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Award-winning weekly podcast that approaches psychology and mental health in an accessible way. Listen as our host Gabe Howard speaks candidly with experts, celebrities, and other notables to break down complex topics into simpler terms.

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    • 4.5 • 445 Ratings

Award-winning weekly podcast that approaches psychology and mental health in an accessible way. Listen as our host Gabe Howard speaks candidly with experts, celebrities, and other notables to break down complex topics into simpler terms.

    Do Personality Tests Actually Work? Exploring the Validity of Psychometric Assessments like the MMPI

    Do Personality Tests Actually Work? Exploring the Validity of Psychometric Assessments like the MMPI

    The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) is a psychometric test used to assess personality traits and psychopathology. It’s also used to determine hiring, promotion practices, and even parole status. However, is a test really able to determine if someone will excel at a job?
    Today’s guest, Dr. Lindsay Oberleitner, acknowledges that while the MMPI has been revised to better represent diverse populations, it still has limitations, particularly when used in isolation for job screenings. She emphasizes that the test should be one of many tools used to gain insight into an individual, rather than a stand-alone measure for important decisions like employment. While personality tests are very common in workplaces, there is a lot of misunderstanding surrounding them. Listen now to learn more. 
    “The MMPI should be one piece of a puzzle. I would never, in my own clinical practice, use the MMPI in isolation because I want to know how does it fit in with this broader picture of the individual I'm sitting with, how does it fit into their story? And I think even when we're considering it for something like jobs, it's an important aspect. And if other pieces don't match up with that, we don't automatically ignore the MMPI and we don't automatically ignore something else, like a fantastic interview with a potential applicant.” ~Lindsay Oberleitner, PhD
    To learn more -- or read the transcript -- please visit the official episode page.

    Our guest, Lindsay Oberleitner, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and the Education Director at SimplePractice Learning, as well as an Assistant Professor Adjunct at the Yale University School of Medicine. Prior to joining SimplePractice, Dr. Oberleitner was full-time faculty at the Yale University School of Medicine where she oversaw an interdisciplinary team of behavioral health providers and developed and managed grant-funded programs to increase access to integrated treatments for addiction, mental health, and physical health, and conducted clinical and forensic psychological evaluations.

    Our host, Gabe Howard, is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar disorder. He is the author of the popular book, "Mental Illness is an Asshole and other Observations," available from Amazon; signed copies are also available directly from the author.
    Gabe makes his home in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. He lives with his supportive wife, Kendall, and a Miniature Schnauzer dog that he never wanted, but now can’t imagine life without.
    To book Gabe for your next event or learn more about him, please visit gabehoward.com.
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    • 29 min
    What Is OCD Really Like and What Treatment Options Are Available? With NOCD’s Stephen Smith

    What Is OCD Really Like and What Treatment Options Are Available? With NOCD’s Stephen Smith

    Today’s guest shares his personal journey with obsessive compulsive disorder, explaining the challenges of getting a correct diagnosis and effective treatment. This is in no small part due to the condition's misunderstood nature and lack of specialist providers. This led our guest, Stephen Smith, to start his company, NOCD, aimed at addressing these deficiencies. 
    NOCD, an online therapy platform, addresses these issues by offering specialized exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy and has demonstrated success in improving OCD management more efficiently than the standard of care. Individuals seeking help for OCD can learn more and access NOCD's services through their website, NOCD.com, or mobile app, with the option of scheduling a free 15-minute call to discuss therapy options.
    “The OCD journey is broken in many ways. First, there are issues related to awareness which causes misunderstanding, which causes a misdiagnosis. Second, then people don't really get the trust needed to start treatment. It's challenging to take your first steps in. And third, it's tough to get treatment once you're ready to go.” Stephen Smith, Co-founder and CEO of NOCD
    To learn more -- or read the transcript, visit the official episode page.

