as well as addresses specific anxious behaviors, such as avoiding eye contact. As she explains, a little social anxiety isn’t anything to worry about. It’s when social anxiety causes us to avoid certain situations or interactions that we should be concerned.
[1:37] What’s the difference between social anxiety and shyness?
[4:15] Social anxiety with introverts & extraverts.
[5:58] The two lies of social anxiety.
[9:49] How do we lessen the impact of social anxiety?
[15:23] Writing the book on social anxiety.
[21:29] Looking social anxiety in the eye.
[26:32] What are safety behaviors?
|Mar 08, 2018|
Keith O’Neil: From Super Bowl to Super Advocate
Keith O’Neil lived with undiagnosed bipolar disorder throughout his NFL career, including his final year with the Indianapolis Colts as they won the Super Bowl in 2006. After his diagnosis, Keith became an advocate, starting the 4th and Forever Foundation, which is dedicated to assisting those living with and affected by mental health conditions, through programs that raise awareness, promote education and fund research to alleviate mental illness. Keith tours the country, speaking to high school students. He shares with us his secret to getting through to them, and the single most frequent question they ask. He also speaks candidly about writing his book and about the people in his life who helped him, both before and after diagnosis.
[1:19] Being bipolar in the NFL.
[4:27] Coming out as bipolar on Facebook.
[6:29] Keith O’Neil’s 4th and Forever Foundation.
[7:05] The secret to getting through to high schoolers.
[12:15] Keith’s suicide attempt.
[14:40] Keith’s book, Under My Helmet.
[17:00] “Beating the Demon.”
|Mar 01, 2018|
Come On, Get Happy - The App
More and more apps are showing up that are geared toward mental health. One such app is called, simply, “Happy.” This simple to use app allows a user to speak with a “giver” (an emotional support individual) to discuss whatever happens to be troubling the user. In this episode, we speak with the company’s CEO, who explains how the app works, the vetting process of the givers, and plans for the future of the app. The importance of emotional support is also discussed, as are specifics on how the app works, including how a user is matched with a giver.
HAPPY THE APP SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
[1:46] What exactly is this app for?
[6:07] How does a user get matched with a “giver”?
[10:16] How important is emotional support, really?
[17:50] How does the app work?
[19:24] Do the givers get paid?
[20:37] How does one become a giver?
|Feb 22, 2018|
More With Pulitzer Prize Finalist Pete Earley
Pete Earley returns to talk more about mental health advocacy and lots of other things. He tells of how he came to co-author a book with Jessie Close and talks of his days writing his own spy novels and several books with former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich. He also shares stories from his days as a reporter with the Washington Post, including being part of a “special” squad of reporters. Pete shares some information on some of his forthcoming books and projects, and finally, he advises everyone of what we can do to help advocate for mental health in our own ways.
PETE EARLEY SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
[0:35] Pete speaks about writing a book with Jessie Close.
[2:31] Pete Earley: The Spy Writer
[5:59] Tales from the Washington Post
[11:49] Information on forthcoming projects.
[19:21] Advice on what you can do to advocate for mental health.
|Feb 15, 2018|
Candid Conversation with Mental Health Advocate Pete Earley
Pulitzer finalist and former Washington Post reporter Pete Earley joins for the first of two shows. Pete talks about his popular blog and how he worked to make it more balanced than the average blog. He also speaks of the many obstacles and excuses he encountered in getting treatment for his son’s bipolar disorder, which led him to write the book, Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness. Also discussed is how “seriously mentally ill” is such a subjective diagnosis and why it seems that some mentally ill individuals can only receive treatment if they commit a crime.
PETE EARLEY SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
[1:42] Pete talks of creating a “balanced” blog.
[6:41] Why must many mentally ill commit crimes in order to receive treatment?
[10:03] What is “Seriously Mentally Ill,” anyway?
[12:45] Pete tells how Crazy came to be written.
[19:04] The importance of partnership.
|Feb 08, 2018|
The Sit With Us App: Curbing School Bullying
After years of being bullied in school and having to eat alone – often not even in the cafeteria – Natalie Hampton decided to something to help others in similar situations. She created the Sit With Us anti-bullying app, which allows a user to locate a table in their school’s cafeteria where they will be welcome, so that no one needs to eat alone. In this episode, Natalie explains how the app came to exist, and how it’s being used by more than just schools. Additionally, she offers her views on why bullying is so prevalent in some schools. Hosted by Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales.
SIT WITH US SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
[1:33] What is Sit With Us and what does it do?
[4:13] The unexpected success of the app, and how it happened.
[5:49] How being bullied led Natalie to create the app.
[7:06] Natalie’s other anti-bullying activities.
[7:53] Why is bullying so prevalent in some schools?
[12:38] Natalie’s TEDx Teen talk.
[15:45] How someone becomes a bully, and how to stop it.
|Feb 01, 2018|
Why Do Some People Ignore Facts?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome Dr. Gleb Tsipursky to look at why some people hold their opinions, despite factual evidence to the contrary. In addition to explaining the reasons why some people ignore facts, the show offers suggestions on how to go about changing the mind of someone who does this, using the EGRIP approach. He also gives examples of how we can become more evolved thinkers, ourselves. Dr. Tsipursky also encourages the hosts to sign the Pro-Truth Pledge, a commitment to truth-oriented behavior. (Spoiler: they both already had!)
|Jan 25, 2018|
How Can Romantic Relationships Work With a Mentally Ill Person?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss the potentially disastrous effects of mental illness on romantic relationships, especially those in which one individual has a mental illness and the other does not. Drawing from their own failed marriages (two each), Gabe and Vincent talk about the role mental illness played in the ending of the relationships, including when they were undiagnosed or diagnosed but with little or no treatment. Gabe also shares advice for those in such relationships on how to minimize the impact of mental illness on the relationships themselves, based on his successful third marriage.
