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The ordinary madness and peculiar logic of the human mind ... Do you want to discover more about all things mental health? Meet Dr. Beach, a forensic psychiatrist who offers a unique perspective through stimulating real, raw, and thought provoking conversations. From depression and anxiety to trauma and psychosis to the peculiar aspects of our personality that influence our behavior, Dr. Beach elevates our understanding of the human mind and expands the possibilities for a brighter future.

Mental Reality with Dr. Beach Dr. Craig Beach

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The ordinary madness and peculiar logic of the human mind ... Do you want to discover more about all things mental health? Meet Dr. Beach, a forensic psychiatrist who offers a unique perspective through stimulating real, raw, and thought provoking conversations. From depression and anxiety to trauma and psychosis to the peculiar aspects of our personality that influence our behavior, Dr. Beach elevates our understanding of the human mind and expands the possibilities for a brighter future.

    Muscle Minded

    Muscle Minded

    Let's all get muscle minded with Tyler Sarry, a fitness coach, wellness motivator, and mental health advocate. In this honest, educational, and inspiring episode, Tyler covers what is not typically known or seen on the surface, including why he first got into fitness; navigating learning challenges due to ADHD, and the physical and psychological highs and lows when he competed as a fitness model. This episode covers mindful eating, portion control/moderation, healthy vs. unhealthy food choices, how to apply the "80:20 rule", the philosophy behind intermittent fasting, and the need to incorporate healthy eating and exercise into a sustainable lifestyle. Dr. Beach and Tyler focus on the mental health benefits of exercise. They also discuss Tyler's prior struggles with his body image, overexercising, and undereating and the risks of vanity and social media pressures. Tyler's journey can help us all achieve a better mind-body connection and balance. 
    Additional Information:
    https://www.tylersarry.com
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    • 58 min
    Trauma – Part 2

    Trauma – Part 2

    Trauma Part 2 of 2 — So much covered in this episode! Dr. Beach and Dr. Sarah Wright, Psychologist, Sex Therapist and Author of Redefining Trauma: Understanding and Coping with a Cortisoaked Brain take us through the practical coping strategies including the importance of telling our traumatic stories; mindfulness; giving ourselves time and space to heal; the positive effects of healthy routines, intimacy and exercise, and the power of support. Gain a real understanding of traumatic reactions as normal responses to abnormal circumstances; the benefits of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)/cognitive processing therapy (CPT) and medications; the critical role of grounding and a safety plan; and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Listen and learn from the experts in this highly informational second part.
    Additional Information:
    Redefining Trauma: Understanding and Coping with a Cortisoaked Brain

    • 32 min
    Trauma – Part 1

    Trauma – Part 1

    What is trauma? How does it impact the brain? To many, the word trauma brings to mind emergency rooms, combat, physical injury, or sexual assault. It's less likely to conjure up examples such as being a racial or sexual minority, enduring significant loss, or being a parent and working three jobs, and still find time to be human. 

    Join Dr. Beach and Dr. Sarah Wright, Psychologist, Sex Therapist, and author of Trauma: Understanding and Coping with a Cortisoaked Brain. Listen and learn as they tackle questions like: how trauma affects the brain; the difference between a corti-sprinkled, corti-saturated, and corti-soaked brain; the importance of relationships and intimate connections; our culture of vulnerability; and the destructive impacts of stigma and shame. Gain real insight on this critical topic in part 1 of 2 episodes!

    • 38 min
    Hearing Voices — Helpful Strategies (Part 2 of 2)

    Hearing Voices — Helpful Strategies (Part 2 of 2)

    In this follow-up episode, Dmitriy Gutkovich, mental health advocate and lived experience expert on hearing voices, and Dr. Beach cover concrete strategies to help those who are hearing voices that can negatively impact their happiness, attention, perceived abilities, and/or overall voice ecosystem. Recommended strategies include: learning how to create distance and not personalize voices; scheduling set time with voices; defining threatening attacks more productively; tolerating the ambiguity of voices and not needing to solve all presenting problems; embracing the vagueness of voices; and developing a voice ecosystem. This episode will leave listeners feeling empowered and hopeful and, contrary to what so many falsely believe, many people who hear voices can and do live a happy and productive life in harmony.

    Additional Information:

    Life with Voices — A Guide for Harmony the paperback launches on 9/7, and the ebook launches on 9/14 ( pre-order is available now).

    COPE Project: https://www.spirit.research.yale.edu/
     

    • 24 min
    Hearing Voices — The Experience (Part 1 of 2)

    Hearing Voices — The Experience (Part 1 of 2)

    Wonder what it's like to hear voices? Dmitriy Gutkovich, mental health advocate and author of the new book, Life with Voices — A Guide for Harmony sits down with Dr. Beach to tell his own decade-long personal experience of hearing voices in preparation for the book launch. They discuss the myths and misconceptions much of society has regarding the topic and psychosis in general and how these biases cause further mental health stigma. They also cover: how the media and movies often distort and sensationalize mental health phenomena and, particularly, the relationship between mental illness and violence; the challenges associated with hearing voices; various and competing conceptual frameworks for understanding hearing voices; and the different motivations for hostile voices. Dmitriy's philosophy is refreshing and inspiring because it isn't diminishing and negative; rather, it is empowering, positive, and harmonious. Consider this episode essential listening before diving deeper into Hearing Voices: Helpful Strategies (Part 2 of 2)

    Additional Information:

    Life with Voices — A Guide for Harmony the paperback launches on 9/7, and the ebook launches on 9/14 ( pre-order is available now).

    COPE Project: https://www.spirit.research.yale.edu/

    • 18 min
    COVID and Mental Health: A Tale of Two Cities

    COVID and Mental Health: A Tale of Two Cities

    Dr. Beach and Ian Twinn, PR Consultant, catch up to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted him from a mental health perspective. From a fast-paced lifestyle before the pandemic to living in a 7-week lockdown, alone in a small apartment in NYC,...

    • 27 min

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