34 episodes

Mental Health is attainable for anyone--especially those labeled with mental illness. Join artist, memoir writer, and bipolar psychiatric survivor, Jen Gaita Siciliano each Wednesday at 6pm, as she challenges our world's current limited understanding of mental illness in interviews with artists, healers, educators and shamans, who offer fresh perspectives on mental health and creativity. Episodes also include Jen's personal writing on living as a bipolar creative, as well as news commentary that exposes psychiatry as an incompatible paradigm with the true landscape of the human mind. If you are ready for a new narrative on the mental realm in a place that celebrates crazy and cool without penalty, then Not As Crazy As You Think is for you!

Not As Crazy As You Think Podcast Jen Gaita Siciliano

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Mental Health is attainable for anyone--especially those labeled with mental illness. Join artist, memoir writer, and bipolar psychiatric survivor, Jen Gaita Siciliano each Wednesday at 6pm, as she challenges our world's current limited understanding of mental illness in interviews with artists, healers, educators and shamans, who offer fresh perspectives on mental health and creativity. Episodes also include Jen's personal writing on living as a bipolar creative, as well as news commentary that exposes psychiatry as an incompatible paradigm with the true landscape of the human mind. If you are ready for a new narrative on the mental realm in a place that celebrates crazy and cool without penalty, then Not As Crazy As You Think is for you!

    News On Cannabis with Dr. Lynn Parodneck: NYS Regulations, Dispensaries, Licenses and Medical Cards (S2, E1)

    News On Cannabis with Dr. Lynn Parodneck: NYS Regulations, Dispensaries, Licenses and Medical Cards (S2, E1)

    In the episode: "News On Cannabis with Dr. Lynn Parodneck: NYS Regulations, Dispensaries, Licenses and Medical Cards", which was recorded on September 9th 2021, Dr. Lynn offers information on New York State regulations for all things cannabis-related from licensing  recreational dispensaries to how the medical dispensary expansions are moving forward. Lynn also goes over how to get a doctor to write you a script, and why there is such a delay in support from Western medicine. As the new industry is developing, some goals for urban areas of New York include consumption lounges for the public. Lynn's anecdotes on successful patients run the full spectrum, and her ongoing commitment to her clients is remarkable.
    Visit Dr. Lynn Parodneck's website at: https://www.drlynnparodneck.com/

    #bipolarartist #psychiatryisnotscience #psychmedswithdrawal #marijuanalegalization #depression #anxiety #PTSD #racism #healing

    Please visit my website at: http://www.jengaitasiciliano.com​

    Don't forget to subscribe to the Not As Crazy As You Think YouTube channel @SicilianoJen

    Connect:
    Instagram: @jengaita 
    LinkedIn: @jensiciliano
    Twitter: @jsiciliano

    • 40 min
    Special Edition On Location: SannaOhana's Cannabis Wellness Day: Yoga, Education, and Community (S2, E25)

    Special Edition On Location: SannaOhana's Cannabis Wellness Day: Yoga, Education, and Community (S2, E25)

    In the episode, "Special Edition On Location: SannaOhana's Cannabis Wellness Day: Yoga, Education, and Community (S2, E25)", I take it on location to South Hackensack, New Jersey, where the power duo Estefania Valencia and Salam Diri hold their unique Cannabis Wellness Day, an event with the mission to educate people about the incredible health benefits the cannabis plant  and yoga have to offer. Bringing together so many areas of interest in the Cannabis plant, the event showcases independent business owners, artists, healers, and those with a transformative story the plant has provided them. Guest co-host Todd D. Goldfinger and I interview three business owners who share their views and stories, which brought them to the transformative event.

