Mental Illness Happy Hour

143 EpisodesProduced by Paul GilmartinWebsite

"A perversely safe place in which he and his guests talk about their fears, addictions and traumatic childhoods." - NY Times"Normalizes what so many others feel but have been too fearful or ashamed to express...remarkable" - Psychology Today"A vital, compassionate gem that fills a desperate and unde… read more

143 Episodes | 2017 - 2019

452 - To Write Love On Her Arms - Jamie Tworksowski

September 13th, 2019


Jamie aka @JamieTworkowski is the founder of "To Write Lover on her Arms," a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. …

451 - Reclaiming Desire After Sexual Assault - Julie Peters

September 6th, 2019


Julie explains the steps to recovering desire, passion, and pleasure after her sexual assault.  Discuss how being catcalled and sexualized at age 11 …

450 Zane Helberg - Getting Sober

August 30th, 2019


Zane Helberg performs stand-up comedy in an unlikely setting - rehab clinics. He and Paul discuss how getting sober lead to living an authentic life, …

449 - Covert Incest - Tony M

August 23rd, 2019


Sexual abuse and incest can often fly below the radar because there isn't overt touching but as Tony M shares, his being raised in a sexually charged home has impacted his ability to trust and be intimate.

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448 - Navigating Getting Better - Patient Advocate Adrienne Nolan-Smith

August 16th, 2019


The patient advocate who was diagnosed with Lyme disease at 11 offers advice for navigating the complex world of healthcare and mental health.  She discusses experimental/non-approved treatments (hyperbaric oxygen …

Introducing We Love You (And So Can You)!

August 15th, 2019


Part reality show, part self-love school and the best makeover podcast out there. Hosts Kristen Meinzer and Jolenta Greenberg (from By The Book) draw …

447 - Being Mixed Race & Intra-Racism - Daniel Evans Nakamura

August 9th, 2019


"Dan From The Internet" aka @DanFromTheWeb discusses intra-race racism, growing up mixed-race (Latinx/Japanese/African-American) and sexually fluid …

446 - Behind The Laughter - Anthony & Brigitte

August 2nd, 2019


The comedian (Anthony Griffith) and doctor of psychology (Dr. Brigitte Travis Griffin) open up about losing their 2-year-old daughter to cancer and …

445 - Best Of: Ex-Con "Murph"

July 26th, 2019


From the first season (2011). Paul interviews “Murph”, a retired serial felon who opens up about prison, the guilt of his crimes and leaving it all …

444 - Best Of: Jen Kirkman

July 19th, 2019


From 2011.  Jen @JenKirkman (Chelsea Lately, Drunk History) and Paul have an epic “Fear Off” that leaves both of their souls emptied. Jen shares …

443 - Best Of: Rob Delaney (2011)

July 12th, 2019


From 2011 - actor Rob Delaney (Catastrophe) opens up about his hilariously horrifying alcoholic bottom and how he has adapted to live with what might …

442 - Best Of - Teresa Strasser

July 5th, 2019


Listener-Voted #1 episode of 2011 and for good reason. The Emmy-nominated writer/performer brings it. She opens up about her struggles, insecurities and fear of not being cut out to be a mother.

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441 - Surviving Prison & Gang Life - Bobby Martinez

June 28th, 2019


The 53 year-old former gang-member has spent most of his life in prison and much of it in solitary confinement. He addresses his shame over the harms …

440 Repressed Memories - Aaron Woodall

June 21st, 2019


Repressed sex abuse memories are difficult especially when the perpetrator is a female relative. The comic & podcaster talks about uncovering his …

439 - Finding Our Core Emotions - Hilary Jacobs Hendel LCSW

June 14th, 2019


The certified psychoanalyst, author of It's Not Always Depression:Working the Change Triangle to Listen to the Body, Discover Core Emotions, and Connect to Your Authentic Self and AEDP psychotherapist opens up about her …

438 Alec MacDonald aka @AlecWithPen

June 7th, 2019


The popular cartoonist @AlecWithPen shares his history with depression, anxiety, failed relationships, a wealthy but distant family, his type A …

