Mental Illness Happy Hour

Mental Illness Happy Hour

United States

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".

Episodes

#314 - Working With Sexually Violent Predators: Renee G-M  

The 40 year-old public administrator talks about "losing her humanity" being assigned to work on a criminal defense unit on behalf of sexually violent predators and the anxiety, panic and breakdowns that followed.   She also talks about her chaotic and abusive upbringing which included her father molesting her brother, domestic violence and her coping by becoming a rescuer.

 

This episode is sponsored by the online therapy provider BetterHelp.com  To try out a week of counseling for free go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental, fill out the questionnaire and get matched with a counselor, to see if it's right for you.

This episode is sponsored by the one-stop wedding registry Zola.  Receive $50 when you register and use Zola.  Go to www.Zola.com/mental for details.

This episode is sponsored by MadisonReed.  For 10% off your first hair color kit (plus free shipping) go to www.Madison-Reed.com and use offer code HAPPY

Consider becoming a recurring monthly donor to the podcast (and receive free rewards from Paul) go to www.Patreon.com/mental

 

#313 Neal Brennan  

The writer and director of Inside Amy Schumer, co-creator of Chapelle's Show and standup comic (3 Mics coming soon on Netflix) talks about being one of ten kids raised by a violent alcoholic father and his struggles today with trusting his feelings and needs and dealing with his anger especially with partners.  He also talks about his relationship with Dave Chapelle and the conflicts and emotions he experienced when Dave decided to stop doing the show.

Neal's standup special 3 Mics debuts Jan 17th on Netflix
Follow Neal on Twitter @NealBrennan

This episode is sponsored by the online therapy service BetterHelp For a free week of counseling go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental and fill out a questionnaire.

This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter To post jobs for free go to www.ZipRecruiter.com/first 

This episode is sponsored by Madison-Reed For 10% off your first hair color kit (and free shipping) go to www.Madison-Reed.com and use offer code HAPPY

This episode is sponsored by BlueApron. To get your first 3 meals free (with free shipping) go to www.BlueApron.com/mental 

#312 Why Am I A Mess? My Parents Loved Me - Amanda Bloom  

The 30 year-old freelance journalist and Pilates teacher doesn't have anything dramatic to point to in her life, yet she has struggled to find her voice in life with bad relationships, eating disorders, depression, body dysmorphia, and intense fears of rejection and feeling excluded.  Paul and Amanda peel back the layers to try to find out what's underneath.

To learn more about Amanda, go to www.AmandaBloom.com 
Follow her on Twitter @AmandaJBloom

This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter.com Listeners can post jobs for free by going to www.ziprecruiter.com/first 

To become a monthly donor to the podcast (and get the occasional reward from Paul) go to www.Patreon.com/mentalpod 

To donate Frequent Flyer miles to the podcast go to http://mentalpod.com/donate

 

#311 Punk Rock, EMDR & Trauma w/Dr Stephen Dansiger  

At 16 he was playing drums at CBGB and Max's Kansas City as the punk scene exploded. After destroying his career (Pianosaurus, King Missile) he got sober. The PsyD & MFT explains his extensive work with treating trauma victims (especially those with addictions) by using EMDR. He talks about the difficulty people have in calling what happened to them "trauma" and why the label isn't important.  He shares his personal experiences and insights about bullying, Buddhism, self-sabotage, spirituality, depression and what being a "good person" means to him.

Dr. Dansiger can be found at www.drdansiger.com

aCheck out this new book Clinical Dharma

Follow him on Twitter @DrDansiger

This episode is sponsored by the magazine app Texture. For a 14 day free trail go to www.texture.com/mental

This episode is sponsored by TalkSpace. For $30 off your first month of online therapy go to www.TalkSpace.com/mihh and use offer code MIHH

For info on how to donate frequent flyer miles to the podcast go to http://mentalpod.com/archives/4307 

To support the podcast as a monthly donor (and get rewards from Paul) go to www.patreon.com/mental 

 

#310 Glamorously Dying: Nikki DuBose  

The 31 year-old ex-model (Vogue, Vanity Fair) discusses surviving incest by her mother (who was also an alcoholic with BiPolar and DID aka Multiple Personality Disorder) and a lifetime of battling eating disorders (binging, bulimia, anorexia), psychosis, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, depression, anxiety, alcoholism and drug and sex addiction. She reflects on the physical and emotional bottom that finally made her walk away from modeling and seek help, ironically as her emaciated body was more desirable than ever in the industry.

