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Get into an Imani State Of Mind with psychiatrist Dr. Imani Walker. Every week, she’ll break down mental illness and mental health through pop culture and news and in the process normalize what getting your mind right really looks like.

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Get into an Imani State Of Mind with psychiatrist Dr. Imani Walker. Every week, she’ll break down mental illness and mental health through pop culture and news and in the process normalize what getting your mind right really looks like.

    Okay, But How Are You REALLY Doing?

    Okay, But How Are You REALLY Doing?

    Between COVID and the most recent protests against police brutality, ""how are you?"" is a loaded question right now - especially for Black folks! Imani talks with reporter Priska Neely about the cognitive dissonance of getting check-in texts from her white friends (you can read her essay in The Cut about those texts here: https://www.thecut.com/2020/06/i-dont-need-your-check-in-texts.html), plus how Priska takes care of her mental health while reporting on traumatic events for her job.

    • 54 min
    Let's Talk About What It Means To Be Bipolar

    Let's Talk About What It Means To Be Bipolar

    Is having bipolar disorder really  like having a "sprained brain" like Kanye said? This week Imani breaks down for you what bipolar looks and feels like and how to get help. Plus, on Pop Culture Diagnosis, Imani goes deep on how bipolar disorder shows up for everyone's favorite hype man on FX's Dave.

    • 53 min
    Protect Black Women And Girls

    Protect Black Women And Girls

    Black women are twice as likely to experience a major depressive disorder compared to Black men, but Black women are less likely to seek mental health help. This week Dr. Imani talks with therapist and author of The State of Black Girls, Marline Francois Madden to talk about why therapy is an important part of mental health care, how to find a therapist, and how to truly make time for self-care.

    • 56 min
    You're Not Extra, You're Depressed

    You're Not Extra, You're Depressed

    Stigma makes it hard for so many people to even talk about their mental health, let alone get help. But among Millennials and Gen Z, there's less and less stigma about mental illness. This week, Imani talks with Tracy Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) about how she became a go-to voice for normalizing mental health conversations for Millennials on Twitter.

    • 53 min
    Is This A Problem?

    Is This A Problem?

    Substance abuse is on the rise as we’ve been in quarantine. This week, Imani talks with addiction psychiatrist and host of the ‘In Recovery’ podcast, Dr. Nzinga Harrison about what addiction is, why recovery can be so difficult, and what you should look out for if you’re worried about your own behavior. 

    • 53 min
    Don't Panic!

    Don't Panic!

    We are stressed! And this isn’t just normal stress - the pandemic has disrupted every aspect of our lives, and this summer there’s already been a non-stop tide of news stories of police shootings and violence against black communities. This week Dr. Imani lays out how to process the trauma of trying to live your life in the midst of a crisis. Plus, Dr. Imani breaks down how one of her favorite TV shows depicts mental illness in Pop Culture Diagnosis.

    • 56 min

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