    #bipolarartist #psychmedswithdrawal #marijuanalegalization #depression #anxiety #PTSD #medicalmarijuana #healing #cannabiswellness #hightimes #sannaohana #homegrownmeds

    Learn more about SannaOhana and Cannabis Wellness Day at: https://www.sannaohana.com/

    Please visit my website at: http://www.jengaitasiciliano.com​

    Don't forget to subscribe to the Not As Crazy As You Think YouTube channel @SicilianoJen

    Connect:
    Instagram: @jengaita
    LinkedIn: @jensiciliano
    Twitter: @jsiciliano

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    Angela Colandrea
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    Alexis Krayniak
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    • 26 min
    Special Edition On Location: 2021 Essential Music and Art Show in Bushwick with Jen Gaita Siciliano and Todd D. Goldfinger (S2, E24)

    Special Edition On Location: 2021 Essential Music and Art Show in Bushwick with Jen Gaita Siciliano and Todd D. Goldfinger (S2, E24)

    Not As Crazy As You Think Podcast (S2, E24), Special Edition On Location: 2021 Essential Music and Art Show in Bushwick with Jen Gaita Siciliano and Todd D. Goldfinger (S2, E24)
       
    In the first "On Location" episode of Not as Crazy As You Think Podcast, Jen Gaita Siciliano and guest co-host Todd D. Goldfinger head down to Wyckoff Ave in  Bushwick, Brooklyn to the yearly Essential Music and Art Show.  Three artists join the conversation and share their stories about their artistic journeys, how they landed in Bushwick doing art, and where they plan to continue taking it:
    G. Romero
    https://www.gromerooo.com/
    Insta: graphik.magik

    Ian Cinco
    https://www.iancinco.com/
    Insta: ian_cinco

    Kosuke James
    https://www.kosukejames.com/
    Insta: kosukejames

    #NYCartscene #nycbodypainting #bushwickarts #bushwickopenstudios #essentialmusicandartshow #podcasting #onlocation #creativityandwellness

    Check out Todd's website at: www.toddgoldfinger.com and the Todd Goldfinger YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/ToddGoldfinger
    Please visit my website at: http://www.jengaitasiciliano.com,​ and don't forget to subscribe to the Not As Crazy As You Think YouTube channel @SicilianoJen
    Connect:
    Instagram: @ jengaita 
    LinkedIn: @ jensiciliano
    Twitter: @ jsiciliano

    • 36 min
    A Reading From My Memoir: Chapter 6, "Mahander" (S2, E23)

    A Reading From My Memoir: Chapter 6, "Mahander" (S2, E23)

    In the episode, A Reading From My Memoir: Chapter 6, "Mahander" (S2, E23), with my physical illness worsening, my new cabbie, Mahander rushes me to the Delta airline agency so I can purchase an emergency flight ticket home, then ushers me back to the Grand Western Regionale Hotel, where in fear and overwhelm I make deals with God on my knees in broken-hearted cries. Just as I’m about to lose all hope, I hear the whisper of God and his angels who say, “If we send you home, will you do God’s will?” The tender voices then give me instructions on how to get home through symbols in my environment. As Mahander drives me to the airport he encourages me: “You will make it home my friend…it is nothing what I do. I am doing my duty. You are an American.” He then delivers me into the hands of safety on time for my flight back to New York.

    Book description of Not As Crazy As You Think:   
    In the style of magical realism, Not As Crazy As You Think is a memoir about a free-spirited dreamer, who in 1994 travels to India to see the Taj Mahal. Instead of receiving spiritual enlightenment, Jennifer contacts a life-threatening illness, and by the grace of a compassionate auto rickshaw driver, she arrives to her emergency flight to New York on time. But in a sudden Near-Death-Experience on the airplane home, she realizes the mental realm is quantum and non-local. After falling into the hands of the psychiatric institution, however, who take over her life through forced drugging and involuntary hospitalizations, she realizes the only way to prove she is more than an unevolved genetic defect is to kill the Dead White Man Virus. With the help of her guides inside her shamanic journeys —an auditory Star-Trekkian angel squad in an alternate universe—she attacks psychiatry’s racist underpinnings with passion and satire, breaking the PC code of political correctness. But when she accidentally discovers a buried leap of faith involving the Theory of Natural Selection, the scientific error not only proves her sanity, but also reveals the most ignored missing link to systemic racism in America today. A book for social justice warriors, advocates of alternative health, geek culture, and people of color, Not As Crazy As You Think asks the hard questions and delivers the raw answers during a time when mental health, mental illness, and racism are topics in the spotlight.

