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 #422 Religious & Sexual Orientation OCD - Kimberley Quinlan LMFT 02/15/2019
#422 Religious & Sexual Orientation OCD - Kimberley Quinlan LMFT The LMFT returns to talk about two types of OCD; Scrupulosity - a fear of sinning or having sinned, and Sexual Orientation OCD - an obsession about one's present or future orientation. She and Paul share their own anxieties. Kimberley also hosts her own podcast Your Anxiety Toolkit.
info_outline #421 Amy G - Male Attention & Feeling Safe 02/08/2019
#421 Amy G - Male Attention & Feeling Safe Paul's support group friend opens up about being addicted to male attention while also fearing them, feeling unsafe, love addiction, growing up without her bio dad (without explanation) and the power of vulnerability in healing.
info_outline #420 Psychiatrist/Writer Dr Paul Puri 02/01/2019
#420 Psychiatrist/Writer Dr Paul Puri The psychiatrist and tv writer (Chicago Med) shares about his childhood, why some of his peers overprescribe medications, the importance of talk therapy, some info on hypnosis and Paul opens up about his health fears especially around meds and long-term health.
info_outline Feeling Like An Outsider - Glenn Lutz 01/25/2019
Feeling Like An Outsider - Glenn Lutz The author (Go F*%#, I Mean Find Yourself) opens up about being mixed race and battling depression and feeling like an outsider as far back as childhood. He and Paul share things they're grateful for and read inspirational quotes from his book.
info_outline BONUS: Introducing First Day Back 01/23/2019
BONUS: Introducing First Day Back Ep Description: First Day Back is a podcast about people facing and trying to overcome life’s most challenging moments. This season is a new story about a comedian who died on stage and was revived by a member of the audience. Follow along this season to find out how the man who lives and died for comedy grapples with his death and reignites his career in the aftermath. Check it out in Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/first-day-back/id957222739?mt=2
info_outline #418 Fears & Loves w/Nora McInerney Live 01/18/2019
#418 Fears & Loves w/Nora McInerney Live The author (It's OK to Laugh and No Happy Endings) and host of the podcast Terrible Thanks For Asking returns in front of live audience in Minneapolis. She, Paul and the audience share their fears and loves and answer some questions.
info_outline Bonus Ep - Maternal Incest - Daniel M 01/15/2019
Bonus Ep - Maternal Incest - Daniel M After hearing mens' stories about experiencing incest (overtly or covertly) by their mothers, Daniel reached out to Paul with his story and has come to share it (with his girlfriend for support as well.)
info_outline Our Inner Critic - Cartoonist Lucy Bellwood 01/11/2019
Our Inner Critic - Cartoonist Lucy Bellwood The cartoonist (100 Demon Dialogues) delves into her struggles with the mean/critical voice in her head and how she is confronting the lies it tells her about herself. She also shares about her dad, the author of The Highlander, and their complex relationship.
info_outline Facing Her Fears - Courtenay Hameister 01/04/2019
Facing Her Fears - Courtenay Hameister The writer/performer opens up about her anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, shame and body issues. She also reads excerpts from Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went From Being Afraid Of Everything to Being Afraid Of Most Things, her hilarious new book about taking risks and challenging her fears, especially social phobias.
info_outline 2018 Year Ender - Awfulsome Traditions 12/28/2018
2018 Year Ender - Awfulsome Traditions No guests, just some of Paul's thoughts on traditions and holidays; how we hide our feelings and some great, very honest (and one very dark) listener surveys including the best holiday Awfulsome moment yet.
info_outline Struggles With Moderation, Identify & Survivor's Guilt - Akshay Nanavati 12/21/2018
Struggles With Moderation, Identify & Survivor's Guilt - Akshay Nanavati Born in India, raised in Texas, 33 year-old Iraq War veteran, ultra-runner and global philanthropist talks about his lifelong struggles with moderation, getting his identify from his accomplishments or dangerous/crazy/extreme behavior, feeling unworthy and battling survivors guilt after losing a fellow soldier. He also talks about spirituality especially finding purpose through sacrifice and service. Akshay is the author of the book Fearvana (with a forward by the Dalai Fucking Lama!)
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 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