Month: June 2019

Episode 35 “Virtual Reality”

Virtual reality (VR) is an experience taking place within simulated and immersive environments that can be similar to or completely different from the real world. While VR has been typically thought about as a form of entrainment, a means to escape the real world and enter into a different reality, scientists and researchers are now using VR as a tool to help diagnose and treat disease. In particular, VR has been reported to help with mental health disorders like PTSD and anxiety, and on Episode 35 we discuss this, and talk about the ways VR might be the next big thing in the mental health movement.

Topics Discussed on Episode 35:

  • What is virtual reality?
  • What is the history of VR’s use in medicine?
  • How has VR been used in the field of mental health?
  • What are some examples of diseases VR can help with?
  • Studies that show benefit in helping diagnose disease using VR.

“Don’t just be strong, be mental strong!”

Episode 34 “Darkness of Comedy” ft. Paul Gilmartin

Laughter is indeed the best medicine, but what is it about the comedic mind then lends itself to darkness? Many comedians suffer from mental disease including depression and substance abuse, but when they walk on stage, their only job is to make people laugh. So interesting. To talk about this fascinating topic on Episode 34, it is my great pleasure to introduce comedian, television personality and  podcast host Paul Gilmartin. Since 2011, Paul has been the host and executive producer of the podcast The Mental Illness Happy Hour. The long-format interview style show examines lives affected by mental health issues, including depression, addiction, fear, anxiety, abuse, and gender identity. We are so excited to welcome Paul to the show for some great discussion around comedy and darkness.

Topics Discussed on Episode 34:

  • Information on new places to find the better mental health show podcast
  • Introduction to comedian and actor Paul Gilmartin
  • What type of person/mind is drawn to comedy
  • Why do comedians tend to have a strong dark side
  • How deep in the darkness did Paul get
  • How did Paul channel his darkness into his current project
  • Lessons from Paul on ho we can pull ourselves out of the darkness

“Don’t just be strong, be mental strong!”

Episode 33 “Sick Of Drinking”

Drinking alcohol has been associated with serious physical and mental health risks, so any news showing drinking to be on the decline would be warranted. As we move into this era of wellness and mental health awareness, people are becoming less likely to go out with their friends to have a drink and a whole new spectrum of products are popping up to support this new “sober curious” culture. Are we getting sick of drinking? Is drinking not cool anymore? In Episode 33 we discuss this and how alcohol affects our brain and alters its chemistry.

Topics Discussed on Episode 33:

  • A new mental health policy proposal from Democratic Presidential candidate Seth Moulton
  • How alcohol affects your bran transmission
  • Why alcohol can cause a relaxed feel
  • Drinking incidence on the decline, reasons, and implications
  • New products popping up to support the growing wellness and mental health movement
  • The concept that drinking might no longer be “cool”

In this episode we reference the following article.

“Don’t just be strong, be mental strong!”

Episode 32″ Are You A Burnout?”

Burnouts used to be something completely different when I was growing out, but nowadays, being a burnout is steadily in the rise, and on today’s show we talk about what is going on. Being a “burnout” is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. And while we all think we experience this at some point, the World Health Organization has just officially made being a “burnout” a diagnosis, meaning people will be able to get diagnosed as such, and thus allow them to get some sort of mental and or physical relief. How do you feel about this? Are you a burnout? Do you disagree with this or is this another just another way we are creating a bunch of soft humans. Join the discussion and take a listen.