437 - Aging & Happiness - Dr Andrea Brandt

May 31st, 2019


The 77 year-old veteran psychotherapist, teacher and author shares her insights into how we can embrace aging and mortality to deal with feelings of …

436 - Healthy Love - Christina Howard

May 24th, 2019


Her lifelong fear of commitment was masked behind an obsession with emotionally available men - Christina shares how she personally changed and healed her pain to be able to recognize and accept healthy love including …

435 Anxiety & Humor - Jordan Reid

May 17th, 2019


The hilarious blogger/author of Ramshackle Glam and The Big Activity Book For Anxious People shares about her battles with anxiety, relationships and being replaced as the creator and lead actress on It's Always Sunny …

434 - Depression, Drinking & Fear - Ry Doon

May 10th, 2019


The comedian shares about his battles with depression, fear of failure, huge financial and professional setbacks (he had a huge following on Vine …

433 - Janet Varney Returns

May 3rd, 2019


Paul's former Dinner and a Movie cohost and very first guest on the podcast returns to share about fears, loves, panic attacks, people pleasing, hurt …

432 - Heartache & Obsession - Elle Huerta

April 26th, 2019


The IT entrepreneur and writer who created the Mend app talks about her struggles with obsessions and letting go especially after breakups or loss, how she is creating a community online to deal with the shame, …

431 - Rich But Sad & Video Games - Keith Kingbay

April 19th, 2019


The comedian and podcaster (New Player Has Joined) opens up about his financially privileged but emotionally barren childhood, verbal abuse from youth hockey coaches, and discovering himself thru video games.

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430 - Our Own Worst Enemies - Lori Gottlieb LMFT

April 12th, 2019


The licensed therapist and author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone shares about common issues people deal with in therapy and ways that we are our …

429 Trust Issues, Ideation & Food - Leo Flowers

April 5th, 2019


The comic, life coach, & ex-athlete shares about his lifelong suicidal ideation, struggles with food, abandonment by his dad who fathered him via …

428 - Trading Sex For Love - Marigny Goodyear

March 29th, 2019


The 42 year-old mother reads the open letter she wrote to the men who took advantage of her as a young teen, discussing gray area issues like …

427 Best Of: Adoption & Religious Abuse - Julie J

March 22nd, 2019


Funny and vulnerable, Julie was born to a drug-addict teenage mom, was given up for adoption and raised by a stoic military dad and Fundamentalist …

426 Grief Support Mistakes - Megan DeVine LPC

March 15th, 2019


The licensed therapist shares about the well-meaning but misguided "cult of positivity" after tragedies, emotional dissonance, grief support, having …

#425 Remembering Jenn Golick

March 8th, 2019


Weeks after recording this episode last year, therapist Dr. Jennifer Golick was killed by a combat veteran with PTSD whom she was helping. She talks …

424 Remembering Brody Stevens

March 1st, 2019


One of the most unique voices in comedy ended his life last week. Paul shares some thoughts on it, reads a listener email and replays episode 100, an …

#423 Catholic Black Sheep - Joe Bill

February 22nd, 2019


Paul's longtime friend and improv teacher talk about his violent ex-Notre Dame football player dad, his mentally unstable and sexually abusive mother …

#422 Religious & Sexual Orientation OCD - Kimberley Quinlan LMFT

February 15th, 2019


Licensed therapist (LMFT) Kimberley Quinlan returns to talk about two types of OCD; Scrupulosity - a fear of sinning or having sinned, and Sexual …

#421 Amy G - Male Attention & Feeling Safe

February 8th, 2019


Paul's support group friend opens up about being addicted to male attention while also fearing them, feeling unsafe, love addiction, growing up …

#420 Psychiatrist/Writer Dr Paul Puri

February 1st, 2019


The psychiatrist and tv writer (Chicago Med) shares about his childhood, why some of his peers overprescribe medications, the importance of talk …

Feeling Like An Outsider - Glenn Lutz

January 25th, 2019


The author (Go F*%#, I Mean Find Yourself) opens up about being mixed race and battling depression and feeling like an outsider as far back as …

#419b Bonus ep - Listener Struggles/Secrets

January 21st, 2019


Some "Shame and Secrets" surveys and some "Awfulsome" and "Happy Moments" surveys as well.


