"Jaxon and the Pharmacist"
With more than 60 years of radio experience between them, the legendary team has reunited for the first time in over two decades. Catch them live, weekdays at 3 p.m. Eastern, on The Ground Control Radio Network.
info_outline Another early September episode... 10/08/2023
Another early September episode... We miss this as much as you do. It was so much fun getting the band back together. But sometimes, real life gets in the way. Never say never. When our initial run ended in August of 2001, we thought that was it, forever. But then? This happened. Stay tuned! As for this episode? Brian's Van Halen party trick. Streaming service frustration. Why is radio dying and how do we all still not understand COVID?
info_outline Episode 1, "The Kai Call," 9/6/23 09/09/2023
Episode 1, "The Kai Call," 9/6/23 The guys are still working out the kinks a few weeks into the show. This one kicked off late thanks to a phone call Jaxon received from his son Kai's school regarding an "incident." That morphed into Kai attempting to explain what happened, along with a conversation about how much that world has changed since back when Jax & Pharmy were kids. How radio has similarly "devolved" is what followed. Concerts, venues, their FNX days. Competitors. A viral/Portnoy "One Bite Pizza" review was discussed. Philly cheesesteak protocol. Cholesterol med "superpowers." Reports of another COVID surge and how everything these days has become a political football. Their own experiences with COVID. "Radio listener expectations." The diarrhea plane. Nightmare flight experiences. How much fun the new show has been and the amount of insane time spent listening by their audience.
info_outline Episode 121, "Goodbye...and Thank You," 9/30/22 09/30/2022
Episode 121, "Goodbye...and Thank You," 9/30/22 Unfortunately, this edition represents the end of our run here for "Coping on the Couch with Courtney and Brian." Our hearts are both heavy, and grateful. To anyone who took the time to give us a listen, our appreciation and gratitude literally know no bounds. As to the "whys" behind this difficult decision, the details are contained within the episode itself. We wish you, and your mental health, nothing but the best, as we deliver our heartfelt farewell, and a most sincere thank you.
info_outline Episode 120, "The Small Stuff," 9/23/22 09/23/2022
Episode 120, "The Small Stuff," 9/23/22 "Don't sweat the small stuff." It's an excellent piece of advice which has been kicking around now for decades. But what is "the small stuff" exactly? How much can it vary from person to person, and what are some of the best ways to identify, and treat it, in therapy and/or elsewhere?
info_outline Episode 119, "Lifestyle Fatigue," 9/16/22 09/17/2022
Episode 119, "Lifestyle Fatigue," 9/16/22 In what is for the most part a post-pandemic, and very politically-charged/polarized world, many people are continually struggling to find their mental health footing. Over the last couple of weeks especially, Brian has been one of them. How is he attempting to adjust on the fly, and if you just so happen to feel precisely the same way, what should you be doing?
info_outline Episode 118, "Believing in Yourself," 9/9/22 09/10/2022
Episode 118, "Believing in Yourself," 9/9/22 Ben DeCastro is in this week for the vacationing Brian. In general, our brains are hard-wired for protection, self-doubt, and insecurity. At our core, we tend to be risk-averse, and more often than not, that can stunt and prevent us from growing personally, professionally, and emotionally. What are some of the best ways to work around this, and overcome whatever may be keeping us from potentially becoming the best possible version of ourselves?
info_outline Episode 117, "Therapeutic Financial Strain," 9/2/22 09/02/2022
Episode 117, "Therapeutic Financial Strain," 9/2/22 What with inflation taking a toll on all of us, and coming off of an insanely volatile week on Wall Street, many are being forced to cut financial corners in areas which can be of a major concern...therapy, being one of them. A recent article revealed that the average out of pocket cost for that is $178 per month. If you've had to make that painful move yourself, what are some potential/alternative options?
info_outline Episode 116, "Love Thyself," 8/26/22 08/25/2022
Episode 116, "Love Thyself," 8/26/22 How often in life do you put yourself "first"? So much else typically requires our attention -- family, career, "adulting." That having been said, does "taking care of you" tend to go by the wayside? And how much more difficult do all of those other obligations become when not making yourself a priority inevitably begins to take its toll?
