Mental Illness Happy Hour

"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 www.mentalpod.com mentalpod@gmail.com

http://mentalpod.libsyn.com

subscribe
share



 

episode 49: 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...


share





   2h3m
 
 

episode 48: 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 -...


share





   2h12m
 
 

episode 47: LeeAnn Kreischer - Rural Southern Family Trauma


The wife of comedian Bert Kreischer shares about her relationship with her "party-animal" husband, and her tumultuous childhood split between a mentally-ill narcissistic mother, a lovesick broken father, and a grandfather with severe combat PTSD from...


share





   1h59m
 
 

episode 46: FOMO, Shame & People Pleasing - Mary Holland


The improviser/actor (UCB's Wild Horses) opens up about her struggles with feeling like a fraud, people pleasing, shame, FOMO, feeling undeserving or that her authentic self is just too much for people. Older episodes can be found ad-free...


share





   1h42m
 
 

episode 45: Chris Mancini - A Buffet of Anxiety


The filmmaker (Earbuds) podcaster (Comedy Film Nerds and Conversations From the Abyss) writer (Pacified: A Handbook For the New Freaked-Out Dad) and comedian sits down to talk about anxiety, depression, parental stress/anxiety and feeling career...


share





 2018-11-09  1h17m
 
 

Introducing Imagined Life


What is it like to be famous before you’re famous? What is it like to walk in the shoes of another person? Each episode of IMAGINED LIFE takes you on an immersive journey into the life of a world-famous person. It’ll be someone you may think you...


share





 2018-11-04  5m
 
 

episode 44: Mania, Cancer, Communism & #MeToo - Sofiya Alexandra


The writer (Danger & Eggs) standup (Comedy Central: This is Not Happening) & podcaster (Reality Bytes) shares about her childhood under communism in the Ukraine, her battles with bipolar (loving the mania), surviving cancer and how to help or...


share





 2018-11-02  2h27m
 
 

episode 43: Lazy, Scattered & Other ADHD Labels - Jessica McCabe


"Bored", "lazy", "scattered" "hyper"; Are these fair or accurate labels? Is there anything we can do to help our brains or motivation? Jessica shares about her past struggles with these labels and how we can find what our brain likes so we don't fight...


share





 2018-10-26  1h42m
 
 

episode 42: It's Okay To Be Weird - May Wilkerson


The standup & cohost of the "Crazy in Bed" podcast opens up about being an only child & a "weird kid" who couldn't appreciate her uniqueness and desire to belong until college. She shares about her battles with social anxiety, bulimia,...


share





 2018-10-19  1h48m
 
 

episode 41: OCD Rituals, Loss & Empathy - Adam Cayton-Holland


The standup, actor and author shares about familial loss, his lifelong OCD rituals, and growing up in a home where the harsh and often brutal realities of the world were discussed with the kids, helping them empathize but also took an emotional toll....


share





 2018-10-12  1h43m