Mental Illness Happy Hour
A weekly hour-long conversation between host Paul Gilmartin and a guest (often a fellow artist) about their mental and emotional struggles, large and small. Listeners describe it as " entertaining, comforting, honest, helpful and funny".
info_outline Dating Anxiety & Reproductive Issues - Becky Feldman 12/14/2018
Dating Anxiety & Reproductive Issues - Becky Feldman Coming from an anxious family, coupled with not fitting in, being bullied by her ballet teacher (and having red hair), then as a young teen, developing vaginismus, Becky spent her 20s resigned to never dating or having a partner. Surgery, talk therapy, physical therapy and giving dating another try has proved to be more helpful than she expected.
info_outline Back in My Parents' F-ing Basement - Live in MN w/Kjell Bjorgen 12/07/2018
Back in My Parents' F-ing Basement - Live in MN w/Kjell Bjorgen Recorded live in Minneapolis at Sisyphus Brewing, Paul and Kjell reunite and share stories of bombing onstage, panic attacks, depression, meds, feeling lazy, future tripping, anger at partners, living in parents' basements, self-doubt, dead-end jobs and self-sabotage.
info_outline Cartoons & Murder - Tonya McKenzie 11/30/2018
Cartoons & Murder - Tonya McKenzie One of her first memories is seeing her mother's boyfriend shot dead in front of her at four years-old. The mother she adored was fiercely protective of her except when it interfered with her dangerous lifestyle. A great chat about mental health - especially among POC -, complicated relationships with mothers, the cycles of generational dysfunction and trauma in the black community and the challenges raising her teenage son in a mostly white community.
info_outline LeeAnn Kreischer - Rural Southern Generational Trauma 11/23/2018
LeeAnn Kreischer - Rural Southern Generational Trauma The former screenwriter, mother and podcaster shares about her relationship with her "party-animal" husband Bert Kreischer and her tumultuous childhood split between a mentally-ill narcissistic mother, a lovesick broken father, and a grandfather with severe combat PTSD from being the one of the first soldiers to enter Nagasaki after the atomic bomb detonated. She describes how she faced her pain, changed her life and is trying to grow into the person and mother she never had.
info_outline FOMO, Shame & People Pleasing - Mary Holland 11/16/2018
FOMO, Shame & People Pleasing - Mary Holland The improviser/actor (UCB's Wild Horses) opens up about her struggles with feeling like a fraud, people pleasing, shame, FOMO, feeling undeserving or that her authentic self is just too much for people.
info_outline Chris Mancini - A Buffet of Anxiety 11/09/2018
Chris Mancini - A Buffet of Anxiety The filmmaker (Earbuds) podcaster (Comedy Film Nerds and Conversations From the Abyss) writer (Pacified: A Handbook For the New Freaked-Out Dad) and comedian sits down to talk about anxiety, depression, parental stress/anxiety and feeling career disappointment/frustration/doubt. He also talks about the Earbuds documentary and the importance of human connection not only in dealing with mental struggles but between podcasts and listeners.
info_outline introducing: Imagined Life 11/04/2018
introducing: Imagined Life What is it like to be famous before you’re famous? What is it like to walk in the shoes of another person? Each episode of IMAGINED LIFE takes you on an immersive journey into the life of a world-famous person. It’ll be someone you may think you know, even admire -- or maybe the opposite. You’ll get clues to your identity along the way. But only in the final moments will you find out who “you” really are. So sit back, let go, and -- imagine your life. Subscribe today at wondery.fm/crews
info_outline Sofiya Alexandra - Mania, Communism, Surviving Cancer & #MeToo 11/02/2018
Sofiya Alexandra - Mania, Communism, Surviving Cancer & #MeToo The writer (Danger & Eggs) standup (Comedy Central: This is Not Happening) & podcaster (Reality Bytes) shares about her childhood under communism in the Ukraine, her battles with bipolar (loving the mania), surviving cancer and how to help or talk to someone with it and how all of us can help the #MeToo movement, especially powerful people who caused harm.
