63 episodes

Mental Podcast is a show dedicated to individuals and mental health professionals. Providing support, information, and some candid conversation along the way. Through this podcast, you will hear a variety of different topics in the form of series; everything from mental health struggles, diagnoses, and even the impact of life on the co-hosts!

Learn more at: mental-podcast.com

Mental Podcast Michelle Collins and Seth Showalter

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 186 Ratings

Mental Podcast is a show dedicated to individuals and mental health professionals. Providing support, information, and some candid conversation along the way. Through this podcast, you will hear a variety of different topics in the form of series; everything from mental health struggles, diagnoses, and even the impact of life on the co-hosts!

Learn more at: mental-podcast.com

    63. How to be Sick with Paul Matthew Harrison (Trauma Trials)

    63. How to be Sick with Paul Matthew Harrison (Trauma Trials)

    In this episode of Mental Podcast, Seth has a discussion with Paul Matthew Harrison. Paul is the author of Deconversions: My Journey Through Evangelical Christianity, God Told Me To Marry You, and All the Clever Words on Pages: Part I and II. Seth has previously interviewed Paul for a different show and brought him to discuss his experience involving chronic physical illness.
    Paul describes how a diagnosis of Mono eventually led to a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as doctors were unable to find the cause. This fatigue was then followed by overwhelming pain and was subsequently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.
    Paul explores how his dual diagnosis impacts his day to day life and outlook on life. From relationships to planning events, Paul's entire world revolves on how much energy he can or can not exert. The mental health impact of these symptoms is then explored; from depression to isolation. Towards the end, Paul explores how he has learned to find meaning in the small things.
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    • 41 min
    62. Dying Out Loud with Dave Warnock (Trauma Trials)

    62. Dying Out Loud with Dave Warnock (Trauma Trials)

    TRIGGER WARNING - This podcast episode contains information about suicide and assisted dying which may be upsetting to some people.
    In this episode of Mental Podcast, Michelle and Seth banter and then launch into mental minutes. Michelle will be driving across the country soon and is of course, deep into body building prep. Seth provides updates on his hunt for a trauma therapist as well as a recent neurology appointment.
    *Michelle and Seth provide a brief overview of the interview and provide a disclaimer regarding the subject of Assisted Dying and Suicide. While the guest you're about to hear is focused on living life to the fullest now, he experiences a terminal physical illness which will slowly decrease his quality of life so suicide may be a way to end his suffering in the last days.
    Dave Warnock was diagnosed with a terminal chronic physical illness called ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). He was given the diagnosis and told he has 3-5 years left to live in February of 2019. Subsequently, he began a campaign called "Dying Out Loud" and had been traveling the world. Dave is actively trying to make the most of the time he has left rather than be consumed with grief. Seth and Dave discuss the toll and impact of ALS is having on his body, emotions and mental health.
    Dave is focusing on "living life to the fullest" rather than spending it simply "trying to stay alive." Dave has previously been on a podcast tour and traveled the world (prior to the pandemic) spreading his message of strength and hope even in the face of dire circumstances.. 
    Dave's website:  https://daveoutloud.com/ 
    Dave on Twitter: @dwwarnock


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    61. "Don't Give Up" With Christina Koffkey (Trauma Trials)

    61. "Don't Give Up" With Christina Koffkey (Trauma Trials)

    In this episode of Mental Podcast. Michelle and Seth review a Mental Minute and then cut to an interview Seth had with Christina Koffkey. In this week's Mental Minute, Michelle expresses the stress and exhaustion as a result of prep for a body building competition. Seth unpacks feelings of insecurity after watching InTreatment on HBO. Seth discusses the difficulty he has experienced in trying to find a counselor and both Michelle and Seth explore just how hard it can be in reaching out for help.

    This is followed by an interview Seth has with Christina Koffkey. Christina is a mother who experiences Fibromyalgia and Endometriosis. Christina shares her journey in trying to find the help. In this process, Christina discusses the very real impact chronic pain can have on one's mental health; sharing her own story of going to the hospital with suicidal ideation at one point along this journey. Christina offers a message of hope in the midst of very real pain and suffering. She emphasizes the importance of not giving up and to continue fighting while seeking support from both one's support system and healthcare professionals. This is an inspiring story that you won't want to miss!


