65 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!

    The Untold Perspective: Writer Lynn Rogoff Discusses Bird Woman, Her Audio Drama Creation On Sacajawea (S4, E16)

    The Untold Perspective: Writer Lynn Rogoff Discusses Bird Woman, Her Audio Drama Creation On Sacajawea (S4, E16)

    In the episode, "The Untold Perspective: Writer Lynn Rogoff Discusses Bird Woman, Her Audio Drama Creation On Sacajawea (S4, E16)," Lynn joins the show to share her latest project. Lynn Rogoff works as a writer, director, producer, and an Adjunct Professor at the NY Institute of Technology. She is currently producing a shape-shifting Bird Woman®, audio drama multi-episode series based on the Lewis and Clark Native American guide, Sacajawea. Bird Woman®, a magical realism drama, discovers her supernatural shape-shifting powers as part woman and part eagle fighting alongside the expeditioners. In 2019, Rogoff's company wrote and produced Bird Woman, with the intent of telling the story left untold to many who had accepted the white man’s narrative as true—that Sacajawea died of a sickness at 22. But the Shoshone people recorded her dying at 96 in 1884, living through the smallpox epidemic, where most of her tribe died. With the podcast, Bird Woman, Lynn sets out to tell the Shoshone story and asks: Which version do you believe?

    Listen while Lynn shares about the development of the series and its unique production during lockdown in 2020, as they each recorded the audio-drama remotely in different locations around the world. Lynn also discusses how she became inspired to work on Bird Woman and what led her through her research in creating the story. Lynn also speaks about her entry into game design, sharing her Pony Express Rider Game and her latest game creation, Endanger, which is a series involving saving endangered animals and capturing the poachers. Lynn Rogoff’s work spans history, social causes, and culture, and she makes a concerted effort to infuse human values into the entertainment market.

    #Sacajawea #birdwoman #shamanism #magicalrealism #gaming #shoshone #ponyexpressrider #nycpodcasters #firstnations #indigenousstories

    Listen to Bird Woman at any podcast location, or go to: https://bit.ly/BirdWomanPodcast
    Check out Lynn Rogoff’s website at: https://www.amerikids.com/

    To follow Lynn on YouTube, go to: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaagTGaaxzPkOA1CPV9N-Ag
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lynn-rogoff-a023934/
    Amerikids LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/9400099/admin/
    Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Amerikids

    Don't forget to subscribe to the Not As Crazy As You Think YouTube channel @SicilianoJen
    And please visit my website at: www.jengaitasiciliano.com
    Connect: Instagram: @ jengaita
    LinkedIn: @ jensiciliano
    Twitter: @ jsiciliano

    • 1 hr 10 min
    A Growing Collective of Critics From Mental Health Pros to Psychiatric Survivors --A Changing Story on Mental Illness (S4, E15)

    A Growing Collective of Critics From Mental Health Pros to Psychiatric Survivors --A Changing Story on Mental Illness (S4, E15)

    In the episode, "A Growing Collective of Critics From Mental Health Pros to Psychiatric Survivors --A Changing Story on Mental Illness(S4, E15) ," I explore how the movement is indeed growing, and the voices are getting louder. The critics of psychiatry, who represent mental health professionals, psychiatric survivors, the prescribed harm collective, and many others, are speaking out. The new story about mental illness is about reclamation and renewal. But for decades, that’s not what sufferers have been told. Instead, they’ve been told they have a chemical imbalance and a lifelong brain disease. Psychiatry’s power is that of claiming authority that their treatment is the only one to “correct” and manage these symptoms. But thanks to many people coming forth to echo our concerns, an alternative perspective can be revealed. 
    In 2020, an estimated 14.2 million adults in US dealt with serious mental illness. But isn’t demanding there is only one way to heal, perpetuating the stigma? Oftentimes, patients who seek treatment aren’t encouraged to do anything but listen to the doctor about their label and taking the meds. Relying on a medical interpretation, many psych survivors have their free agency regarding medication and hospitalizations taken away. We are told that if we don’t agree with the doctor, we have lack of insight, which can be enough to provoke involuntary hospitalization. Meanwhile, people who claim they have healed themselves without drugs are shunned by the ones who embrace the meds and the label. But it’s a growing truth for many, and we won’t be quieted.  

