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Mental Illness Happy Hour

Author: Paul Gilmartin

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"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 under-addressed need in our society." - Esquire

"Gilmartin makes a conscious effort to explore stories that aren’t black and white" - Slate Magazine

"Praised by listeners all over the world" - Atlantic Monthly

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#418 Fears & Loves w/Nora McInerney Live
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 Minneapolis. She, Paul and the audience share their fears and loves and answer some questions. More About Our Guest Check out her books and where to buy them at www.noraborealis.com/book Follow her on social media @NoraBorealis And of course check out her great podcast Terrible Thanks For Asking  Support Our Sponsors! This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To get a free week go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Must be 18. This episode is sponsored by SquareSpace.  For a free trial go to www.SquareSpace.com/mental and when you're ready to launch use offer code MENTAL for 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. This episode is sponsored by PolicyGenius.  For a simple way to compare insurance quotes go to www.PolicyGenius.com This episode is sponsored by Spotify podcast listening app.    Other Links Mentioned  Paul's dog pictures and music  http://paul-gilmartin.squarespace.com/   WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST ______________________ Subscribe via iTunes and leave a review.  It costs nothing. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mental-illness-happy-hour/id427377900?mt=2 ————————————————————————— Spread the word via social media.   It costs nothing. Our website is www.mentalpod.com our FB is www.Facebook.com/mentalpod and our Twitter and Instagram are both @Mentalpod  -------------------------------------------------------------- Become a much-needed Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mentalpod    Become a one-time or monthly donor via Paypal  or Zelle (make payment to mentalpod@gmail.com) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Try Our Sponsor’s Products/Services ---------------------------------------------------
Our Inner Critic - Cartoonist Lucy Bellwood
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 Highlander, and their complex relationship.   More About Our Guest lucybellwood.com 100demondialogues.com  patreon.com/LucyBellwood www.twitter.com/LuBellWoo www.instagram.com/LuBellWoo   Support Our Sponsors! This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To get a free week go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Must be 18. This episode is sponsored by Third Love clothing/bras.  For 15% off your first order go to www.ThirdLove.com/Mental This episode is sponsored by MadisonReed Hair Coloring Kits.  For 10% off your first kit (plus free shipping) go to www.Madison-Reed.com and use offer code MENTAL This episode is sponsored by the podcast Phil In The Blanks.  Find it wherever you listen to podcasts.   WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST ______________________ Subscribe via iTunes and leave a review.  It costs nothing. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mental-illness-happy-hour/id427377900?mt=2 ————————————————————————— Spread the word via social media.   It costs nothing. Our website is www.mentalpod.com our FB is www.Facebook.com/mentalpod and our Twitter and Instagram are both @Mentalpod  -------------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Stitcher Premium for back catalog (& much more) -Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod   -Subscription includes all episodes, ad-free, going all the way back to ep #1 in 2011, plus back catalogs of tons of other great podcasts, standup albums, original content and more. -------------------------------------------------------- Become a much-needed Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mentalpod    Become a one-time or monthly donor via Paypal  or Zelle (make payment to mentalpod@gmail.com) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Try Our Sponsor’s Products/Services ---------------------------------------------------  
Facing Her Fears - Courtenay Hameister
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, her hilarious new book about taking risks and challenging her fears, especially social phobias. More About Our Guest For more on Courtenay go to www.CourtenayHameister.com  Follow her on Twitter @Wisenheimer Support Our Sponsors! This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To get a free week go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Must be 18. This episode is sponsored by Parcast's new podcast Mind's Eye. Find it at www.Parcast.com/MindsEye or wherever you do your podcast listening. This episode is sponsored by Madison Reed Hair Coloring kits.  For 10% off your first color kit (plus free shipping) go to www.Madison-Reed.com and use offer code MENTAL   WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST ______________________ Subscribe via iTunes and leave a review.  It costs nothing. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mental-illness-happy-hour/id427377900?mt=2 ————————————————————————— Spread the word via social media.   It costs nothing. Our website is www.mentalpod.com our FB is www.Facebook.com/mentalpod and our Twitter and Instagram are both @Mentalpod  -------------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Stitcher Premium for back catalog (& much more) -Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod   -Subscription includes all episodes, ad-free, going all the way back to ep #1 in 2011, plus back catalogs of tons of other great podcasts, standup albums, original content and more. -------------------------------------------------------- Become a much-needed Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mentalpod    Become a one-time or monthly donor via Paypal  or Zelle (make payment to mentalpod@gmail.com) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Try Our Sponsor’s Products/Services ---------------------------------------------------  
Struggles With Moderation, Identify & Survivor's Guilt - Akshay Nanavati