Follow Nikki on Twitter @TheNikkiDubose

Buy her new book Washed Away: From Darkness to Light

Buy it also on Kindle Washed Away: From Darkness to Light - Kindle Version

 

#309 Mini Ep - Producers of HBO's Every Brilliant Thing  

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato have produced and/or directed some of Paul's favorite documentaries, including Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures, 101 Rent Boys and Monica in Black & White. They sit down with Paul to talk about their newest film, Every Brilliant Thing which debuts on HBO Dec 26th and tackles the subject of finding joy in life's little things when we're surrounded by darkness.  Paul also talks to them about their days as struggling artists in the East Village during the beginning of the AIDS crisis and what draws them to subjects who have been vilified or marginalized by society.   Fenton and Randy also produce Ru Paul's Drag Race and talk about why they love drag queens.

Follow Randy on Twitter @RandyBarbato

Follow Fenton on Twitter @FBailey

For info on Every Brilliant Thing click here.

 

 

#308 A Letter To My 16 Year-Old Suicidal Self - Katie Hirshberg  

The 19 year-old college sophomore opens with a letter she wrote to her 16 year-old self who was so tired of the years of depression, anxiety self-hate, bullying, co-dependence, perfectionism, Crohn's Disease and feeling like a burden that she was on the verge of taking her life.  Her dad, Alan sits in on the session to occasionally share his perspective on her struggles, their family dynamics and what he might have done differently.

 

This episode is sponsored by American Public Media's podcast The Hilarious World of Depression with host John Moe

 

This episode is sponsored by TalkSpace online therapy.  To sign up or to learn more, go to www.Talkspace.com/mihh  and, as a special offer for our listeners, you can use coupon code MIHH to get $30 off your first month.

 

Follow Katie on Twitter at @Rosearium

 

The podcast is now accepting monthly donations via Patreon.  Go to www.patreon.com/mentalpod  

 

#307 Basketball Player Royce White live at ITTFest  

The 25 year-old professional basketball player opens up to a live audience about mental health issues not only in his life (OCD, panic attacks and anxiety) but societally, especially in the NBA where he played, and in the relationships between POC and police officers. Royce shares about being raised by a single mom in a culturally diverse extended family.

 

Check out Royce's mental health foundation www.anxiousminds.org

Follow him on Twitter @Highway_30

This episode is sponsored by http://www.treatmentplacementspecialists.com/

This episode is sponsored by TalkSpace.  For $30 off your first month of online therapy go to www.talkspace.com/mihh and use offer code MIHH

This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter.  To post jobs for free go to www.ZipRecruiter.com/first

This episode is sponsored by the magazine app Texture.  For a FREE 14 day trial go to www.texture.com/mental

This episode is sponsored by Spring of Life's Daily Energy.  Save 30% when you purchase online at www.getdailyenergy.com/mental

The podcast still needs monthly donors.  We now accept via Patreon and donors qualify for rewards from Paul.  Go to www.patreon.com/mentalpod

 

#306 Sexual Fluidity, Energy Healing, & Hypnosis - April Adams  

Author/life-coach April Adams clarifies what an "energy healer" actually does despite it sounding like new-age b.s.  She talks about techniques she has used to deal with her childhood trauma and heal others.  She opens up about her experiences with swinging, sexual fluidity, embracing her attraction to women fairly late in life and possible love addiction/fear of intimacy in her same-sex marriage.

April's book is Essence: Ending Emptiness, Finding Fulfillment

Her websites are www.AprilAdams.org and www.FillingYourCup.com 

This episode is sponsored by TommyJohn.  For 20% off your first order go to www.TommyJohn.com and use offer code MENTAL

This episode is sponsored by TalkSpace.  For $30 off your first month of online therapy go to www.TalkSpace.com/mihh and use offer code MIHH

 

To support the podcast (and get rewards from Paul) become a monthly donor via Patreon www.patreon.com/mentalpod 

 

#305 Daddy Issues - Luisa Omielan  

The 34 year-old British writer/comedian/performer shares about the pain of her parents' nasty divorce when she was a kid, especially her father using her as a pawn and poisoning her mind about her mother. She also shares about her depression and only being turned on by men who treat her badly or are in some way unavailable. She talks about her struggle to not equate her self-worth with her career ups and downs and overcome her fear of not being enough.

This episode is sponsored by MVMT watches. Get 15% off today with FREE shipping and FREE returns by going to www.mvmtwatches.com/mental 

This episode is sponsored by the magazine app Texture. For a 14 day FREE trial go to www.texture.com/mental 

To become a monthly donor to the podcast (and get rewards by Paul) sign up at www.patreon.com/mentalpod 

Follow Luisa on Twitter at www.twitter.com/luisaomielan 

Check out her website www.ILoveLuisa.com 

#304 My Suicide Attempt Wakeup Call - Paul Goebel  

The actor/comedian (@Midnight) opens up about his recent suicide attempt, psych ward stay  and how it is motivating him to seek help and try to be a better husband, father and friend.  He shares about trying to break the cycle of bad parenting and untreated addiction/mental illness in his family and learn how to identify and express his emotions instead of coping with his anxiety and depression by getting high.  He also expresses his regret in being a bad parent to his 2 daughters, a bad husband to his first wife and his treatment and attitude towards women.

