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The Psych Central Show is a weekly podcast that features experts in the fields of mental health, mental illness, and/or psychology. Hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales keep the conversations down-to-earth and entertaining. Top 5 Episodes: 1. What’s It Like to Live with Schizophrenia? 2. Why Does the Narcissist Always Get the Girl? 3. The Stanford Prison Non-Experiment 4. Money Isn't the Problem - Our Beliefs About It Are 5. How to Control Social Anxiety Before It Controls You

Episode Date
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.

Hosted by Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales. Previous episodes can be found at or on your favorite podcast player.

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.



[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?

Hosted by Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales. Previous episodes can be found at or on your favorite podcast player.

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?

Hosted by Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales. Previous episodes can be found at or on your favorite podcast player.

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?

Hosted by Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales. Previous episodes can be found at or on your favorite podcast player.

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.



[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.

Hosted by Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales. Previous episodes can be found at or on your favorite podcast player.

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.

Hosted by Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales. Previous episodes can be found at or on your favorite podcast player.

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.



[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?

Hosted by Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales. Previous episodes can be found at or on your favorite podcast player.

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.

Hosted by Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales. Previous episodes can be found at or on your favorite podcast player.

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?

Hosted by Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales. Previous episodes can be found at or on your favorite podcast player.

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.



[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.

Hosted by Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales. Previous episodes can be found at or on your favorite podcast player.

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.



[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.

Hosted by Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales. Previous episodes can be found at or on your favorite podcast player.


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.

Hosted by Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales. Previous episodes can be found at or on your favorite podcast player.

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.

Hosted by Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales. Previous episodes can be found at or on your favorite podcast player.

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.


Hosted by Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales. Previous episodes can be found at or on your favorite podcast player.

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.



[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?


Hosted by Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales. Previous episodes can be found at or on your favorite podcast player.


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?

Hosted by Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales. Previous episodes can be found at or on your favorite podcast player.

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.


Hosted by Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales. Previous episodes can be found at or on your favorite podcast player.

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.


Hosted by Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales. Previous episodes can be found at or on your favorite podcast player.

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.



[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.

Hosted by Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales. Previous episodes can be found at or on your favorite podcast player.


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.



[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.



[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.



[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. 



[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.



[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.



[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.



[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, 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.



[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.



[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.



[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.



[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. 



[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.




[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?


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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.




[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.”




[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).




[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."



[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.


Show Highlights:


[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.


Show Highlights:

[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)

In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome Paul Gilmartin, host of The Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast. Paul shares his story of how the popular podcast came into existence and shares information on some of his favorite episodes.

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

In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales chat with Jacob Moore, founder of, a social movement for mental health awareness and peer support.

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

In this episode of The Psych Central Show, our hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss abandonment issues & attachment disorder. Listen in!

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 this week’s Psych Central Show, our hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss why so many people stop taking medication for psychiatric disorders or even refuse to start on them at all. 

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

In this week’s Psych Central Show, Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales interview popular bipolar author and blogger, Natasha Tracy.

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 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.


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Nov 09, 2016
Podcast: Interview With Psych Central Founder Dr. John Grohol
Nov 01, 2016