37 minutes | Apr 9, 2021

Behind The Dad Mask | Brian Manor on Anxiety, Mental Illness, Fatherhood

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly one in five adults in the U.S. lives with a mental illness. If anything, that statistic tells us that those who are struggling are not alone in their struggle. Still, reaching out for help can sometimes feel insurmountable. In this episode, guest Brian Manor, a dad to two, shares his personal story and talks openly about his challenges with clinical depression, social anxiety disorder, and seasonal affective disorder. Stick around to the end for another round of the infamous recurring segment, Confessions.  Episode 41 opens with hosts Adam and Marc briefly recounting their experiences getting their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, coincidentally scheduled on the same day. The guys transition to a discussion of mental illness; specifically the ways in which society addresses mental health, and how the conversation has shifted over the past 30 years. The guys welcome Brian Manor to the conversation. Brian is a husband and a father of two. He lives in Wisconsin, works for a blood donation organization, and writes for his fatherhood-themed Fatterhood: A Humorous New Dad's Blog. Brian shares openly, (both in his blog and during our conversation), about his history with mental illness and how it has affected his life, his job, and his role as a father. The conversation covers many topics including:•  Why Brian is not ashamed of his mental health•  The difficulty in diagnosing mental health conditions in children•  Overlapping symptoms of clinical depression and anxiety disorders•  The importance of SEEKING HELP!•  The importance of checking on your friends if you’re concerned about them•  The rise of discussing mental illness publicly and without shame•  How educating his support system is helpful•  How finding the right provider led to significant improvement•  Being aware of potential signs in your children•  Shop around for the right provider if you are able to•  "It's not your fault, but it's your responsibility."The episode culminates with  arguably one of the strongest Confessions sessions to date.On a personal note from Adam and Marc, in each episode, we invite our listeners to reach out to us by e-mail. If you can relate to Brian's experience or you connect with this episode for any reason, you are more than welcome to reach out to us. While we are not experts on mental illness, fatherhood, or much of anything, really—we are good listeners. And we are here for you.We've included links below that pertain to our conversation with Brian, as well as some additional resources that we'd encourage you to explore. But as a reminder, there is no shame in seeking help. And, despite how it may feel, you are NOT alone. We love you and appreciate you![Episode Transcript]Links:Fatterhood: A Humorous New Dad's BlogChris Gethard "Career Suicide"Hannah Gatsby "Nanette" (Netflix)Marcus Parks / The Last Podcast on the LeftJordan Raskopoulos "Living With High Functioning Anxiety" TEDxSydney5 Minute Guide to Men's Mental HealthBeThe1ToNational Suicide Prevention LifelineAnxiety & Depression Association of AmericaRed Vault AudioCaspar BabypantsSpencer Albee
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