    #psychiatryisnotscience #mentalhealth #trauma #PTSD #angels #hearingvoicescommunity #India #memoir

    Please visit my website at: http://www.jengaitasiciliano.com​

    Don't forget to subscribe to the Not As Crazy As You Think YouTube channel @SicilianoJen

    Connect:
    Instagram: @jengaita 
    LinkedIn: @jensiciliano
    Twitter: @jsiciliano

    • 40 min
    A Candid Interview with Todd D. Goldfinger on Mental Health, Mental Illness, and Psychedelic Medicine (S2, E22)

    A Candid Interview with Todd D. Goldfinger on Mental Health, Mental Illness, and Psychedelic Medicine (S2, E22)

    In the episode, A Candid Interview with Todd D. Goldfinger on Mental Health, Mental Illness, and Psychedelic Medicine (S2, E22), musician, podcaster, and talk show host on mental health, Todd Goldfinger, openly shares his own personal journey with mental illness, suicide, and psychosis, as well as his road to recovery. An advocate of psychedelic medicine in the field of psychiatry, Todd's story makes a compelling case for DMT in aiding recovery. A whirlwind of energy, Todd shares his travel stories with humor, and his unique insight on mental health can inspire anyone, who feels recovery is daunting or unattainable.
    Take a look at Todd's website: https://toddgoldfinger.com

    #bipolarartist #psychiatryisnotscience #psychmedswithdrawal #medicalmarijuana #depression #anxiety #PTSD #psychedelicmedicine #plantmedicine #psychosis #DMT #magicmushrooms

    Please visit my website at: http://www.jengaitasiciliano.com​

    Don't forget to subscribe to the Not As Crazy As You Think YouTube channel @SicilianoJen

    Connect:
    Instagram: @jengaita 
    LinkedIn: @jensiciliano
    Twitter: @jsiciliano

    • 52 min
    The Medicine of Cannabis: An Overview for Medical Professionals and Policymakers, with Dr. Lynn Parodneck (S2, E21))

    The Medicine of Cannabis: An Overview for Medical Professionals and Policymakers, with Dr. Lynn Parodneck (S2, E21))

    In the episode, "The Medicine of Cannabis: An Overview for Medical Professionals and Policymakers, with Dr. Lynn Parodneck (S2, E21)," Dr. Lynn shares the whitepaper she and her colleagues worked on that was presented to Washington and published by the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) and the NCIA Policy Council. She reviews the history behind criminalization, which has racist roots, and how things are changing. With the possible future development of marijuana receiving a descheduled status as a class one substance on the federal level, a new conversation about the medicinal properties of the plant can finally arise without stigma. Most of all, it will allow proper research to take place, which will be able to answer many more of the public's questions. To read the whitepaper, go to: The Medicine of Cannabis: An Overview for Medical Professionals and Policymakers
    Check out the YouTube video mentioned in the podcast: https://youtu.be/LPVODw9oGvQ
    And visit Dr. Lynn Parodneck's website at: https://www.drlynnparodneck.com/

    #bipolarartist #psychiatryisnotscience #psychmedswithdrawal #marijuanalegalization #depression #anxiety #PTSD #racism #healing

    Please visit my website at: http://www.jengaitasiciliano.com​

    Don't forget to subscribe to the Not As Crazy As You Think YouTube channel @SicilianoJen

    Connect:
    Instagram: @jengaita 
    LinkedIn: @jensiciliano
    Twitter: @jsiciliano

    • 47 min

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