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#418 Fears & Loves w/Nora McInerney Live

January 18th, 2019


The author (It's OK to Laugh and No Happy Endings) and host of the podcast Terrible Thanks For Asking returns in front of live audience in …

Bonus Ep - Maternal Incest - Daniel M

January 15th, 2019


After hearing mens' stories about experiencing incest (overtly or covertly) by their mothers, Daniel reached out to Paul with his story and has come …

Our Inner Critic - Cartoonist Lucy Bellwood

January 11th, 2019


The cartoonist (100 Demon Dialogues) delves into her struggles with the mean/critical voice in her head and how she is confronting the lies it tells her about herself. She also shares about her dad, the author of The …

Facing Her Fears - Courtenay Hameister

January 4th, 2019


The writer/performer opens up about her anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, shame and body issues. She also reads excerpts from Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went From Being Afraid Of Everything to Being Afraid Of Most Things

2018 Year Ender - Awfulsome Traditions

December 28th, 2018


No guests, just some of Paul's thoughts on traditions and holidays; how we hide our feelings and some great, very honest (and one very dark) listener …

Struggles With Moderation, Identify & Survivor's Guilt - Akshay Nanavati

December 21st, 2018


Born in India, raised in Texas, 33 year-old Iraq War veteran, ultra-runner and global philanthropist talks about his lifelong struggles with …

Dating Anxiety & Reproductive Issues - Becky Feldman

December 14th, 2018


Coming from an anxious family, coupled with not fitting in, being bullied by her ballet teacher (and having red hair), then as a young teen, …

Back in My Parents' F-ing Basement - Live in MN w/Kjell Bjorgen

December 7th, 2018


Recorded live in Minneapolis at Sisyphus Brewing, Paul and Kjell reunite and share stories of bombing onstage, panic attacks, depression, meds, …

Cartoons & Murder - Tonya McKenzie

November 30th, 2018


One of her first memories is seeing her mother's boyfriend shot dead in front of her at four years-old. The mother she adored was fiercely protective …

LeeAnn Kreischer - Rural Southern Generational Trauma

November 23rd, 2018


The former screenwriter, mother and podcaster shares about her relationship with her "party-animal" husband Bert Kreischer and her tumultuous …

FOMO, Shame & People Pleasing - Mary Holland

November 16th, 2018


The improviser/actor (UCB's Wild Horses) opens up about her struggles with feeling like a fraud, people pleasing, shame, FOMO, feeling undeserving or that her authentic self is just too much for people.

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Chris Mancini - A Buffet of Anxiety

November 9th, 2018


The filmmaker (Earbuds) podcaster (Comedy Film Nerds and Conversations From the Abyss) writer (Pacified: A Handbook For the New Freaked-Out Dad) and comedian sits down to talk about anxiety, depression, parental …

Sofiya Alexandra - Mania, Communism, Surviving Cancer & #MeToo

November 2nd, 2018


The writer (Danger & Eggs) standup (Comedy Central: This is Not Happening) & podcaster (Reality Bytes) shares about her childhood under …

Lazy, Dumb, Hyper, Scattered - Jessica McCabe & ADHD labels

October 26th, 2018


"Bored", "lazy", "scattered" "hyper"; Are these fair or accurate labels? Is there anything we can do to help our brains or motivation? Jessica shares about her past struggles with these labels and how we can find what …

It's OK To Be Weird & Anxious - May Wilkerson

October 19th, 2018


The standup & cohost of the "Crazy in Bed" podcast opens up about being an only child & a "weird kid" who couldn't appreciate her uniqueness …

Adam Cayton-Holland: OCD, Social Conscience and Loss

October 12th, 2018


The standup, actor and author shares about familial loss, his lifelong OCD rituals, and growing up in a home where the harsh and often brutal realities of the world were discussed with the kids, helping them empathize …

Mariel Hemingway - Generational Dysfunction & Art

October 5th, 2018


The actress, mental health activist and author (Out Came the Sun: Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction and Suicide in My Family) and granddaughter of writer Ernest Hemingway shares about the him, her …

Dealing with Hopelessness - AFSP Psychiatrist Dr Christine Moutier

September 28th, 2018


The psychiatrist and chief medical officer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention shares insights into dealing with hopelessness both personally and with loved ones.