    Today's Guest, Stephen Smith, is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of NOCD, the largest provider focused on ending worldwide suffering caused by obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). After emerging from a personal struggle with undiagnosed OCD, and experiencing the success of exposure & response prevention (ERP) therapy firsthand, Stephen made it his mission to transform the behavioral health treatment system with the goal of creating an anytime, anywhere virtual care platform that allows those with OCD to receive a diagnosis quickly and accurately, as well as appropriate treatment using ERP therapy — considered the gold standard treatment for OCD. 
    Since its inception, NOCD has built the world’s largest OCD patient community online and has become the #1 provider of ERP therapy. Its international OCD-specialized network provides hundreds of thousands of treatment visits annually and is contracted to serve hundreds of millions of Americans as an insurance benefit. Moreover, the NOCD Therapy treatment model was proven by peer-reviewed research to significantly reduce OCD severity in half the amount of time than the standard under Smith's leadership, making it one of the most successful treatment models in the behavioral health industry.
    Smith has secured over $85 M in financing since NOCD launched commercially in 2018. He was also named to the Crain's Notable Entrepreneur list in 2020, the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2021, and the Top 50 In Digital Health list in 2022.

    Our host, Gabe Howard, is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar disorder. He is the author of the popular book, "Mental Illness is an A*****e and other Observations," available from Amazon; signed copies are also available directly from the author.
    Gabe makes his home in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. He lives with his supportive wife, Kendall, and a Miniature Schnauzer dog that he never wanted, but now can’t imagine life without.
    To book Gabe for your next event or learn more about him, please visit gabehoward.com.
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    • 28 min
    Embracing Your Sensuality: It’s Not What You Think

    Embracing Your Sensuality: It’s Not What You Think

    On today’s episode, two members of The Sweet Spot Burlesque discuss why embracing one's sensuality leads to empowerment and self-discovery. They point out that embracing our sensuality doesn’t mean having an affair or joining a swinger’s club, and they encourage us to explore our sexuality without shame and within the context of our values and relationships. 
    The Sweet Spot is designed to be an inclusive experience, sparking conversations around sex positivity and allowing people to engage with their sensuality in a fun and open environment. Our guests, Ainsley Burrows (founder) and Laurielle Noel (CEO), define “what sensuality and sexuality” means to them and offer easy steps toward increasing the sensuality in your life. Hosted by Gabe Howard.
    “And whenever we have male dancers, the majority of men would get up and go to the bar or go to the bathroom. When I'm hosting this show, I said, okay, fellas, we're about to have a male dancer on stage, and I know what's happening right now because I grew up in the patriarchy and I understand it. You're feeling some discomfort because you think that if you're sitting in the audience watching a man dance on stage, that's going to make you gay. And I’m like, that is not how gay works. Because they have these ideas that they've never questioned. And I'm like, it's fine for you to sit in an audience and enjoy a man on stage dancing.” ~Ainsley Burrows
    To learn more -- or read the transcript -- please visit the official episode page.

    Our guest, Ainsley Burrows, founder of The Sweet Spot Burlesque (2006), is a multi-disciplinary visionary artist who has redefined the world of burlesque entertainment. Producing mesmerizing shows and thought-provoking storytelling series and captivating audiences for 17 years in 30+ cities nationwide, Ainsley celebrates sensuality, empowerment, and inclusivity. As a prolific author, he invites audiences to question societal norms and embrace their unique perspectives. Ainsley's hypnotic performances transport audiences into a realm of artistic expression that challenges social norms and ignites conversations. Through The Sweet Spot Burlesque, he continues to push artistic boundaries and inspire others to manifest their authenticity.

    Our guest, Laurielle Noel, is a first-generation Haitian-American, passionate art enthusiast, CEO/Accelerator, and performance artist in The Sweet Spot Burlesque show. With her vibrant leadership, Laurielle has propelled the show to become the largest Black burlesque production in the country. Her unwavering commitment to empowering artistic experiences has made her a driving force in the world of burlesque entertainment, leading The Sweet Spot troupe on an 11-year journey and captivating audiences in 30+ cities nationwide. Laurielle is dedicated to creating safe spaces for people to enjoy sex-positive "edutainment" and serves as a beacon of inspiration for those seeking to break free from societal constraints.