MENTAL ILLNESS IN ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
[1:40] What are the difficulties in having a relationship with a mentally ill person?
[2:51] Examining the role of mental illness in Gabe’s marriages.
[9:00] Examining the role of mental illness in Vincent’s marriages.
[10:41] Honesty and education about mental illness are vital for relationships.
[13:43] Making mistakes in the relationships.
[14:16] What a potential romantic partner needs to know before becoming involved.
|Jan 18, 2018|
Talking with Suicide Documentary Director Lisa Klein
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales talk with Lisa Klein, director of the powerful documentary about suicide, The S Word. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. Nearly everyone has lost someone to suicide, whether a family member, friend, coworker, etc. Despite this, we don’t talk about it enough. In this episode, the director speaks of why she chose to make this film and how it affected her personally. Additionally, she talks about some of the stories that didn’t make it into the movie, the diverse perspectives featured, and more.
[1:16] Where the concept for the film came from.
[3:25] Working with the Live Through This project.
[7:12] Some stories not featured in the film.
[12:53] In recovery, there are still bad days.
[15:55] The diverse perspectives featured in the film.
[17:52] How making the film affected the director herself.
|Jan 11, 2018|
Why Is It Hard for Adults to Make Friends?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales talk about friendship. Specifically, why we find it so much more difficult to make friends as adults than when we were young. Among the points covered was the fact that not everyone has the same definition of “friend.” Also discussed are the various pools of people available to us as friends and the ways in which we meet them. Most pertinent, though, is the major difference in how children and adults tend to determine who is worthy of being a friend. (Hint: kids might have a better grasp on it.)
[1:25] What do we really mean by “friends”?
[5:15] Do adults focus on different things when seeking friends?
[7:05] How do we change how we disqualify others as friends?
[9:52] Do we fragment our friendships in our personal lives?
[10:51] Friends vs. friendly acquaintances.
[12:57] The difference in how adults and kids find “groups.”
[16:49] The (unrealistic?) expectations of adults.
|Jan 04, 2018|
Is Marijuana Effective for Treating Mental Illness?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome Psych Central CEO and founder Dr. John Grohol to discuss marijuana and its potential benefits for treating various types of mental illnesses, from major depression to bipolar disorder. Dr. Grohol explains why there has been so little research in this field and why it will be quite some time before a significant body of data is accumulated. Also discussed is the question of why many people seem to believe cannabis is a “miracle drug,” and which age group should be most careful about the use of marijuana (or any mind-altering substance).
[2:40] Will marijuana help someone with major depression?
[6:12] Why is there so little research on the effects of medical marijuana?
[8:26] What are the detrimental effects of marijuana?
[11:18] Why do people believe it to be a miracle drug?
|Dec 28, 2017|
Surviving Christmas (and Other Gatherings)
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales tackle Christmas. Specifically, how to survive it. For all the wonderful aspects of holidays, they are not without stressful aspects, especially for people who live with anxiety or depression. In this podcast, you’ll learn about some specific triggers that can make the holidays stressful, and how to mitigate or even avoid them. Such triggers include being alone over the holiday, false expectations we seem to have, toxic people, and the stress that comes along with our bank statements. Listen in to hear some helpful suggestions, and have a safe and happy holiday season.
SURVIVING CHRISTMAS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
[3:00] Gabe’s plan for surviving Christmas
[3:55] Being alone on Christmas
[5:24] The false expectations of Christmas
[7:42] Is it okay to not care about Christmas?
[10:02] The stress of overspending
[13:34] Avoiding toxic people
[16:58] The reason for the season
|Dec 21, 2017|
What's Online Counseling Really Like?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss online counseling. Joining them is Haesue Jo of BetterHelp.com, which offers online counseling and is also the sponsor of The Psych Central Show. In addition to answering specific questions about Better Help, the conversation discusses how online counseling differs from in-person therapy, what types of issues are (and are not) good fits for this type of counseling, and what someone can expect from this kind of service. Also discussed is why some people are still skeptical of online therapy (or other types of virtual medical services) and why they shouldn’t be.
ONLINE COUNSELING SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
[1:32] What exactly is online therapy?
[5:53] Why are some people so skeptical of online therapy?
[10:37] What is online therapy NOT good for?
[11:57] What about insurance and how much does it cost?
[15:38] How many counselors and patients does BetterHelp have?
|Dec 14, 2017|
Bipolar Advocate Jessie Close – More Than Just Glenn’s Sister
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome Jessie Close, sister of acclaimed actress Glenn Close. Jessie shares the story of her son’s diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, followed by her own diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Spurred by a desire to make people more aware of the stigma surrounding mental illness, Jessie reached out to Glenn for help. The result of this was the founding of Bring Change to Mind, a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging dialogue about mental health, and to raising awareness, understanding, and empathy. Jessie tells of the making of the incredible public service announcement, directed by Ron Howard, and featuring Glenn, Jessie, and Jessie’s son, Calen.
