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A podcast series with a focus on a variety of mental health topics designed to educate and empower you. We bring the professional and personal points of view together to talk about a wide range of topics across the mental health spectrum. It's a must have resource for anyone struggling with mental health issues within themselves or a loved one.

Being UnNormal Kimberly Berry

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 20 Ratings

A podcast series with a focus on a variety of mental health topics designed to educate and empower you. We bring the professional and personal points of view together to talk about a wide range of topics across the mental health spectrum. It's a must have resource for anyone struggling with mental health issues within themselves or a loved one.

    The Four Pillars of DBT

    The Four Pillars of DBT

    In this episode we welcome back Alicia Paz to talk to us about the 4 Pillars of DBT treatment.  DBT is a  modified type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Its main goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and improve their relationships with others. DBT treatment includes 4 Pillars (or focus categories) which are:
    MindfulnessDistress ToleranceInterpersonal EffectivenessEmotional RegulationAlicia breaks down what each pillar means individually and how they are used as a whole during DBT treatment. She also gives us some coping skills to use when we are feeling anxious or overwhelmed. 

    You can follow Alicia on social media on IG at: onlinedbtskills

    If your ready to work with us, or for more information on Being UnNormal check out our website at www.beingunnormal.com
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    • 52 min
    How To Help Manage Your Bipolar Disorder

    How To Help Manage Your Bipolar Disorder

    In this episode we welcome Erica Vest-Wilcox from the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program on the show to talk about skills to help those diagnosed with bipolar disorder learn self-management techniques, which allows them to effectively manage their illness. Erica and I talk about things like triggers,  stigma, the differences between Bipolar 1 & 2,  understand your warning signs, and development of a personal care plan.

    Erica also shares with us some of the latest research developments happening at the University including PRIORI, an app that helps individuals with bipolar self manage their symptoms.

    To find out more about becoming a study participant or about the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program you can reach them at 877-864-3637 or visit their website at: Prechter Program | Michigan Medicine | University of Michigan (umich.edu)

    If your ready to work with us, or for more information on Being UnNormal check out our website at www.beingunnormal.com
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    If you like the podcast - don't forget to share us with a friend! Follow up on social! Thank you supporters and listeners, we can't do this without the fans! 
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    • 51 min
    ADHD: New Research & Findings

    ADHD: New Research & Findings

    In this episode we welcome back Dr. Joel Nigg from the Center For ADHD Research at the Oregon Science and Health University. Joel shares with us the latest findings in ADHD Research such as:
    - Maternal Inflammation Markers
    - The Data on Different Risk Factors for Children with ADHD
    - The Likelihood of Increased Outcomes for Children with ADHD (psychosis, schizophrenia, alcohol use, suicide attempts, depression, drug use)
    - Study Findings on Micronutrients and the Role of Diet (gut/brain connection)
    - Environmental Factors & Genetics

    We also talk in depth about the role of stigma and lack of education on the diagnosis, and why we as a society should be taking ADHD much more seriously than we have in the past.

    To make a donation to fund this amazing research (every penny is donor matched) you can easily do that online HERE. To keep up with the amazing work the Center does, you can find them HERE

    If your ready to work with us, or for more information on Being UnNormal check out our website at www.beingunnormal.com
    Follow us on social media!
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beingunnormal
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebeingunnormal

    If you like the podcast - don't forget to share us with a friend! Follow up on social! Thank you supporters and listeners, we can't do this without the fans! 


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    • 38 min
    The Impact Of Coming Out

    The Impact Of Coming Out

    On this episode we welcome back Kathryn Nulf to the show to talk about the psychology of coming out. Coming out is a term used in the queer community to describe revealing your sexuality to your friends, family, and community. Kat and I discuss the 6 six stages of coming out, what the psychological impact can be of accepting your sexuality, and how you can support a loved one as an ally. We break down what the ripple effects of coming out can look like, the considerations that happen when deciding to come out, and devastating effects if you are rejected by loved ones when you come out.  We also talk about the importance of pride, community, and releasing shame as you step into your full identity going forward.

    To find Kat on IG click HERE

    If your ready to work with us, or for more information on Being UnNormal check out our website at www.beingunnormal.com
    Follow us on social media!
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beingunnormal
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebeingunnormal
    If you like the podcast - don't forget to share us with a friend! Follow up on social! Thank you supporters and listeners, we can't do this without the fans! 
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/beunnormal)

    • 48 min
    Managing Anger with Dr. Shrand

    Managing Anger with Dr. Shrand

    On this episode we talk with Dr. Joseph Shrand who is the Chief Medical Officer of Riverside Community Care, has been a Lecturer of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and an adjunct Faculty of Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. Joe is the author of the book Outsmarting Anger: Seven Strategies to Defuse our most Dangerous Emotion and about to release Manage Your Stress: Overcoming Stress in the Modern World.  Dr. Joe breaks down how the emotion of anger can trigger our fight response, the importance of recognition when we feel anger, why the emotion of anger can get a bad rap, and the correlation between anger and the 3 R's (relationship, residence, resources).  The big takeaway of the episode: there is nothing wrong with anger, it's what you do with it that matters. Dr. Joe shares with us the steps and strategies he talks about in his book, and gives us practical tips on how to manage our anger.

    Find Dr. Joe online at: HOME | Dr. Joseph Shrand (drshrand.com)

    If your ready to work with us, or for more information on Being UnNormal check out our website at www.beingunnormal.com
    Follow us on social media!
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beingunnormal
    Instagram: Being UnNormal (@thebeingunnormal) 
    If you like the podcast - don't forget to share us with a friend! Follow up on social! Thank you supporters and listeners, we can't do this without the fans! 
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/beunnormal)

    • 46 min
    Your Child's Mental Health In College

    Your Child's Mental Health In College

    On this week's episode we welcome Dr. Sislena Ledbetter to the show to talk about the college transition and mental health needs on campus.  Dr. Sis talks about common mental health issues that arise during the transition to college, the role parents can take before and during to help their child be successful when they leave the nest, common mental health issues and struggles college students face, what the common misconceptions about the college transition we tend to overlook, and how Covid impacted mental health on campus. We chat about how to reframe "failure",  the importance of connection for students, and how parents can help their children get to the "other side of through".

    You can contact Dr. Sis on IG at: Sislena Ledbetter (@drsislena)

    If your ready to work with us, or for more information on Being UnNormal check out our website at www.beingunnormal.com
    Follow us on social media!
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beingunnormal
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebeingunnormal
    If you like the podcast - don't forget to share us with a friend! Follow up on social! Thank you supporters and listeners, we can't do this without the fans! 
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/beunnormal)

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Logo17 ,

Raw and real

I love the tactical, honest and real rawness Kimberly delivers in this podcast. I hit subscribe and definitely can’t wait for the next show!!!

Joegreendude ,

Extremely helpful / enlightening

I really enjoy this podcast, there’s a wide range of interesting mental health topics covered. The host and the guests she has on are really good

MrsJohnson130 ,

Educational, Honest, Relateable

Great podcast, Kimberly brings a real world perspective and gives a voice to people who struggle and care for loved ones who struggle.

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