Rank #1: Does Person-First Language Reduce Mental Illness Stigma?
In this week’s Psych Central Show, Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss the use of person-first language in mental health advocacy. Person-First refers to a form of etiquette that calls for language to be structured “person” first, “disability” second. For example: “people with diabetes” versus “diabetic.” It changes language to replace “to be” (mentally ill) with “to have” (mental illness).
Our hosts discuss the relative merits and disadvantages of this supposedly empowering strategy. They question whether this is needed, whether it’s helping, or whether it is just one more way to stigmatize people who have been diagnosed with mental illness.
Rank #2: Life With Schizophrenia – One Man’s Experience
The onset of mental illness can upend our lives in many ways. In this episode, we speak with a young man living with schizophrenia and hear about the impact it has had on him and his family. He describes his life before his diagnosis and the first symptoms of what would turn out to be schizophrenia. In addition to sharing the trauma of this diagnosis, he speaks of his treatment and how, in hopes of joining the Army, he stopped his treatment (with predictable results). He offers advice for those newly diagnosed with schizophrenia and for their parents, stressing how important it is to have loved ones who are accepting and supportive.
[2:35] The first symptoms of Patrick’s schizophrenia.
[5:01] Patrick describes the trauma of schizophrenia.
[16:49] Patrick offers advice for the newly diagnosed.
[17:52] Patrick offers advice for parents of the newly diagnosed.
Rank #3: Anxiety Lies Constantly – How to Stop Listening
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome Jodi Aman, popular psychotherapist, anxiety expert, blogger, radio host, and author of You 1, Anxiety 0: Winning Your Life Back From Fear and Panic. Jodi explains how she cured herself of anxiety and shares great tips on how you can get control over your own anxiety and panic attacks. She also explains anxiety and panic in ways you might never have heard before, giving you a better understanding of what’s really going on.
Rank #4: Understanding Depression – What It Is and What It Isn’t
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss depression and why so many people don’t understand this insidious disease. They speak of their own versions of depression (bipolar depression and persistent depressive disorder) and why terminology matters. Despite hundreds of millions of people worldwide suffering from depression, the average person still thinks of depression as nothing more than “sadness.” Listen and find out why this is exceedingly inadequate to explain depression.
Rank #6: Why Does the Narcissist Always Get the Girl?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales have a candid discussion about narcissists with Ramani Durvasula, PhD. In this information-packed interview, she gives the harsh truth about narcissists, including addressing the questions: What’s the difference between narcissism and self-confidence? Can women be narcissists? Are there more narcissists today than in the past? What happens when two narcissists are in a relationship? and, of course, Why does the narcissist always get the girl?
Rank #7: A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and the Psych Central Show
As hard as it is to believe, Gabe Howard hosts another podcast, but with a different co-host! Michelle Hammer is his co-host on A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and a Podcast (AKA BSP). In this episode, she and Gabe chat with Vincent M. Wales about how she and Gabe met (spoiler: their stories don’t exactly match) and how the BSP podcast came to exist. Additionally, they clear up some of the misconceptions about their show, share a few words about person-first language, and explain just why the show has a “mature” rating. And don’t forget to listen to episode 007 of BSP, which features this same trio, together in person in Chicago!
[2:31] Why on earth would Gabe want to do a show without Vincent?
[7:39] Gabe clears up Vincent’s misconception about BSP.
[8:45] Person-first language and how BSP owes its name to Nathan Fillion.
[11:37] Michelle tells how she and Gabe really met.
[12:34] Gabe loses the dollar.
[15:42] Who is Michelle Hammer, anyway?
[21:11] Why does BSP have a “mature” rating?
Rank #8: Living Well With Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is an often misunderstood (and misdiagnosed) disorder. Our guest this week is a psychotherapist who has worked with many individuals with this diagnosis. He discusses the nature of the disease, therapy plans for treatment, and the multi-phase stabilization process. He also talks about the “Grand Bargain” between the bipolar person and his/her family, which helps keep everyone informed. Most importantly, he makes it very clear that bipolar disorder is a very manageable disease that will not prevent someone from leading a stable, satisfying life, on one’s own terms, rather than the terms dictated by the disease.
- What is the clinical definition of bipolar disorder?
- What’s the difference between Bipolar I and Bipolar II?
- Is mania really as awesome as some people believe?
- Why is bipolar disorder so frequently misdiagnosed?
Rank #9: How Is Depression Expressed in Children and Adolescents?