JESSIE CLOSE SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
[1:55] Jessie tells of her diagnosis, late in life
[4:58] How her son’s diagnosis affected her own recovery
[9:25] Jessie talks about Bring Change to Mind and the PSA featuring Glenn Close and directed by Ron Howard
[17:23] How worried was Glenn that her activism would affect her career?
|Dec 07, 2017|
Rachel Star: Stunt Girl, Schizophrenia Advocate
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome as their guest, Rachel Star, a stunt girl and YouTube sensation who lives with schizophrenia. Rachel had schizophrenia as a child, but was not diagnosed until her early twenties. She describes what it was like as a child and the moment she realize that the things she saw weren’t seen by others. Later in life, as an early adopter of online media, she began posting videos of herself doing outlandish things. The videos became quite popular, even being studied in classes at universities! And yes, she talks about being set on fire.
RACHEL STAR SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
[3:29] Rachel realized no one else actually sees monsters under the bed.
[4:49] Finally, the diagnosis.
[6:00] Telling the parents… on a trampoline.
[7:35] How her father finally “got it.”
[10:10] Rachel Star: Human Torch
[13:55] How Rachel became a stuntwoman.
[14:10] From YouTube star to college study subject.
|Nov 30, 2017|
Do We Buy the Idea of “Retail Therapy”?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss the pros and cons on “retail therapy,” the practice of shopping solely for the purpose of making ourselves feel better. They discuss the many benefits of such purchases, while also warning of the dangers of “comfort purchases.” Gabe warns especially of such purchases when in the manic phase of disorder, leading to hyperspending. Each of them share personal stories of their own purchases, both large and (comparatively) small. Other items discussed are oniomania, why we feel a “need” for retail therapy, window shopping, and some unexpected fringe benefits of retail therapy.
RETAIL THERAPY SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
[1:43] What triggers the need for retail therapy?
[5:00] What’s the difference between “good” retail therapy and “bad”?
[7:40] Retail Therapy + Bipolar Disorders = Hyperspending
[10:26] What is oniomania?
[12:09] My therapist made me buy a Rolex
[15:21] Buying nostalgia on eBay
[19:02] The fringe benefits of retail therapy.
|Nov 23, 2017|
Gabe & Vin (Probably) Rule the World
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales, inspired by the TV show, Kevin Probably Saves the World, discuss how exactly one would go about choosing a small number of people to help them rule the world. They discuss many of the different factors that should be considered when choosing the composition of a group, including the balance between the sexes, races, ideology, skill sets, and more. It also touches on nepotism, cronyism, and other personal biases, and examines the ways in which we come to agreements and reach decisions as a group.
RULING THE WORLD SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
[1:14] How would Gabe choose others to help him rule the world?
[3:10] Should you pick others who would agree with you?
[4:01] Should you choose those who share your political views?
[5:09] Should you have an equal number of men and women?
[6:18] What about group balance and decision-making?
[6:46] A few words about consensus decision-making and elections.
[11:37] What about including people you hate?
|Nov 16, 2017|
Help! My Coworker Is a Narcissist!
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome back Dr. Ramani Durvasula to discuss narcissism… this time, in the workplace. Everyone believes they’ve got a narcissist as a coworker and, often, they’re correct. In this episode, you’ll learn how to tell if your coworker is a narcissist, how common this is (especially among executives), and how to handle them, even if it’s your boss. You’ll learn about gaslighting and the link between narcissism and low self-esteem. Dr. Ramani also warns what can happen to a person who remains in the sort of toxic workplace environment created by narcissists.
WORKPLACE NARCISSISM SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
[2:02] What exactly is narcissism?
[3:48] How common is narcissism among business executives?
[4:35] What if your boss is a narcissist?
[6:19] What is “gaslighting”?
[8:33] What sort of behavior do narcissists exhibit in the workplace?
[11:57] What’s the connection between low self-esteem and narcissism?
[16:08] Can a person with low self-esteem become a narcissist?
|Nov 09, 2017|
What Toll Does Texting Take on Us?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome Dr. Lori Russell-Chapin, who shares her experiences working in the field of neurofeedback. Specifically, she speaks on how technology – especially the intense use of handheld technology such as texting on smartphones – is affecting our brains. Dr. Russell-Chapin describes the differences that can be seen in the brain waves of a heavy texter as opposed to a “normal” baseline brain, how we seem to be losing our paralinguistic abilities, and offers insight to ways in which we can achieve a better balance in our lives by changing the way in which we use such technology.
TEXTING SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
[1:13] How texting is changing the structure and function of our brains.
[6:41] Are we losing our paralinguistic abilities because of texting?
[11:30] How does one get into the field of studying brain function?
[12:51] What do we mean by “dysregulation” of the brain?
[14:04] How do we know what the proper baseline is for brain function?
[18:47] How do we achieve better balance?
|Nov 02, 2017|
A Graphic (Novel) Twist on the Personal Recovery Story
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome guest Brent Williams, author of Out of the Woods, a graphic novel that tells the story of his battle with depression. Williams, a human rights attorney in New Zealand, “hit a wall” that derailed his life. It took years for him to understand that depression was the cause and what he needed to do about it. He speaks of how journaling was a great help to him in the recovery process and how it led to the idea of doing a graphic novel. He also speaks of how his battle with cancer was “a breeze” compared to fighting depression.
[3:25] Hitting the wall.
[4:02] Why it took years to understand that it was depression that was ruining his life.
[9:01] How journaling helped in his recovery from depression.
[13:43] Brent talks about the graphic novel process.
