29 episodes

I explore the world of depression and other mental health issues through a personal and authentic approach, my world.You are welcome to join me on my journey. I’ll explore depression, PTSD, suicide, mental health awareness and other issues that people may find it hard to talk about.

Let’s Unmask Mental Illness Christopher Gajewski

    • Health & Fitness

I explore the world of depression and other mental health issues through a personal and authentic approach, my world.You are welcome to join me on my journey. I’ll explore depression, PTSD, suicide, mental health awareness and other issues that people may find it hard to talk about.

    Episode 29: Let’s Have a Chat

    Episode 29: Let’s Have a Chat

    This is a rebroadcast of Episode 17, with a special introduction.
    I'm back in Philly, back home, and answering many of the same questions. I don't mind talking about it but it may help if you read the damn book. Or listen to the podcast.
    I'll get back into new episodes next week

    • 37 min
    Episode 28: Rectifying a Disservice Done to Those with Bipolar Disorder

    Episode 28: Rectifying a Disservice Done to Those with Bipolar Disorder

    This is a repeat of Episode 5 with a special introduction.
    I'm a mess right now, traveling cross country. I had started a new episode but it did not get done. While driving, though, and thoughts tugging at me, I realized I wanted to repost Episode 5, The Mental Health Triangle with the special introduction.
    As I evolve, the podcast evolves. Episodes 5 and 17 come up the most in my thoughts and new scripts, so with everything going on, I thought I would get them reposted as I travel and then get set up somewhere.

    • 30 min
    Episode 27: The Problem with Absolutes

    Episode 27: The Problem with Absolutes

    My last podcast had me thinking about things, breaking down the subtle signs of depression. A column that I just wrote, "Lessons Learned from a Bar Fight," was a mixture of the podcast and reactions to posts I am seeing. That led me to Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting.
    All that led to this podcast. It is about something I have been saying for years in various forums and various lectures on many different topics. "Don't screw up like I did."
    Learn from my mistakes. Please. If you do, it makes my mistakes more bearable, gives them purpose. I wish I had learned more from other's mistakes but that has not been my way.
    From posts I am seeing, I imagine that many people were disappointed by other people in 2022. I am reading a knee jerk reaction, about how if we don't have expectations, we will never be disappointed. All of the memes and posts are making me facepalm. Often.
    Umm, no. Don't do that. It is all about a bar fight in SW Philly.

    • 31 min
    Episode 26: Breaking Down Reactions

    Episode 26: Breaking Down Reactions

    I delve deeper into some columns that I wrote this past week to try and untangle depression from my life.
     
    Dedicated Regina and Vivian, the first who asked the question that set me on the path to the answer and the second who provided a billboard to the answer.
     
    I use Writer's Block as an example. I realized that my life had unknowingly become writer's block and show how the depression infiltrated every facet of my life. I know now and can begin the path to healing.
     
    Freedom is still a journey ahead of me, healing, but I am taking the steps I need to take.

    • 33 min
    Episode 25: The Non-Episode Episode, In Three Parts

    Episode 25: The Non-Episode Episode, In Three Parts

    This wasn't supposed to be an episode but it became one. I do tend to ramble.
    I discuss the book that is now available at your favorite bookseller, a name change to the podcast, support for the podcast, my first column for the website and my first article for the website.
    I am doing what I meant to do in 1997 but got sidetracked by the depression among other things.
    Better late than never.

    • 24 min
    Episode 24: Understanding Depression and Suicide

    Episode 24: Understanding Depression and Suicide

    In my last episode, The Space Between Breaths, I mentioned tWitch, but I stayed away from the topic. What can I add to the conversation? As I say in my podcast, I am not a mental health care professional with letters at the end of my name. I am just a guy who has been there. What the hell do I know?
     
    An article/post got me typing. It featured a smiling picture of tWitch and was, "I Still Don't Think We Understand Depression."
     
    I read the questions and advice the post posed and realized that I do have something to add, that I may even be able to make an impact. No, I am not a mental health professional, but I am a guy who has been there. I understand what I do know about depression and suicide, and I understand what I don't know about them. Most importantly, I am learning what I need to know.
     
    Who am I? I'm Chris, nice to meet you. Have you checked out my podcast? A lot of the answers are here if you care to check it out. I suffer from depression, among other things, and have almost taken my life twice. I was a leader and educator in my industry for 35 years. I am a storyteller/journalist, and I have answered many questions in the first 23 episodes of my podcast from a personal point of view, with what others are saying is insightful.

    • 43 min

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