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Mental Health Monday: Video Games

Mental Health Monday: Video Games

February 10, 2020
Video games - they're seemingly everywhere these days. Heck, you can't even get through a ride on public transportation without spotting someone playing "Candy Crush" on their phone. But are they harming our mental health? 

Listen in today while Kristina lays down the numerous benefits of modern video games and how game play (in moderation, of course) can actually improve one's mental health. We'll discuss many of the video games leading the pack when it comes to embracing the emotionally healing benefits of gaming. Oh, and while we're at it, we'll crush some common misconceptions that video games are harmful on the psyche of its players. Grab a controller and tune in - this is an episode that you won't want to miss! 

Intro Music: "Still Alive (Portal Theme)" from "Portal"
Transition Music: Theme from "Ms. Pac Man" and "Super Mario Bros"

Clips featured from CBS News, ABC News, CNN, TedxOldham, etc. 
Mental Health Monday: Bipolar Depression 101

Mental Health Monday: Bipolar Depression 101

January 13, 2020

Ayo, we're back and ready to tackle 2020 with aplomb!

Come grab a fresh pair of Skull Candy earbuds and listen in for our first episode of the new year- one all about Bipolar Depression. Did you know that more people struggle with Bipolar Disorder in Australia than do cancer? Here in the United States, it is estimated that 1 in 50 individuals suffer with this mood disorder at any given time. And the effects of this disorder can be absolutely devastating to the sufferer's personal life and relationships if not managed. But, thankfully hope is absolutely possible and today, we'll break down what the disorder is, what it isn't, discuss treatment options, and even mention why you should never refer to it as "Manic Depression." Get ready to have your mind blown! 

Slam Poem: "Some Things You Need to Know Before Dating Me" by Jamie Mortara
Intro/Outro Music: "New Slang" by the Shins
Transition Music: "I Wanna Get Better" by the Bleachers
Episode Artwork by Stephanie Stephens via bphope.com

Classic Episode: Kristina Gets Candid About Therapy

Classic Episode: Kristina Gets Candid About Therapy

January 6, 2020

Hey friends! We're off this week as we try to get back into the swing of things after the extended holiday break. But we left you with a classic episode that you may have missed!

For those of you who may be considering going back to therapy or trying out therapy for the first time, this episode is a must-listen if you're curious about the whole intake process. It's harmless, I promise! 

Also, here are the resources that I mentioned in the episode for helping you to find a therapist in your area:

1. Zocdoc.com: On this website, you can enter your insurance information and your zip code to search for therapists in your area that are covered by your plan. 
2. Your insurance company's website (Independence Blue CrossAetnaBlue Cross/Blue Shield, etc.): You can find this resource by doing a Google search for your insurance company
3. APA Psychologist Locator: Run by the American Psychology Association, this website lists esteemed psychologists in your area and lists the insurance plans that they accept. From here you can also read reviews and email the providers directly to setup an appointment. 

Intro Music: "I Wanna Get Better" by the Bleachers
Transition Music: "Better" by Regina Spektor 

Mental Health Monday: Climate Change & Our Mental Health

Mental Health Monday: Climate Change & Our Mental Health

December 16, 2019

Ah yes, climate change! A phrase that has not been absent from the news, the Presidential debate stage, nor our every day vernacular for at least the last decade. Look, we know climate change is happening and harming our dear Mother Earth. But that's it, right? Mmm, not so fast - 

Did you know that climate change has some strong negative implications on our mental health? As victims of natural disaster or even as weary citizens fearing global warming's wrath, it's easy to get caught up in the trepidation and anxiety that can come with such a massive threat. Today we'll explore how and why climate change can harm our mental well-being and what to do about it. Spoiler: It's all about mindfulness, baby! 

Intro/Outro music: "Carbon Monoxide" by Cake
Transition music: "Young Folk" by Peter Bjorn and John; "Big Yellow Taxi" by Joni Mitchell
Slam Poem: "Dear Future Generations: Sorry" by Prince EA 
Image: nature.com

Classic Episode - Mental Health Monday: Suicide Ideation

Classic Episode - Mental Health Monday: Suicide Ideation

December 9, 2019

Hey babes! We're off this week, but don't worry - we still wanted to leave you with something to grace your earballs - a classic episode! Maybe you missed this episode last season, you're new to the podcast, or you want to have a refresher on this episode - either way, you're in the right place! 

CONTENT WARNING: This episode discusses suicide ideation, which is a topic that may be sensitive for some listeners. If you are not in a place to listen to an in-depth discussion of suicidal thoughts, methods of suicide, or symptoms of severe mental illness, I recommend skipping today's episode and tuning in another time. 