[16:27] Cancer was “a breeze” compared to depression.
|Oct 26, 2017|
Why Do People Believe Conspiracy Theories?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss conspiracy theories with guest Dr. John Grohol, founder of Psych Central. Dr. Grohol explains what exactly is meant by “conspiracy theory” and where they come from. Discussion includes questions of whether they are ways for people to rationalize why horrific tragedies occur, if they are based on distrust of authority figures, and if those who believe them are just attention seekers. Ultimately, the question is raised of how to address them. Can we convince believers that they’re wrong and, if so, how do we do so?
[1:05] What is a conspiracy theory and where do they come from?
[2:19] Are conspiracy theories just a way to “make sense” of horrific tragedies?
[6:50] What’s the connection between conspiracy theories and distrust of authority?
[8:44] Are believers really just attention seekers?
[12:12] The role of cognitive bias in the belief of conspiracy theories.
[13:01] Are conspiracy theories invented just to mess with people?
[14:15] How do we convince believers in conspiracy theories that they’re wrong?
|Oct 19, 2017|
What’s It Really Like Being in a Psych Hospital?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss the myths and realities of being admitted to an inpatient psychiatric hospital. Gabe shares his personal experience of voluntarily entering a psychiatric hospital when he was suicidal. He tells of how his expectations of the situation differed from what he actually experienced. He shares what he found to be the most frightening aspects of his stay, as well as how he passed the time while there. He shares how his family reacted to his admission to the psychiatric hospital, and the aspect to the stay that he describes as “life-altering.”
BEING IN A PSYCH HOSPITAL SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
[3:43] The scariest part of being in a psych ward.
[7:48] Gabe’s shocking discovery about psych hospitals.
[10:57] Is it like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest?
[13:05] How do you pass the time in a psych hospital?
[14:49] Gabe’s expectations vs. reality.
[16:53] The life-altering aspect of Gabe’s psychiatric stay.
[18:45] How Gabe’s family reacted to his admission.
|Oct 12, 2017|
The Challenges of Returning to Work After Mental Illness
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss the challenges of returning to the workplace after being out for an extended amount of time, such as while recovering from mental illness. Gabe shares his first-hand experience of returning to work after four years, including the difficulties he faced, the resources he relied on, and what he wished he’d done differently. Also discussed are workplace discrimination, advocating for yourself, and the question of whether or not you should disclose your mental illness to your coworkers (and if so, to whom and when).
RETURNING TO WORK AFTER MENTAL ILLNESS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
[0:59] Gabe shares the story of returning to work after four years.
[4:55] How your therapist can help with your return to work.
[6:37] Skills and resources to make your return easier.
[8:07] Gabe tells of his experience with workplace discrimination.
[9:14] Should you disclose your mental illness to your coworkers?
[11:02] Potential positive results of disclosing your mental illness.
[14:23] What do we mean by “reasonable accommodations”?
[18:36] Tips on being your own advocate.
|Oct 05, 2017|
How Has Mental Health Advocacy Changed?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome Andy Behrman, veteran mental health speaker, writer, and advocate who is the author of Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania. Andy shares his views on how mental health advocacy has changed over the past fifteen years and the ways in which our views of stigma have evolved. He also shares the story of his interview with noted actor and bipolar advocate Stephen Fry, his ideas on how to help fund advocacy groups, and his experiences with electroconvulsive therapy and memory loss. And, yes, he tells us how he got the nickname of "Electroboy."
MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
[1:48] How has mental health advocacy changed?
[3:15] Is mental illness less stigmatized now?
[9:10] Electroboy talks about ECT and memory loss.
[11:22] Andy Berhman's Stephen Fry experience.
[13:39] Andy shares his plans to help fund smaller advocacy groups.
|Sep 28, 2017|
What's the REAL Link Between Anger and Violence?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss mental illness and violence. More specifically, they address the real culprit behind the vast majority of violence: anger. Their discussion dispels the myth that anger is an unhealthy emotion, teaches ways to express anger in a healthy fashion, and addresses the widely held belief that most mentally ill people are violent (and why people hold this belief). The discussion also covers the real factor in predicting whether someone might become violent and ends with suggestions on ways anyone can learn how to get control of anger in their lives.
[1:58] Is it okay to get angry?
[2:38] How can we express anger in a healthy way?
[3:57] Anger and the mentally ill.
[10:23] Why are the mentally ill responsible for so much violence?
[12:52] What is the real predictor of violent behavior?
[14:39] Why do we associate violence with mental illness?
[17:50] How can someone take control of their anger issues?
|Sep 21, 2017|
What Does Postpartum Depression Feel Like?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales speak with guest Christine Hammond, a licensed mental health counselor who has also suffered from postpartum depression in two of her three pregnancies. She shares her story of why neither she nor her husband recognize postpartum depression in the first pregnancy, how it appeared rapidly during the second pregnancy, and the fears they both had that it would occur in the third pregnancy. Christine also speaks of the shame carried by and stigma against mothers dealing with it, as well as postpartum depression’s biggest lie.
[3:15] Christine speaks about her two instances of postpartum depression.
[6:40] How postpartum took her by surprise and the shame that came with it.
[8:12] The stigma of postpartum depression is profound.
[10:06] Christine tells of the fear of postpartum depression during her third pregnancy.
[13:55] What postpartum depression was like for Christine’s husband.
