Inside Mental Health: A Psych Central Podcast
An award-winning show that approaches psychology and mental health in an accessible fashion. Listen as our host, Gabe Howard, speaks candidly with experts to break down complex topics in simple and understandable ways.
info_outline Bringing Out Your Inner Child 03/25/2021
Bringing Out Your Inner Child Many people have heard the phrase “inner child,” but what does that really mean? Today’s guest explains how she has reinterpreted the inner child archetype for the modern reader — delving into how metaphors of the sun child, shadow child, and inner adult will help you improve your life and relationships.
info_outline One Decision to a Better Life with Coach Mike Bayer 03/18/2021
One Decision to a Better Life with Coach Mike Bayer In today’s episode, life coach Mike Bayer from the Dr. Phil show shares his philosophy on how to live authentically. Can one decision really be the key to a better life? What does living authentically even mean? Coach Mike shares exercises from his new book that he’s used with Dr. Phil, J.Lo, and other celebs.
info_outline Adoption and Mental Health Issues 03/11/2021
Adoption and Mental Health Issues When it comes to adoption, our understanding of the mental health needs of those involved seems to take a backseat. Concepts such as abandonment and trust issues, as well as acknowledging trauma, often remain unaddressed.
info_outline Trauma's Impact on Police Officers 03/04/2021
Trauma's Impact on Police Officers Police officers are much more likely to die by suicide than they are to be killed in the line of duty. While society works hard to prevent law enforcement fatalities, mental health and suicide often remain overlooked. Constable James Jefferson, a 13-year law enforcement veteran, shares his story of being involved in a fatal shooting and how that experience led him to have untreated PTSD for years. Learn how he believes law enforcement could better protect him and his fellow officers.
info_outline What is ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)? 02/25/2021
What is ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)? What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)? Is it just for select issues or can everyone benefit from ACT? Is there any evidence to support that ACT works at all? Learn about this form in of therapy in this episode.
info_outline What Are Boundaries and Why Do They Matter? 02/18/2021
What Are Boundaries and Why Do They Matter? Most people think they have good boundaries. But when pressed, they can’t often explain what their boundaries are, let alone maintain positive ones. Today's guest explains the importance of setting boundaries to show the world how we expect to be treated, and how to communicate these boundaries without offending our loved ones.
info_outline Is Grieving a Lifelong Process? 02/11/2021
Is Grieving a Lifelong Process? When Hope Edelman was 17, her mother died. Like many families in the 1980s, Hope’s family grieved her mother's death in silence. This climate of silence around death made her feel shame around the topic and disconnected from her mother. In this episode, Hope answers the question “Is grieving a lifelong process?” and helps us understand the importance of openly discussing death.
info_outline Understanding Self-Injury 02/04/2021
Understanding Self-Injury Finding out that someone you know is self-harming can be confusing and unsettling. In today’s episode, Dr. Mark Mayfield, a board certified counselor and founder of Mayfield Counseling Centers tells us more about this behavior and what causes people to self-injure. How common is it? What type of person self-injures? Most importantly, is this something people can overcome, and how?
info_outline Recognizing Suicidal Behavior 01/28/2021
Recognizing Suicidal Behavior Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US and over 3x more people will die by suicide than will be murdered every year. What types of people die by suicide? Is it only people with mental illness who consider this tragic step? And most importantly, if someone is suicidal, what can you do -- is suicide preventable?
info_outline Stigma of Borderline Personality Disorder 01/21/2021
Stigma of Borderline Personality Disorder The stigma associated with borderline personality disorder (BPD) is well documented and undeserved. In this week’s episode, Dr. James Seymour explains this complicated condition, discusses the “borderline” label, and explores the role past traumas may have in the development of BPD. Psychiatrist Dr. Seymour is the director of the Sierra Tucson’s Chrysalis Program.
info_outline Bonus Content: Schizoaffective Disorder vs Schizophrenia 01/20/2021
Bonus Content: Schizoaffective Disorder vs Schizophrenia While schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia both share the prefix “schizo,” they remain two separate diagnoses.
info_outline Inside Borderline Personality Disorder 01/14/2021
Inside Borderline Personality Disorder Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a common and misunderstood psychiatric disorder. In this episode, Dr. Joseph W. Shannon describes the hallmarks of BPD, and shares best practices for treatment. Dr. Shannon is an expert on personality disorders, and works to train fellow clinicians on diagnosing and treating BPD, and advocates a different approach to achieve better treatment results.
info_outline What is TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation)? 12/31/2020
What is TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation)? Are you curious about TMS therapy? What is it, exactly? In today’s show, two psychiatrists explain how Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation works and how it can help many patients with depression, OCD or smoking addiction.
info_outline Beating Addiction (From An Ex-Addict) 12/24/2020
Beating Addiction (From An Ex-Addict) Is there hope after a heavy drug addiction? What if you quit but then relapse? Can you quit again? Absolutely. In today’s show, our guest Daniel McGhee shares his long, but ultimately victorious, journey through alcohol and heroin addiction, incarceration, treatment centers and relapses. Now he is giving back to the community that he feels he took so much from.