    With statistical studies claiming that mental illnesses can be detectable years before they begin, making weak connections to causality analyzing everything from low birthweight to whether you ever visited a child clinical service, neuroscience is showing that we can in fact heal. It seems that taking the time to pay attention to it can alone be the remedy. With mental illness continually on the rise, can we finally empower people to believe that healing is possible? 
    #endthestigma #fakeDSM #psychmedsharm #mentalhealth #mentalillness #psychiatricsurvivor #prescribedharm #chemicalimbalance #psychiatryisnotscience #neuroscience #brainwash #psychmedstapering

    Don't forget to subscribe to the Not As Crazy As You Think YouTube channel @SicilianoJen
    And please visit my website at: www.jengaitasiciliano.com
    Connect: Instagram: @ jengaita
    LinkedIn: @ jensiciliano
    Twitter: @ jsiciliano

    • 44 min
    AlphaGo the Movie, Big Data, and AI Psychiatry: Will Humans Be Left Behind? (S4, E14)

    AlphaGo the Movie, Big Data, and AI Psychiatry: Will Humans Be Left Behind? (S4, E14)

    In the episode, "AlphaGo the Movie, Big Data, and AI Psychiatry: Will Humans Be Left Behind? (S4, E14)," I give a review of the film AlphaGo, an award-winning documentary that filled me with wonder and forgiveness towards the artificial intelligence movement in general. SPOILER ALERT: the episode contains spoilers, as would any news article on the topic as it was major world news and was a game-changer for artificial intelligence.

    DeepMind has a fundamental desire to understand intelligence. These AI creatives believe if they can crack the ancient game Go, then they’ve done something special. And if they could get their AlphaGo computer to beat Lee Sedol, the legendary historic 18-world champion player acknowledged as the greatest Go player of the last decade, then they can change history. The movie is suspenseful, and a noble match between human and machine, making you cheer on the new AI era we are entering and mourn the loss of humanity's previous reign all at once.

    And with how far AI has come, is big data the only path to achieve the best outcomes? Especially in regard to human healthcare? And what about the non-objective field of psychiatry? When so many mental health professionals and former consumers of the industry are criticizing psychiatry's ethics, scientific claims, and objective status as a real medical field, why are we rushing into using AI in areas that deal with human emotion in healthcare? Because that is where we have a large amount of data.  With bias in AI already showing itself in race and gender, the mad may be the next ready targets.

    #DeepMind #AlphaGo #DemisHassabis #LeeSedol #FanHui #AIHealthcare #westernpsychiatry #moviereview #psychiatryisnotscience #artificialintelligence #bigdata #globalAIsummit #GPT3 #madrights #healthsovereignty #bigpharma
    #mentalillness #suicide #mentalhealth #electronicmedicalrecords

    Don't forget to subscribe to the Not As Crazy As You Think YouTube channel @SicilianoJen
    And please visit my website at: www.jengaitasiciliano.com
    Connect: Instagram: @ jengaita
    LinkedIn: @ jensiciliano
    Twitter: @ jsiciliano

    • 50 min
    Recovery from Schizophrenia with Tracey Higgins, Author of The Girl On the Bridge (S4, E13)

    Recovery from Schizophrenia with Tracey Higgins, Author of The Girl On the Bridge (S4, E13)

    In the episode, "Recovery from Schizophrenia with Tracey Higgins, Author of 'The Girl On the Bridge' (S4, E13)," Tracey shares her personal story of healing without psych meds from her bout with schizophrenia. Her story offers hope to those who suffer from the most troubling form of madness for both patients and psychiatrists, one that is often treated with disrespect and disdain. Psychiatry believes there is no recovery for schizophrenics or bipolars, but Tracey's road to recovery proves this is a false narrative. By looking through a trauma lens, schizophrenia can be witnessed in its early onset of the acute phase, as a state of terror, which makes people suffer a loss of identity and disintegration of the self. 
    Tracey assures there is meaning in the world of voices and hallucinations. They provide markers to help people analyze their trauma, offering clues to unpack, which can help set a new path. The stories of schizophrenics and bipolars largely go unheard, as psychiatrists don’t listen to the language a patient may use to find meaning in his delusions. Tracey's unique story gives people hope and inspires courage in one's own ability to heal. Full recovery is possible from schizophrenia, Tracey asserts, and medication does not need to be part of the treatment.
    Follow Tracey on Twitter @TraceyHiggins92
    Checkout her website: https://t.co/sNyMJF1KZi
    Buy her book:
    UK https://amazon.co.uk/dp/B09CKYP4FW
    US https://amazon.com/dp/B09CKYP4FW
    CA https://amazon.ca/dp/B09CKYP4FW

    #traumainformedapproach #schizophrenia #westernpsychiatry #alternativehealing #mentalillness #mentalhealth #sexualabuse

    Don't forget to subscribe to the Not As Crazy As You Think YouTube channel @SicilianoJen
    And please visit my website at: www.jengaitasiciliano.com
    Connect: Instagram: @ jengaita
    LinkedIn: @ jensiciliano
    Twitter: @ jsiciliano