    Our host, Gabe Howard, is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar disorder. He is the author of the popular book, "Mental Illness is an Asshole and other Observations," available from Amazon; signed copies are also available directly from the author.
    Gabe makes his home in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. He lives with his supportive wife, Kendall, and a Miniature Schnauzer dog that he never wanted, but now can’t imagine life without.
    To book Gabe for your next event or learn more about him, please visit gabehoward.com.
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    • 27 min
    How to Make Anxiety Your Ally in the Workplace

    How to Make Anxiety Your Ally in the Workplace

    Today’s guest is Morra Aarons-Mele, host of the Anxious Achiever podcast and author of "The Anxious Achiever: Turn Your Biggest Fears into Leadership Superpower." Morra is a renowned expert on the topic of living well in spite of anxiety.
    In this episode, she discusses the spectrum of anxiety, its role in achievement, and strategies for people to manage anxiety in their personal lives and the workplace. Morra emphasizes the importance of understanding and identifying anxiety, self-advocating in treatment, and shifting workplace cultures to better support those with anxiety.
    To learn more -- or read the transcript -- please visit the official episode page.
    “We create workplaces that are designed to use anxiety as a tool to drive performance. By constant surveillance, by not having enough time, by being on Zoom all day, by delivering packages all day without the ability to take a bio break or a lunch break, and by having constant leaderboards that show your progress against others. And then we wonder why people are burnt out and anxious.” ~Morra Aarons-Mele

    Our guest, Morra Aarons-Mele, is the host of The Anxious Achiever, a top-10 management podcast that helps people rethink the relationship between their mental health and their leadership. Morra founded Women Online and The Mission List, an award-winning digital consulting firm and influencer marketing company dedicated to social change, in 2010 and sold her businesses in 2021. She helped Hillary Clinton log on for her first internet chat and has launched digital campaigns for President Obama, Malala Yousafzai, the United Nations, the CDC, and many other leading figures and organizations. She lives outside Boston with her family and menagerie.
    For more details, visit www.theanxiousachiever.com.

    Our host, Gabe Howard, is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar disorder. He is the author of the popular book, "Mental Illness is an Asshole and other Observations," available from Amazon; signed copies are also available directly from the author.
    Gabe makes his home in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. He lives with his supportive wife, Kendall, and a Miniature Schnauzer dog that he never wanted, but now can’t imagine life without.
    To book Gabe for your next event or learn more about him, please visit gabehoward.com.
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    • 28 min
    Is There a Genetic Test to Diagnose Mental Illness?

    Is There a Genetic Test to Diagnose Mental Illness?

    Why do mental health professionals diagnose mental illness by medical observation and not by something more definitive like a blood test or a brain scan? It’s often pointed out that illnesses like cancer or diabetes have blood or urine tests, scans, and so forth. So why not mental health issues?
    Join us as our host asks these questions and discusses the state of genomic research with the executive director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Joshua A. Gordon. Dr. Gordon shares current research, explains the limits of scientific testing, and answers why there isn’t a more definitive test for disorders like bipolar, depression, schizophrenia, and so on. 
    “Simplifying can be useful because it helps us understand fundamental concepts. Genes cause mental illness. That's true, right? But it's also not wholly accurate. It doesn't tell the whole story. The whole story is genes contribute to mental illness, but so does trauma. So does infection in pregnancy. So does stress because you lost a job. All those different things contribute to mental illness. We have to be able to let some of that complexity. Because if all that we do is focus on genes, we're going to be missing a big part of the story.” ~Dr. Joshua A. Gordon
    To learn more -- or read the transcript -- please visit the official episode page.
    Our guest, Joshua A. Gordon, MD, PhD, is the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. He oversees an extensive research portfolio of basic and clinical research that seeks to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.
    Dr. Gordon pursued a combined MD-PhD degree at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Upon completion of the dual degree program at UCSF, Dr. Gordon went to Columbia University for his psychiatry residency. He joined the Columbia faculty in 2004 as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry.
    Dr. Gordon’s research focuses on the analysis of neural activity in mice carrying mutations of relevance to psychiatric disease. His lab studied genetic models of these diseases from an integrative neuroscience perspective, focused on understanding how a given disease mutation leads to a behavioral phenotype across multiple levels of analysis. To this end, he employs a range of systems neuroscience techniques, including in vivo imaging, anesthetized and awake behavioral recordings, and optogenetics, which is the use of light to control neural activity. His research has direct relevance to schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and depression.
    In addition to his research, Dr. Gordon was an associate director of the Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute Adult Psychiatry Residency Program, where he directed the neuroscience curriculum and administered research training programs for residents. Dr. Gordon also maintained a general psychiatric practice, caring for patients who suffer from the illnesses he studied in his lab at Columbia.

