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46 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
Diagnosed with depression and ADHD in her early 20s after failing out of college for the first time, Jamie Gamble is working on rebuilding an emotional connection with herself.
Jamie shares that she grew up in a chaotic environment with parents who both had an undiagnosed mental illness, which left a lot on Jamie’s shoulders as the oldest child. Jamie explains how problems with ADHD/Executive Function in the brain played a role in her failing out of college twice, losing careers, and dealing with financial and relationship problems. She talks about struggling with inadequacy and imposter syndrome in her everyday life. She shares how one of the most useful things she did was plug into the neurodivergent community in-person and online and benefit from the sense of community and commonality. Jamie shares how her journey transitioning from male to female has impacted the way she experiences emotion and interprets the world. That and more!
37 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
Alexa explores the process of becoming a trans woman over time and how it changed her relationship with mental illness, substance and sex addiction, as well as other people.
Alexa shares that she is a 70-year-old trans woman who grew up in an upper-middle-class home, with a family that was on the surface very close, but at home, she experienced emotional and sexual abuse. Alexa explores the process of becoming a trans woman over time and how it changed her relationship with mental illness, substance and sex addiction, as well as other people. She talks about finding the silver lining in every situation being key to maintaining her mental health and sobriety. This and more on episode 18 of Sound Mind!
41 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
Travis Abbot shares how he grew up in a chaotic environment where he was raised to be tough and ready and able to be violent, which he later addressed in therapy.
On episode 17 of Sound Mind, Travis Abbot shares how he grew up in a chaotic environment where he was raised to be tough and ready and able to be violent, which he later addressed in therapy; he talks about how he was surprised by how much therapy helped and how men are raised to not communicate or show emotions, but rather be aggressive; he reflects on how therapy, and specifically EDMR, helped rid him of suicidal ideation, substantially reduced depression and set appropriate boundaries. Travis dives into destigmatizing men seeking mental health treatment; he muses about what would change if mental health care improved; he discusses the biggest hurdle in his Recovery, including setting boundaries; he dives into what he does to maintain his mental health; he shares being able to talk more about mental health more easily and increasing his resilience, as well as how the relationships with his parents have changed as a result of his Recovery; he gives his advice for folks just beginning their Recovery, and more.
38 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
Mike Ross was honorably discharged from the Marines; however, he has struggled to thrive in his post military life -- holding down employment or relationships has been a challenge.
Mike shares about how in the Marine Corps they recognized wasn't behaving normally, rather than discipline him they sent him to the psychiatrist which started his mental health journey; he reflects on his poor experiences getting mental health treatment through the VA; he shares his passion for a local nonprofit called Intensive Healing Therapy that helps veterans and first responders; he discusses how his mental health journey has impacted his relationships; he dives into how his mental health diagnosis has changed over the years and how hard it was to accept his Borderline Personality diagnosis. Mike goes into emotional trauma he’s suffered, including experiencing iatrogenic harm after being involuntarily committed after a suicide attempt where he was arrested; he reflects about how the police interact with people who live with mental illness and the harm he received while in custody, including being denied an attorney; he discusses ideas about how the police can be better supported to interact with people who live with mental illness; he shares what he does to maintain his mental health including the Wim Haf breathing technique, and more.
23 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
Tim Conrad discovered recently he has PTSD from an incident 17 years ago, with other trauma layered on top over several years.
As a firefighter Tim experienced a traumatic event that caused him PTSD that has been layered with other traumatic events from his disaster work; he explains how PTSD shows up in his life and impacts himself in his personal life and at work; he talks about what it has been like to work with a counselor for the first time; what the biggest hurdle in his recovery has been, his advice for others in Recovery, and more.
40 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
Greg Hubbard has dealt with anxiety and depression since his late teenage years. Diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, he's had challenges with jobs and relationships at times in the past.
