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#038 - Stoicism 101 (Prof. Massimo Pigliucci)

Prof. Massimo Pigliucci joins us to explore the philosophy of stoicism, and why being a stoic has nothing to do with being a grumpy bastard. We explore the four cardinal virtues of stoicism: practical wisdom, courage, justice, and temperance, the ways in which stoic philosophy relates to modern psychological therapies like CBT, how stoicism can make your more flexible in the face of adversity, and we even give you three starters exercises to flex your fledgling stoic muscles. Follow Massimo...

Duration: 01:17:39

#037 - Building Resilience (Dr. Glenn Schiraldi)

Vietnam veteran and founder of Resilience Training International, Dr. Glenn Schiraldi joins us to discuss what it means to be resilient, how resilience can act as a barrier that protects us from things like stress, depression and anxiety, and some tips on how you can go about cultivating and building resilience in yourself. *** BOOKS MENTIONED *** The Resilience Workbook: Man's Search for Meaning: In My Hands, Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer:...

Duration: 01:26:07

#036 - Sex, Spirituality, and Self-Consciousness (Jessica Graham)

Actor and meditation teacher Jessica Graham shares her journey from sexual trauma and disengagement to sexual awakening and spirituality. We discuss the influence of social media on body image and how different environments can have positive or negative effect on our sexual self-image, common reasons why people feel self-conscious and dissatisfied with their sex lives, the importance of honesty in getting what you want in the bedroom, and how practicing mindfulness between the sheets can...

Duration: 01:51:39

#035 - Psychobiotics: Microbes, Mood and the Gut-Brain Connection (Scott Anderson)

Veteran science journalist Scott Anderson joins us to discuss the history of the gut-brain research, how the gut and the brain communicate with one another, why the bacteria living in your digestive system may contribute to mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, how western dietary habits lead to the destruction of a healthy gut ecology, and we also discuss some of the pre and probiotic foods that you can start consuming to bring your brain and body back into balance. ***...

Duration: 02:00:19

#034 - What Makes a Soldier? What Breaks a Soldier? (Dr. Hector Garcia)

Dr. Hector Garcia joins us to discuss the evolutionary psychology of warfare, how the combat theater mirrors the environment of early humans, common causes of PTSD in a military context, and the evolutionary justifications for viewing PTSD as an adaptive survival strategy. We also explore what aspects of the military experience make it difficult for veterans to return to civilian life, what separates veterans who settle back into peacetime environments from those who don't, and in light of...

Duration: 02:07:59

Porn Addiction: Dopamine, Disgust, and Erectile Dysfunction (Gary Wilson)

Gary Wilson, author of "Your Brain on Porn" joins us to discuss the neuroscience of porn addiction. We explore the role of dopamine in driving porn use, why emotions such as shock and disgust make pornography not less, but more appealing, and the links between porn usage and erectile dysfunction. We also discuss links between porn addiction and mental health issues such as depression and social anxiety, how chronic masturbation could be responsible for feelings of fatigue and brain fog,...

Duration: 01:39:25

#032 - How to Bankrupt Your Business, Destroy Your Family, and Lose Your Mind

Well, it had to happen sooner or later, I suppose. In today's episode I share my own story of my decent into madness. Beginning with my early childhood flirtations with hypochondria, I take you all the way through my battles with depression, anxiety, agoraphobia, and depersonalization, right the way through to hitting rock bottom in early 2015 when I experienced a brief period of suicidal ideation. If that doesn't sound morbid enough, on the way we'll encounter adoption, drugs,...

Duration: 02:04:09

Postnatal Depression: A Darker Shade of Blue (Elaine Hanzak)

In today’s episode, author and speaker Elaine Hanzak shares her experience of postnatal depression. Despite dreaming of motherhood her entire life, a traumatic labour, months of sleep deprivation, and the pressures of aspiring to be the perfect mum, eventually caused Elaine to spiral into a period of depression, self-harm, psychosis, and eventually being admitted to a psychiatric hospital. Having since made a full recovery, Elaine tells us what the experience has taught her about...

Duration: 01:43:54

#030 - Why Stress Destroys Us (Prof. Carmine Pariante)

In today’s episode Prof. Carmine Pariante joins us to discuss the biology of stress, everything from the anatomy of the brain, to the endocrine system, and how it’s all functions together. We explore the evolutionary advantages of the stress response, how the pressures of modern life can cause stress to become chronic, and how the physiological damage of long-term stress can lead to conditions such as anxiety and depression. For show notes and to join the conversation visit:...

Duration: 02:10:56

#029 -How the Mental Health Industry Fails the Mentally Ill (D.J. Jaffe)

Writer and activist D.J. Jaffe joins us to discuss the distinctions between serious and non-serious mental illness, why anti-stigma and anti-suicide campaigns are misguided, the damaging myths about serious mental illness perpetuated by the media, and ultimately how mental health advocates are failing the very people they profess to be trying to help. For show notes and to join the conversation visit: Email: Follow Danny on Twitter:...