[15:28] The biggest lie about postpartum depression.
|Sep 14, 2017|
How Can You Calm an Agitated Person?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales speak with guest Dr. Scott Zeller, renowned psychiatric emergency services physician and expert on agitation. Dr. Zeller explains exactly what agitation means, in the medical setting, and how it differs from other states, such as violence. He dispels a few myths about agitation, and explains how the use of physical restraints and sedation are the wrong approach in almost all situations. Most importantly, he speaks on how common agitation is, even outside the medical setting, and how anyone can learn to de-escalate the emotions of someone in a state of agitation.
[1:11] What do we even mean by “agitation”?
[6:45] Aren’t all agitated people violent?
[9:11] Dr. Zeller explains why we should rarely use restraints on agitated people.
[12:47] Simple things to keep in mind when trying to calm an agitated person.
|Sep 07, 2017|
What Does Binge Eating Disorder Feel Like?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss Binge Eating Disorder. At his heaviest, Gabe weighed 550 pounds. He describes in detail how he went from a “normal-sized” guy to being morbidly obese, his return to being “normal-sized,” and addresses the question of whether he was, in fact, addicted to food. During the second half of the show, our hosts welcome Lisa, a woman who was with Gabe during this period of his life. She shares her experience of what it was like being with someone with binge eating disorder and how he finally confronted it.
[1:13] What is Binge Eating Disorder?
[5:27] Is Binge Eating Disorder Really a food addiction?
[11:23] Lisa describes what Gabe was like at 550 pounds.
[12:34] Gabe confronts binge eating disorder.
[13:45] Gabe describes his gastric bypass surgery experience.
|Aug 31, 2017|
Is Loneliness More Dangerous Than Smoking or Obesity?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss loneliness. It’s a very common feeling that most people experience at some point in their lives. Now, medical experts report that the effects of loneliness should be considered to be a major health danger. Our hosts discuss how this is the case. They also explain the differences between being alone and being lonely and between loneliness and solitude. Other information provided in this episode include the different types of loneliness (it’s not all about being without a romantic partner) and what steps one can take to stop being lonely.
[1:00] Loneliness is deadlier than smoking or obesity.
[1:39] How is loneliness so dangerous?
[4:27] The various types of loneliness.
[14:31] The difference between being alone and being lonely.
[15:30] What you can do to stop being lonely.
|Aug 24, 2017|
What Is Postpartum Depression?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome guest Dr. Emma Basch. Dr. Basch is a licensed clinical psychologist as well as the author of PsychCentral’s Maternity Matters blog. She joins our hosts (two childless men, it should be noted) to discuss the many aspects of postpartum depression. Listen in to learn some surprising facts and statistics about postpartum depression, including how common it is. Learn how it differs from “regular” depression, the ties it has to anxiety, the known causes of postpartum depression, and several suggestions for how to treat it.
[0:45] What exactly is postpartum depression?
[1:23] Postpartum is more common than you might think.
[4:29] Can men suffer from postpartum depression?
[7:04] What causes postpartum depression?
[12:19] What can be done about postpartum depression?
|Aug 17, 2017|
Why Do We Procrastinate?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales finally tackle a topic they'd been putting off: procrastination. Pretty much everyone puts off doing distasteful tasks, but procrastination can cause a multitude of problems for us, including harming our health. During this show, you'll learn some surprising (and some not-so-surprising) facts about procrastination, including just how many people self-identify as procrastinators, and several of the most common excuses given for procrastinating. You'll also learn what the major reasons behind procrastination really are and [spoiler alert] that you can, in fact, stop procrastinating.
[2:15] - What are some things NOT responsible for procrastination?
[2:50] - How many people self-identify as chronic procrastinators?
[3:47] - What are some things that ARE responsible for procrastination?
[4:33] - What are some common excuses given for procrastinating?
[10:14] - What are some negative effects of procrastination?
[11:56] - What can we do to stop procrastinating?
|Aug 10, 2017|
How Can We Transform Stigma?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome guest Mike Veny, a mental health speaker with lived experience, creator of Transforming Stigma, and host of the Mike Veny Show podcast. In a serious examination of stigma, Mike discusses exactly what stigma really is and explains how there is a cycle that stigma takes and what we can do to break it. He gives advice on how we can all approach the uncomfortable conversations we are likely to have about mental illness. Mike also shares his story of illness and a rather unconventional path that led to his recovery.
[1:28] The 3 Components of Stigma
[3:23] Is Stigma Really Just Confusion?
[5:51] The Cycle of Stigma – and How to Break It
[13:29] Mike's Unconventional Path to Recovery
[18:31] Why Now Is the Time to Speak Out About Mental Illness
[20:56] How Do We Approach the Uncomfortable Conversations?
|Aug 03, 2017|
Sleep: Are You Doing It Wrong?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales examine the many aspects of sleep. It’s a state in which we spend a third of our lives, but many of us have poor sleeping habits. In this episode, you will learn about the amount of sleep we need, which varies with age; the effects of not getting enough of it, both on your physical and mental health; and an explanation of proper sleep hygiene and why it’s important. This episode of The Psych Central Show was produced for a Facebook Live event and the video of the podcast recording can be seen here.
[0:39] How much sleep do we need, anyway?
[1:34] The results of insufficient sleep.
[3:04] How insufficient sleep affects our mental health.
[7:12] What sleep deprivation can do to your physical health.
[8:48] What is sleep hygiene and why is it so important?
