Join host John Moe (The Hilarious World of Depression) for honest, relatable, and, yes, sometimes funny conversations about mental health. Hear from comedians, musicians, authors, actors, and other top names in entertainment and the arts about living with depression, anxiety, and many other common disorders. Find out what they’ve done to address it, what worked, and what didn’t. Depresh Mode also features useful insights on mental health issues with experts in the field. It’s honest talk from people who have been there and know their stuff. No shame, no stigma, and more laughs than you might expect.
Roxane Gay on Depression and the Trauma We Are All Sharing
Between the Pandemic and Trump, she says we’re pretty messed up and not addressing it.
Cheryl Strayed on Wise Inner Sage Voices
The author of Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things helps separate the good inner voices from the bad.
Kevin Drew on Making Beautiful Music Out of Grief and Aging
Originally, Kevin Drew set out to put together some songs, maybe even an album, of children’s music, featuring songs about stuff like not being afraid of the dark. As he worked on the songs, however, he found that they pointed to some heavier issues, including love, loss, and the deterioration of his mother’s body and mind. In this interview - and it is an interview despite Kevin wondering if it’s actually a therapy session - we explore mental health, music, and why Kevin had to do this show once he heard it was called Depresh Mode.
Making Friends, Losing Friends, Anxiety, and Laughs
At 30, comedian Gabe Mollica realized he didn’t have friends. He only had bros, dudes with whom he could hang out in a kind of shallow way. He hadn’t had a close friend since Tim in his young adulthood. It wasn’t a romantic love, it was a brotherly platonic love but nonetheless Gabe was in love with Tim. They met in college, moved in together, volunteered at the same places, and even spent summers working together. Inseparable. Tim introduced Gabe to Kate, they dated for a while, then that ended, breaking Gabe’s heart. Then Tim got together with Kate, announced this to Gabe and that he wasn’t sorry about it, and that friendship was over, breaking Gabe’s heart all over again. Hear about the anxiety that followed and the loneliness and the isolation and ultimately the new and stronger friendship Gabe formed with one of his bros.
You’re Doing Self-Care All Wrong
It’s not that Dr. Pooja Lakshmin has something against scented candles. In fact, she thinks they can be quite pleasant. It’s just that purchasing candles or bubble baths or winery tours are not really self-care, they’re just consumerism. This is indicated in the title of her book, Real Self Care: A Transformative Program for Redefining Wellness (Crystals, Cleanses, and Bubble Baths Not Included). Dr. Lakshmin says a more satisfying and beneficial approach to self-care has four principles: boundaries, compassion, values, and power.
Podcaster Jane Marie hires professional help for a life turned difficult
Listeners to the podcast The Dream know that the show’s creator and host, Jane Marie, has a knack for exploring and explaining complicated worlds. Previous seasons have explored the multi-level marketing and wellness industries and in the current third season, Jane takes on the industry - and let’s call it an industry - of life coaching. She finds more in common with the multi-level marketing business than one might have thought but she also finds and hires a coach for her own life. Can a chronically depressed life coach help chronically depressed Jane find a way to a better, healthier life?
Refreshing talks about depression
This show is an honest, deep, often comical series of discussions about everything related to mental health. It’s not boring or clinical, but it is REAL talk with real people. I would suggest it to anyone that has an interest in mental health, has dealt with mental health problems or wants to open up a conversation with others on the topic. Thank you for sharing your experiences with candor & compassion.
Just listened to your episode with Jason Parkin about anxiety and I’m a bigger fan of his for it and now a fan of yours. Great talk, thank you.
I’m glad I Found This Show
I loved The Hilarious World show and was bummed when it stopped. Thank you very much for continuing the work. It is nice to listen and feel normal, and also learn something, and also laugh and/or cry. This is such a great show.