Rank #1: Jamie Tworkowski: Paying Hope Forward
"You are not alone, and this is not the end of your story."These are words that the nonprofit, TWLOHA, and its founder, Jamie Tworkowski say over and over to their audiences.
Since beginning his journey with mental health advocacy in 2006, Jamie has learned a thing or two about how to share hope with others and how to get help when you need it. Listen in to hear how a simple of message of hope has transformed countless people.
Rank #2: Nick Becker: Speaking Your Truth
Stigma, is a word that Nick Becker has dealt with most of his life, especially surrounding mental illness. As a spoken word artist, Nick leads his audience through this stigma to raise awareness and empathy around mental disorders.
Listen in as Nick shares about his life, and performs some of his most popular works.
Rank #3: Eric Maisel: Does Mental Illness Exist?
Is the medical world correct to diagnose and treat mental illness? As controversial as this question is, this week's guest, Eric Maisel tackles this subject head on, and his views might surprise you.
Eric is a former family and marriage therapist, frequent Psychology Today contributor, and renowned creativity coach. Suffice it to say, he's an expert in his own right and has a lot to add to this conversation.
Rank #4: Hannah Shapiro: Surviving Anxiety
We all know that signing up for a reality show is pretty crazy. But signing up for the CBS Survivor reality show takes it all to another level- something that Hannah Shapiro of Survivor Season 33 has in common with our very own, Spencer Bledsoe.
Not only did Hannah make it far into her season, she was also vulnerable and talked about her anxiety. Listen in as she talks about her experience with anxiety before, during, and after her Survivor experience.
Rank #5: Suzanne Stabile: What the Enneagram Can Tell Us about Mental Health
Rank #6: Ian Cron: Shame Never Works
"Shame never works," says Ian Cron when asked about self-awareness and inner-transformation. As an Episcopal priest, psychotherapist, Enneagram expert, and a person who's openly dealt with addiction, Ian speaks from a long list of life experiences.
How can we learn to accept ourselves and others in the midst of pain and suffering? How can we use mental diagnoses and personality tests, without holding too tightly to the results?
In this episode, Ian, Laura, and Spencer cover questions like these to better understand the complexity of people and mental disorders.
Rank #7: Caety Klingman: This Is Life With OCD
What you see on the outside, isn't always indicative of whats going on in the inside. That was the case for Caety Klingman when she was a college student at University of Chicago, and diagnosed with OCD.
What looked like laziness and disinterest to her professors and classmates, was in actuality a full-blown battle with obsessive thoughts and behaviors.
Listen as she shares her journey with OCD, and the help she found that has transformed her life.
If you or a loved one is experiencing OCD, here are some resources that may help:
Rank #8: Tyler Simmonds: Healing through Mindfulness
What if you're a person who feels things deeply? What do you do when all you see is injustice and you feel alone? Do you try to handle it all alone, while the world goes on, seemingly without a care? Filmmaker, artist, writer, and entrepreneur, Tyler Simmonds grappled with these questions early on in his life as he faced depression and anxiety.
Out of these struggles, he found the healing power of mindfulness.
Listen to the first episode of Redeeming Disorder's 2nd season to receive inspiration, and a crash course on how to use mindfulness in your daily life. Our interview with Tyler will give you yet another perspective on mental illness, and the many therapies and tools available if you need help.
Here are links to some of the things we mentioned in this episode:
- Sam Harris on mindfulness and our thoughts
- Invisibilia: The Secret History of Thoughts
- Elizabeth Gilbert: Big Magic
- Tyler Simmonds film and blog
Rank #9: Overcoming Fear & Hearing Different Perspectives with Taryn Bledsoe
Two people growing up in the same environment can come away with two very different perspectives. We explore that in today's episode by comparing and contrasting Spencer and Taryn Bledsoe's experiences growing up and dealing with mental disorder. Spencer and Laura also reflect on Season 1 and what they hope to accomplish in Season 2.
Links from this episode:
- Fig Tree from The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (opening excerpt)
- The Problem with Solution by the Invisibilia podcast (mental health in Belgium)
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Rank #10: Dave Wright: Living with Uncertainty
TV writer and Season 33 CBS Survivor contestant, Dave Wright, talks about his journey managing anxiety both in regular life and throughout his Survivor experience.
Links from this episode:
- Taming the Mammoth: Why you Should Stop Caring What Other People Think by Tim Urban
- CBS Survivor Season 33
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