Duration: 01:23:32

#028 - Is it Time to Drop Your Diagnosis? (Dr. Lucy Johnstone)

Is it time to drop your diagnosis? In today's episode Dr. Jucy Johnstone joins us to discuss why the concept of psychiatric diagnosis is both invalid and unreliable, we weigh up the benefits and consequences of being labelled with a particular disorder, and ask whether or not it’s time to abolish psychiatric diagnosis altogether and replace it with an alternative approach. For show notes and to join the conversation visit: Email: Follow...

Duration: 02:19:22

#027 - PTSD: Trauma, Meaning, and Malevolence (Dr. Nick Grey)

Dr. Nick Grey joins us to discuss PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). In today's episode we explore the definitions and subjective nature of "trauma", why women are twice as likely to suffer with PTSD than men, the difference between a normal and disordered trauma response, and what differentiates PTSD from other anxiety disorders. We discuss the nature of malevolence and why acts of evil are more likely to result in trauma than accidents and natural disasters, why narrative and meaning...

Duration: 01:36:43

#025 - The Holy Grail of Psychotherapy? (Dr. Warren Mansell)

Could a loss of control be at the root of all psychological distress and mental health problems from anorexia to OCD, and is Method of Levels therapy could prove to be the Holy Grail of psychotherapy. An interview with Dr. Warren Mansell. For show notes and to join the conversation visit: Email: Follow Danny on Twitter: Podcast Image: Max Pixel

Duration: 01:39:04

#023 - Tapping into EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)- Dawson Church, PhD

I’m a skeptic when it’s come to energy psychology, and much of what alternative medicine claims to offer, particularly when it comes to mental health. However, rather than dismiss these concepts outright, I think it’s better to give these concepts a fair hearing, and let you guys make up your own minds. For those of you unfamiliar with EFT, or tapping as it’s commonly known, it’s basically a form of alternative medicine which claims that tapping on certain acupuncture points can help...

Duration: 01:04:33

#022 - Maternal OCD: Striving to be Supermum (Dr. Fiona Challacombe)

What causes maternal OCD? Is it down to hormonal changes, living in risk averse society, or the evolutionary desire to keep our children safe from harm? In today's episode, Dr. Fiona Challacombe joins us to discuss the nature and content of the obsessions and compulsions in Maternal OCD. We explore why maternal OCD is given such little attention compared to other mental health issues, , whether or not this condition has long term ramifications for the children of parents with OCD, and most...

Duration: 01:11:57

#021 - Unmasking the Imposter Syndrome (Dr. Valerie Young)

Valerie Young is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker and world renowned expert on the imposter syndrome. Valerie first experienced imposter feelings herself during her graduate program at the University of Massachusetts in 1982, and has studied the phenomenon ever since. After 30 years of insight, in 2011 she published the award winning book "The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It". To date, she has taught...

Duration: 01:14:27

#020 - Dads in a Dark Place (Mark Williams, Fathers Reaching Out)

Mark Williams is the founder of Father’s Reaching Out and co-founder of International Father’s Mental Health Day (19th June). After experiencing a traumatic labour during the birth of their son Ethan in 2004, both Mark and his wife Michelle struggled with crippling anxiety and post-natal depression. While Michelle recovered, Mark continued on a downward spiral which eventually culminated in suicidal ideation and a complete nervous breakdown. After finally seeking help, Mark has since made...

Duration: 01:12:41

#019 - The Gift of Listening (Jenni McCartney, Chair of Samaritans)

Jenni McCartney, Chair of Samaritans and volunteer for over 30 years, shares why it's important to offer the gift of listening to people who are suffering. In today’s episode we learn about the history and formation of Samaritans, how and why Jenni first became a volunteer and, more importantly, why she decided to stick with it for more than thirty years. We explore the most common reasons people turn to Samaritans, how it evolved from a suicide prevention line into an emotional support...

Duration: 01:02:58

#018 - Why Do People Kill Themselves? (Prof. Rory O'Connor)

Today we discuss the topic of suicide with Prof. Rory O'Connor. In today's conversation we explore some common myths about suicide, why men are three times more likely than women to die by suicide and the role and responsibility of the media when it comes to reporting on this particular issue. We discuss the development of Rory’s theory of suicidal behaviour and his mission to discover what separates the few people who do die by suicide from the vast majority who don’t, the effectiveness...

Duration: 01:45:08

#016 - The Not So Simple Act of Caring (Dr. Fiona Lobban & Lizzi Collinge)

So, what does caring for somebody with severe mental health issues involve, and who typically takes on this role? In today’s episode I'm joined by Dr. Fiona Lobban and Lizzi Collinge to discuss the emotional impact that being a carer can have, such as feelings of self blame, isolation and the threat of social stigma, and thus why carers are more susceptible to developing their own mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. We explore how caring can alter, and sometimes destroy,...

Duration: 01:24:39

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