Imani State of Mind

By Stitcher & Imani Walker

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Get into an Imani State Of Mind with psychiatrist Dr. Imani Walker. Every week, she’ll break down mental illness and mental health through pop culture and news and in the process normalize what getting your mind right really looks like.


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Analyze This, Part 1: Moving On After Trump
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On January 6 there was almost a coup and on January 20 we got a whole new president. Whiplash, much?? Imani and Kam discuss how to bridge the divide with your loved ones when you don't agree about politics. Plus, Imani answers your mental health questions on this week's Get Your Mind Right. Send your questions to askdrimani@gmail.com or call 424-235-0064‬ and Dr. Imani might answer it on the show! (Note: We recorded this episode last week before the Inauguration.) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 21, 2021
So You Have A Chronic Condition
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The long-term effects of Covid-19 are still being studied, but recent research shows Covid is creating a whole new population of people with chronic pain and fatigue. Imani and Kam share how they've coped and found support with their own chronic conditions. And on Pop Culture Diagnosis, Imani finally gets to ask, "what’s up with Don Draper?" Keep up with Dr. Imani on Instagram @doctor.imani and on Twitter @doctor_imani. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 14, 2021
A Guide To Psychopaths And Sociopaths
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American Psycho, Natural Born Killers, The Joker...we love psychopaths in our movies. But how do you tell if someone is really a psychopath? And on this week's Pop Culture Diagnosis, it's Homeland and bipolar disorder. Need mental health advice? Send your question to askdrimani@gmail.com or call (424) 235-0064‬ and Dr. Imani might answer it on the show. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 07, 2021
Mental Health Hazards On the Job
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Work has really changed since the pandemic started, but, honestly, toxic workplaces still exist! Workplace PTSD and the grind of hustle culture can really wear down your mental health. Imani and Kam share their worst job experiences, red flags on the job, and how to make moves to get out. Plus, Imani and Kam delve deep into why people Catfish on Pop Culture Diagnosis.   Need mental health advice? Send your question to askdrimani@gmail.com or call (424) 235-0064‬ and Dr. Imani might answer it on the show. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 17, 2020
Schizo-what??
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Time for a study break! Schizophrenia is rare, but it’s the mental illness that shows up the most in pop culture. Imani explains what schizophrenia is - and isn't! - and debunks the most famous misconceptions about it. And on Pop Culture Diagnosis, Imani breaks down how The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend portrays borderline personality disorder. Keep up with Dr. Imani on Instagram @doctor.imani and on Twitter @doctor_imani. Send your mental health questions to askdrimani@gmail.com or leave a voicemail at (424) 235-0064‬. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 10, 2020
You Need Therapy! And So Do I
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This year has been rough on all of us. We've been sheltering-in-place for months, there's another third wave of Covid-19 cases in the US, and honestly, the election season felt like it lasted 1000 years. You have got to process your feelings, and therapy is a great way to do that. Imani and Kam share how they made therapy work for them, and reveals how she went from a therapy-skeptic to a therapy-convert. Plus, on Pop Culture Diagnosis, Imani takes a close look at Breaking Bad's Walter White. Keep up with Dr. Imani on Instagram @doctor.imani and on Twitter @doctor_imani. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 03, 2020
The Next Thing You'll Hear Is The Sound Of Me Hanging Up
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We all need a little space — even from the people we love — and the best way to make room for your whole self is to set boundaries. With the winter holidays approaching, Imani and Kam are joined by an expert close to home: Imani's own mom, Paula! Learn how to ask for what you need from your friends and family. Plus, Imani, Kam, and Paula help YOU Get Your Mind Right and answer listener questions about mental health.    Keep up with Dr. Imani on Instagram @doctor.imani and on Twitter @doctor_imani. If you have a question for Dr. Imani, email askdrimani@gmail.com or leave a voicemail at (424) 235-0064‬.   Imani State Of Mind is taking off next week for Thanksgiving - we'll be back with a new episode on 12/3. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 19, 2020
Are You TOO Online? How To Deal With Too Much Social Media