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Paul in Ireland VI - Terror, Hate & Forgiveness - Sponsored by BetterHelp

September 21st, 2018


Belfast native James Murray shares his story of surviving a terrorist attack, spiraling into drinking and anger then getting sober and finding peace & forgiveness and how he maintains it. He also shares about the …

Paul in Ireland V - Ex IRA Prisoner Jake MacSiacais - Sponsored by BetterHelp

September 14th, 2018


The former IRA fighter/volunteer shares his people's history, his years of imprisonment & torture by Protestants and the British govt, the …

Paul in Ireland IV - Emma - Sponsored by BetterHelp

September 7th, 2018


The English architect (and yoga teacher) talks about navigating relationships being bisexual, finding solutions for her lifelong bouts with anxiety, …

Paul in Ireland III - Sponsored by BetterHelp - Caitlin

August 31st, 2018


The 29 year-old Dubliner opens up about her struggles with depression, psychosis, cutting/self-harm, alcohol, anger, learning disability (seeing …

Paul in Ireland II - Sponsored by BetterHelp - Michael Corr/Belfast

August 24th, 2018


Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland to a Catholic father and Protestant mother. He had the rare perspective of seeing all sides of the conflict both …

Paul in Ireland I - Sponsored by BetterHelp

August 17th, 2018


21 year-old M emigrated to Dublin from China at 8. With a history of abuse and neglect, she learned to stuff her sadness or unleash it thru anger. …

ECT aka "Shock Therapy" - Beth May

August 10th, 2018


At 27 Beth has had 68 ECT treatments aka "Shock Therapy" and while she attests to it's effectiveness in helping her with her bipolar episodes it has …

Fetish Shame, Meds & Martial Arts - Dylan Brody

August 3rd, 2018


The writer/storyteller discusses the lifelong struggle to make peace with his amputation fetish, his ups and downs with taking meds, inheriting his dad's pomposity, suicidal ideation and the benefits of martial arts in …

How to Deal With Addicts - Dr Cali Estes

July 27th, 2018


Cali's specialty is speaking the truth to high-profile or wealthy people trying to get sober, especially when they're being enabled by family, hangers-on or the people they make money for. Topics are : codependency, low …

Michael Duffy - Vietnam Vet - Art & War

July 20th, 2018


He was just a kid who wanted to get into art school but when he was rejected, he instead got sent to Vietnam. Later he would use painting to process …

Meredith Erin - Trolls, SJWs & Angry People

July 13th, 2018


Paul and Meredith share their stories and thoughts about encountering internet trolls, Social Justice Warriors gone awry and self-righteous bullies.


Brian Huskey - Codependency vs Love

July 6th, 2018


The improvisor/actor (Comedy Bang Bang, UCB, Adult Swim - Mr. Neighbor's House) shares about dealing with his co-dependency, urge to fix other …

Sexism PTSD & The Body - Elizabeth Menzel

June 29th, 2018


Elizabeth Menzel's life's work is understanding and healing trauma trapped in the body - including her own. Originally a trained physical therapist she became intrigued by the link between clients with fibromyalgia and …

Female Domestic Violence Against Men - Daniel A

June 22nd, 2018


Daniel looks back at his relationship with his soon-to-be-ex-wife; turning from the woman of his dreams to a dangerously violent and unpredictable …

Social Anxiety - Dr Ellen Hendriksen

June 15th, 2018


The author of How To Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety, and Harvard Medical School Psychologist shares not only the …

Jessa Reed - Trailer Park Survivor & PTSD

June 7th, 2018


Few guests have revealed as much of themselves as Jessa, a comic and podcaster (Mormon and the Meth-Head)  We touch on being molested, fear of …

