October 28, 2019
And she's BAAAACK!
Happy Mental Health Monday! I'm so completely stoked to be back in action and talking about the most frequently diagnosed mental health disorder, the anxiety disorder. Did you know that approximately 30% of the population have a diagnosable anxiety disorder (me included, let's be honest)? It comes in many forms, such as OCD, PTSD, generalized anxiety, and social anxiety.
Do you or someone you know suffer from anxiety? Let us know in the comments!
Introductory poem written and performed by Jae Nichelle
Intro music: "Be OK" by Ingrid Michaelson
Outro music: "This Year" by the Mountain Goats
August 12, 2019
Hey friends! Last week, our host Kristina went back to therapy for the first time in over 3 years. 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 Cross, Aetna, Blue 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.
July 29, 2019
Is it Monday ALREADY? Never fear, because another episode of "Mental Health Monday" is waiting for your ears! While you're browsing the socials today, take a moment to listen to today's episode all about social media sensitivity. Do you think you experience social media sensitivity? Hit us up and let us know how it affects you.
Also, special shoutout to Shel Silverstein for writing the impeccable poem - "The Gardener" - featured in the first few seconds of today's episode. I have a feeling that he'd appreciate what I did with his masterpiece.
July 22, 2019
Happy "Mental Health Monday," crew! Have you ever been in a dating relationship with someone that struck you as flakier than a fresh croissant? It's entirely possible that this person was experiencing commitment phobia. While “commitment phobia” is not considered a diagnosable mental health disorder, it can absolutely have an adverse effect on your own mental wellbeing. So, how can you overcome you or your partner's commitment phobia? Tune in to find out!
July 15, 2019
You've all heard the saying that "laughter is the best medicine," but is there any actual weight to that statement? Join me as I untangle the mental, emotional, and physical benefits that laughter has on the body and mind. Special appearance by my boyfriend Carter who shares some of his best jokes with us. This is one you won't want to miss!
July 8, 2019
So, you've been feeling extra stressed out lately. But is it just lately or do you almost always feel worried, anxious, or otherwise discontent? This "Mental Health Monday" episode will help you decode whether your stress is just that - normal stress - or something more serious like a mood disorder.
Feel free to take a mental health screening for any array of mental health disorders (anything from addiction and eating disorders to Depression and PTSD) by navigating to the following link: https://screening.mentalhealthamerica.net/screening-tools
July 1, 2019
Solitary confinement is a common practice within the U.S. prison system, primarily in the private prison sector. But why? Does it really rehabilitate prisoners as well as we're led on to believe? Or is it damaging to their mental health in ways that we cannot even imagine?
To learn more about how you can fight against the inhumane practice of solitary confinement, please check out the resources available on the ACLU's website: https://www.aclu.org/issues/prisoners-rights/solitary-confinement
June 24, 2019
To date, our full-length episode on antidepressants is "Speak Your Mind" the podcast's most popular one - with hundreds of downloads worldwide! So, I figured it was time to revisit the topic. Join me as I explore if there is any solid evidence to support the claim that antidepressants cause violent behavior.
June 17, 2019
Today we're exploring the phenomenon/emotion commonly referred to as nostalgia - a sentimental yearning or adoration for the past. Did you know that nostalgia used to be considered a mental health disorder? So, is nostalgic yearning bad for our mental health? Before you throw out your Tamagotchi and those late '90s boy band albums for good, take a listen to this episode and find out!
June 10, 2019
We've all heard the saying that the 'pen is mightier than the sword,' so why not practice what we preach? Journaling has been proven to be incredibly beneficial for our mental health and we'll discuss some of those reasons in today's episode. I hope it inspires you to get writing!
As mentioned in this segment, you can find some awesome journaling prompts to help you get started writing on the Tiny Buddha website here: https://tinybuddha.com/blog/5-writing-prompts-to-help-you-let-go-of-anxiety-and-find-peace/