info_outline Lazy, Dumb, Hyper, Scattered - Jessica McCabe & ADHD labels 10/26/2018
Lazy, Dumb, Hyper, Scattered - Jessica McCabe & ADHD labels "Bored", "lazy", "scattered" "hyper"; Are these fair or accurate labels? Is there anything we can do to help our brains or motivation? Jessica shares about her past struggles with these labels and how we can find what our brain likes so we don't label and fight it, rather understand it and work with it.
info_outline It's OK To Be Weird & Anxious - May Wilkerson 10/19/2018
It's OK To Be Weird & Anxious - May Wilkerson The standup & cohost of the "Crazy in Bed" podcast opens up about being an only child & a "weird kid" who couldn't appreciate her uniqueness and desire to belong until college. She shares about her battles with social anxiety, bulimia, drinking, insomnia, racing thoughts, being left out and feeling guilty for coming from privilege. She and Paul also talk about their histories of taking meds and their side effects and finding a home in support groups despite thinking they wouldn't work.
info_outline Adam Cayton-Holland: OCD, Social Conscience and Loss 10/12/2018
Adam Cayton-Holland: OCD, Social Conscience and Loss The standup, actor and author shares about familial loss, his lifelong OCD rituals, and growing up in a home where the harsh and often brutal realities of the world were discussed with the kids, helping them empathize but also took an emotional toll.
info_outline Mariel Hemingway - Generational Dysfunction & Art 10/05/2018
Mariel Hemingway - Generational Dysfunction & Art The actress, author (Out Came the Sun) and granddaughter of writer Ernest Hemingway shares about the him, her family, acting, generational trauma, mental illness, addiction/alcoholism and dysfunction and how she has learned to deal with her anxiety, codependence, depression and fear of letting go.
info_outline Dealing with Hopelessness - AFSP Psychiatrist Dr Christine Moutier 09/28/2018
Dealing with Hopelessness - AFSP Psychiatrist Dr Christine Moutier The psychiatrist and chief medical officer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention shares insights into dealing with hopelessness both personally and with loved ones.
info_outline Paul in Ireland VI - Terror, Hate & Forgiveness - Sponsored by BetterHelp 09/21/2018
Paul in Ireland VI - Terror, Hate & Forgiveness - Sponsored by BetterHelp Belfast native James Murray shares his story of surviving a terrorist attack, spiraling into drinking and anger then getting sober and finding peace & forgiveness and how he maintains it. He also shares about the benefits of ayahuasca.
info_outline Paul in Ireland V - Ex IRA Prisoner Jake MacSiacais - Sponsored by BetterHelp 09/14/2018
Paul in Ireland V - Ex IRA Prisoner Jake MacSiacais - Sponsored by BetterHelp The former IRA member shares his people's history, his years of imprisonment & torture by Protestants and the British govt, the responsibility he feels for civilian lives that were taken by his organization, watching fellow prisoner Bobby Sands die by hunger strike, finding ways to survive mentally and how the emotions surfaced unexpectedly years later.
info_outline Paul in Ireland IV - Emma - Sponsored by BetterHelp 09/07/2018
Paul in Ireland IV - Emma - Sponsored by BetterHelp The English architect (and yoga teacher) talks about navigating relationships being bisexual, finding solutions for her lifelong bouts with anxiety, recurrent depressive disorder, abusive partners and bottoming out with a suicide attempt.
info_outline Paul in Ireland III - Sponsored by BetterHelp - Caitlin 08/31/2018
Paul in Ireland III - Sponsored by BetterHelp - Caitlin The 29 year-old Dubliner opens up about her struggles with psychosis, cutting/self-harm, alcohol, anger, learning disability (seeing letters mirrored) & spatial/motor control; also her suicide attempt and it finally expressing her pain despite feeling numb.
info_outline Paul in Ireland II - Sponsored by BetterHelp - Michael Corr/Belfast 08/24/2018
Paul in Ireland II - Sponsored by BetterHelp - Michael Corr/Belfast Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland to a Catholic father and Protestant mother. He had the rare perspective of seeing all sides of the conflict both inside and outside his home, where he was raised Catholic in a violently Protestant neighborhood. He shares stories of having to endure violence walking to school every day because of his easily identifiable Catholic uniform. He's an architect working on global projects that try to bring together communities torn apart by differences and violence.
