Intimate conversations about mental health and wellness with psychotherapist Debra Sloss. Guests share personal stories and hard-earned wisdom from their lived experience accompanied by expert guests sharing their professional knowledge on important mental health topics. Together we’ll explore the intricacies of being human and living well. Join us for new understandings, seeds of hope, and valuable resources. New episodes released the first Sunday of every month. Unique resource lists are posted in show notes for each episode and can be found at www.stateofmindmedia.org.
Episode 59: In recent years, there’s been growing interest in the role that psychedelic drugs, including ketamine, can play in treating mental health conditions. In this episode, we discuss a new treatment approach called Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) that is a promising treatment for patients with PTSD, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. Joining me for this conversation is Spencer Wollan, who experienced “life changing benefits” from KAP, along with medical doctor, social worker, and ketamine prescriber Dr. Jesus Ramirez and psychotherapist Ellis McCauley.
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After the Loss of a Child
Episode 58: How do parents go on after their child’s death? In this episode, we talk with father and author Colin Campbell about how he’s finding ways to live “with hope and purpose” after his two teen children were killed in a car crash caused by a drunk driver. Two other parents contribute stories about their grief after losing children to suicide and overdose. Also with us for this conversation is psychotherapist, grief specialist, and writer Kara Bowman. Join us for this honest, tender, and surprisingly hopeful conversation.
Living with Psychotic Symptoms
Episode 57: Psychotic symptoms, often collectively referred to as psychosis, can be part of many illnesses and are when the brain has trouble distinguishing between what is real from what is not. Psychosis is a symptom, not an illness, and as many as 3 out of every 100 people will experience an episode of psychosis in their lifetime due to either a medical or a mental health condition. It is common for a person to experience psychotic symptoms for more than a year before receiving treatment. Early treatment of psychosis is critical because it often means better recovery. Understanding more about and learning to recognize psychotic symptoms means being in a better position to help those experiencing psychosis get the appropriate care sooner. Joining me for this conversation is Dr. Jennifer Davis, a Double Board Certified General and Child-Adolescent Psychiatrist and two guests who are both in recovery from their mental illnesses, peer counselor Tim Beveridge and peer specialist Kenah Roberts.
The Complex Recovery of Co-Occurring Disorders (remix)
Episode 56: About one third of people who have a mental health condition also develop a substance use disorder at some point in their lives. In this episode, we discuss the complicated intersection of these problems, a combination that currently afflicts nearly 17 million Americans. Joining us for this conversation about co-occurring disorders is psychotherapist Cynthia Nollenberger and artist-musician Rick, who shares about his journey to mental health recovery and, eventually, to substance use recovery. This 2019 interview has been re-edited with new material and personal stories added.
Therapeutic Movement & Dance - Creativity and Wellness: Part 3
Episode #55: People have been moving their bodies through dance for thousands of years, and there’s a reason. Movement and dance offer many benefits for mental health and brain function. Joining me for this conversation about the therapeutic benefits of movement and dance are Dr. Rachel Jordana Horodezky, a licensed psychotherapist, yoga instructor, and dance instructor; entrepreneur and dancer Shankar Hemmady; and arts administrator and lifelong dancer Valéria Miranda.
Loved the peripartum episode
As a psychiatrist who works with this population, I found this episode very informative, engaging and helpful regarding just what matters for new moms going through postpartum anxiety and depression- thank you for doing this- i have recommended it to my colleagues in psychiatry and ob-gyn as well to several patients!
Pertinent topics & a sense of community
There is still stigma and shame associated with mental health issues, & it’s easy to feel so alone when dealing with such difficulties. This show addresses so many pertinent issues, with guests who have direct experience, & professionals with a range of expertise. I’ve learned so much, listening to this podcast, and also felt a reassurance that we’re not alone in this. Anyone who is dealing with issues or has a friend or loved one who is (so, pretty much all of us!) can gain so much knowledge and also reassurance from listening. Thank you Debra and staff! Bravo!!
Thank you, Debra and team: for your timely podcasts - so many topics have been so helpful for myself that I can’t name them all here-and in particular for bringing to the fore experts in the fields you cover who are of our community and of African American descent. It adds an angle and perspective so often sorely missing.