15 episodes

Even as practitioners, we didn't know how broken the mental health system was...until our child became part of it. On the Mad Waters podcast, we ask leaders like Rachel Yehuda, Allen Frances, and Maia Szalavitz what they are doing to change it.
Mad Waters is a voice among many that seeks to purge the stigma, shame, alienation and fear surrounding mental health to find what is common and what is eternal – a desire for connection, with each other and with our true self.

Mad Waters - A Parents' Odyssey Through the Mental Health System Mad Waters

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Even as practitioners, we didn't know how broken the mental health system was...until our child became part of it. On the Mad Waters podcast, we ask leaders like Rachel Yehuda, Allen Frances, and Maia Szalavitz what they are doing to change it.
Mad Waters is a voice among many that seeks to purge the stigma, shame, alienation and fear surrounding mental health to find what is common and what is eternal – a desire for connection, with each other and with our true self.

    S2E7 - Unpacking Addiction - Interview with Dr. Nathan Sackett

    S2E7 - Unpacking Addiction - Interview with Dr. Nathan Sackett

    Mortality deaths in adolescents due to unintentional overdoses reached an all-time high in 2020. The majority of deaths (81%) were due to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. About 41% of those who overdosed had a prior history of mental health.Yet, more often than not, we treat substance use and mental illness separately. Addressing mental illness and substance dependence requires ‘out of the box’ thinking. Our guest is one of those leading this charge as he explores alternative treatment interventions like psychedelic associated therapy.

    Interview with Nathan Sackett, MD, co-director of the Center for Novel Therapeutics in Addiction Psychiatry at the University of Washington.

    • 52 min
    S2E6 - We Are Not In Normal Times - Interview with Dr. Kenneth Thompson

    S2E6 - We Are Not In Normal Times - Interview with Dr. Kenneth Thompson

    “Efforts are being made to reach underserved communities.” A cry so familiar, it sounds more like a platitude than a plan. Yet, we still accept it as the necessary and sufficient answer to much of our healthcare woes. What if it isn’t? What if all of our dollars and initiatives are directed at the wrong target? The answer, it turns out, may not be about healthcare at all. 

    a public service psychiatrist and former medical director of the Center for Mental Health Services at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

    • 49 min
    S2E5 - The Kids Are Not Alright - Interview with Dr. Jared Taylor

    S2E5 - The Kids Are Not Alright - Interview with Dr. Jared Taylor

    There was a collective sigh heard round the world when children went back to school after the Covid-19 pandemic. Yet, we were unprepared for what came next - an explosion of physical fights, skyrocketing anxiety, depression, and unprecedented refusal to even go back to school. This, on top of the fact that there is a severe school counselor shortage across America. If schools couldn’t tackle this with more staff, they would need innovation and skilled leadership. One district, our very own in fact, showed how it could be done.

    Interview with Dr. Jared Taylor, the coordinator of behavior interventions and mental health services of the Bellevue School District, serving close to 20,000 students.

    • 49 min
    S2E4 - Siren Song - Interview with Dr. Anna Lembke

    S2E4 - Siren Song - Interview with Dr. Anna Lembke

    The opioid crisis is making headlines and demanding the attention of policy makers, Emergency Rooms, addiction specialists, and law enforcement. As it should. What about the insidious, even more pervasive addiction that is right in front of all of our eyes? The “modern-day hypodermic needle” that delivers hits of pleasure 24/7. Our brains were not built for this and the result is an epidemic of people in a state of dopamine withdrawal, more commonly known as depression and anxiety. Finding out how to achieve balance among overconsumption is the battle our guest is finding out how to win.

    Interview with Dr. Anna Lembke, Chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic at Stanford University.

    • 41 min
    S2E3 - Autism’s Gender Bias - Interview with Dr. Cynthia Gordon

    S2E3 - Autism’s Gender Bias - Interview with Dr. Cynthia Gordon

    Autism is a tricky diagnosis to make sometimes. It can present in numerous ways that don’t fall into classic presentations. Take this problem and now multiply it. What you get is the challenge in diagnosing Autism in girls. As we begin to recognize what we’ve been missing, a new variant of Autism may be making diagnosis even more difficult. For some, though, it may finally be the answer they’ve been looking for.

    Interview with Dr. Cynthia Martin, the Senior Clinical Director and a psychologist in the Autism Center at New York City’s Child Mind Institute.

    • 49 min
    S2E2 - The Superpower of Babies - Interview with Mary Gordon

    S2E2 - The Superpower of Babies - Interview with Mary Gordon

    From the moment babies enter the world, they are being taught. Taught to identify colors, shapes, numbers, letters. Later, they learn to read, to swim, to ride a bike. They arrive wired to learn. What if these same babies were even better teachers? In a time when we are experiencing an empathy deficit manifested in political tribalism, workplace hostility, school violence, it may be the tiniest among us that can bring us the greatest hope.

    Interview with Mary Gordon, an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator, and best-selling author, who has created an international children’s charity: Roots of Empathy (ROE).

    • 47 min

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