Born in India, raised in Texas, 33 year-old Iraq War veteran, ultra-runner and global philanthropist talks about his lifelong struggles with moderation, getting his identify from his accomplishments or dangerous/crazy/extreme behavior, feeling unworthy and battling survivors guilt after losing a fellow soldier.  He also talks about spirituality especially finding purpose through sacrifice and service. Akshay is the author of the book Fearvana (with a forward by the Dalai Fucking Lama!) More About Our Guest https://fearvana.com/ https://www.amazon.com/FEARVANA-Revolutionary-Science-Health-Happiness/dp/1630476056/ https://bliss.fearvana.com/secretstomastery https://www.fearvanafoundation.org/liberia   Support Our Sponsors! This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To get a free week go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Must be 18. This episode is sponsored by the Calm meditation/sleep app.  For 25% off a Calm premium subscription go to www.Calm.com/mental This episode is sponsored by the insurance quote search and comparison website PolicyGenius.   WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST ______________________ Subscribe via iTunes and leave a review.  It costs nothing. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mental-illness-happy-hour/id427377900?mt=2 ————————————————————————— Spread the word via social media.   It costs nothing. Our website is www.mentalpod.com our FB is www.Facebook.com/mentalpod and our Twitter and Instagram are both @Mentalpod  -------------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Stitcher Premium for back catalog (& much more) -Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod   -Subscription includes all episodes, ad-free, going all the way back to ep #1 in 2011, plus back catalogs of tons of other great podcasts, standup albums, original content and more. -------------------------------------------------------- Become a much-needed Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mentalpod    Become a one-time or monthly donor via Paypal  or Zelle (make payment to mentalpod@gmail.com) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Try Our Sponsor’s Products/Services ---------------------------------------------------  
Dating Anxiety & Reproductive Issues - Becky Feldman
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, developing vaginismus, Becky spent her 20s resigned to never dating or having a partner. Surgery, talk therapy, physical therapy and giving dating another try has proved to be more helpful than she expected. Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod    past guests include people like people like Tiffany Haddish, Maria Bamford, Paul F. Tompkins, Jen Kirkman, NHL Legend Theo Fleury, Dr. Elyn Saks, Neal Brennan, Janet Varney,  Marc Maron, Ashly Burch, Chris Gethard, Christina Pazsitzky, Aparna Nancherla, Eddie Pepitone, Shane Mauss, Karen Kilgariff, Clint Malarchuk, Caitlin Doughty, Dave Anthony, Andy Kindler, Aisha Tyler, TEDTalker Susan David, Anchorman Dan Harris, Jimmy Dore, Anna Akana, Dr. Guy Winch, Andy Richter, Jesse Thorne, Michaela Watkins, Adam Carolla, Dr. Jonice Webb, Paul Rust, Doug Benson, Melissa Broder (@SoSadToday), Rob Delaney, Pro Basketball player Royce White, Jimmy Pardo, Todd Glass, Nikki Glaser, Emily Gordon, Kathryn Hahn, Cameron Esposito and many others.   More About Our Guest Becky's Twitter/instagram is @beckles212, and the twitter/instagram for her podcast Too Stupid to Live is @tstlpodcast.   Here's the itunes to link for Too Stupid to Live as well: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/too-stupid-to-live/id1141770521?mt=2   Support Our Sponsors!   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To get a free week go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Must be 18. This episode is sponsored by Mrs. Fields cookies.  For 20% off your order go to www.MrsFields.com and use offer code MENTAL This episode is sponsored by PolicyGenius.  To get insurance quotes from leading providers and apply in minutes go to www.PolicyGenius.com This episode is sponsored by Roman E.D. prescription service go to www.GetRoman.com/mental  Other Links Mentioned  The fundraiser for the memorial for Johnny Olsen's late wife Tara https://www.gofundme.com/memorial-for-tara-olsen Online 12 step meetings www.intherooms.com   WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST ______________________ Subscribe via iTunes and leave a review.  It costs nothing. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mental-illness-happy-hour/id427377900?mt=2 ————————————————————————— Spread the word via social media.   It costs nothing. Our website is www.mentalpod.com our FB is www.Facebook.com/mentalpod and our Twitter and Instagram are both @Mentalpod    -------------------------------------------------------- Become a much-needed Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mentalpod    Become a one-time or monthly donor via Paypal  or Zelle (make payment to mentalpod@gmail.com) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Try Our Sponsor’s Products/Services ---------------------------------------------------
Back in My Parents' F-ing Basement - Live in MN w/Kjell Bjorgen
Recorded live in Minneapolis at Sisyphus Brewing, Paul and Kjell reunite and share stories of bombing onstage, panic attacks, depression, meds, feeling lazy, future tripping, anger at partners, living in parents' basements, self-doubt, dead-end jobs and self-sabotage. Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod   past guests include people like people like Tiffany Haddish, Maria Bamford, Paul F. Tompkins, Jen Kirkman, NHL Legend Theo Fleury, Dr. Elyn Saks, Neal Brennan, Janet Varney,  Marc Maron, Ashly Burch, Chris Gethard, Christina Pazsitzky, Aparna Nancherla, Eddie Pepitone, Shane Mauss, Karen Kilgariff, Clint Malarchuk, Caitlin Doughty, Dave Anthony, Andy Kindler, Aisha Tyler, TEDTalker Susan David, Anchorman Dan Harris, Jimmy Dore, Anna Akana, Dr. Guy Winch, Andy Richter, Jesse Thorne, Michaela Watkins, Adam Carolla, Dr. Jonice Webb, Paul Rust, Doug Benson, Melissa Broder (@SoSadToday), Rob Delaney, Pro Basketball player Royce White, Jimmy Pardo, Todd Glass, Nikki Glaser, Emily Gordon, Kathryn Hahn, Cameron Esposito and many others.   More About Our Guest visit Kjell at www.Facebook.com/kjell.bjorgen    Support Our Sponsors!   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To get a free week go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Must be 18.   