Clutter, Hoarding & Buying "Stuff" - Tracy McCubbin

June 1st, 2018


Decluttering expert Tracy McCubbin shares about her experiences being raised by a hoarder and how she helps clients part with their stuff. She and …

Unspeakable Trauma to Meth Psychosis - Todd G

May 25th, 2018


Paul's friend shares about the co-dependent relationship with his longtime lover that ended in tragedy & Todd's PTSD, porn & meth binges …

Best Of: Tiffany Haddish

May 18th, 2018


One of our best episodes - recorded in 2015 before she was famous (Girl's Trip, Saturday Night Live) - Tiffany opens up about her horrific family life, being shuttled around the foster care system and finally finding …

Singer-Songwriter Chris Smither

May 11th, 2018


The blues-based singer-songwriter who has written for Bonnie Raitt and other artists started out in the epicenter of the NY/Boston folk scene among …

Melissa Broder aka @SoSadToday Returns

May 4th, 2018


The hilarious author and uber-popular Tweeter @SoSadToday delves into subjects covered in her latest book, The Pisces (and reads from it). She and …

Andy Richter

April 27th, 2018


The comedic actor, improviser and longtime Conan O'Brien sidekick opens up about his battles with depression, worry, anxiety and sadness and how he has learned to manage them with talk therapy. He also shares about the …

Nora McInerny - Live in Minneapolis

April 20th, 2018


The host of the Terrible Thanks For Asking podcast and author of It's Okay To Laugh (Crying is Cool Too) sits down with Paul before a live audience …

Cy Amundson Live in Minneapolis

April 13th, 2018


The actor/comedian (Comedy Central Presents: Cy Amundson) opens up in front of a live audience about his OCD, anxiety and how the loss of his teenage sister affected him and his family.

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Judging Our Feelings - TED Talk Speaker Dr. Susan David

April 6th, 2018


The Harvard Medical School research psychologist's recent TED Talk "The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage" went viral a month or so ago and here …

Polyamory - Daisy & Cory

March 30th, 2018


Daisy (with Cory for support) shares about her emotionally absent parents, Taiwanese culture, her anxiety, need to control, fear of making mistakes, …

Workaholism & Anxiety - Jordan Harbinger

March 23rd, 2018


The hilarious, self-depreciating podcaster (Jordan Harbinger Show) and ex-lawyer opens up about a recent professional crisis that left him with extraordinary anxiety, insomnia and panic attacks.  He talks about often …

My Brain Hates Me - Jessie Dean Altman

March 16th, 2018


The writer (Lady Parts, The Onion) and dog walker shares about the lifelong battle she has had with her brain and emotions including: Intrusive thoughts, OCD, treatment-resistant depression, procrastination, …

The Devil & James Bond - Michael Cannan

March 9th, 2018


Paul's support group friend, recovering heroin addict and author shares about his upbringing on the Isle of Mann (UK) and the shame and anxiety he …

CC Sheffield aka Daisy - Fame, Money & Abuse

March 2nd, 2018


Originally recorded while speaking under the pseudonym "Daisy" to protect her from her abusive ex-fiancee, CC, a successful model, DJ and actress …

Heartbreak - Dr. Guy Winch

February 23rd, 2018


Renowned author & TedTalk speaker Dr. Guy Winch talks about different kinds of heartbreak, especially the ones some people  minimize (loss of pets or non-married breakups). He gets into the science of how our brains …

Horror & Beauty - Witnesses to a Shooting

February 16th, 2018


Paul is joined by two support group friends, Jonathan & Mukunda, to talk about their experience 3 weeks earlier when a shooting victim stumbled …

Female Sex Addiction - Erica Garza

February 9th, 2018


The Salon contributor and author of Getting Off: One Woman's Journey Through Sex and Porn Addiction shares about her sex addiction, which began at age 12 after discovering masturbation as a way of soothing her anxiety …

The Dark Grip of OCD - Dr Jenny Yip

February 2nd, 2018


She battled OCD as a child but when she gave birth to twins it gripped her again despite being a trained psychologist who specializes in...yes...OCD. …