The rate of depression in children and adolescents continues to grow, leaving many parents clueless on what to do. What is driving this increase? Are things truly different for young people today, compared to twenty or thirty years ago? This episode welcomes a child psychologist to address these issues and more, including: how and why kids today are overloaded with activities, the different ways depression expresses itself in youth versus adults, how to tell when kids are “just being kids” versus dealing with depression, how to recognize the various signs of depression in young people, and how parents can stop feeling like failures.
YOUTH DEPRESSION SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
[3:57] Are we expecting too much of kids, today?
[5:49] Why are we overloading children?
[8:03] How do we slow down?
[17:56] What does depression look like in young people?
[23:40] how can parents tell when kids are depressed, rather than just “kids being kids”?
[29:56] What about parents who think they’re failures?
Rank #10: What’s It Like to Live with Schizophrenia?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome guest Tanara Simpson, a young woman who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in her 20s. In this interview, Tanara shares the story of her diagnosis, including the symptoms that led her from doctor to doctor, landed her in jail, and ultimately led to a physician who helped her get on the road to recovery. She talks about her partnership with Janssen Pharmaceuticals in helping her to get the word out about her story, and she shares how she maintains a positive attitude in spite of having a life-altering disease and works as a certified peer support specialist, helping others who have also been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Tanara's story is truly an inspirational one.
Rank #11: Why Is It Hard for Adults to Make Friends?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales talk about friendship. Specifically, why we find it so much more difficult to make friends as adults than when we were young. Among the points covered was the fact that not everyone has the same definition of “friend.” Also discussed are the various pools of people available to us as friends and the ways in which we meet them. Most pertinent, though, is the major difference in how children and adults tend to determine who is worthy of being a friend. (Hint: kids might have a better grasp on it.)
[1:25] What do we really mean by “friends”?
[5:15] Do adults focus on different things when seeking friends?
[7:05] How do we change how we disqualify others as friends?
[9:52] Do we fragment our friendships in our personal lives?
[10:51] Friends vs. friendly acquaintances.
[12:57] The difference in how adults and kids find “groups.”
[16:49] The (unrealistic?) expectations of adults.
Rank #12: My Mentally Ill Brother Murdered Our Parents
A mental illness diagnosis is not only hard on the individual, but the person’s entire family. This week’s guest shares the story of one of his brothers, whose behavior would ultimately be diagnosed as schizophrenia, but who went undiagnosed and untreated for many years, coming into and going out of his family’s life for long stretches of time. This would come to an end only after his brother went behind bars for the murder of their parents. Listen in to hear the story, how it affected the family both before and after the tragedy, why his brother was unable to use a mental health defense, and how treatment could have prevented it all.
0:54 His brother’s diagnosis and how it affected the family
6:00 The murder that changed everything
8:50 His brother’s life after the tragedy
11:37 When did his brother realize what had happened and what were his reasons?
14:21 Why his brother could not use a mental health defense
19:14 How is the family now?
Rank #13: How to Control Social Anxiety Before It Controls You
Social anxiety is more common than most of us realize. Around 80% of us have experienced it at some point in our lives. In this episode, Dr. Ellen Hendriksen shares her insights into social anxiety, including how it is experienced by different sorts of people, and how we can reduce its impact on us. She explains about safety behaviors and how they can work against us in overcoming anxiety, as well as addresses specific anxious behaviors, such as avoiding eye contact. As she explains, a little social anxiety isn’t anything to worry about. It’s when social anxiety causes us to avoid certain situations or interactions that we should be concerned.
[1:37] What’s the difference between social anxiety and shyness?
[4:15] Social anxiety with introverts & extraverts.
[5:58] The two lies of social anxiety.
[9:49] How do we lessen the impact of social anxiety?
[15:23] Writing the book on social anxiety.
[21:29] Looking social anxiety in the eye.
[26:32] What are safety behaviors?
Rank #14: What Is Participatory Medicine?
It’s an unfortunate truth that many people are unsatisfied with their relationships with their doctors. They often feel that their own concerns aren’t given any credit, that doctors don’t really listen to them, and that they are helpless to do anything about it. The concept of participatory medicine, however, throws all that out the window. In this show, a doctor and a patient describe how the field of medicine can – and should – change by including the patient in everything. They discuss how technology can play a bigger part in improving the patient experience than it currently is. They also touch on dealing with patients who are misinformed and how medical records aren’t as accurate as we think they are.
[0:38] The value of online communities and the stagnant medical approach to healthcare.
[2:37] Using technology to improve the patient experience.
[6:04] Dave kicks cancer and learns about the e-patient movement.
[8:54] What is participatory medicine?
[11:27] How do doctors deal with patient misinformation?
[15:43] Dave discusses how wrong medical data records can be.