info_outline Inside Bipolar Disorder 12/17/2020
Inside Bipolar Disorder Let’s discuss bipolar disorder. How have treatments evolved over the last two decades? In today’s podcast, we welcome Dr. Francis Mark Mondimore, a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins and the author of Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for You and Your Loved Ones, which is now in its fourth edition. For more information and a complete transcript, visit https://psychcentral.com/blog/podcast-inside-bipolar-disorder
info_outline Loneliness and Litigation: A Lawyer's Case Study 12/10/2020
Loneliness and Litigation: A Lawyer's Case Study Chronic loneliness is on the rise. But how can this be when we’re more connected now than ever? In today’s show, Dr. J.W. Freiberg, a social psychologist-turned-lawyer, explains that loneliness is not an emotion like happiness or anger. It’s a sensation like hunger or thirst. For more information and a complete transcript, visit https://psychcentral.com/blog/podcast-loneliness-and-litigation-a-lawyers-case-study
info_outline Bonus Content: Evolution of Schizophrenia Treatment 12/09/2020
Bonus Content: Evolution of Schizophrenia Treatment Schizophrenia has been around since the dawn of time but actually treating it has only been around the past 100 years. In this episode host and schizophrenic Rachel Star Withers takes you through the dark and disturbing evolution of schizophrenia treatments. From systematic euthanasia to hydrotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy to the infamous lobotomy.
info_outline Reframing Past Traumas 11/26/2020
Reframing Past Traumas What is your life story? Do you feel like a victim of your circumstances? And if so, how does this affect your future? In today’s show, our guest James Sweigert, who struggled out of a traumatic childhood, shares how the power of his thoughts and the spoken word changed his life. For more information and a complete transcript, visit https://psychcentral.com/blog/podcast-reframing-past-traumas
info_outline Is Telehealth Effective? 11/19/2020
Is Telehealth Effective? In today’s COVID world, many mental health patients are finding themselves “forced” into seeing their doctors online, rather than in person. But how effective is telehealth? What are the benefits and disadvantages? Today’s guest, psychiatrist Dr. Frank Chen, thoroughly explains the whole new world of telemedicine and why it doesn’t have to be scary. For more information and a complete transcript, visit https://psychcentral.com/blog/podcast-is-telehealth-effective
info_outline Can Swearing Improve Mental Health? 11/12/2020
Can Swearing Improve Mental Health? Ouch! You stub your toe or burn your finger and a curse word comes flying out. It’s automatic -- and it probably makes you feel a little better. But have you ever considered specifically using curse words as a way to improve your mental health? That’s the idea behind our guest’s new book “Move On MF'er.” For more information and a complete transcript, visit https://psychcentral.com/blog/podcast-can-swearing-improve-mental-health
info_outline Understanding Emotional Abuse 11/05/2020
Understanding Emotional Abuse What are the signs of emotional abuse? Can you be a victim or a perpetrator and not even know it? In today’s podcast, we welcome psychotherapist Beverly Engel who explains how emotional abuse can sometimes slide under the radar and may even be mistaken as care. In truth, it’s all about control. For more information and a complete transcript, visit https://psychcentral.com/blog/podcast-understanding-emotional-abuse
info_outline Therapist or Patient: Who's in Charge? 10/29/2020
Therapist or Patient: Who's in Charge? Let’s talk about psychotherapy. Why hasn’t it changed much in the last century? And if a patient isn’t getting well, is it the fault of the patient, the therapist, or the therapy itself? In today’s podcast, Gabe and psychologist Barry L. Duncan discuss the idea of holding therapists more accountable when the patient isn’t getting better. For more information and a complete transcript, visit https://psychcentral.com/blog/podcast-therapist-or-patient-whos-in-charge
info_outline How to Mentally Prepare for Anything 10/22/2020
How to Mentally Prepare for Anything What’s the worst that could happen? And who will you still be regardless of the outcome? In today’s podcast, Gabe talks with author Shira Gura about her newest method CLEAR, a tool we can all use to prepare for an upcoming event or situation that is causing anxiety. For more information and a complete transcript, visit https://psychcentral.com/blog/podcast-how-to-mentally-prepare-for-anything
info_outline Relationships and Rose-Colored Glasses 10/15/2020
Relationships and Rose-Colored Glasses Do your feelings about a romantic relationship or your partner change significantly when it’s over? In today’s show, Gabe talks with researcher Aidan Smyth who conducted a study probing people’s feelings about their relationships -- both during the relationship and after it was over. For more information and a complete transcript, visit https://psychcentral.com/blog/podcast-relationships-and-rose-colored-glasses
info_outline Large Family Beset by Schizophrenia 10/08/2020
Large Family Beset by Schizophrenia In today’s show, Gabe talks with Robert Kolker, author of the New York Times bestselling -- and Oprah's book club pick -- book Hidden Valley Road. This non-fiction biography is the true story of a mid-century American family besieged by schizophrenia. Of their 12 children, 6 struggled with the severe mental disorder.