info_outline Episode 115, "Work Life Balance," 8/19/22 08/19/2022
Episode 115, "Work Life Balance," 8/19/22 Ben DeCastro is in this week for the vacationing Courtney Kelley. For those who may not know, career-wise, Ben is a jack of many trades. His jobs are varied, and his hours are all over the map. And while that can at times be overwhelming and stressful for him, it can also be complicated for both his wife and daughter. For others who may hate their jobs, many spend an awful lot of time doing them to be that unhappy. What are some ways to navigate around it all, in the hopes of bringing your life balance?
info_outline Episode 114, "Staying in Your Lane," 8/12/22 08/12/2022
Episode 114, "Staying in Your Lane," 8/12/22 In a social media world where society at large constantly seems to be all up in everyone else's business, what about focusing more on yourself? How much drama is created through the practice of judging others? And given those tendencies, is it any wonder that intolerance is on the rise, while compassion and understanding are both clearly on the decline?
info_outline Episode #113, "Keep It Simple," 8/5/22 08/04/2022
Episode #113, "Keep It Simple," 8/5/22 As the old saying goes, "K.I.S.S.: keep it simple, stupid." When it comes to our increasingly busy and complicated lives, that can often appear to be easier said than done. So, what's the best way to address, and attack, this approach?
info_outline Episode 112, "The Fear Factor," 7/29/22 07/29/2022
Episode 112, "The Fear Factor," 7/29/22 According to a recent article, more than half of Americans feel as if they're in imminent danger at least once a day -- even in their own homes. What are some of the most common triggers, and how can one hope to "face those fears", head-on?
info_outline Episode 111, "Perception and Reality," 7/22/22 07/22/2022
Episode 111, "Perception and Reality," 7/22/22 Schizophrenia. Delusions. Psychosis. Dementia. Paranoia. Obsessions with conspiracy theories. Not only can the line between perception and reality become blurred for those who are enduring these experiences. The same can hold true for the people who love and care about them. Managing it on either end can be exhausting and complicated. It also presents its own set of challenges for a mental health therapist.
info_outline Episode 110, "Panic Attacks," 7/15/22 07/15/2022
Episode 110, "Panic Attacks," 7/15/22 It was a bit surprising to realize that it took 110 episodes for panic attacks to be covered. What are potential triggers? Once one begins, how should it be addressed? If a loved one is stricken, how can you help? Can they be hereditary? Is there a link between those, and night terrors? What role can therapy, and/or meds, play in treating these episodes?
info_outline Episode 108, "Forever Young," 7/1/22 07/01/2022
Episode 108, "Forever Young," 7/1/22 There's much more to age than the standard physical/chronological number. New studies show that "how young you feel" likely has a much higher impact on your overall mental health, as opposed to what your birth certificate says. As such, what steps can be taken to help you "feel younger," and be better?
info_outline Episode 107, "Collective Trauma," 6/24/22 06/24/2022
Episode 107, "Collective Trauma," 6/24/22 Divisive judicial rulings. Political turmoil. School shootings. Economic strife. Inflation. A pandemic. In some ways, we're all in this together. Yet in others, we're most definitely not. All of it can take an emotional toll. What are some of the best ways to handle it? Find some tips, here.
info_outline Episode 106, "Breaks, Pauses, and Endings," 6/17/22 06/17/2022
Episode 106, "Breaks, Pauses, and Endings," 6/17/22 For as much as there are no guarantees in life, the same holds true in therapy. At times, a satisfied patient may become blindsided to learn that their therapist of choice is moving onto another opportunity without them. This news can be devastating for anyone already dealing with mental health challenges, and just as difficult for the therapist involved, as well. How can both parties best navigate their way through this potentially untenable situation?
info_outline Episode 103, "Inexplicable Evil," 5/27/22 05/28/2022
Episode 103, "Inexplicable Evil," 5/27/22 How can a mental health discussion be had in regard to the senseless tragedy which occurred in Uvalde, Texas earlier this week, when it feels as if there are no words? Courtney and Brian give it their very best effort, here.