[16:59] A few words about sleep disorders.
|Jul 27, 2017|
What Is a Daily Practice and Why Should I Have One?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome guest counselor and author Victoria Gigante. Victoria shares the story of how she grew dissatisfied with a life that others would consider to be “perfect,” how she made huge changes by essentially walking away from it all, and in the process developed her life-changing “daily practice” approach to self-care. Victoria explains just want a daily practice is for, the different forms it can take, and how it can help each and every one of us. She gives advice on how to start one, and explores the many reasons why people think they are unable to do so.
[0:47] Victoria explains what a daily practice for self-care is.
[2:18] Sharing some examples of daily practices.
[3:02] Why people can’t seem to find the time for self-care.
[4:17] Victoria explains why a daily practice is so important.
[10:46] Victoria shares how and why she broke away from her “picture perfect life.”
[13:02] How to develop a daily practice.
[15:01] The value of maintaining a daily practice.
|Jul 20, 2017|
What’s It Like to Live with Schizophrenia?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome guest Tanara Simpson, a young woman who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in her 20s. In this interview, Tanara shares the story of her diagnosis, including the symptoms that led her from doctor to doctor, landed her in jail, and ultimately led to a physician who helped her get on the road to recovery. She talks about her partnership with Janssen Pharmaceuticals in helping her to get the word out about her story, and she shares how she maintains a positive attitude in spite of having a life-altering disease and works as a certified peer support specialist, helping others who have also been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Tanara's story is truly an inspirational one.
|Jul 06, 2017|
What Can We Learn from the Michelle Carter Texting Suicide Case?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales examine the recent case of Michelle Carter, a young woman in Massachusetts who was tried for involuntary manslaughter in the suicide of her eighteen-year old friend, Conrad Roy, based primarily on a series of text messages and phone calls. In what came as a shock to many, Carter was found guilty. The trial focused on extensive messages between the two, especially in the month leading up to Roy’s death, in which it is shown that the then seventeen-year old Carter went from urging Roy to seek help to actively helping him plan for his own death and, finally, to blatantly urging him to take his own life.
|Jun 29, 2017|
Should Religious Figures Give Advice on Mental Illness?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome Katie Dale, a young woman with bipolar disorder who was convinced by a pastor to discontinue her medication and instead put her faith in God to heal her. Unsurprisingly, going off her meds plunged Katie into a serious bipolar episode. She resumed her medications and has been living well ever since. Katie shares with listeners a touching, yet very pointed, letter that she wrote to this pastor, explaining how she understood his motives. But, she cautions, this doesn’t change the fact that his advice was harmful.
|Jun 22, 2017|
What Is Persistent Depressive Order Like?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, host Gabe Howard interviews his co-host, Vincent M. Wales, about living with persistent depressive disorder (formerly known as dysthymia). Vincent speaks candidly about how he came to realize that he had chronic depression, the mistakes he made in treating it, his suicidal years in college, and how living with depression affected his writing, especially with regard to the creation of his character, Dynamistress.
|Jun 15, 2017|
What’s Certified Peer Support Really All About?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss the role of certified peer supporters in the recovery journeys of those with mental illness. Gabe dispels many of the misconceptions about peer support by explaining the peer certification process in Ohio (it varies from state to state), what peer supporters do and what they cannot do, and how vital they can be to a person’s recovery.
|Jun 08, 2017|
Anxiety Lies Constantly – How to Stop Listening
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome Jodi Aman, popular psychotherapist, anxiety expert, blogger, radio host, and author of You 1, Anxiety 0: Winning Your Life Back From Fear and Panic. Jodi explains how she cured herself of anxiety and shares great tips on how you can get control over your own anxiety and panic attacks. She also explains anxiety and panic in ways you might never have heard before, giving you a better understanding of what’s really going on.
|Jun 01, 2017|
Talking to Paul Gilmartin (Host of The Mental Illness Happy Hour Podcast)
|May 25, 2017|
Mental Health Awareness Is Not Enough (Special Guest: President/CEO of Mental Health America)
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome Paul Gionfriddo, President & CEO of Mental Health America. They discuss the origins of Mental Health Awareness Month and the MHA Bell. The understanding and acceptance of mental illness has come a long way in our society, but there is still much room for improvement. Listen as these issues are discussed in depth.
|May 18, 2017|
Things Anyone Can Do to Support Mental Health Awareness Month
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales talk about Mental Health Awareness Month. Specifically, they offer suggestions on some easy – and some not-so-easy – things that anyone can do to support Mental Health Awareness Month. Listen and learn how you can do your part.
|May 11, 2017|
NoStigmas – Peer Support Movement for Mental Health Awareness
NoStigmas is a place for people to connect, share stories, and learn about mental health without feeling alone or ashamed. Jacob speaks and writes on the topics of mental wellness, suicide prevention, stigmas, peer support, and holistic health.
|May 03, 2017|
OC87 Recovery Diaries – Real People, Real Stories
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, host Gabe Howard talks with Glenn Holsten and Gabriel Nathan. Glenn is the award-winning director of OC87, the groundbreaking film that led to the OC87 Recovery Diaries website, of which Gabriel is the editor-in-chief. The OC, in this case, refers not Orange County, but Obsessive-Compulsive. The website features mental health music, art, interviews, movie reviews, essays, recovery videos, and much more.
|Apr 26, 2017|
What Does a Panic Attack (and Anxiety) Feel Like?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss anxiety disorders, which can be debilitating on many levels and strain even the closest relationships, often due to a lack of understanding of what anxiety disorder is like. Listen as our hosts describe what it’s like, from mild social anxiety to full-blown, sweat-dripping panic attacks.
