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The Good Fight
83 minutes | Aug 14, 2018
Helen has battled with PTSD since she was a child. After battling with her sexual identity and coming out as a proud lesbian woman, she later discovered severe bouts of depression and was diagnosed with bipoar II. She and I discuss the impacts our sexual identities have on us, the need to protect others from our illnesses and issues, and so much more. It's so important we discuss the unfortunate fact that children are dealing with these things and to hear from those who did.
94 minutes | Jul 25, 2018
"Charlie" tells us about her struggles with depression, anxiety, bipolar and addiction. She dealt with self medicating and numbing with substances and behaviors until she was finally diagnosed as bipolar. She says that finding her diagnosis helped her "make sense of it all". Her biggest suggestion to us all is to find our art, and express ourselves in whatever way that may be.
44 minutes | Jul 18, 2018
Episode 28-"Borderline Me"
Today, its just me. I'm gonna speak loud and proud about living with borderline personality disorder. I talk about how its affected my life, what the criteria is to be diagnosed, how its stigmatized, and what its like to live day to day with this diagnosis. I urge you to please listen and educate yourselves. There are so many people out there not getting the help they need because of this illness, stigmas, and a lack of education. 70% of borderlines will attempt suicide. Things have to change. We have to be aware and learn to judge a person by their character...and not by their illnesses.
96 minutes | Jul 4, 2018
Bree has been diagnosed with depression, anxiety and PTSD. After a traumatic experience when losing her aunt, her grief grew until she developed PTSD. We talk about her story of coming out as a bisexual woman, and how that impacted her mental health. She and I discuss respect for ourselves and others and realize how key it is to any situation or any conversation.
60 minutes | Jun 26, 2018
Episode 26-The Husband
I am so thrilled to say that in this episode, I do an interview with my husband. He and I talk very openly and honestly about how my mental health issues have affected him, how he's coped and how he's learned to help me. We later go into talking about situational depression and stigmas surrounding men and mental health. As much as some of this was very hard for me, I have to remember to have an open heart and open mind and to listen to him while he shares how its truly impacted him. These are conversations that should happen in relationships where mental health is an issue, and sometimes they're not so easy. I'm lucky to have an amazingly supportive and sarcastic as hell husband. This episode is dedicated to Carlos Martinez for becoming our very first $10 patron! THANK YOU CARLOS!
84 minutes | Jun 20, 2018
Jess has dealt with trichotillomania since childhood. As a form of OCD, her battle with “trich” has become a form of comfort. This diagnosis is not really discussed, and is actually quite common. We discuss the difficulties of overcoming trauma, and the ways we deal, whether positive or negative. Jess’ story is going to help others like her to understand they aren’t alone and to help spread awareness on a topic/diagnosis we need to be aware of. This episode is dedicated to our newest patreon donor: Amber Schweitzer
31 minutes | Jun 12, 2018
A Very Special Guest
In a special mini episode, we hear from an amazing 10 year old who opens up about dealing with anxiety, understanding others and the importance of parents helping their kids through their struggles. I am a lucky woman to have this kid in my life. He's going to do amazing things.
88 minutes | Jun 5, 2018
Katie is a social worker who does amazing work while still battling depression and anxiety. She has also had to live with epilepsy and its affects. Katie spent a while discovering and accepting herself as bisexual woman. We discuss the profound mental affects of not living a life as your true self and not accepting yourself as you are. I think that anyone questioning their sexuality or sexual identity will find a kinship in hearing her story. Remember, you are loved as you are, and you are never alone.
75 minutes | May 29, 2018
"Nicole" was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and ADHD. As a survivor of childhood sexual assault, with an abusive mother, and multiple assaults as an adult, she has dealt with more pain than anyone should. She is a recovering addict and used drugs as a way to cope with her pain at an early age. She is now sober for many years and is learning to heal from her past. She is an inspiration and a true survivor. *WARNING: we discuss content and events of sexual assault which may be triggering*
86 minutes | May 22, 2018
Nichole is a social worker who has battled anxiety most of her life. College years for Nichole, weren't easy. She dealt with so many personal issues on top of being sexually assaulted, being in unheathy relationships, and finally being in a place where she was ready to take her own life. We talk briefly about the stigmas surrounding the HIV illness, talk about our personal sexual assault stories and being in a suicidal mindset. We're lucky to have kind hearted people like her, helping to make people's lives a little bit better.