Greg discusses losing his 1st marriage to a bad year-long depression where he withdrew from his family and friends; his experience with hospitalizations and how the connections with other people you meet there can help you find healing and direction in your own journey; his perspective on how one needs a multi prong approach to treating mental illness, and how medication alone wont always work; how his biggest hurdle in recovery was not opening up to others about his depression, and more.
48 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
Rachel has survived multiple suicide attempts, over a decade of physical and emotional abuse. Rachel has stared down the monster that is opiate addiction, along with hospitalization
Rachel grew up in what she describes as your basic Idaho upbringing being raised by her parents in a nondenominational Christian church that preaches abstinence only. Rachel was raped after she passed out at a party at the age of 14 which left her feeling like she was “ruined” and “no good” which kicked off her need to numb out the pain with drugs. She has survived multiple suicide attempts, over a decade of physical and emotional abuse. Rachel has stared down the monster that is opiate addiction, along with hospitalizations from complications of IV drug use, an acrimonious divorce & custody dispute from a domestic abuser, and has emerged the victor at every turn.
52 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
Melissa opens up about what it was like to help her daughter in her Recovery from opioid addiction
Melissa Bradshaw LeMar opens up about what it was like to help her daughter in her Recovery from opioid addiction. She discusses how the stigma that came with not being able to afford in-patient treatment, along with the scrutiny and judgement of those around her about her daughter being an opioid addict, led to depression. Melissa reflects on how parents are told to teach their kids to 'Just Say No' but are given no tools to help their kids if they do use drugs. She shares how the advice from others and some of the programming she had from childhood lead to some missteps. She highlights how getting her Masters in Communication caused her to deep dive into the subject of opioid recovery, giving her the tools and perspective she needed to help herself and her daughter.
24 minutes | Sep 21, 2020
Derek grew up in a religious household that made him question his worth and identity, leading to a battle with anxiety, depression and alcoholism.
Derek grew up in a religious household that made him question his worth and identity, leading to a battle with anxiety, depression and alcoholism. As a result of his struggle with mental health, Derek has been in a better place to provide empathy and support as an educator to his high school students in helping them navigate difficult situations, including several suicides. His religious upbringing lead him to believe that his depression and anxiety were a symptom of him doing something wrong spiritually, which compounded his symptoms. Derek shares how 12 step groups and listening to others stories helped him repair his relationship to anxiety and depression. He also shares his coping mechanisms and boundaries he had to set with his family to maintain his mental health.
54 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
Jane was neglected by her alcoholic mother who lived with untreated bipolar disorder and narcissism, and abused by her sister who many thought was a sociopath.
Jane came from a seemingly good home but behind what she describes as ‘the veil of appearances’, she was neglected by her alcoholic mother who lived with untreated bipolar disorder and narcissism, and also abused by her sister who many thought was a sociopath. Jane’s mom oversexualized her and encouraged her to drink and have boyfriends from a very young age. Her father who was also an alcoholic passed away in 2010, three years later Jane’s path to healing began and continues today. Jane utilized Alcoholics Anonymous but found Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families particularly helpful, though the process of making amends was tricky for her. Jane goes into detail about her experiences with both programs and what she learned about herself and her family as a result.
27 minutes | Sep 7, 2020
Quinn Winslow grew up in an abusive home where they were neglected by their narcissistic parents and gas-lighted at every turn.
Quinn Winslow grew up in an abusive home where they were neglected by their narcissistic parents and gas-lighted at every turn. Diagnosed with CPTSD due to trauma related to their childhood, Quinn shares that they don't think they’ll ever “get over” what happened to them but appreciate the coping skills they have learned. Quinn also discusses being diagnosed with Autism, ADHD and depression and what it is like navigating those illnesses.
51 minutes | Sep 1, 2020
Linda (Bug) Minola
Raised in the woods by a baptist preacher/prison guard in a strict religious household, Bug survived severe childhood abuse which caused her identity to fracture into multiple identities or "alters". Bug now lives with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder). She describes herself as a multiple, and drills into what role her alters play in her daily life on the podcast. Bug also goes into her spiritual practice and reflects on human beings ability to manifest reality, and how she has seen that come to fruition in her own life. She also describes how she wants to use the skills she’s learned in her Recovery and spiritual practice to start a non-religious spiritual well being center.
