This episode we welcome Emily’s youngest sister Becca to the podcast as she shares her story of her lifelong struggle with mental illness. As part of her journey we discuss major depressive disorder, self harm, and anorexia, along with a myriad of treatments like as therapy, inpatient hospitalization, and the sometimes controversial electro convulsive therapy or ECT. In the end, we learn the importance of focusing on the big picture of mental health and never giving up.
On today’s show we welcome author, musician, painter, and hypnotist Darren Griffin to share his remarkable story of mental illness and his unconventional path to wellness. Without any previous mental health diagnoses, a severe medication mishap resulted in his brain injury and several mental health conditions. Suddenly his previously clinical study of the mind and mental health became his reality. Listen in as we discuss the trials of dealing with depression, anxiety, memory loss, and hallucinations brought on a brain injury. More importantly we celebrate the triumph in forgiving your weaknesses and embracing your strengths.
This week on MHM we discuss mental health in our marriages and relationships. We’re also happy to welcome a special guest, Emily’s friend Melanie, who shares her point of view and experiences from having an open marriage. Not to spoil the episode but it turns out there’s a lot the same no matter how you define your relationship. To that end we talk about communication, boundaries, insecurities, stressors, anxieties, and the sometime endless “what ifs” that accompany any happy union.
This week we present Emily’s presentation at BYU Women’s Conference, titled: “When We Feel Like a Broken Vessel: The Challenges of Anxiety and Depression.” We invite you to follow along with the presentation slides. We’re super happy (and lucky) that the presentation audio was recorded and that we’re allowed to share it with everyone on the podcast. It certainly was a surreal experience to be invited to speak to such an amazing group.
We’re back with a great episode about shame! Bet you never thought you’d ever read that. This week Emily’s sister Jenny joins us on the podcast to talk all things shame. We discuss the difference between guilt and shame, where guilt is feeling bad about your actions, shame is a poor view of self that is not beneficial. Additionally we discuss how men and women feel shame differently, how we can allow ourselves to make mistakes, and how empathy is the antidote to shame. Plus we talk *a lot* about sociopaths.
This week we get introspective, like really really introspective, as the clinicians become the clients and talk about their own stuff. One of the goals of the podcast is reducing the stigma of mental health and what better way than to get vulnerable and talk about ourselves. Personal challenges aside, we talk the need for every individual to start with themselves and be honest about managing mental health. Remember compassion is vital…that and take your meds.
Ever wonder why certain thoughts or ideas about yourself affects so much of your motivation and decision making? On this episode we talk all about core beliefs—or the ideas of how you perceive yourself that are built over time based on your life experiences, both for the positive and the negative. Many times in therapy what blocks a person from becoming their best self are negative core beliefs such as: “I’m broken”, “I’m ugly”, “I’m unlovable”, “I’m a failure”, or “I can’t do anything right.” We talk how to discover what your negative core beliefs might be, and how they are affecting your ability to becoming your better self. We also share some thoughts on challenging negative core beliefs with positive and realistic reframing.
On this show we tackle one of the most frequently asked questions to therapists: does my kid need therapy? Claire joins us one again to talk about the most common issues affecting kids and when seeing a therapist might be a good idea. If you find yourself thinking “I don’t know if my kid needs therapy but…” then this episode is a great place to start. We also discuss the importance of parents supporting their kids in therapy and the fallacy that just sending them to therapy once a week will magically fix their problems. Finally we examine kid-friendly therapy modalities, why it looks different than adult therapy, and why it’s a good thing if your kid’s therapy session involves a lot of toys and sand.
This week Claire joins us again and we talk boundaries, what they are, why you need them and how we can all do a better job of sticking to them. We discuss how safe and healthy relationships are created and maintained with proper boundaries, whether those relationships are with coworkers, friends, and yes, even family. Learn about rigid boundaries and flexible boundaries and how to choose which one is best in various situations. Finally we explore how the “setting boundaries” discussion varies with different audiences, e.g. peers, children, and adult parents.
On this episode friend of the program and fellow therapist Claire McKeon joins us to talk about perfectionism. Let’s face it, we generally have a laundry list of expectations that we create for ourselves and the necessity to be perfect in all aspects of what we are and do. We need to be the best mom or dad, husband or wife, son or daughter, employee, friend, neighbor, school or community volunteer, the PTA president… and pretty soon the list is daunting. Combine that with comparing our average self to other’s best selves (especially as portrayed on social media) and it’s all so overwhelming. We talk about how to overcome the feeling of always needing to be perfect by accepting the reality of the situation without judgement. Plus ways to combat toxic perfectionism by taking a moment of down time to help you be your best self, and by focusing on something positive in your today, no matter how small.