Food Owns Me, Anger & Dad Issues - Jay Larson

January 26th, 2018


The writer (HBO's Crashing) and stand-up (Me Being Me) opens up about his dad abandoning his family when he was 2 years-old and how that has effected …

Couple Troubles - Jen Elmquist LMFT

January 19th, 2018


Couple's therapist Jen Elmquist sits down with Paul and answers questions about the most common mistakes and hurdles couples face and offers advice …

Network Anchor Panic Attack - Dan Harris

January 12th, 2018


Imagine having a panic attack live on-air while anchoring ABC news. That happened to Dan Harris in 2004. The Nightline anchor, Good Morning America Weekend Co-anchor, war correspondent and author (10% Happier) opens up …

My Fair Junkie - Amy Dresner

January 5th, 2018


The author (My Fair Junkie) details her jaw-dropping and often hilarious descent from a nice (but spoiled) Jewish girl from Beverly Hills to shooting coke into her neck, bottoming out on meth and sex and being assigned …

Asperger's, Nerd Culture & Anime - Luke Palmer

December 29th, 2017


The young writer/director (2 Kawaii 4 Comfort) shares about the intersection of people on the autism spectrum (especially Asperger's) and nerd …

Born Into A Notorious Criminal Family - Nicole Y.

December 22nd, 2017


Born mixed-race to a white prostitute mother and a black, pimp father, Nicole grew up belonging to one of the most notorious families in the Boston …

Military PTSD & Sexism - Marc & Sonja Raciti

December 15th, 2017


Marc and Sonja Raciti both served in the military; he as a medic, she as a psychologist. They talk about PTSD myths and the PTSD he struggles with …

High School Tornado/Author Seamus Kirst

December 8th, 2017


In a live show recorded in Oakland, the 26 year-old writer (Shitfaced) discusses the loving but strained atmosphere growing up and his teenage years …

The Absent Father Wound - Daria Polatin

December 1st, 2017


The award-winning playwright, t.v. writer (Jack Ryan)and author (Devil in Ohio) opens up about feeling abandoned by her father and the effect it has had on how she views herself, her place in it and the conscious …

Alt Depression Treatments - Shane Mauss

November 24th, 2017


The standup/podcaster (Here We Are podcast) shares about taking unconventional approaches to his battles with depression and hopelessness. He opens up about his kind but very religious and uncommunicative parents and …

Kelly's Shame and Secrets

November 17th, 2017


Growing up Kelly McCarron's home life wasn't chaotic or abusive but she still struggles mentally and emotionally. After filling out the show's Shame and Secrets survey she reads it aloud, touching on the issues of …

Success-Obsessed Parents & The Scapegoat Child

November 10th, 2017


30 year-old Mary M. left America for Europe to escape not only an American culture that was wearing on her but a family where she was tired of being …

#355 Afraid To Leave The House - Sam Harriman

November 2nd, 2017


Panic attacks, agoraphobia, anxiety and depression had brought Sam to a very dark place a few years ago and he decided he needed help. Bit by bit he began to see how his childhood and negative self-beliefs had to be …

#354 Surviving Suicide - Kelechi Ubozoh

October 27th, 2017


The 32 year-old poet, mental health advocate and daughter of a Nigerian immigrant father and Brooklyn mother opens up to Paul about her emotional and …

#353 Andy Kindler - OCD, ADD, Twitter Fights & More

October 20th, 2017


Paul's longtime friend, standup (Letterman) and actor (Everybody Loves Raymond) shares about his struggles with OCD, ADD and feeling the need to …

#352 Caitlin Doughty: Death, OCD & Being a Mortician

October 13th, 2017


The mortician, TED Talk speaker and author of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, talks about her childhood OCD and fascination with death as a result of …

#351 Fears, Loves, Filth & Mortality w Greg Behrendt

October 5th, 2017


The comedian, co-author of He's Just Not That Into You and longtime friend of Paul drops by to lighten his day up. They laugh at their fears, loves …

#350 Intrusive Thoughts OCD aka "Pure OCD" - Kimberley Quinlan LMFT

September 29th, 2017


Specializing in treating clients whose self-judgement of their thoughts results in obsession and compulsions, Kimberley sits down with Paul and talks …