 

This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp.com  To try a week of online counseling for free, go to www.betterhelp.com/mental 

This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter.  To post jobs for free go to www.ZipRecruiter.com/first

This episode is sponsored by MadisonReed.  For 10% off your first color kit and free shipping go to www.Madison-Reed.com and use offer code HAPPY

 

To support the podcast's new donation option Patreon (with level-based rewards for donors!) go to www.patreon.com/mentalpod 

To check out more about Paul Goebel:

his twitter is https://twitter.com/PaulGoebelShow

his website http://thekingoftv.com/

a roast that they threw for him on the blog section of his website 

https://youtu.be/wzmZbA3fKeE

 

And be on the lookout for his new podcast Paul Goebel & Friends

#303 Feeling Invisible & BPD - Celia Finkelstein  

The actor/improvisor (Horrible Bosses, American Horror Story) shares about learning to manager her Borderline Personality Disorder, and fears of abandonment or not being enough. She also shares about her weight struggles , depression, suicidal ideation, and being in a psych ward but hiding it from her mom. Post-interview Paul reads surveys and shares his thoughts on the intersection of our new political reality and mental health, especially for survivors of sexual trauma.

This episode is sponsored by Madison Reed. For 10% off your first hair color kit (and free shipping) go to www.Madison-Reed.com and use offer code HAPPY.

For tix or info on this weekend's In This Together mental health festival in Hollywood (Sun 4pm) where Paul will be recording former NBA player Royce White, go to www.ittfest.com 

Follow Celia on Twitter @CeliaFink 

Check out Celia's Facebook page 

#302 Behind The Good Girl Mask  

Only hugged once in her life by her mother, 25 year-old Yohana is the daughter of conservative East African war refugees from Ethiopia & Eritrea.  All her life she has buried her rage by wearing the "good girl" mask to try to placate her narcissistic mother and having to be someone else to survive as a kid growing up in Oakland where there were some fixed ideas of what makes someone an "authentic African-American".  She shares about living with a learning disability, having physically disabled siblings(and a mother who is ashamed of them) and a passive father. She talks about her battles with body shame, emotional eating, anxiety and depression.

This episode is sponsored by MadisonReed.  For 10% off your first hair color kit (and free shipping) go to www.Madison-Reed.com and use offer code HAPPY

Follow Yohana on Twitter @Yohnkid

For info and tickets to the upcoming live MIHH event at the In This Together Festival in Los Angeles go to www.ITTFest.com  It's Sunday Nov 13th and starts at 4pm.  Paul will be interviewing former NBA player and mental health advocate Royce White.

 

#301 Sex and Politics - Jamie Varon  

The 31 year-old writer discusses feminism, sexual violence and misogyny in the context of partisan politics, and her personal life. She shares about the complexities of marrying a Muslim, growing up being told "you're too sensitive", avoiding her emotions by achieving, hating her body, fighting the drill sergeant in her head and learning the power of being vulnerable and letting go of shame.

 

Jamie's links

Facebook: facebook.com/jamievaron

Twitter: twitter.com/jamievaron

Instagram: instagram.com/jamievaron

All my published writing: jamievaron.com/writing

Writing workshops: http://workshops.jamievaron.com

 

This episode is sponsored by Madison Reed.  For 10% off your first color kit (and free shipping go to www.Madison-Reed.com and use the offer code HAPPY

This episode is sponsored by Young Health's Probimune.  To get your first bottle free (plus $6.75 shipping) go to www.probimune.com and use offer code MENTAL

This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter.  Listeners can post jobs free by going to www.ZipRecruiter.com/first

 

For information about the In This Together Festival in LA on Nov 13th, go to www.ITTFest.com  Paul will be interviewing former NBA player Royce White.

 

Books mentioned by Jamie are: A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson,  Ask and It is Given by Esther Hicks, and When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron.

 

 

#300 Jeff Rosenthal  

Jeff is Paul's friend of 28 years and the son of former guest and Holocaust survivor Kristine Keese. He shares about her recent passing, their deep but complicated relationship, how he made peace with her being "a shitty mother but a great friend" and the book she wrote Shadows of Survival: A Child's Memoir of the Warsaw Ghetto. 

Buy Kristine's book here.

