Host Shannon Morgan works in the field of Behavioral Health as a peer and youth support specialist, collaborating with therapists, case managers and other community based behavioral health professionals to support individuals in their Recovery.
In this podcast, she uses her professional expertise, and her experience as a consumer of our badly broken mental health care system, to help inform and empower as many people as she can about the abilities and challenges that come with living with a mental illness.
Diagnosed with depression and ADHD in her early 20s after failing out of college for the first time, Jamie Gamble is working on rebuilding an emotional connection with herself.
Jamie shares that she grew up in a chaotic environment with parents who both had an undiagnosed mental illness, which left a lot on Jamie’s shoulders as the oldest child. Jamie explains how problems with ADHD/Executive Function in the brain played a role in her failing out of college twice, losing careers, and dealing with financial and relationship problems. She talks about struggling with inadequacy and imposter syndrome in her everyday life.
She shares how one of the most useful things she did was plug into the neurodivergent community in-person and online and benefit from the sense of community and commonality. Jamie shares how her journey transitioning from male to female has impacted the way she experiences emotion and interprets the world. That and more!
Alexa explores the process of becoming a trans woman over time and how it changed her relationship with mental illness, substance and sex addiction, as well as other people.
Alexa shares that she is a 70-year-old trans woman who grew up in an upper-middle-class home, with a family that was on the surface very close, but at home, she experienced emotional and sexual abuse. Alexa explores the process of becoming a trans woman over time and how it changed her relationship with mental illness, substance and sex addiction, as well as other people. She talks about finding the silver lining in every situation being key to maintaining her mental health and sobriety. This and more on episode 18 of Sound Mind!
Travis Abbot shares how he grew up in a chaotic environment where he was raised to be tough and ready and able to be violent, which he later addressed in therapy.
On episode 17 of Sound Mind, Travis Abbot shares how he grew up in a chaotic environment where he was raised to be tough and ready and able to be violent, which he later addressed in therapy; he talks about how he was surprised by how much therapy helped and how men are raised to not communicate or show emotions, but rather be aggressive; he reflects on how therapy, and specifically EDMR, helped rid him of suicidal ideation, substantially reduced depression and set appropriate boundaries.
Travis dives into destigmatizing men seeking mental health treatment; he muses about what would change if mental health care improved; he discusses the biggest hurdle in his Recovery, including setting boundaries; he dives into what he does to maintain his mental health; he shares being able to talk more about mental health more easily and increasing his resilience, as well as how the relationships with his parents have changed as a result of his Recovery; he gives his advice for folks just beginning their Recovery, and more.
Mike Ross was honorably discharged from the Marines; however, he has struggled to thrive in his post military life -- holding down employment or relationships has been a challenge.
Mike shares about how in the Marine Corps they recognized wasn't behaving normally, rather than discipline him they sent him to the psychiatrist which started his mental health journey; he reflects on his poor experiences getting mental health treatment through the VA; he shares his passion for a local nonprofit called Intensive Healing Therapy that helps veterans and first responders; he discusses how his mental health journey has impacted his relationships; he dives into how his mental health diagnosis has changed over the years and how hard it was to accept his Borderline Personality diagnosis.Mike goes into emotional trauma he’s suffered, including experiencing iatrogenic harm after being involuntarily committed after a suicide attempt where he was arrested; he reflects about how the police interact with people who live with mental illness and the harm he received while in custody, including being denied an attorney; he discusses ideas about how the police can be better supported to interact with people who live with mental illness; he shares what he does to maintain his mental health including the Wim Haf breathing technique, and more.
Tim Conrad discovered recently he has PTSD from an incident 17 years ago, with other trauma layered on top over several years.
As a firefighter Tim experienced a traumatic event that caused him PTSD that has been layered with other traumatic events from his disaster work; he explains how PTSD shows up in his life and impacts himself in his personal life and at work; he talks about what it has been like to work with a counselor for the first time; what the biggest hurdle in his recovery has been, his advice for others in Recovery, and more.
Greg Hubbard has dealt with anxiety and depression since his late teenage years. Diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, he's had challenges with jobs and relationships at times in the past.
Greg discusses losing his 1st marriage to a bad year-long depression where he withdrew from his family and friends; his experience with hospitalizations and how the connections with other people you meet there can help you find healing and direction in your own journey; his perspective on how one needs a multi prong approach to treating mental illness, and how medication alone wont always work; how his biggest hurdle in recovery was not opening up to others about his depression, and more.
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So I excited for this new podcast. Real people talking about real stuff that matters! Great sound quality and very professional for a new podcast. Cannot wait for new episodes. Good job Shannon!!!!!!!