63 minutes | Aug 17, 2020
Monica Forbes shares her journey from opioid addict to CEO of Recovery United Inc.
On the 7th episode of Sound Mind Monica Forbes shares how being separated from her parents at a young age and being sexually assaulted at 12 contribute to her feeling of not being good enough. Monica shares how she got hooked on opioids, and that her first drug dealer, outside the medical doctors she saw for a legitimate affliction, was a nice mom from the suburbs. It wasn’t multiple near overdoses that helped Monica into Recovery, but the things she learned in the five years she did in prison where she landed due to financial crimes perpetrated to feed her addiction. All of these experiences fueled Monica into becoming a role model, Recovery Coach, CEO of Recovery United and champion of those in Recovery.
62 minutes | Aug 10, 2020
Maelstrom shares their journey blossoming into a nonbinary queer person & sheds light into the LGBTQ+ community; they also share insight about sharing about your mental health on social media.
In the second installment of Maelstrom Pullman’s interview on Sound Mind they share their journey blossoming into a nonbinary queer person and helps shed light into the LGBTQ+ community, including the dangers and benefits of being a queer person, and the Idaho law that requires athletes to verify their gender. Maelstrom and Shannon also discuss the benefits and difficulties of being vulnerable and talking about your mental health on social media; including how curating a supportive online community can lead to more rewards than purely feeding your ego... so long as you set firm boundaries. Lastly, Maelstrom opens up about how living with ADHD benefits them as a stand up comedian.
56 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
Maelstrom reflects on how being an oldest child “forged in a lifetime of child abuse” and stooped in an obscure sect of Christianity led to them having an overdeveloped sense of justice, & much more!
In this first of two of two episodes Sound Mind recorded with Maelstrom Pullman, they reflect on how being an oldest child “forged in a lifetime of child abuse” and stooped in an obscure sect of Christianity led to them having an overdeveloped sense of justice that fuels everything from their online crusading, to battling Whole Foods concerning their pink hair, to declaring Ammon Bundy a domestic terrorist. Maelstrom discusses the difficulty that marginalized populations have finding quality therapy (and medical care in general), and much more!
38 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
Landon Maughan expresses why it’s so important to be open and transparent about living with mental illness in order to fight stigma and let people know they are not alone.
Landon reflected on how everyone should go to therapy, especially people who think they don’t need it; how he learned how to recognize his symptoms of depression and anxiety; how using social media can be difficult for people who live with mental illness but can bring understanding and acceptance; how being open about your mental health struggles can strengthen your relationships; and how mental health impacts creativity.
49 minutes | Jul 21, 2020
Peer Support Specialist Mike Winslow
Mike explains how his mom's conversion to Christian Science led to an event that forever changed his life; the differences between how men and women experience mental illness; and how mental illness can change your perception and behavior.
63 minutes | Jul 14, 2020
Adriel Martinez opens up about growing up in foster care, military service, and his disillusionment with Idaho politics.
Adriel reflects on living with a mom who had an untreated severe mental illness, growing up in foster care, as well as issues soldiers face during combat, and how sometimes the best healing comes from talking with other soldiers. Adriel also talks about how being involved in Idaho politics left him feeling disillusioned about the local political machine.
53 minutes | Jul 7, 2020
Todd opens up about being raised in a toxic and abusive LDS family; processing and overcoming his own misogyny; navigating his ego to learn to better control his emotions; addresses the spanking versus time-out parenting-style debate; managing his ADHD without medication; and intergenerational trauma and mental illness impacts society.
3 minutes | Jun 22, 2020
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Shannon Morgan hosts Sound Mind, a weekly podcast that explores mental health, trauma, addiction and thought patterns that we just can't escape. On the show, she’ll interview everyone from experts, to artists, to the average Joe, about the conflicts in our minds and how we navigate them.
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