28 episodes

Join host Reiman (Spencer) Bledsoe as he dives into real stories of mental disorder to overcome stigma, redeem perceptions, and start a conversation.

Redeeming Disorder Reiman Bledsoe

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

Join host Reiman (Spencer) Bledsoe as he dives into real stories of mental disorder to overcome stigma, redeem perceptions, and start a conversation.

    #28: Back to Where it Began — Laura Bocianski

    #28: Back to Where it Began — Laura Bocianski

    Episode Notes
    Laura Bocianski was my co-host at the start of Redeeming Disorder, and in this 2018 conversation, she returns to the podcast to share her story in greater depth. Be sure to check out Laura's brand new podcast, Invisible Lions!

    Invisible Lions Podcast: https://www.lauraboach.com/invisible-lions-podcast

    "Monkeys Pay Per View" Research Paper: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S096098220500093X

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    #27: The Blessing and the Curse of Empathy — “Olivia” (Anonymous)

    #27: The Blessing and the Curse of Empathy — “Olivia” (Anonymous)

    Episode Notes
    Olivia joins me on the podcast to combine two powerful perspectives ― that of a psychiatric nurse, and that of a young woman who's seen mental disorder around her since childhood. She speaks to the struggles of her patients, of her family and of herself, and covers a multitude of topics: Mental health in the LGBTQ community, media depictions of mental illness, self-harm, attempted suicide and, per the podcast's title, empathy.

    Empathy is both Olivia's superpower and her kryptonite, allowing her to easily connect with psychiatric patients, but also saddling her with a great emotional burden when she does so. Listen to hear how Olivia strives to overcome the curse of empathy while paying the blessing of empathy forward.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    #26: Healing from Self-Harm & Putting Your Own Oxygen Mask on First — Lauren Schugg

    #26: Healing from Self-Harm & Putting Your Own Oxygen Mask on First — Lauren Schugg

    Episode Notes
    Since even before her 2016 TED talk (link below), Lauren has been on a journey of self-discovery, awareness and acceptance. She has built a resilience and introspection through struggles with self-harm as a teenager and with her mental health in general. She's gained a lot of perspective through the difficulty, and now shares her journey ― relives many of her past pains ― with the intention to help whoever needs to hear it. May this conversation serve as a reminder that you aren't alone, and things can always get better.

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    Death Wish of a 12-Year-Old | Lauren Schugg | TEDxBaldwinHighSchool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5M1yK3F0-s

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    #25: The Many Modalities of Healing — Eric Kussin

    #25: The Many Modalities of Healing — Eric Kussin

    Episode Notes
    “I’m not against medication; I’m against medication being positioned as a commercial where there’s a dark cloud over you, you take a pill, and then the sunlight comes out and it’s this miracle pill. Because of those commercials, I spent two and a half years lying in a bed. I wasted two and a half years of my life in hell, chasing a new pill.” – Eric Kussin

    He tried over fifty different combinations of medications. He tried electric shock therapy / ECT, which I didn’t even realize still occurred in hospitals in 2018 (when we did this interview). He tried everything, until he was explicitly told by a psychiatrist that there were no more options. Luckily, Eric eventually found an integrative psychologist, more tools and many practices that have saved his mental health. He recovered from the depths of despair, and now leads a prominent mental health advocacy movement, sharing stories (like his own!) of hope.

    The #SameHere movement brings athletes, celebrities and experts together to share the inclusive message that #5in5 have mental health challenges of some sort. Learn more about the movement and find mental health resources shared by Eric's organization, We’re All A Little “Crazy,” here: https://samehereglobal.org/.

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    • 2 hrs 8 min
    #24: Disorders, Diagnoses, Comorbidity and Identity — Lindsay Bebout

    #24: Disorders, Diagnoses, Comorbidity and Identity — Lindsay Bebout

    Episode Notes
    Lindsay Bebout has been navigating identity, amidst mental disorders and diagnoses, from a young age. Her parents divorced when she was eight, and the mental health journey that followed saw her go to therapy (by force as a child and by choice as an adult) and contend with many labels: Impulsivity, hyperactivity, ADHD, anxiety, panic attacks, mood swings, bipolar disorder and more. Lindsay is as open as a book in delving into her journey with those, her evolution in self-understanding and her continued efforts to support her mental health.

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    #23: The Brain ~ Gut ~ Holobiome Connection — Dr. Steven Gundry on Diet

    #23: The Brain ~ Gut ~ Holobiome Connection — Dr. Steven Gundry on Diet

    Episode Notes
    "All disease starts in the Gut." — Hippocrates, the 'father of modern medicine.'

    Whether you're curious about fasting and crazy life-on-mars experiments, or looking for an opportunity to revamp your diet and improve your health, there's something for everyone here. Steven Gundry, per his bestselling book "The Plant Paradox," is a c*m laude graduate of Yale University, with special honors in human biological and social evolution. Dr. Gundry has a long career in medicine; he graduated from the Medical College of Georgia alpha omega alpha, completed residencies in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Michigan and served as professor and chairman of cardiothoracic surgery at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Today, Gundry is focused on his research as well as his clinical practice — the dietary and nutriceutical reversal of most diseases (including neurological conditions and mental health conditions!) through sophisticated blood tests and blood flow measurements, maximizing his patients' health spans and longevity.

    Next week, we'll return to the vulnerable conversations with another firsthand story of mental disorder. For this week, though, enjoy this informative and thought-provoking interview with Steven Gundry.

    Dr. Gundry's concise YES/NO food lists: https://drgundry.com/dr-gundrys-print-friendly-yes-no-lists/

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    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

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This podcast creates an open, honest and relatable dynamic that makes you think. The vulnerability and empathy portrayed really helps the listener to personally reflect and connect.

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This podcast is very enlightening. You will always learn something. I listened to the first podcast in my commute and it had me listening intently. Spencer Bledsoe, who has always been a favorite survivor of mine, and his co-host conduct this podcast effortlessly and smoothly. Way to go Spencer..you definitely have my respect. I look forward to future podcasts.

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