This episode is sponsored by PolicyGenius.com  To find a policy and company that is right for you go to www.PolicyGenius.com     Other Links Mentioned    WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST ______________________ Subscribe via iTunes and leave a review.  It costs nothing. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mental-illness-happy-hour/id427377900?mt=2 ————————————————————————— Spread the word via social media.   It costs nothing. Our website is www.mentalpod.com our FB is www.Facebook.com/mentalpod and our Twitter and Instagram are both @Mentalpod  -------------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Stitcher Premium for back catalog (& much more) -Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod   -Subscription includes all episodes, ad-free, going all the way back to ep #1 in 2011, plus back catalogs of tons of other great podcasts, standup albums, original content and more. -------------------------------------------------------- Become a much-needed Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mentalpod    Become a one-time or monthly donor via Paypal  or Zelle (make payment to mentalpod@gmail.com) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Fund the podcast going abroad and recording European guests in July. https://www.gofundme.com/pauls-trip-to-ireland ——————————————————————————————— Try Our Sponsor’s Products/Services ---------------------------------------------------
Cartoons & Murder - Tonya McKenzie
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 of her except when it interfered with her dangerous lifestyle. A great chat about mental health - especially among POC -, complicated relationships with mothers, the cycles of generational dysfunction and trauma in the black community and the challenges raising her teenage son in a mostly white community. Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod     More About Our Guest Website: http://tonyamckenzie.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/PRBizMom Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tonyamckenziespeaks/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tonyamckenzie/   Support Our Sponsors! This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To get a free week go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Must be 18. This episode is sponsored by Mrs. Fields. For 20% off go to www.mrsfields.com And enter promo code mental This episode is sponsored by the Calm app.  For 25% off the Calm premium subscription go to www.calm.com/Mental    WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST ______________________ Subscribe via iTunes and leave a review.  It costs nothing. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mental-illness-happy-hour/id427377900?mt=2 ————————————————————————— Spread the word via social media.   It costs nothing. Our website is www.mentalpod.com our FB is www.Facebook.com/mentalpod and our Twitter and Instagram are both @Mentalpod  -------------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Stitcher Premium for back catalog (& much more) -Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod   -Subscription includes all episodes, ad-free, going all the way back to ep #1 in 2011, plus back catalogs of tons of other great podcasts, standup albums, original content and more. -------------------------------------------------------- Become a much-needed Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mentalpod    Become a one-time or monthly donor via Paypal  or Zelle (make payment to mentalpod@gmail.com) ——————————————————————————————— Try Our Sponsor’s Products/Services ---------------------------------------------------  
LeeAnn Kreischer - Rural Southern Generational Trauma
The former screenwriter, mother and podcaster shares about her relationship with her "party-animal" husband Bert Kreischer and her tumultuous childhood split between a mentally-ill narcissistic mother, a lovesick broken father, and a grandfather with severe combat PTSD from being the one of the first soldiers to enter Nagasaki after the atomic bomb detonated. She describes how she faced her pain, changed her life and is trying to grow into the person and mother she never had.     Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod   Hear guests like: Tiffany Haddish, Marc Maron, Maria Bamford, Melissa Villasenor, NHL Legend Theo Fleury, Aisha Tyler, Scott Thompson, Kathryn Hahn, Nikki Glaser, Rob Delaney, Paul F. Tompkins and bestselling authors like Dr. Elyn Saks, and Caitlin Doughty.   More About Our Guest To find all of her social media handles or to learn more about LeeAnn or her podcast The Wife of The Party, go to www.WifeOTP.com   Support Our Sponsors!   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To get a free week go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental  Must be 18. The BH policy and terminology updates are explained in this article by the founder of BH  Other Links Mentioned For questions about any of the book titles she mentioned contact her thru her website at www.wifeotp.com  or dm her on twitter.   Ways to Help the Podcast ______________________ Subscribe via iTunes and leave a review.  It costs nothing. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mental-illness-happy-hour/id427377900?mt=2 ————————————————————————— Spread the word via social media.   It costs nothing. Our website is www.mentalpod.com our FB is www.Facebook.com/mentalpod and our Twitter and Instagram are both @Mentalpod  -------------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Stitcher Premium for back catalog (& much more) -Older episodes can be found ad-free exclusively at Stitcher Premium for $4.99/month.  Get one month free with offer code MENTAL at signup at www.StitcherPremium.com/mentalpod   -Subscription includes all episodes, ad-free, going all the way back to ep #1 in 2011, plus back catalogs of tons of other great podcasts, standup albums, original content and more. -------------------------------------------------------- Become a much-needed Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mentalpod    Become a one-time or monthly donor via Paypal  or Zelle (make payment to mentalpod@gmail.com) --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Try Our Sponsor’s Products/Services ---------------------------------------------------
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perfect.paradox