info_outline Episode 102, "The Enemy Within," 5/20/22 05/20/2022
Episode 102, "The Enemy Within," 5/20/22 How difficult is it to realize when it's you, who is in fact, being your own worst enemy? When can what appears to be perfectly reasonable (if not admirable) behavior serve as a detriment to your overall mental health? And once identified, what can be done to stop it?
info_outline Episode 101, "Web Misinformation," 5/13/22 05/14/2022
Episode 101, "Web Misinformation," 5/13/22 Where and how you get your mental health information is a consideration which should never be taken lightly...especially in the online universe. How do you know if a source is reputable? What is "clickbait," versus what isn't? How misleading do headlines tend to be, and how much independent research should you actually be doing without the assistance of a mental health professional? An update on the Naomi Judd situation also follows.
info_outline Episode 100, "Naomi Judd," 5/6/22 05/07/2022
Episode 100, "Naomi Judd," 5/6/22 For their milestone 100th podcast episode, Courtney and Brian discuss this week's heartbreaking passing of Naomi Judd. Many may ask how someone who seemingly had everything going for her could possibly be capable of taking her own life. Were there noticable signs leading up to said tragedy, and for what in those areas should we all be looking? Like many other illnesses, mental challenges can also go into remission, and just as easily (and devastatingly), make an unexpected return.
info_outline Episode 99, "Imposter Syndrome," 4/29/22 04/29/2022
Episode 99, "Imposter Syndrome," 4/29/22 While most of us attempt to present an outward appearance of confidence, competence and contentment in virtually all areas of our everyday lives, perhaps how we perceive ourselves internally doesn't necessarily match that narrative. Be it from a career perspective, or even in our interpersonal relationships, insecurity and self-doubt can take hold to an extent that may leave us feeling like frauds. How much of that uncertainty is too much, and what can be done to manage it?
info_outline Episode 98, "The Generational Divide," 4/22/22 04/22/2022
Episode 98, "The Generational Divide," 4/22/22 Ben DeCastro was in for Courtney, to discuss a controversial podcast featuring BIll Maher and Bella Thorne. Maher challenged Thorne in regard to her struggles with anxiety, by asking how people from her generation could possibly be anxious. The Boomer/Gen Z disconnect immediately became evident, and served as yet another example of how fractured and divided our society has become. How does our overall mental health suffer from that, and what preventitive steps can be taken to fix it?
info_outline Episode 97, "Financial Stress," 4/15/22 04/15/2022
Episode 97, "Financial Stress," 4/15/22 Tax Day. Gas prices. Cost of living. Inflation. Stock market swings. Financial stress is as prominent as it's been in decades. And for all too many of us, it takes an emotional toll. Marriages affected. Retirements delayed. Credit scores decimated. What can therapy do to help? "Invest" some time in this discussion for those answers (and more).
info_outline Episode 96, "Gut Decisions v. Overthinking," 4/8/22 04/08/2022
Episode 96, "Gut Decisions v. Overthinking," 4/8/22 "Go with your gut." "Sit with it for a little while." Which of the two is the more healthy approach? Or, perhaps is it neither? Go with your gut, and sit with this episode, for some much-needed clarity.
info_outline Episode 95, "Sensitivity Levels," 4-1-22 04/01/2022
Episode 95, "Sensitivity Levels," 4-1-22 What occurred at "The Academy Awards" served as a textbook example of sensitivities having been tested. A joke perceived to be insensitive struck emotional nerves, which subsequently resulted in ill-advised, and impulsive reactions. What roles did ego, "wokeness," technology, culture, socials, and hypocrisy all play in what eventually transpired? And how can such behavior be managed, and treated, through mental health therapy?
info_outline Episode 94, "Paying It Forward," 3/25/22 03/26/2022
Episode 94, "Paying It Forward," 3/25/22 Opening oneself up to therapy is an enormous first step. Benefiting from said commitment is another huge accomplishment. But taking what you've learned in the hopes of helping others just may be the most satisfying result of all.