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We are all doomscrolling these days. What’s all that time on our phone doing to our brains? This week, Imani and Kam explain why social media is so addictive and how they've learned to stop scrolling. Plus, on Pop Culture Diagnosis, find out what Netflix's Ratched gets right - and wrong - about psychiatric hospitals.  Keep up with Dr. Imani on Instagram @doctor.imani and on Twitter @doctor_imani. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 12, 2020
Winter Is Coming
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Are you dreading those long dark nights of winter? Then this episode is for you. We are all extra-isolated this year because of the pandemic and if you’re prone to the winter blues, this winter might be extra tough on your mental health. Find out how to recognize if you have Seasonal Affective Disorder, ways to cope, and why winter messes with your brain. Plus, this week’s Pop Culture Diagnosis takes a close look at Randall Pearson’s anxiety on NBC’s This Is Us.   Keep up with Dr. Imani on Instagram @doctor.imani and on Twitter @doctor_imani. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 05, 2020
Even Numbers Are To Be Trusted, Odd Numbers Are Not
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Obsessive compulsive disorder is not about being a neat freak! Obsessions are intrusive thoughts that stem from anxiety - they can be about things like germs, luck, even death. Imani tells you the truth about OCD and she shares her own experience with Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder. Plus, Imani and Kam answer YOUR mental health questions in our brand new segment to Get Your Mind Right. Send your questions to askdrimani@gmail.com or leave a voicemail at (424) 235-0064. ‬ Keep up with Dr. Imani on Instagram @doctor.imani and on Twitter @doctor_imani. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 29, 2020
How To Cope With Your Parents' Baggage with Jemele Hill
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We’ve all got issues, and some of that baggage comes from our own parents. This week, sports journalist Jemele Hill joins Dr. Imani to talk about how they each dealt with their dads' absence from their lives and how it affected their mental health growing up. Follow Jemele on Twitter and Instagram @jemelehill. Keep up with Dr. Imani on Instagram @doctor.imani and on Twitter @doctor_imani. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 22, 2020
Why Do We Love Conspiracy Theories?
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Do you know someone who believes that Tupac is still alive or that the government faked the moon landing? Imani dives into the psychology that attracts so many people to conspiracy theories, and how to set boundaries with people in your life who are in too deep. Plus, Imani takes a look at how Netflix's Jessica Jones depicts PTSD. (Content warning: contains discussion of emotional and physical abuse.) Keep up with Dr. Imani on Instagram @doctor.imani and on Twitter @doctor_imani.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 15, 2020
What Work-Life Balance?? Let's Talk Burnout
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Caregiver burnout is REAL— especially during a pandemic! How are you supposed to go to work, teach your kids math, make sure your parents are okay, clean your house, and get food on the table without losing it? Imani breaks down why burnout is a serious mental health issue and shares some tips to cope. Plus, we're throwing it back to the 90s for this week's Pop Culture Diagnosis about Saved By The Bell’s very special episode on caffeine pill addiction. (We are so excited!) Keep up with Dr. Imani on Instagram @doctor.imani and on Twitter @doctor_imani. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 08, 2020
Grieving The Old Normal
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Remember the Before Times...when you didn't throw an extra mask in your bag when you went out? When you used to go out?? Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, we're all getting used to a new normal. This week, Imani walks us through the collective grief we're feeling about losing our old way of life and how to cope. Plus, on this week’s Pop Culture Diagnosis, Imani breaks down Netflix's Bojack Horseman to find out if a talking horse can be real about depression. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 10, 2020
Safe At Home...Except When You're Not
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During a pandemic, sheltering-in-place can protect you from getting sick, but for people in abusive relationships, it can also mean being stuck isolating with your abuser. Domestic violence cases have spiked dramatically in the past few months as COVID-19 has kept people at home. Imani breaks down the signs of abuse, how to get help, and how realistic domestic violence in pop culture is with anti-violence advocate and therapist Sequoya Hayes. If you or a loved one need help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 or visit www.thehotline.org. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 03, 2020
What Does It Mean To Have An Eating Disorder?