    Our host, Gabe Howard, is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar disorder. He is the author of the popular book, "Mental Illness is an A*****e and other Observations," available from Amazon; signed copies are also available directly from the author.
    Gabe makes his home in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. He lives with his supportive wife, Kendall, and a Miniature Schnauzer dog that he never wanted, but now can’t imagine life without.
    To book Gabe for your next event or learn more about him, please visit gabehoward.com.
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    • 31 min
    How to Date with Depression (or Another Mental Health Issue)

    How to Date with Depression (or Another Mental Health Issue)

    Dating is difficult. Most everyone agrees but most people don’t understand that it can be even more difficult when you live with depression (or other mental health issues). But, just because something is difficult doesn’t mean we don’t want to do it. 
    When you have depression symptoms, it can feel impossible to find the energy to go on a date, which can lead to feeling even more alone. Join us as today’s guest, therapist Kati Morton, gives some tips on dating with mental illness and mentions that you might not even be ready to date yet.
    “You mentioned how isolated you felt when you were like, I'm going to be single. I cannot encourage people enough to invest in their friendships. I know with a mental illness, that can even be tricky. But connect with those people because, really, statistically speaking, our friendships last way longer than most of our romantic relationships. So, we need to have that also so we're not putting all of our social connection and fulfillment on one person.” ~Kati Morton, LMFT
    To learn more -- or read the transcript -- visit the official episode page.

    Our guest, Kati Morton is widely recognized as a leading mental health advocate and educator. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. For over a decade, Kati has been using social media to share mental health information globally through her YouTube channel, which has amassed over 1.3 million subscribers and 124 million views. She is also a sought-after media personality, having made appearances on Dr. Phil, CBS The Doctors, KTLA's Morning News, E! News, Fox 11 Good Day LA, and featured in Glamour UK magazine. Her first book, "Are u ok?: A Guide to Caring for Your Mental Health," was released in December 2018, followed by her latest book, "Traumatized: Identify, Understand and Cope With PTSD and Emotional Stress," which was released in September 2021.
    Kati's passion for mental health advocacy has helped her expand her online community to all major internet platforms, enabling her to respond to mental health questions from viewers worldwide. Her ultimate goal is to increase global awareness of mental health issues, improve access to mental health services, and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.

    Our host, Gabe Howard, is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar disorder. He is the author of the popular book, "Mental Illness is an A*****e and other Observations," available from Amazon; signed copies are also available directly from the author.
    Gabe makes his home in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. He lives with his supportive wife, Kendall, and a Miniature Schnauzer dog that he never wanted, but now can’t imagine life without.
    To book Gabe for your next event or learn more about him, please visit gabehoward.com.
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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
445 Ratings

445 Ratings

Randye Kaye ,

Great Conversations about Vital mental health topics

I love this podcast, because it covers a broad range of topics that all relate to mental health. Gabe doesn’t just “interview”, he has the conversation that we would all like to have with his guests, honestly and intelligently. I’m excited to soon be a guest !

mrlizarde ,

Passionate about shaping the conversation around mental health

I appreciate Gabe’s commitment to making sure people understand that they aren't broken and actively fighting incorrect notions of mental health.

Strip: A Memoir ,

Five Star Podcast!!!!

Inside Mental Health is one of my go to podcasts! Gabe is an incredibly engaging, insightful, authentic host. I love the wide variety of guests he has on and subjects that are covered. Highly recommend!!!

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