#349 Emotionally Coercive Sex - Perfectionism - Dissociating

September 22nd, 2017


Paul's support group friend Meredith opens up about being raised by parents who lacked a sense of privacy or sexual boundaries; being sexualized by …

#348 Manhattan Party Girl - Fielding Edlow

September 15th, 2017


Raised in financial privilege but emotional poverty, the actor/writer/standup reflects on her "don't give a fuck" eating disorder, drug and alcohol …

#347 Paul Rust - Anxiety, OCD & Embarrassment

September 8th, 2017


The actor/writer/comedian known for the Netflix show Love, the movie Inglourious Basterds and IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang! opens up about his battles with anxiety, OCD, taking on other people's emotions, people pleasing, …

#346 Plane Crash Survivor: Carol E Miller

September 1st, 2017


The author (Every Moment of a Fall: Recovery Thru EMDR Therapy) opens up in front of a live audience in Oakland about the years she abused herself through bad relationships, booze and sex before therapy and EMDR helped …

#345 Food, Porn, Shame, Vulnerability & Losing a Sibling - Matt Shepherd

August 24th, 2017


Paul's support group friend shares about recovery and battles with binge-eating, shame, compulsive exercise, not knowing what he looks like, porn …

#344 If Only You Knew This Secret

August 18th, 2017


YouTube personality Sarah Sterling is 26 and was obsessed with Harry Potter (and Disney) since day one. At a convention she met a singer who captivated her. He was 24 and she was 16. Looking back, she sees it as …

#343 British Therapist Louise M

August 11th, 2017


Louise (a pseudonym) shares about the moment in her otherwise mostly happy childhood that things changed.  She shares about the abuse at a posh …

#342 When Your Trauma Informs Your Turn Ons

August 4th, 2017


Why do some people enjoy physical pain or become aroused by it? For Kal, the discovery came with a lot of complications; he was a young boy and it …

#341 80's Childhood Shitshow! - Dana Eagle

July 28th, 2017


Imagine getting gay hate mail from your own family.  Or finding a letter where your parents talk about you in a way that confirms your worst fears. …

#339 I Wrote A Hit Now What?!! - Seth Swirsky

July 14th, 2017


He's authored Grammy-nominated hits for the biggest artists, put out his own albums, written best-selling books on baseball, and directed a documentary on the Beatles.  And for as long as he can remember he has …

#338 Dear Food: I Want To See Other People

July 7th, 2017


Fat-shamed as a child by her mother and classmates, writer-performer Chelsea Frank, now 24, opens up about the complex role food plays in her life. …

#337 - Raised in Repression & BPD - Anne from Berlin

June 30th, 2017


Creative and sensitive, born and raised in 1980's communist East Germany by a dysfunctional family, Anne's abuse was not dramatic, more like death by 1000 cuts.  Bearing the brunt of being a first child and resented for …

#336 Jealousy & Internet Affairs - Mila

June 23rd, 2017


What goes on in someone when they're jealous, possessive, obsessive or need to create drama?  Mila was born into a family where her parents "couldn't …

#335 From Hostile to Peaceful - JT

June 16th, 2017


19 year-old JT shares about the crippling anxiety, panic attacks and fear of abandonment he tried to alleviate for years through being hostile and …

#334 Abused By Her Therapist - Christina L

June 9th, 2017


Christina L (a pseudonym) shares about learning to stand up for herself after an abusive rehab therapist preyed on her as she was getting sober and the confusion of not knowing what he was doing was wrong.  She shares …

#333 - When Sex Abuse Victims Become Adults & Avoiding Help/Work Burnout - Katie Vernoy LMFT

June 1st, 2017


LMFT therapist Katie Vernoy and Paul respond to listener questions around the topics of 1) How childhood sexual abuse affects the survivors when they …

#332 Obsessive & Secret World of Classical Musicians - Ben Turner

May 26th, 2017


The Australian professional trombonist shares about the mental, emotional and logistical rigors of making a living as a classical musician and some insights into what drove him (and his peers) to such obsessive lengths. …