Follow Jeff on Twitter @Jeff_Rosie

Visit Jeff's Facebook page

 

This episode is sponsored by Meundies.  For 20% off your first order go to www.meundies.com/mental

 

This episode is sponsored by Young Health's Probimune.  For a free bottle go to www.probimune.com and use offer code MENTAL when you sign up for automated delivery.

 

This episode is sponsored by MVMT watches.  For 15% off today with free shipping and free returns  go to www.mvmtwatches.com/mental

 

For tix or info on the In This Together Festival Nov 13th in Los Angeles at the Avalon go to www.ITTFest.com

 

 

 

#299 College Freshman Meltdown: Jen Curran's story  

The writer/improviser shares about the mental/emotional breakdown her freshman year of college at NYU that left her living in her car and squatting in empty buildings in New York City.  She looks back on her childhood and the familial love that was so often conditional, based on her weight and appearance.  She opens up about the body shaming women in her family unconsciously modeled for her, her relationship with food, difficulty setting boundaries with toxic people and finding out what she really wants instead of living to meet other people's expectations of her.

This episode is sponsored by Young Health's Probimune.  For your first bottle free (plus $6.75 shipping) go to www.probimune.com and use offer code MENTAL

This episode is sponsored by Casper mattresses.  Go to www.casper.com/mental

This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter.com  Listeners can post jobs for free by going to www.ziprecruiter.com/first

 

 

#298 Lora B  

The 33 year-old listener was the woman who comforted Murray Valeriano during our live episode last week.  From a blended family with every kind of abuse imaginable, including her church elder step-grandfather who molested her, her descent into meth and drinking, finding sobriety, and getting therapy for her traumas.

This episode is sponsored by Casper Mattresses.  Visit www.casper.com/mental

This episode is sponsored by Criquet Shirts.  For 20% off your first purchase visit www.criquetshirts.com/mental and use offer code MENTAL

This episode is sponsored by New Health's Probimune.  By signing up for automated delivery you'll get your first bottle free (plus $6.75 shipping and handling) Go to www.probimune.com and use offer code MENTAL at checkout.

Click for free tickets to the UC Berkley panel Paul is participating in on OCT 17th.

 

#297 Murray Valeriano Live at LAPodfest  

The comedian/writer/podcaster had never talked much about losing his virginity at 15 to a 32 year-old tutor.  Tonight that changed and so did his view of the event and aftermath.  He also opens up about being a preacher's kid (who wasn't even allowed to see Footloose), being a father and the role "forbidden" music played in helping him cope as young man.

 

If you would like to watch video of this episode, it will be archived at www.lapodfest.com (with all the other shows at the festival) until Oct 25th.  For $5 off use offer code HAPPY

 

Listen to Murray's podcast Road Stories www.roadstories.tv (or Itunes) 

Follow Murray on Twitter www.twitter.com/murrayv 

Check out his tour dates and his album Rusty Cow at Murray's website www.murrayvaleriano.com 

His Facebook page is www.facebook.com/murrayvalerianocomedy 

 

For info on the Out of The Darkness Walk go to www.chicagowalk.org

 

This episode is sponsored by Young Health's Probimune.  For your first bottle free (plus $6.75 shipping) go to www.probimune.com and use offer code MENTAL

#296 Glynn Washington  

The producer/host of WNYC's Snap Judgment shares about being raised in a fundamentalist Christian cult, strategies he's used to survive racism, what he learned by visiting Japan as a college student, his struggles with bipolar and his family's history of mental illness especially his late brother.

This episode is sponsored by Young Health's Probimune.  For your first bottle free (plus $6.75 shipping) go to www.Probimune.com and use offer code MENTAL.

For more information on LAPodfest go to www.LAPodfest.com and use offer code HAPPY for $5 off.   The festival is Sept 23-25 in LA.  Our podcast records Sun Sept 25th at 9pm.  It can be watched in person, live streaming or up to 30 days archived.

For more information on the In This Together Festival, where Paul will be interviewing NBA player Royce White, go to www.ITTFest.com  The festival is Nov 13th in LA.

#295 Mara Wilson  

You probably know her as the little girl from Matilda or Mrs. Doubtfire but you probably don't know that's around the time she lost her mom, developed OCD, anxiety, depression and panic attacks and that today she is an advocate for mental health.  She is also a playwright, author (Where Am I Now?) and still occasionally acts.

This episode is sponsored by Probimune.  For your first bottle free and just $6.75 Shipping/handling go to www.Probimune.com and use offer code MENTAL

Buy Mara's new book Where Am I Now?

Follow Mara on Twiiter @MaraWilson

Visit her webpage and blog at www.MaraWilsonWritesStuff.com

For tickets or info about LAPodfest (Sept 23-25) visit www.LAPodfest.com  The podcast will be doing a live recording Sunday night Sept 25.

 

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