|Apr 23, 2017|
Hypersexuality – An Ignored and Misrepresented Symptom of Bipolar
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales address the frequently ignored and often misrepresented aspect of bipolar disorder – hypersexuality. Many seem to view this as a desirable state, believing it to be little more than having frequent sex. It is often treated as a punchline (when it is addressed at all). In reality, it is a horror of compulsion and pain, with devastating consequences, both physical and mental, that no one should wish to have.
|Apr 13, 2017|
Discussing Abandonment Issues & Attachment Disorder
|Apr 05, 2017|
Teen Creates Peer Support Network for Teens, Run by Teens
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales conclude a 3-part series about the Palo Alto suicides and some of the things that came about after and, at least partially, as a result of them. Returning this episode is Sammy Kotmel, joined by Nadia Ghaffari, founder of TeenzTalk a teen-run peer support website with users all over the world. Listen as she shares how and why this site was created and hear about its success stories.
|Mar 30, 2017|
Hospital After-School Program Teaches Life Skills for Youth with Mental Illness
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales continue a 3-part series about the Palo Alto suicides and some of the things that came about after and, at least partially, as a result of them. Returning this episode is Sammy Kotmel, joined by Michael Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Behavioral Health Services at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California. Sammy is one of many school students to go through the hospital's ASPIRE program, which helps children, teens and young adults with anxiety, depression or other symptoms related to a mental health condition.
|Mar 23, 2017|
Teen Suicide Survivor Becomes Activist
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales begin a 3-part series about the Palo Alto suicides and some of the things that came about after and, at least partially, as a result of them. The guests on this episode are Sammy Kotmel and her mother, Maja Nelson. Sammy was one of the teens who attempted suicide. She and her mother speak openly of the events leading up to her attempt, her involuntary commitment to a psychiatric hospital, and the treatment and recovery that followed.
|Mar 16, 2017|
Debunking Suicide Myths and Misconceptions
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales look at the subject of suicide and the many myths and misconceptions that surround it. A few of the missives addressed are: suicide barriers on bridges are ineffective, since the person will just find another method to take his or her life; suicide is a selfish act; if a person talks about suicide, he or she won’t actually attempt it; and several more.
|Mar 09, 2017|
Bestselling Self-Help Author Talks Bipolar Disorder
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome guest Julie Fast, a world-renowned mental health expert and bestselling author of multiple books, including Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder, Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder, Get It Done When You’re Depressed, Bipolar Happens!, and The Health Cards Treatment System for Bipolar Disorder. Listen as she discusses her history with bipolar disorder, the bicycle accident that saved her life, and her role as consultant for the television show, Homeland.
|Mar 02, 2017|
Understanding Depression – What It Is and What It Isn’t
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss depression and why so many people don’t understand this insidious disease. They speak of their own versions of depression (bipolar depression and persistent depressive disorder) and why terminology matters. Despite hundreds of millions of people worldwide suffering from depression, the average person still thinks of depression as nothing more than “sadness.” Listen and find out why this is exceedingly inadequate to explain depression.
|Feb 23, 2017|
Why Does the Narcissist Always Get the Girl?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales have a candid discussion about narcissists with Ramani Durvasula, PhD. In this information-packed interview, she gives the harsh truth about narcissists, including addressing the questions: What’s the difference between narcissism and self-confidence? Can women be narcissists? Are there more narcissists today than in the past? What happens when two narcissists are in a relationship? and, of course, Why does the narcissist always get the girl?
|Feb 16, 2017|
Should Your Spouse Care That Your Ex is Still Your Friend?
Are you friends with an ex? Is your wife friends with an ex? What if your wife was friends with your ex? How would that work out? Is it even possible? In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales share the microphone with two special guests: Gabe’s wife, Kendall, and Gabe’s ex-wife, Lisa. The unlikely trio discusses the surprising amount of criticism they receive for getting along. Have societal expectations and criticism changed the way you wanted to end a relationship? Then listen as Gabe, Lisa, and Kendall offer an alternative ending to what is often an unhappy story.
|Feb 09, 2017|
Mental Illness: To Disclose or Not to Disclose?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss the pros and cons of disclosure with regard to mental illness. Should you “come out” as mentally ill? And if so, to whom? These are questions everyone living with a metal illness has to answer eventually. There are benefits to being completely honest about your medical history (e.g., not having to hide, helping the overarching cause), but it can also be detrimental to your career and damage your personal relationships. Whether you are still under a coat in the back of the closet, or hosting a podcast about mental illness, revealing your illness (or not) is a minefield.
|Feb 02, 2017|
Interview With Sarah Schuster, Mental Health Editor for The Mighty
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales speak with Sarah Schuster, mental health editor for The Mighty, Psych Central's partner and story-based health community focused on improving the lives of people facing disease, disorder, and disability. The Mighty publishes real stories about real people facing real challenges. Sarah graduated with a journalism degree from Syracuse University, and currently lives in Los Angeles. You can find her on Twitter @saraheliztweets.
|Jan 26, 2017|
What’s the Difference Between Mental Health and Physical Health?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss the perception that mental health is fundamentally different from physical health. They discuss the lack of biochemical “markers” that can identify physical illnesses and whether we will ever have a simple lab test to diagnose depression, for example. They discuss how physical illness can affect mental health (and vice versa), and ultimately agree that the difference comes down to just one thing.
|Jan 19, 2017|
What Does the 21st Century Cures Act Mean For the Mentally Ill?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome mental health researcher and Psych Central Founder, Dr. John Grohol, to discuss the newly passed 21st Century Cures Act. In addition to other bills, the Act integrated parts of what was previously known as The Murphy Bill or Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. There has been a lot of talk in the mental health community about how, exactly, the news laws will help people living with mental illness.