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    60. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with Donna Sanders (Trauma Trials

    60. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with Donna Sanders (Trauma Trials

    In this episode of Mental Podcast, Mental Minutes take up the first 21 minutes of the show. They kick it off with a vent around traffic eluding to Michelle's frequent bouts of road rage. Michelle then shares a few stories from the gym as she prepares for bodybuilding and talks to the stress that she is experiencing from work. Seth revisits the recent seizure to discuss how things in his life have changed. He speaks to the loss of relationships in his life (likely his own doing) and difficulties with sleep; increasing the odds of seizure activity. Seth also processes the events of this past week including long work hours, high stress and lack of confidence. Michelle is sure to mention one of Seth's biggest obstacles to overcome: hatred for self. It's just another day with Mental Podcast :)
    After Mental Minutes, Michelle and Seth introduce the three separate clips of an interview Seth had with Donna Sanders. Donna shares that she suffers from myalgic encephalomyelitis; most commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome. Several key things are discussed throughout the conversation which include struggling with something when you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel, difficulty in receiving treatment, struggles in being recognized as actually having an issue, feelings of being invalidated and not treated the same as others who struggle with other physical illnesses. Michelle and Seth process each clip and even relate it to Seth's recent experience with epilepsy.
    To learn more about Mental Podcast, check out mental-podcast.com. On that site, you can listen to the podcast or find links to different platforms as well as links to Mental's Facebook community. Mental has an active page and group as well as an Instagram account. To provide thoughts and suggestions, text/call Mental at 314-690-5005.


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    • 54 min
    59. Extended Mental Minute (Trauma Trials)

    59. Extended Mental Minute (Trauma Trials)

    In this episode of Mental Podcast, Michelle and Seth engage in an extended mental minute as they kick off this month's focus. Michelle shares some challenges she's been facing at home as well as her prep work for 4 body building competitions! There's a whole conversation around self-esteem and self-confidence.
    Seth shares how things have been going over the last few weeks. Notably, things have work have heated up and he experienced a grand mal (tonic-clonic seizure) in Denver, Colorado at a suicide intervention train the trainer event. There is a discussion around the physical and emotional impact of such a traumatic experience.
    Keeping in line with Seth's experience, Michelle and Seth will be focusing on psychological trauma caused by chronic physical illnesses for the month of June.
    *If you have experienced a chronic physical illness and would be willing to share parts of your story, please reach out to our hotline at 314-690-5005 (text/call).
    You can learn more about Mental Podcast at mental-podcast.com.


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    • 52 min
    58. Recovering from Religious Trauma with Mark Karris (Trauma Trials)

    58. Recovering from Religious Trauma with Mark Karris (Trauma Trials)

    This is an episode you don't want to miss!
    Michelle and Seth skip Mental Minutes entirely in order to sit down with psychotherapist and author Mark Karris. Mark is the author of notable books such as "Religious Refugees" and "Season of Heartbreak."
    In addition to writing, Mark is a psychotherapist, with a focus on religious trauma and couples counseling. In this episode, Mark walks us through the process he would walk someone through in recovering from religious trauma. This path of recovery from religious trauma includes the following stages: 1. Safety and Stability, 2. Remembrance and Mourning and 3. Reconnection with the Self and Integration. You can learn more about Mark and his work at: https://markgregorykarris.com.


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    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

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186 Ratings

186 Ratings

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Tyler Pickert

I love the concept of this podcast. It’s incredibly authentic and informative for the listeners. The hosts do a fantastic job of setting a warm and welcoming vibe that really helps reel everyone in for the long haul. Cannot wait to dive deeper into your content. 🙏🏻

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Tough Conversations

I enjoy this podcast, and think it’s a great resource for anyone interested in the “inside baseball” type of view on the mental health field. The podcast is fairly new still and finding its footing but the audio is solid and the host is comfortable on the mic.

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Informative, Entertaining and Practical

This is a great podcast for everyone. The episodes contain useful and practical tips and tools that can be practiced in your daily lives. It covers a wide variety of topics. Seth, as the host, is very personable and does a great job moderating the podcast. The content is interesting, real and sometimes raw, done in a very engaging manner. With each episode, I could easily think of a couple people that would benefit from hearing the podcast and will make recommendations to them. Life can be hectic and messy and this podcast will make it a little more manageable.

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