I wish she touched more on "relationship OCD" - I live with this destructive OCD. I have yet to figure out a way to fight it often destroying relationships and my own happiness. I have created compulsions just to see if I can get through a relationship... lets just say, its ruining love in my life. until now...I haven't heard someone describe my life word for word. "fear of them not being the one" (therefore, end or avoid commitments) thanks for the great episode

Dec 29th
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J WIGHTMAN

heavy episode and great info

Dec 4th
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Caitlin Jayne Douglas

psychology

Nov 29th
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Henry Smith

continue to speak Truth

Sep 22nd
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Tw Thomas

hi Paul. I much appreciate your show, BUT... , i think maybe the shows, interview's, maybe have getting a little soft lately. I, along with many others, struggle with drug addiction. It seems like its been a while since their have been consistently dramatic, and seriously troubled guests on the show. Consistently the show's have become a bit soft and lighter hearted then in previous years. this isn't "dinner and a movie" this is about, or at least was in the past more about the show's title. The way it is lately more presented is a "im ok, your ok" fluff piece. I hope you, and soon, bring more interviews with people like me, people still deeply imeresd in their particular sickness. mine, being a former responsible, productive member of society. A huge contrast to my last 15 years of experiencing the highs and lows of a active junkie, with a true and predictable ever downward trend. thank you,. troy

Aug 24th
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Bella Ring

I found this podcast 4years ago when I was dealing with post pardon depression. this helped me so mush. listening help me not feel so alone and reminded me that slowly it will get better. Also listening to other people's stories help me understand people around me and my own feelings. thank you Paul ❤

Aug 3rd
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connie donatelli

Paul- thanks for this. my mom was my primary abuser and i need to hear others talking about how abusive behavior does not relate to gender identity. i later got into abusive romantic relationships, some straight and one same sex. my worst was a woman and it took an order of protection and police to keep her away although she stalked me Anyway. it's not only men. I'm free and happy with a new, authentic love. thanks for this podcast.

Jul 31st
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Tamsheep

This is the most touching and relatable and eye-opening and beautiful thing I think I’ve ever heard. Thank you for sharing this. Much love from Germany ❤️

Jul 16th
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