Mental Illness Happy Hour
The 40 year-old shares about her traumatic upbringing (incest, religious extremism, abandonment) and the ways her body and mind learned to cope; hallucinating, going numb and following strangers and elaborately envisioning how to kill them and get...
#209 Stirling Gardner
The writer/performer opens up about his love and sex addiction, fear of intimacy and the seemingly bottomless depression that appeared after he stopped engaging in his addictions.
#208 Renee M.
The Hispanic, 31 year-old PhD shares about the downside of raising herself up by her bootstraps; growing up knowing she couldn't depend on her passive mother or gambler father, and now finding her emotional development lacking, especially in areas of...
#207 Lisa Sundstedt
The writer (Chelsea Lately) and performer (Pretty Funny Women) shares her family history of mental illness including her battles with Bipolar disorder especially manic episodes and the shame, regret and confusion that often followed.
#206 Listener Confessions 2
Listeners share their deepest darkest struggles and darkly hilarious "awfulsome" moments via email and surveys. Also a contemplation on the life and death of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn.
#205 Ian Gutoskie
The 37 year-old Canadian comic discusses his two psychiatric hospitalizations, his Bipolar II (with rapid cycling), how sports helped him channel his anger about his abusive dad and what he does to stay in balance today.
#204 Lauren Ashley Bishop
The 37 year-old comedian shares about the three traumas that led her to finally seek somatic therapy for her disassociating subtype of PTSD, how she's healing and the tools she uses to cope today.
#203 Oliver Sykes
Paul's 41 year-old friend talks (and laughs) about his arrested emotional development and struggle to be an adult after a childhood where he often had to parent his parents because of their addictions, mental illnesses (including hospitalizations and...
Gillian Callahan Chachere
The therapist intern opens up about the rarely-discussed trauma of miscarriage, the lack of traditional grief support in our culture, and the surprising results she got from seeking an alternative healing therapy (a full spectrum doula) after her...
#201 Bulimia & Anorexia w/Noemi
The 24 year-old first generation Mexican-American is currently unable to stop her anorexia, bulimia or blackout drinking. She shares what her struggle is like and about the abusive ex-boyfriend whose chaos and trauma-bonding helped distract her from...
#200 Former NHL Goalie Clint Malarchuk
The former NHL goalie opens up about his difficult childhood and the OCD that helped him professionally but ultimately almost ended his life. He shares about his anxiety, depression, alcoholism, suicide attempt and the PTSD from a skate to the neck...
#199 Joni G.
"No man ever pleased me like cocaine did." The 60 year-old shares about the drug that helped her with her ADD, feel skinnier, prettier and more powerful especially when she began dealing it by the kilo. She also opens up about her stint in prison and...
#198 Samantha C.
Born with achondroplasia dwarfism to emotionally unavailable Taiwanese immigrant parents, Sam shares about being a "litte person" and the ways support groups have helped her navigate dealing with love addiction, sex addiction and co-dependency.
#197 Chris Gethard
The actor/writer opens up about his blue collar New Jersey upbringing, and his battles with anger, sadness, self-sabotage, paranoia, addiction, depression and the unorthodox nurse practitioner who has helped him.
#196 Laurenne Sala
What happens when the Homecoming Queen takes off her popularity mask and deals with the pain of her co-dependent mom and the suicide of her gay father? One of the most compassionate and truth-seeking guests we've ever had.
#195 Todd Glass
The comedian and author shares about growing up with Dyslexia, OCD, being held back in grade school, his coming out of the closet in his 40s and the politics of language especially in regards to sexism.
#194 Dr. Peace Amadi
The clinical psychologist shares her insight and experience in working with The Ruby Project, helping girls who have been sexually abused and/or involved in sex trafficking heal though group workshops and artistic expression.
#193 Laura House (Live @ LAPodfest)
The meditation teacher, standup comedian and writer (Samantha Who?) talks about her struggles with alcohol, food, weight, low self-esteem, relationships and what she gets from support groups and meditation. Recorded live @ LApodfest.
Episode 192: Cheryl Klein
The breast cancer survivor opens up about her lifelong hypochondria, OCD and anxiety. She talks about the emotional toll of infertility, having a miscarriage and the ensuing depression as well as her double mastectomy, having had a hysterectomy...
Episode 191: Matt Oswalt
The 43 year-old comedy writer opens up about his idyllic childhood, and a couple of traumatic events he believes contribute to his isolating and fighting the demons of depression while being single, unemployed and living alone.
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