129 episodes

Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown is a quirky, informative, and interactive podcast breaking down the myths and misunderstandings about mental health and emotional well-being. Neuroscientist Mayim Bialik combines her academic background with vast personal experience to provide listeners with valuable practical advice focusing on removing the stigma surrounding mental health and encouraging an understanding of the mind-body connection. Nothing is off limits as Mayim breaks it down with an amazing collection of guests.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 715 Ratings

Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown is a quirky, informative, and interactive podcast breaking down the myths and misunderstandings about mental health and emotional well-being. Neuroscientist Mayim Bialik combines her academic background with vast personal experience to provide listeners with valuable practical advice focusing on removing the stigma surrounding mental health and encouraging an understanding of the mind-body connection. Nothing is off limits as Mayim breaks it down with an amazing collection of guests.

    Corey Feldman: They Abused Me, I Learned to Forgive

    Corey Feldman: They Abused Me, I Learned to Forgive

    Corey Feldman (The Goonies, Stand By Me, The Lost Boys) opens up about his abusive childhood, grappling with the deaths of so many of his friends, and his spirituality. He discusses what he remembers from his early days of acting, why he wishes he had the option to say no to fame, and the abuse he suffered at the hands of his predators and his own parents. Corey reflects on the healing nature of being a parent, how his life has changed since finding sobriety, and the thought patterns he uses to achieve forgiveness for those who have hurt him. He explains being of service as a form of therapy, his love of philosophy, and the exchange of energy he experiences during his performances.

    • 55 min
    Natasha Leggero: Parenting at the End of the World

    Natasha Leggero: Parenting at the End of the World

    Natasha Leggero (actress, writer, comedian, author of The World Deserves My Children) opens up about how she arrived to her unique parenting journey later in life and provides an honest approach to parenting and "geriatric" pregnancy. She discusses the impact of her father leaving the family at an early age before he married her mom’s best friend, and what it was like to help raise her younger siblings as a child herself. Natasha reveals what she wishes more people knew about the egg-freezing process, merging her life as a career woman with caring for a child, and the importance of finding the right partner to parent with. Mayim and Natasha compare parenting styles and consider the challenges of parenting in the face of environmental panic. They discuss reasons some might not want to have children, why kids crave structure, and why we shouldn’t condition children with fear.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Jodie Sweetin: My ADHD is a Superpower

    Jodie Sweetin: My ADHD is a Superpower

    Jodie Sweetin (Full House, Fuller House, Craft Me a Romance) discusses her work as “Stephanie Tanner” on Full House, living with ADHD and how she thinks it has helped her, and the importance of showing up as the parent you needed to have yourself. She explains how therapy and sobriety allow her to be a better parent and the importance of honesty in a parent-child relationship. Mayim and Jodie consider the need for prison reform after Jodie opens up about being adopted as a baby after she was born within the prison system. They discuss coping mechanisms in nature vs nurture and share their earliest childhood memories. Jodie reveals the top 5 things that keep her centered and ways she redirects feelings of wanting to run away into efforts of self-care.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Create Yourself Anew: Breaking Down 2022 with Mayim and Jonathan!

    Create Yourself Anew: Breaking Down 2022 with Mayim and Jonathan!

    Mayim and Jonathan are breaking down 2022 for our final episode of the year! They chat about what went right in 2022 - from the news stories that made us laugh and articles tied to important topics we cover here at MBB, to what the year has taught them. Mayim reveals a highlight from this year and a few practical tips she has personally put into action.

    • 53 min
    Face Your Financial Fears with Meredith Stoddard

    Face Your Financial Fears with Meredith Stoddard

    Meredith Stoddard (Life Events Experience Lead at Fidelity Investments) stops by to discuss how life events and their emotional components can impact finances and the overall human experience. Meredith explains the similarities between life events planning and therapy, practical ways to make financial literacy more accessible to all, and reasons to avoid comparing your financial status and goals with others. Mayim and Meredith consider the benefits of starting small when working toward your financial goals, framing money conversations around wishes instead of fear, and normalizing financial discussions within the family unit. They discuss changing generational attitudes, goals, & behavior toward money and combating misinformation around finances on social media. This content was created in collaboration with Fidelity. Thank you Fidelity for sponsoring this podcast! #ad

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Melanie “Sporty Spice” Chisholm: The Discipline of Girl Power

    Melanie “Sporty Spice” Chisholm: The Discipline of Girl Power

    Melanie Chisholm (AKA “Sporty Spice” of the Spice Girls, solo artist, author of The Sporty One memoir) joins us to discuss the Spice Girls’ impact on music and culture, battling difficult personal struggles in the extreme public eye, and the toll playing a caricature of yourself can take. She reveals the origins of the band and their “Girl Power” message, the similarities between each band member and their onstage personas, and why she finally decided to reflect on her experiences in her new memoir. Mel C opens up about the onset of her disordered eating, why she finally decided to seek help, and the toxicity of the tabloid media when Spice Girls rose to fame compared to today’s social media. Mayim and Melanie consider denial as a coping mechanism, the loneliness that comes with disordered eating, and the impact of the loss of Queen Elizabeth II.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
715 Ratings

715 Ratings

Erinelle1 ,

Learn + Laugh in every episode

I absolutely love this podcast.
Can I please give it 10 stars!? 🌟

I discovered BREAKDOWN a little late but will definitely go back and listen to all episodes as there are gems in all of them. I love to learn and laugh and Mayim & Jonathan bring it every time…I am currently obtaining my Masters in Counselling Psychology and love the additional insights gained from these interviews.

Erin

emccormi ,

Love your show

I think you guys have a fantastic show love all your guests.Atlantis Morrissette was a fantastic choice. I am Canadian and grew up listening to her music and as you said she was way ahead of her time. Keep doing what you’re doing it’s working.

KartioSucksNow ,

Nope

I wanted to like this, and have defended Mayim so many times, mostly because she often seems well-meaning and does make many good points on various subjects, but her views are just so peppered with problems, I just can’t with her anymore. At just a few episodes in, you’ll hear two THIN PRIVILEGED WHITE WOMEN pontificate blithely about body image while perpetuating fat-phobic harm and idiotic non-scientific ideas about weight. Personally, that was it for me. I had to turn this mess off. (And yes, in the actual world, Mayim is thin, she enjoys thin privilege, and really has NO idea what people who actually suffer in this realm go through, though she loves to go on and on about how she is a poor unfortunate non-supermodel among her fellow celebrities.) Celebrity mentality first, science second (if that) — that’s what this show is. What else did I expect from a former “non-vaccinating” advocate, supplement snake-oil peddler, SA victim-blamer, and Harvey Weinstein defender? I don’t mind her as a Jeopardy host because trivia is inherently trivial, but a show ostensibly about mental health and neuroscience isn’t.

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