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A podcast about depression by Kristen Carney and Stevie Ryan

A podcast about depression by Kristen Carney and Stevie Ryan
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A podcast about depression by Kristen Carney and Stevie Ryan




#80 SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT and Suicide Prevention with Dennis Gillan

In this episode, Kristen announces the show's name and format change to come in 2019. She also talks to suicide prevention and mental health advocate Dennis Gillan who lost BOTH of his brothers to suicide. He talks to Kristen about his experience, how he's healed, signs to look for and when to intervene. They also talk about being a misfit, Cheetos and people who comment on YouTube. Happy New Year! See you back here for Kristen and Ch(ill) in a couple of weeks. Check out Dennis at...


#79 Therapist Kati Morton Answers Your (and my) Questions

Therapist and Youtube personality, Kati Morton answers listeners questions that range from everything to handling grief to toxic relationships. She also talks about how to find help for your mental health and her book titled, "Are u ok?" They also talk about changing your language to make life not feel like such a chore. For "Schizo-filmia" this week, Kristen talks about the awersome documentary and movie, "Grey Gardens"and why it's scarily close to her life at the moment. APOLOGIES for the...


#78 Chronic Nightmares and Always Losing

Kristen is on her own in today’s episode talking about the narrative she’s adopted of “always losing” and why it’s wrong and how she can change it. She talks about momentum, how to create it and/or change it. She also talks about having chronic nightmares and how mental illness and depression can effect your dreams. She also talks about Pete Davidson and the internet telling him to "kill himself," a really evil man and a couple things she would tell her therapist.


#77 Having Friends with Depression

Resident consultant Jen, a school psychologist and one of Kristen’s oldest friends is on the show this week talking about what it’s like to have a friend who is struggling with depression. She talks about the techniques she has used to try to help Kristen out of it as much as she can as well as how to keep them in your life when they try to isolate themselves. They also talk about what they’re grateful for, Juliette Lewis and Jen shows off how deep she is in another round of Freudian Slips....


#76 The Voices in His Head

In this episode, Kristen talks to Wesley about the voices he’s been hearing in his head for over a year and half. After taking medication for schizophrenia, he found no relief. However, he believes there is a team of people communicating with him directly, three to be exact. He talks about how he’s dealing with it, how he got here and how he’s holding onto hope for the future. They also talk about American cheese, cars with spoilers and they end the show with Ef Dat Shit. Thank you for...


#75 Accepting Yo'self

Regular guest Kyle is back with Kristen to talk about self-acceptance or lack thereof and how it effects your mental health. And, Kristen talks about how she found it after seeing a picture of herself as a kid that she didn't hate. They also talk about empathy, the Mel Brooks film "High Anxiety" and what made them feel good this week. Follow Kyle on twitter @filthykyle and Kristen @KristenCarney. Thanks for listening!


#74 Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse

Kristen’s cousin Kristy is on this week’s episode talking about living through two abusive relationships as well as two assaults she endured as a teenager. She talks about how despite the trauma she suffered, she’s found a way to be grateful for the terrorizing experiences. They also talk about how trauma ages your DNA, Kristen’s dream about Harvey Weinstein and when you accidentally spit on someone. Thank you for listening! If you’d like to support the show, please go to...


#73 Stress, Conversion Disorder and Stoicism

Kristen’s friend Dan is on this week’s episode talking about how the stress and emotions of being stuck in a legal battle led him to developing physical symptoms like loss of muscle control and vision changes and how he overcame them. He also talks about the 30 Day Stoic Challenge and what he’s getting out of it. They also discuss Jane Fonda’s mother’s suicide, ice soup and the worst alarm clock hypotheticals. Thank you for listening! If you’d like to support the show, please go to...


#72 Brain Technology and Rebuilding Your Life

Host of The Jordan Harbinger Show, Jordan Harbinger is here to discuss rebuilding your life, brain technology and the book Super Better. He also shares with Kristen how he has a new found respect for people who suffer with anxiety and how the gym helps keep him in a good frame of mind. Also discussed; headstands and not dressing like a bum. Check out Jordan on Twitter @JordanHarbinger


#71 How to Talk to Your Parents about Depression

Mentally Ch(ill) regular Kyle (@filthykyle) is back to discuss why he doesn’t talk to his parents about his problems and why he’s okay with it. Kristen tells a personal story about trying to talk to her mother about her depression and why it went awry. She also shares some tips on how to talk to your parents if you decide to share with them. They also discuss a suicide surrounding Stephen King, spitballs and a book about psychedelics for the treatment of depression and other problems called,...


