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 439 - Finding Our Core Emotions - Hilary Jacobs Hendel LCSW 06/14/2019
439 - Finding Our Core Emotions - Hilary Jacobs Hendel LCSW The certified psychoanalyst, author of It's Not Always Depression:Working the Change Triangle to Listen to the Body, Discover Core Emotions, and Connect to Your Authentic Self and AEDP psychotherapist opens up about her struggles with perfectionism and equating value with achievements, mistakes she has made as a parent, listening to our bodies, discovering our core emotions, how depression can misdiagnosed and advice on bringing about change in our lives using the change triangle.
info_outline 438 Alec MacDonald aka @AlecWithPen 06/07/2019
438 Alec MacDonald aka @AlecWithPen The popular cartoonist @AlecWithPen shares his history with depression, anxiety, failed relationships, a wealthy but distant family, low self-esteem, trying to find his passion & how he finally channeled it into his drawings.
info_outline 437 - Aging & Happiness - Dr Andrea Brandt 05/31/2019
437 - Aging & Happiness - Dr Andrea Brandt The 77 year-old veteran psychotherapist, teacher and author shares her insights into how we can embrace aging and mortality to deal with feelings of irrelevance and anger and find contentment thru acceptance, mindfulness and purpose. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST
info_outline 436 - Healthy Love - Christina Howard 05/24/2019
436 - Healthy Love - Christina Howard Her lifelong fear of commitment was masked behind an obsession with emotionally available men - Christina shares how she personally changed and healed her pain to be able to recognize and accept healthy love including self-love.
info_outline 435 Anxiety & Humor - Jordan Reid 05/17/2019
435 Anxiety & Humor - Jordan Reid The hilarious blogger/author of Ramshackle Glam &The Big Activity Book For Anxious People shares about her battles with anxiety, & being fired from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. She & Paul also get into some fun Fears and Loves. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST
info_outline 434 - Depression, Drinking & Fear - Ry Doon 05/10/2019
434 - Depression, Drinking & Fear - Ry Doon The comedian shares about his battles with depression, fear of failure, huge financial and professional setbacks (he had a huge following on Vine before it was retired), having a mother with BiPolar I, and alcohol.
info_outline 432 - Heartache & Obsession - Elle Huerta 04/26/2019
432 - Heartache & Obsession - Elle Huerta Elle talks about obsessions & letting go especially after breakups, shame, isolation, rejection and not being enough, plus the sickness of working to extreme exhaustion and trying to find validation outside of her accomplishments.
info_outline 431 - Rich But Sad & Video Games - Keith Kingbay 04/19/2019
431 - Rich But Sad & Video Games - Keith Kingbay The comedian and podcaster (New Player Has Joined) opens up about his financially privileged but emotionally barren childhood, verbal abuse from youth hockey coaches, and discovering himself thru video games. WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST
info_outline 430 - Our Own Worst Enemies - Lori Gottlieb LMFT 04/12/2019
430 - Our Own Worst Enemies - Lori Gottlieb LMFT The licensed therapist shares common issues people deal with in therapy and ways that we are our own worst enemy. Paul shares about adopting a dog, plus great listener descriptions of their food issues anxiety and depression.
info_outline 429 Trust Issues, Ideation & Food - Leo Flowers 04/05/2019
429 Trust Issues, Ideation & Food - Leo Flowers The comic, life coach, & ex-athlete shares about his suicidal ideation, struggles with food, abandonment by his dad who fathered him via an affair, learning trust, self-care, conflict resolution and even trying the suicide hotline.
info_outline 428 - Trading Sex For Love - Marigny Goodyear 03/29/2019
428 - Trading Sex For Love - Marigny Goodyear The 41 year-old mother reads the open letter she wrote to the men who took advantage of her as a young teen, discussing gray area issues like consent, alcohol, objectification and trading sex for love, attention or to avoid abandonment.
info_outline 427 Best Of: Adoption & Religious Abuse - Julie J 03/22/2019
427 Best Of: Adoption & Religious Abuse - Julie J Funny & vulnerable, Julie was born to a teenage mom, was given up for adoption and raised by a stoic military dad and Fundamentalist mom whose obsession with demons comes close to resembling the mother from “Carrie”. From 2013 WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST
info_outline 426 Grief Support Mistakes - Megan DeVine LPC 03/15/2019
426 Grief Support Mistakes - Megan DeVine LPC The licensed therapist shares about the well-meaning but misguided "cult of positivity" after tragedies, emotional dissonance, grief support, having difficult conversations and how she dealt with the sudden death of her partner.
info_outline #423 Catholic Black Sheep - Joe Bill 02/22/2019
#423 Catholic Black Sheep - Joe Bill Paul's longtime friend and improv teacher talk about his violent ex-Notre Dame football player dad, his mentally unstable and sexually abusive mother and how he found his voice in creativity but still struggles with shame, codependency and self-love.
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 #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.