82 minutes | May 16, 2018
Michelle is a wife, mom of 3 and deals with depression, anxiety, PMDD and ADHD. We talk about the difficulty of growing up in too intense of religious environments, self harm, the stresses of being "the perfect mom", the lack of diagnosis for ADHD in the female community, and the effects that giving birth can have on our mental states. I think it's so important that we talk about the issues we can have in being moms. Whether its having issues we bring in with us into motherhood, or just the struggles of raising a person and the toll it takes on us. We'll never be perfect, and its ok to admit that.
78 minutes | May 7, 2018
Carlos shares about all the differenct facets of his life and the "hats" he wears. As a dad, husband, law enfocement officer, and family therapist/hypnotherapist, he is learning to be proud of who he is. After dealing with anxiety, depression, his emotionally abusive narcissistic father, his friend's suicide in high school and later going on to deal with forms of addiction...he found a passion for helping others and in making a change in the world of mental health. His ability to share so honestly, is refreshing and I'm sure will be inspiring to any man who listens.
87 minutes | Apr 30, 2018
Lindsay has known real grief, from the loss of her mother, then her sister and then her father. While dealing with those losses, she has battled health issues and dealt with difficult surgeries all while being a mom. She is also a sexual assault survivor. With all has always struggled with anxiety and with all she’s been though, it’s only made it worse and brought about her depression. She is such a strong woman and is a testament to the strength we all can find in ourselves.
90 minutes | Apr 16, 2018
Jessica has battled anxiety for most of her life while also watching her family battle it as well. As an adult, she has learned to find a balance. Learning to put herself first, to know her limits and to search for a true acceptance of herself, is helping her find her way. Finding laughter in the most difficult times is a medicine that we all need (as she's found out). She's a beautiful spirit and I'm lucky to call her my friend.
74 minutes | Apr 9, 2018
This episode, was by far the most difficult I've done so far. Nikki is a survivor. Her story involves her battle with depression, anxiety, self harm, her suicide attempt, her constant hospitalization, sexual assaut and rape, and the mistreatment she received simply because she had a history of mental health issues. Nikki's story reminds us of how far we still have to go in the world of mental health. No chlid should have to go through what she did. As painful as it was, Nikki and I cried through it together, and she inspired me. What she has endured, reminds me of the strength of the human spirit. EDIT: I accidentally shared the wrong info about Nikki's youtube channel. SO...in order to not get her in trouble, I had to take down the original, and post the edited version. Hopefully, it doesn't cause too many issues for everyone. Note to self: don't edit at 3 in the morning.
78 minutes | Apr 3, 2018
Dealing with autism, is never easy...add depression, anxiety, self harm and an eating disorder to the mix? It's a lot to handle. Olivia has overcome her addictions with food restricting and self harm. That alone, says so much about her strength. She talks about living with autism, misconceptions, awareness and so much more. I was so glad to have someone on the show talk about something that so little want to talk about. Please check out Olivia's blog at autofspoons.com
69 minutes | Mar 25, 2018
Episode 15-Brett & Claire
Brett and Claire understand the struggles in dealing with anxiety and depression. Their experiences have made them more empathetic to others, and helped them become advocates for mental health. They are incredibly involved in amazing volunteer and charity work and are an inspiration. We discuss the difficulties in stigmas about mental health in the medical field, the causes and stigmas surrounding homelessness, and we discuss our views on the shootings we've been experiencing lately. Brett himself, witnessed a school shooting when he was in high school. These things are so vital for us to be talking about and could potentially save lives if things are changed. Please stay tuned till the end of the show, for info on both Claire and Brett's projects including their soon to air podcast, blogs, and more.
71 minutes | Mar 19, 2018
In this episode, Halley shares with us about her depression, anxiety, childhood abuse, the difficulty of having a parent with bipolar I, her sexual assaulit, and the loss of her loved sister to suicide. With all she's been through, Halley shows so much strength and inspires me. She is proof that we may have pain. we may have loss, but we can pick ourselves up. I'm honored she wanted me to help her share her story.
71 minutes | Mar 12, 2018
Kate shares with us all about her depression, anxiety, ADHD and eating disorder with anorexia and bulimia. Her unhealthy relationship with food began as a child, and maybe by speaking out about eating disorders, we can see these problems early on and help more kids. I think her honesty and love for others are really going to make a difference.
83 minutes | Mar 5, 2018
Ross is a mental health advocate and borderline personality disorder in particular. The fact that I could find a guy that wanted to talk about this stuff, inspires me. I hope that especially anyone listening as a man or someone with BPD, that this episode helps you and gives you some comfort. The work Ross, and other men like him are doing, is going to help change lives in the men's mental healh community.
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