Listen as Dr. Grohol explains what impact this law will have on treating mental illness in America. He also explains, in layman’s terms, the details of the new law and offers his expert analysis of how the new laws will affect HIPAA regulations, assisted outpatient treatment, research, and SAMHSA.
|Jan 12, 2017|
Remembering Carrie Fisher – Mental Health Advocate
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss the recent passing of Carrie Fisher. To most, she was Princess Leia from the Star Wars films. To some, she was a witty novelist. But to many, she was a staunch mental health advocate, unapologetic and committed to helping make things better for those with mental illness. Our hosts discuss their own personal views of Carrie’s life and end with how her activism can help inspire our own.
|Jan 05, 2017|
How to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss New Year’s Resolutions: why we make them, but frequently abandon them long before the year is over. They share some interesting statistics on the most common reasons for such failures. In addition to talking about their own personal failures with resolutions, Gabe and Vincent share some easy ways to make keeping your resolutions much, much easier, including the key factor of knowing yourself better... with a little help from PsychCentral blogger, Sharon Martin, LCSW, and her article, "26 Questions to Help You Know Yourself Better."
|Dec 23, 2016|
Why Do Some People View Mental Illness as a Gift?
In this week’s Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss how some individuals with mental illness view their condition as beneficial, such as giving them enhanced creativity, deeper empathy, more insightful, and so on. They share their own personal stories and anecdotes heard from others. They discuss the reasons behind why some people believe this and why others do not. Ultimately, they offer their own opinions on whether mental illness is more of a giver or a taker.
|Dec 21, 2016|
Aspirin, Yes; Psych Meds, No – Why the Difference?
In a society that is always searching for a “magic pill,” why are so many people resistant to the idea of taking medication to treat mental illness? Why do doctors and others so easily dismiss the complaints of side effects? And does stigma prevent many from getting the treatment they need? Gabe and Vincent give advice and reassurance on how to cope with the many pitfalls of being “med compliant.”
|Dec 14, 2016|
Why Does Depression Make Us Feel Guilt or Shame?
In this week’s Psych Central Show, Our hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss feelings of guilt surrounding a mental illness diagnosis. Lots of us feel guilty about our diagnosis or our symptoms. We feel badly for the effect it has on our loved ones, especially when they don’t sympathize. Where does this stigma come from? Why does society make us feel guilty for being sick? Mental illness is something that happens to us, not something we do to ourselves, so why do we feel like failures? How do we help our loved ones understand, and how do we move past this self-condemnation? Listen in to learn more.
|Dec 07, 2016|
Discussion with Award-Winning Bipolar Author and Blogger
Natasha Tracy is an award-winning writer and speaker living with bipolar disorder. She has written more than 1000 articles on mental health and is considered a subject matter expert in bipolar disorder. She has also been published in the peer reviewed journal, Primary Care Companion CNS Disorders. She was the winner of the Beatrice Stern Media Award presented by Didi Hirsch for her work in reducing prejudice against the those with mental illness.
Natasha writes the award-winning blog Bipolar Burble at NatashaTracy.com and her writings are also featured on many other sites. She recently released the book Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression & Bipolar which one reviewer said will “certainly save lives.” Her book is being received very positively by those with bipolar disorder or depression, their loved ones and even healthcare professionals. Lost Marbles and its reviews can be found on Amazon.
|Nov 29, 2016|
Do Suicides Increase During the Holidays?
In this week’s Psych Central Show, our hosts Gabe and Vincent address the persistent and widespread myth that suicides increase during the holiday season. They discuss which seasons see the highest suicide rates, what month has the lowest rate, and what we as a society can do to educate ourselves about, and ultimately prevent, suicide.
Vincent, a former suicide hotline counselor, covers some common warning signs that indicate possible suicidal thoughts and what a person can expect when calling a suicide hotline. The conversation includes a brief history of American automobile safety standards, as well as some surprising statistics about death in in the U.S.
|Nov 23, 2016|
Does Person-First Language Reduce Mental Illness Stigma?
In this week’s Psych Central Show, Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss the use of person-first language in mental health advocacy. Person-First refers to a form of etiquette that calls for language to be structured “person” first, “disability” second. For example: “people with diabetes” versus “diabetic.” It changes language to replace “to be” (mentally ill) with “to have” (mental illness).
Our hosts discuss the relative merits and disadvantages of this supposedly empowering strategy. They question whether this is needed, whether it’s helping, or whether it is just one more way to stigmatize people who have been diagnosed with mental illness.
|Nov 17, 2016|
Podcast: My Mental Illness vs. Yours – Whose Is Worse?
In this episode of The Psych Central Show, our hosts discuss how society sees different mental health diagnoses. Gabe Howard has bipolar disorder and Vincent M. Wales has persistent depressive disorder (also known as dysthymia). In addition to each discussing his diagnosis, they compare how the conditions are similar and how are they different, and what each thinks of the other’s diagnosis. Ultimately, they ask the question: Is one worse than the other? And if so, in what ways?
Listen to this excellent conversation that is sure to provide many points to consider when it comes to thinking about and reacting to people living with mental illness.
Show Webpage: PsychCentral.com/show
|Nov 09, 2016|
Podcast: Interview With Psych Central Founder Dr. John Grohol
|Nov 01, 2016|