I am excited to announce my new podcast, Dr. Hallowell’s Wonderful World of Different. I will be talking with people who live to the beat of a different drum, exploring the many invisible differences so often called mental illnesses. I prefer to call them differences, both positives and negatives. I see them through the lens of neurodiversity and present them in a true and balanced view, free of the stigma and shame that so often distort and misrepresent these many and common differences.
Dr. Hallowell’s Wonderful World of Different celebrates life and the tremendous variety of ways people find to live it. I celebrate the courage and creativity it takes to take a road less travelled, to live outside the lines, and to stand proud and tall being who you are, even while others misunderstand and even ridicule you. My podcast creates a celebratory, triumphant tone for the many varieties of people and minds.
So-called mental illnesses are categorized by their pathology, while completely ignoring the strengths they also always embody. I intend to show how wrong—inaccurate, shaming, and condemning—such emphasis on pathology truly is. I want to turn the diagnostic manual upside down and show the myriad strengths represented in all variations of human nature, even those often called illnesses
I’ve been a psychiatrist for over 40 years, and I’ve met people from all walks of life and with all sorts of differences.
My show reverberates with hope, excitement, and positivity, all based on personal experience and stories. I hope you’ll join me.
Today’s guest is Mike Govino, a man who has been dealt some difficult hurdles in life but has come out smiling on the other side. Mike’s journey began on a rough start, beginning with his mother’s experience with trauma regarding his father while Mike was still in the womb. Thus, Mike believes he was prone to having genes for addiction, autoimmunity and cognitive issues, which did show up later on. His mother, suffering from alcoholism, lost custody of her children over their father, who had a large religious congregation and was later revealed to be a pedophile. Mike and his father didn’t get along, so he found himself in the wrong crowd by 11 years old. Emotional neglect and lack of nurture from his mother geared him towards anxiousness.
Mike’s involvement with the wrong crowd as an adolescent led him to using and selling substances, specifically opiates. It was actually this money that he used, later on, to buy his first house after becoming sober at the age of 25. Today, almost 19 years later, he has not touched an opiate since. While Mike was detoxing himself, his father’s story came out in the newspaper. Though he had quit using opiates, Mike was struggling with alcohol addiction and began attending AA meetings with his mother and has been clean off all substances since 2004.
Mike shares his revelation that the body holds our trauma and ultimately makes us more susceptible to illness, disease, etc. When he was 26, a doctor told him that his entire colon was ulcerated. He left the colonoscopy with hoards of medications and managed to get himself in remission. On a backpacking trip throughout South America, Mike contracted a parasite. He speaks of the connection between our gut and brain. His system was so sensitive and inflamed that he couldn’t even be in an everyday environment. Rather than following the advice of traditional medicine, Mike began seeking forgiveness of those in his past, changing his diet and practicing mindfulness to turn the corner back to the path of wellness. Now, Mike is a certified holistic health coach. His ideal clients are people in recovery from addiction and want to experience deeper healing.
The Wonderful World of Terry Matlen
In today's episode, Dr. Hallowell introduces an exciting new guest, Terry Matlen. Terry's personal experience is extensive, as she has not only lived with ADHD, but raised a daughter with it, and helped tens of thousands of women struggling with it. She currently has 36,000 followers on her Facebook page dedicated to helping women with ADHD. Terry finds that the best textbook for learning and leading is the experience of people with ADHD, and her Facebook page bears out this persuasion. The group developed slowly over several years as a platform for women to connect with others who understood them, and has become a thriving community of people who are able to share in a safe place and find that they are not alone.
The Wonderful World of Michael Thompson
In today’s episode, Dr. Hallowell is joined by Michael Thompson, a PHD Psychologist who is now a bestselling author of 'Raising Cain' and 'It’s a Boy' and consultant to independent schools. They open the episode by introducing today’s topic question, which is has the pandemic traumatized today’s children? Michael shares how this has been a very common question in recent days and begins to uncover his own research in the answer to it.
The Wonderful World of Justin Rigg
In today's episode, Dr. Hallowell speaks to a student from his own former prep school, Phillips Exeter Academy. 18 year old Justin Rigg was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia himself at a young age and has learned to utilize these diagnoses rather than just cope with them. Giving us an inside look at what his daily life is like, he shares his experiences, both on and off campus, at one of the most rigorous prep schools in the country.
The Wonderful World of Victoria Waller
Today, Dr. Hallowell invites listeners to a special episode - one in which he gets to introduce a master clinician! While many reputed experts in children's therapy, psychiatry, and mental health excel in theory but not in practice, today's guest is a surpassing expert in clinical practice. This guest, Dr. Victoria Waller, has been seeing children for more years than Dr. Hallowell can count, and is the author of a soon-to-be-released book on the topic of helping children with learning differences. The book is aptly named Yes! Your Child Can, and it is a great resource to find on-the-ground facts to guide the process of helping kids who are struggling with learning.
The Wonderful World of Kristen Carder
Kirsten Carder is the host of the I Have ADHD podcast. She helps adults with ADHD create the life that they've always wanted in her coaching program, Focused. She has been living life with ADHD and accomplishing everything she set her mind to, and now she's dedicating her life to helping other adults with ADHD do the same thing.