Intro/Outro Music: "1-800-273-8255" by Logic feat. Alessia Cara

Mental Health Monday: The Holi-daze

Mental Health Monday: The Holi-daze

December 2, 2019

Ho, ho, ho! Thanksgiving is over and we're now staring down at the final month of the year. And boy, is it an especially eventful one! December is chock full of parties, gift giving, family get-togethers, and putting on an extra few pounds (wait, I thought you said that these Christmas cookies were non-fat?). Regardless of what you celebrate this time of year, you have to admit that the holiday season isn't all that it's Nutcrackered up to be. Maybe you're in grief over the loss of a loved one, grappling with Depression, or find yourself miles away from home during this time of year. Let's talk some tips and tricks that can help you tackle your seasonal lows and feeling more yourself in December and all year long. 

Intro/Outro music: "Christmas Wrapping" by the Waitresses 
Transition Music: "Winter Song" by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson
Slam Poem: "The Holidays" by Meta

Also including sound clips from the classic holiday films, "Elf," "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman," and "A Charlie Brown Christmas." 

If you are interested in purchasing a Memory Bear for someone in your life, you can find Mary Mac's Facebook Business page here.

To reach out to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, you can navigate to their website here. You can also reach them via email by contacting info@nami.org. You can also contact their hotline between the hours of 10am-6pm EST by dialing 1-800-950-6264.

Mental Health Monday: Eating Disorders 101

Mental Health Monday: Eating Disorders 101

November 25, 2019

Mirror, mirror on the wall! Who's the thinnest of them all? 

Eating disorders are the most deadly form of mental health disorder with 1 person dying internationally every 62 minutes. It's an epidemic that has been increasingly coming to a head since the mid-to-late 1980s. But did you know that the first case of Anorexia was actually diagnosed over 150 years ago?

Come learn more about the most commonly diagnosed eating disorders - namely Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder - with me and learn how to help yourself or someone in your life that may be struggling with their body image and in turn, an eating disorder. 

Intro Music: "Don't Let Me Get Me" by P!nk
Transition Music: "Radio" by India.Arie
Slam Poem: "When the Fat Girl Gets Skinny" by Blythe Baird
Outro Music: "Good As Hell" by Lizzo

You can take an eating disorder screening on the NEDA website

If you need help on Thanksgiving Day, you can chat with a NEDA helpline volunteer at their Online Chat Line (open 10am-2pm EST)

To volunteer/give to Project Heal, check out their website

Mental Health Monday: Seasonal Depression

Mental Health Monday: Seasonal Depression

November 18, 2019

Do you experience uncharacteristic lulls and all over feel more sluggish and unmotivated during the winter season? It's possible that you're experiencing Seasonal Depression (also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD). But don't worry, you're not alone - over 3 million Americans experience SAD every year. Tune in and listen to some tips and tricks for how to combat your Seasonal Depression before winter gets the best of you! 

Intro/Outro Song: "Seasonal Depression" by mxmtoon
Transition Music: "Into Your Sun" by No Second Troy
Also featuring "5 kleine Fische" by die Bremen Vier (because reasons)

Mental Health Monday: Mental Illness & Gun Violence

Mental Health Monday: Mental Illness & Gun Violence

November 11, 2019

Happy #MentalHealthMonday, crew! Today, we're exploring if there's any weight to the correlation between having a diagnosable mental illness and committing acts of mass gun violence. Spoiler alert: It's a no from me, dawg. 

If you're interested in getting more involved in the prevention of future acts of gun violence in the United States, here are the links to some of the helpful resources that you'll hear mentioned in today's episode:

1. To find a local anti-gun violence group in your state, you can visit the States United to Prevent Gun Violence website by visiting ceasefireusa.org

2. You can make a tax-deductible donation to either March for Our Lives (marchforourlives.com) or the Violence Policy Center (vpc.org)

Intro/Outro Music: "Pumped Up Kicks Remix" by Foster the People
Transition Music: "Sign of the Times" by Harry Styles

Mental Health Monday: The U.S. Mental Health Crisis

Mental Health Monday: The U.S. Mental Health Crisis

November 4, 2019

The United States is infamous for its poor treatment and care for the mentally ill in our society. Sure, things have come a LONG way since the days of lobotomies and forced institutionalization but care options are often still very expensive and inaccessible for a lot of people. Why is this the case? What can we do and where do we even go from here? Listen here and help me brainstorm on this week's episode! 

Intro: "You Need to Calm Down" by Taylor Swift
Transition Music: "Better" by Regina Spektor 
Outro: "Overthinking" by Acid Ghost/"Better" by Regina Spektor