Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown is a quirky, informative, and interactive podcast breaking down the myths and misunderstandings about mental health and emotional well-being. Neuroscientist Mayim Bialik combines her academic background with vast personal experience to provide listeners with valuable practical advice focusing on removing the stigma surrounding mental health and encouraging an understanding of the mind-body connection. Nothing is off limits as Mayim breaks it down with an amazing collection of guests.
Joel Kim Booster: I Knew I Was Gay Before I Knew I Was Asian
Joel Kim Booster (stand-up comedian, writer, actor) opens up about bipolar disorder, his early sexual identity realizations, and the challenges of living at the intersection of a variety of cultures. He discusses the complexities of being adopted as a baby by a white American Baptist family, his tumultuous teenage years of finding himself while grappling with his deeply religious and conservative parents, and how the arts helped him with his coming out process. Joel details how his bipolar diagnosis helped him reframe his life experiences, his “productive” hypomania, the benefits of medication, and why it can be difficult to let go of mental illness. He reveals why social media has been the biggest stressor on his mental health, how the depiction of Asian men fed into his depression, and the frustration and freedom that comes with being “stereotypically gay.” Mayim breaks down the different types of bipolar disorder and how the condition manifests.
Corey Feldman: They Abused Me, I Learned to Forgive
Corey Feldman (The Goonies, Stand By Me, The Lost Boys) opens up about his abusive childhood, grappling with the deaths of so many of his friends, and his spirituality. He discusses what he remembers from his early days of acting, why he wishes he had the option to say no to fame, and the abuse he suffered at the hands of his predators and his own parents. Corey reflects on the healing nature of being a parent, how his life has changed since finding sobriety, and the thought patterns he uses to achieve forgiveness for those who have hurt him. He explains being of service as a form of therapy, his love of philosophy, and the exchange of energy he experiences during his performances.
Natasha Leggero: Parenting at the End of the World
Natasha Leggero (actress, writer, comedian, author of The World Deserves My Children) opens up about how she arrived to her unique parenting journey later in life and provides an honest approach to parenting and "geriatric" pregnancy. She discusses the impact of her father leaving the family at an early age before he married her mom’s best friend, and what it was like to help raise her younger siblings as a child herself. Natasha reveals what she wishes more people knew about the egg-freezing process, merging her life as a career woman with caring for a child, and the importance of finding the right partner to parent with. Mayim and Natasha compare parenting styles and consider the challenges of parenting in the face of environmental panic. They discuss reasons some might not want to have children, why kids crave structure, and why we shouldn’t condition children with fear.
Jodie Sweetin: My ADHD is a Superpower
Jodie Sweetin (Full House, Fuller House, Craft Me a Romance) discusses her work as “Stephanie Tanner” on Full House, living with ADHD and how she thinks it has helped her, and the importance of showing up as the parent you needed to have yourself. She explains how therapy and sobriety allow her to be a better parent and the importance of honesty in a parent-child relationship. Mayim and Jodie consider the need for prison reform after Jodie opens up about being adopted as a baby after she was born within the prison system. They discuss coping mechanisms in nature vs nurture and share their earliest childhood memories. Jodie reveals the top 5 things that keep her centered and ways she redirects feelings of wanting to run away into efforts of self-care.
Create Yourself Anew: Breaking Down 2022 with Mayim and Jonathan!
Mayim and Jonathan are breaking down 2022 for our final episode of the year! They chat about what went right in 2022 - from the news stories that made us laugh and articles tied to important topics we cover here at MBB, to what the year has taught them. Mayim reveals a highlight from this year and a few practical tips she has personally put into action.
Face Your Financial Fears with Meredith Stoddard
Meredith Stoddard (Life Events Experience Lead at Fidelity Investments) stops by to discuss how life events and their emotional components can impact finances and the overall human experience. Meredith explains the similarities between life events planning and therapy, practical ways to make financial literacy more accessible to all, and reasons to avoid comparing your financial status and goals with others. Mayim and Meredith consider the benefits of starting small when working toward your financial goals, framing money conversations around wishes instead of fear, and normalizing financial discussions within the family unit. They discuss changing generational attitudes, goals, & behavior toward money and combating misinformation around finances on social media. This content was created in collaboration with Fidelity. Thank you Fidelity for sponsoring this podcast! #ad
So much love for this impactful podcast
I have always been a Mayim Bialik fan. What she has done with her celebrity and her education, with the help of her partner, Jonathan, and her many contacts is so poignant. I couldn’t have found it at a better time in my life. Listening has become part of my daily mental health regime.
Her and her guests present their vulnerable selves to the audience and then inspire the listeners by sharing their growth journeys.
I have discovered so much commonality with these experts and celebrities. It really puts my healing process into perspective. These ideals of human success are just people doing a job struggling with the same toxicity and pain as the rest of us.
When we hear about celebrities, committing suicide, we often wonder why someone with apparently everything (externally to our perspective) couldn’t make life work. We make judgements or wonder how we are going to survive if they couldn’t.
I ride to and from work everyday with a different episode. So far my favs (and not because I am BBT fan) are:
- Simon Helberg (humility and humor)
- Kunal Nayyar ( here is my life savings and my first born dedication to the cult)
- Wil Wheaton (did we have the same mother. Sometimes no contact is the only way to save your life)
- Seth Green
- Sarah Silverman(just another girl from NH)
Thank you to all of you, hosts, crew, and guests for being my part of my daily grounding. I want to hug each and everyone of you.
Next up Diana Agron! Excited for the ride home.
This podcast has deeply changed my train of thought and I am so grateful to listen to and about all the mental health topics. I’ve learned so much. It brings me a little bit of peace after listening to an episode. Mayim you are perfect to me and I’m sure there are many others who feel the same. Love you guys!❤️
This is my current favorite podcast. It’s so good.