    • 51 min
    Getting Real with Jessica Schiller Silverman, Podcaster & Spiritual Wellness Expert: On Trauma, Self-Love, and Purpose (S4, E12)

    Getting Real with Jessica Schiller Silverman, Podcaster & Spiritual Wellness Expert: On Trauma, Self-Love, and Purpose (S4, E12)

    In the episode, "Getting Real with Jessica Schiller Silverman, Podcaster & Spiritual Wellness Expert: On Trauma, Self-Love, and Purpose (S4, E12)," Jessica opens up about her work in consulting, her personal path of mental health, and the state of the Western medical approach to mental illness. Jessica Schiller Silverman is a spiritual wellness expert to help heal past trauma + inner child wounds. Through a trauma-informed approach, she enables women to come ALIVE in her creative passion without sacrificing money, time, or energy. Jessica stepped away from a six-figure career in venture capital in San Francisco to start her own venture, all inspired initially from a podcast, and now is the host of the A.L.I.V.E. podcast with Jessica Silverman. Jessica also runs her Live Vibrant program and steers women in a sisterhood to access their true selves and discover what's deep inside their souls.

    In the show, Jessica explores the landscape behind all forms of trauma, including collective and ancestral, and how working through these issues are part of the the beginning steps to finding purpose through the pain.   During the interview, Jessica shares self-care strategies and self-love rituals, as well as offers astute advice for those who are trying to find a better path to healing  but find it difficult to even get out of bed. Jessica honors getting to the root cause of mental distress rather than  throwing away the individual through the treatment of getting labeled and medicated through traditional psychiatry and shares her own special purpose in helping others on this healing journey.

    Follow her at:
    Facebook: 
    A.L.I.V.E. with Jessica Silverman: Bit.ly/mozenwarriors
    Instagram: @Mozen_Wellness
    Free gift: Bit.ly/ikigaimagic
    Website: https://www.mozenwellness.com/
    #traumainformedapproach #depression #anxiety #westernpsychiatry #alternativehealing #ikigai #spiritualwellness #podcasting #mentalillness #mentalhealth #mozenwellness

    Don't forget to subscribe to the Not As Crazy As You Think YouTube channel @SicilianoJen
    And please visit my website at: www.jengaitasiciliano.com
    Connect: Instagram: @ jengaita
    LinkedIn: @ jensiciliano
    Twitter: @ jsiciliano

    • 58 min
    Opening Up About Process and Pain with Sculptural Artist and Mental Health Advocate, Kellie Gillespie (S4, E11)

    Opening Up About Process and Pain with Sculptural Artist and Mental Health Advocate, Kellie Gillespie (S4, E11)

    In the episode, "Opening Up About Process and Pain with Sculptural Artist and Mental Health Advocate, Kellie Gillespie (S4, E11)" sculptural artist and mental health advocate Kellie Gillespie is interested in deepening the conversations within and between art and mental health. Kellie holds an MFA from Rinehart School of Sculpture at Maryland Institute College of Art, and her work focuses on issues specifically associated with mental health, as well as the concepts of recovery and survivorship. Kellie specializes in the use of everyday found and forgotten objects, often unappreciated, and strives to show their hidden value. In this way, her artwork aims to portray: “the potential in that which is broken, the value in the castaway, and the importance in the forgotten.”
    Kellie wishes to break the negative connotations surrounding the subject of mental illness allowing those who have suffered to insert their own stories in the art and make their own related connection. Kellie discusses the intensive preparation and physically demanding fabrication of the work and how that lends to its final result, as she embraces the tedious, repetitive production of a piece. Crediting art with saving her life, she shares about her own journey through her battles with mental distress and recovery. In the interview, Kellie reviews a few of her powerful pieces that explore the controversial landscape of eating disorders, self-harm, alcoholism, anxiety and depression.
    To view Kellie Gillespie’s work, visit her website at: www.kelliegillespie.com
    Or follow her on: Instagram: @kellie.gillespie.art and Facebook: @kelliegillespieart

    #mentalhealthawareness #sculpture #installationart #sculptureinstallation #foundobject #prescriptionbottles #discardedbysociety #recycled #upcycle  #installation #multiplicity #mentalhealthart #foundobjectart #artofvisuals #infinityroom #immersiveart

    Don't forget to subscribe to the Not As Crazy As You Think YouTube channel @SicilianoJen
    And please visit my website at: www.jengaitasiciliano.com
    Connect: Instagram: @ jengaita
    LinkedIn: @ jensiciliano
    Twitter: @ jsiciliano

    • 50 min

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