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If you think eating disorders are just a "white girl problem", this episode is for you. The National Eating Disorder Association estimates that 30 million Americans are affected by eating disorders. Imani breaks down how eating disorders affect people across all demographics, what eating disorders are, and how you can cope if you're struggling with disordered eating. Plus, she dives deep into forensic psychiatry and psychopathy in Netflix’s Mindhunter on this week’s Pop Culture Diagnosis. Content warning: This episode contains frank discussion of eating disorders. If you need help for an eating disorder or are concerned about a loved one, you can call the National Eating Disorder hotline at 1-800-931-2237. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 27, 2020
The Funny Thing About Depression
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Electro convulsive therapy (ECT) sounds scary...but is it? This week, Imani talks with comedian Gary Gulman who underwent ECT to treat severe depression. Plus, Imani and Gary compare notes on the way depression has affected both of their lives over the years. Gary's hour-long comedy special, The Great Depresh, is out on HBONow and HBOGo. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 20, 2020
Getting Real About My Divorce
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This week, Imani shares how she's been processing the end of her marriage to her partner of 11 years, how she's been coping with being alone and single parenting, and why divorce was the right move for her. Plus, she takes a close look at Spike Lee's latest movie Da 5 Bloods and how it deals with PTSD. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 13, 2020
The Real Deal About Anxiety
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Do your thoughts hit different? You're not alone. Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the United States. This week, Imani breaks down what kinds of anxiety disorders there are, what they feel like, and how to get help for them. Plus, Imani digs into how mental illness shows up on HBO's Insecure. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 06, 2020
Okay, But How Are You REALLY Doing?
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Between COVID and the most recent protests against police brutality, ""how are you?"" is a loaded question right now - especially for Black folks! Imani talks with reporter Priska Neely about the cognitive dissonance of getting check-in texts from her white friends (you can read her essay in The Cut about those texts here: https://www.thecut.com/2020/06/i-dont-need-your-check-in-texts.html), plus how Priska takes care of her mental health while reporting on traumatic events for her job. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 30, 2020
Let's Talk About What It Means To Be Bipolar
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Is having bipolar disorder really  like having a "sprained brain" like Kanye said? This week Imani breaks down for you what bipolar looks and feels like and how to get help. Plus, on Pop Culture Diagnosis, Imani goes deep on how bipolar disorder shows up for everyone's favorite hype man on FX's Dave. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 23, 2020
Protect Black Women And Girls
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Black women are twice as likely to experience a major depressive disorder compared to Black men, but Black women are less likely to seek mental health help. This week Dr. Imani talks with therapist and author of The State of Black Girls, Marline Francois Madden to talk about why therapy is an important part of mental health care, how to find a therapist, and how to truly make time for self-care. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 16, 2020
You're Not Extra, You're Depressed
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Stigma makes it hard for so many people to even talk about their mental health, let alone get help. But among Millennials and Gen Z, there's less and less stigma about mental illness. This week, Imani talks with Tracy Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) about how she became a go-to voice for normalizing mental health conversations for Millennials on Twitter. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 09, 2020
Is This A Problem?
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Substance abuse is on the rise as we’ve been in quarantine. This week, Imani talks with addiction psychiatrist and host of the ‘In Recovery’ podcast, Dr. Nzinga Harrison about what addiction is, why recovery can be so difficult, and what you should look out for if you’re worried about your own behavior.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 02, 2020
Don't Panic!
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We are stressed! And this isn’t just normal stress - the pandemic has disrupted every aspect of our lives, and this summer there’s already been a non-stop tide of news stories of police shootings and violence against black communities. This week Dr. Imani lays out how to process the trauma of trying to live your life in the midst of a crisis. Plus, Dr. Imani breaks down how one of her favorite TV shows depicts mental illness in Pop Culture Diagnosis. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 25, 2020
Introducing Imani State of Mind Coming June 25th!
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Psychiatrist Dr. Imani Walker (Bravo's Married to Medicine LA) will give you the tools to help you on your journey to getting your mind right. She’ll use her clinical expertise to break down mental illness through pop culture, the news, and her own experience managing her mental health. So sit down, take a deep breath, and relax because we’re about to get into an Imani State Of Mind. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 02, 2020