info_outline Paul in Ireland I - Sponsored by BetterHelp 08/17/2018
Paul in Ireland I - Sponsored by BetterHelp 21 year-old M emigrated to Dublin from China at 8. With a history of abuse and neglect, she learned to stuff her sadness or unleash it thru anger. She battles Bipolar I, BPD, Complex PTSD & co-dependence but is developing tools & support. She talks about growing up with conditional love and physical violence where emotions like sadness weren't allowed. M also shares about the dramatic episodes of mania that landed her in trouble with the law and in hospital. Her girlfriend A sits in as well
info_outline ECT aka "Shock Therapy" - Beth May 08/10/2018
ECT aka "Shock Therapy" - Beth May At 27 Beth has had 68 ECT treatments aka "Shock Therapy" and while she attests to it's effectiveness in helping her with her bipolar episodes it has also taken a toll on her memory; including not recognizing her boyfriend of several years.
info_outline Fetish Shame, Meds & Martial Arts - Dylan Brody 08/03/2018
Fetish Shame, Meds & Martial Arts - Dylan Brody The writer/storyteller discusses the lifelong struggle to make peace with his amputation fetish, his ups and downs with taking meds, inheriting his dad's pomposity, suicidal ideation and the benefits of martial arts in dealing with depression and anxiety.
info_outline How to Deal With Addicts - Dr Cali Estes 07/27/2018
How to Deal With Addicts - Dr Cali Estes Cali's specialty is speaking the truth to high-profile or wealthy people trying to get sober, especially when they're being enabled by family, hangers-on or the people they make money for. Topics are : codependency, low self-esteem & boundaries
info_outline Brian Huskey - Codependency vs Love 07/06/2018
Brian Huskey - Codependency vs Love The improvisor/actor (Comedy Bang Bang, UCB, Adult Swim - Mr. Neighbor's House) shares about dealing with his co-dependency, urge to fix other people, play the resentful victim and how support groups help him.
info_outline Sexism PTSD & The Body - Elizabeth Menzel 06/29/2018
Sexism PTSD & The Body - Elizabeth Menzel Elizabeth Menzel's life's work is understanding and healing trauma trapped in the body - including her own. Originally a trained physical therapist she became intrigued by the link between clients with fibromyalgia and a history of trauma. She found help in Somatic Experiencing and other modes of releasing trauma. She talks about the science of releasing tension and stress, PTSD and sexism - including sharing her own struggles coming from a childhood with an overtly misogynistic father.
info_outline Female Domestic Violence Against Men - Daniel A 06/22/2018
Female Domestic Violence Against Men - Daniel A Daniel looks back at his relationship with his soon-to-be-ex-wife; turning from the woman of his dreams to a dangerously violent and unpredictable stranger. He talks about the myths around female on male DV and his experiences before leaving her
info_outline Social Anxiety - Dr Ellen Hendriksen 06/15/2018
Social Anxiety - Dr Ellen Hendriksen The author of How To Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety, and Harvard Medical School Psychologist shares not only the science of Social Anxiety and ways to deal with it but some of her own battles with it.
info_outline Jessa Reed - Trailer Park Survivor & PTSD 06/07/2018
Jessa Reed - Trailer Park Survivor & PTSD Few guests have revealed as much of themselves as Jessa, a comic and podcaster (Mormon and the Meth-Head) We touch on being molested, fear of intimacy, addiction, sobriety, anger, psych wards, rejection, sexual fantasies most people would never share publicly (rape, being cheated on), psychosis, binge eating and the lengths we will go to get attention.
info_outline Clutter, Hoarding & Buying "Stuff" - Tracy McCubbin 06/01/2018
Clutter, Hoarding & Buying "Stuff" - Tracy McCubbin Decluttering expert Tracy McCubbin shares about her experiences being raised by a hoarder and how she helps clients part with their stuff. She and Paul get into the topics of materialism, cheap-goods consumerism, compulsive shopping and using "stuff", especially collecting to avoid feelings or issues in our lives.