#70 Fear and Panic with Peter Mehlman

Seinfeld writer and producer, Peter Mehlman joins Kristen to talk about the panic disorder he developed as an adult and his intense fear of driving on the freeway. He also talks about his experience on Paxil and untoasted bagels. Before they chat, Kristen talks about Logotherapy developed by Dr. Viktor E. Frankl and two mental health patients killed during Hurricane Florence. She also talks about the Mentally Ch(ill) MERCH that is now available at...


#69 A Manic Mom and Music with David Wild

Music critic and Rolling Stone contributing editor, David Wild is on this week’s show talking about what is was like growing up with a mother with manic depression. He talks about how it effected him differently than his siblings and how he used music as an escape. They also talk about shame (the “Me Too” movement), L-Carnitine deficiency and Kristen opens the show with something about Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. *PLEASE NOTE* There is a spoiler about the movie Three Identical...


#68 Getting Sober and Drug Rehabilitation

Kristen's friend Colin Robinson was on Episode #59 talking about his addiction to drugs. He's back this week to talk about how he got sober and what being in a sober living house was like. They also talk about the mental state of his housemates and how he struggles today with sadness. They also talk about traveling the world and why it took Kristen SO LONG to let herself jump into a swimming pool. You can find Colin on Instagram @TheRealColinRobinson and Kristen @KrisCarn. You can also find...


#67 Hiding Out, Drinking and Capturing Depression on Camera

Beauty photographer Hannah Kymych joins Kristen to talk about hiding out in her apartment for a month, her abusive relationship, competing in a cut-throat industry and drinking a lot. She also talks about depression documentaries and whether she thinks Instagram models are sad or not. Follow Hannah on Instagram at @hannahkymych and support the show at


#66 Sports as Therapy and Dating with Depression with Paul Shirley

Ex-NBA basketball player, Paul Shirley joins Kristen to talk about how he used sports and basketball as therapy as a child and how it still helps him as an adult. He also talks about the OCD he had to have in order to make it to the professional level, having a father as his biggest critic and how he goes to therapy once a month. They also talk about dating with depression and do a few segments including "Who's Sadder" and "Schizofilmia" where Kristen talks about a movie NOT to watch but a...


#65 Darkness And Weight Gain

In this episode, Kristen talks to comedy writer and performer, Lauren Reeves about what it was like growing up in Alaska with little sun light and harsh conditions. They also talk about their relationships with their therapists, why Lauren fell into a spiral of drinking and weight gain and how she dug herself out of that hole. They also talk about SO SAD (summer-onset seasonal affective disorder) and they compete in a “Sad Off.” Follow Lauren on Twitter @LaurenReeves and Kristen...


#64 Anxiety Attacks vs Panic Attacks

In this episode, Kristen talks to herself (and to you) about the severe anxiety attacks she’s been experiencing lately and where they came from. How to stop them? She has no idea. But, she also talks about DNA tests and how they can help narrow down what anti depressants might work best for you and how it can reveal if you’re predisposed to depression. She also talks about what happened to her on Stevie’s birthday this year and what her anti depressant of the week is. Follow her on Instagram...


#63 Fred Stoller & What's Right for YOU

In this week's episode, comedian and actor, Fred Stoller joins Kristen to talk about growing up when there weren't terms like "social anxiety" and having no concept that what he was was actually depressed. He also talk about not being accepted by his mother, not fitting in and being OK doing things that make you feel good, even if they're not socially accepted as things you should enjoy. They also talk about whining, their anti-depressants of the week and they do a brand new segment. Follow...


#62 Awards Won't Make You Happy

Emmy Award winning writer and stand-up comedian Kevin Avery joins Kristen to talk about feeling like you're never where you want to be in life and overworking yourself to compensate. They also talk about isolation, trying to find excitement as an adult and how winning awards won't give you happiness. Also, Kristen shares a movie she's excited about, Kevin talks about his anti-depressant of the week and there's an Ef Dat Shit on bacteria causing anxiety and depression.


#61 Dr. Drew and Mike Carano

This week Dr. Drew Pinsky and Mike Carano join Kristen to talk about a smorgasbord of topics including religion and mental health, suicide, feeling like an impostor and OF COURSE, Mike and Kristen can't help but to indulge themselves in why they find living just SO GD DIFFICULT. Also, Dr. Drew and Mike discuss where they are on the "50 Shades of Gray (as in sad)" scale.