#331 The Worst Day of My Life - Rhonda Britten

May 19th, 2017


Rhonda says "It took me 20 years to get thru that day" as she opens up about the event that changed her life forever when she was 14 years old.   She …

#330 Co-Dep & Boundaries - Dr. Natalie Feinblatt

April 30th, 2017


Dr. Feinblatt shares her experience as a therapist in working with co-dependent clients; how is co-dependency defined, what are some characteristics and how can it be treated or managed? She also shares about the …

#329 My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward - Mark & Giulia Lukach

April 30th, 2017


Rarely do we talk about the spouse of someone battling a serious mental illness. Mark and Giulia had never heard of Bipolar I with psychosis until …

#328 - Crack, Fights & Trying to Find Love - Charlie King

April 28th, 2017


Paul's support group friend has led an astoundingly painful life especially in regard to his mother (schizophrenia, depression), father (workaholic, …

#327 Leaving Domestic Violence - Jenna Brister

April 21st, 2017


The comedian/storyteller (The Moth) shares about her whirlwind 86 day romance that led to a Vegas wedding to a man who soon turned into a man she didn't recognize, leaving her in fear for her life.  Jenna talks about …

#326 I Was Born Afraid - Jenny Jaffe

April 14th, 2017


The comedic writer/performer and mental health advocate who started shares about the tremendous support she received from her family when depression anxiety and OCD had her close to suicide by age …

#325 I Am The Worst Person Ever: Mike Levine

April 6th, 2017


For most of his life Mike has been wracked with shame and self-hatred, convinced he was the worst person ever and fantasizing about suicide when he …

#324 Literally Pulling Her Hair Out From PPD - Jennifer Tracy

March 31st, 2017


It wasn't until she began to literally pull chunks of her hair out she knew she might be battling something out of her control; postpartum …

#323 Family Secrets & Hiding Depression - Patricia McKee

March 24th, 2017


How does a family deal with its secrets? The PhD opens up about the inter-generational rage brewing beneath the surface of her extended family and …

#322 Being Trans in a Red State: Olivia Haidar

March 16th, 2017


The 29 year-old trans woman dispels myths about what it means to be trans, including those she used to believe. She shares about hormone therapy, …

#321 Herpes from Date-Rape: Laura J

March 9th, 2017


Laura J. shares about contracting herpes by being date-raped and how she has navigated managing it logistically, sexually and emotionally with …

#320 Fantasy & Love Addiction - Maia Akiva

March 3rd, 2017


Paul's fellow support group friend shares about the huge role fantasy has played in her struggle to accept life; especially her love addiction. She …

#319 - I Worry I'm Unlovable - Pauly David

February 22nd, 2017


The co-host of YouTube's Pauly & Monks show shares about feeling unlovable, not being a good enough partner, trying to always "fix" other people, …

#318 I Can't Stop Worrying! - Giulia Rozzi

February 17th, 2017


The Moth Grand Slam winner, standup and podcaster (Hopefully We Don't Break Up) shares about being raised by Italian immigrant parents who worried a …

#317 - Misophonia: Rage at Certain Sounds

February 10th, 2017


35 year-old barista (and listener) Charlynn Schmiedt shares about having misophonia which is a "fight or flight" physical response to certain …

#316: Kevin Allison on Owning Your Weirdness & Flaws

February 3rd, 2017


The podcaster (RISK!) and sketch actor (The State) talks about learning to "own his weirdness".  From being a gay kid in a conservative town to being the black sheep in The State he has battled the paralysis and fear of …

#315 Jenny R - Raised in Wealth, Sadness & Anxiety

January 27th, 2017


The anxious only child of a drunk/rager mom and a passive dad shares about her family's combination of material wealth and emotional ignorance/poverty. She talks about her fear of "just being" instead of always "doing", …

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

January 20th, 2017


The 40 year-old public administrator talks about "losing her humanity" being assigned to work on a criminal defense unit on behalf of sexually …

#313 Neal Brennan

January 13th, 2017


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 …

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

January 6th, 2017


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 …

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