Rank #15: Why Do We Procrastinate?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales finally tackle a topic they'd been putting off: procrastination. Pretty much everyone puts off doing distasteful tasks, but procrastination can cause a multitude of problems for us, including harming our health. During this show, you'll learn some surprising (and some not-so-surprising) facts about procrastination, including just how many people self-identify as procrastinators, and several of the most common excuses given for procrastinating. You'll also learn what the major reasons behind procrastination really are and [spoiler alert] that you can, in fact, stop procrastinating.
[2:15] - What are some things NOT responsible for procrastination?
[2:50] - How many people self-identify as chronic procrastinators?
[3:47] - What are some things that ARE responsible for procrastination?
[4:33] - What are some common excuses given for procrastinating?
[10:14] - What are some negative effects of procrastination?
[11:56] - What can we do to stop procrastinating?
Rank #16: Sleep: Are You Doing It Wrong?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales examine the many aspects of sleep. It’s a state in which we spend a third of our lives, but many of us have poor sleeping habits. In this episode, you will learn about the amount of sleep we need, which varies with age; the effects of not getting enough of it, both on your physical and mental health; and an explanation of proper sleep hygiene and why it’s important. This episode of The Psych Central Show was produced for a Facebook Live event and the video of the podcast recording can be seen here.
[0:39] How much sleep do we need, anyway?
[1:34] The results of insufficient sleep.
[3:04] How insufficient sleep affects our mental health.
[7:12] What sleep deprivation can do to your physical health.
[8:48] What is sleep hygiene and why is it so important?
[16:59] A few words about sleep disorders.
Rank #17: Is Marijuana Effective for Treating Mental Illness?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome Psych Central CEO and founder Dr. John Grohol to discuss marijuana and its potential benefits for treating various types of mental illnesses, from major depression to bipolar disorder. Dr. Grohol explains why there has been so little research in this field and why it will be quite some time before a significant body of data is accumulated. Also discussed is the question of why many people seem to believe cannabis is a “miracle drug,” and which age group should be most careful about the use of marijuana (or any mind-altering substance).
[2:40] Will marijuana help someone with major depression?
[6:12] Why is there so little research on the effects of medical marijuana?
[8:26] What are the detrimental effects of marijuana?
[11:18] Why do people believe it to be a miracle drug?
Rank #18: The Stanford Prison Non-Experiment
For decades, students have been taught about the Stanford Prison Experiment, in which volunteers were assigned as either “prisoners” or “guards” in a mock prison. The “guards” in this scenario allegedly became abusive and controlling toward the “prisoners,” thus it was concluded that average people, given power and control, would turn to such negative behavior. But was this a legitimate experiment? New evidence reveals that there was a lot more going on behind the scenes than was originally reported. Listen as we discuss the origin of the experiment, the controversy surrounding it, and what (if anything) we can actually learn from it.
[1:34] What was the Stanford Prison Experiment?
[5:00] What’s the new controversy about?
[11:37] Why weren’t these issues discovered earlier?
[14:39] What can we really learn from the experiment?
[16:35] Why were the claimed results so easily accepted?
[25:20] Should the Stanford Prison Experiment still be taught?
Rank #19: What’s It Really Like Being in a Psych Hospital?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss the myths and realities of being admitted to an inpatient psychiatric hospital. Gabe shares his personal experience of voluntarily entering a psychiatric hospital when he was suicidal. He tells of how his expectations of the situation differed from what he actually experienced. He shares what he found to be the most frightening aspects of his stay, as well as how he passed the time while there. He shares how his family reacted to his admission to the psychiatric hospital, and the aspect to the stay that he describes as “life-altering.”
BEING IN A PSYCH HOSPITAL SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
[3:43] The scariest part of being in a psych ward.
[7:48] Gabe’s shocking discovery about psych hospitals.
[10:57] Is it like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest?
[13:05] How do you pass the time in a psych hospital?
[14:49] Gabe’s expectations vs. reality.
[16:53] The life-altering aspect of Gabe’s psychiatric stay.
[18:45] How Gabe’s family reacted to his admission.
Rank #20: Mental Health in the Workplace
Most of us spend a large portion of our days at work, where we’re exposed to all sorts of different stressors that take a cumulative toll. And many of us are already dealing with some sort of mental health issue unrelated to our jobs. Put together, it can be a recipe for a breakdown, which is why it’s so important to address mental health in the workplace. Host Gabe Howard shares his insights on the subject, including his story of being fired from a job due to his mental illness, and the ensuing years of exploring the nature of mental health at our places of employment.
- Why is this such an important topic?
- What do you do if you suspect your coworker is having a mental health issue?
- How do you approach disclosure of mental illness in the workplace?
- What are “reasonable” accommodations?
- Does age play a part in our mental health?