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Imani State of Mind

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Get into an Imani State Of Mind with psychiatrist Dr. Imani Walker. Every week, she’ll break down mental illness and mental health through pop culture and news and in the process normalize what getting your mind right really looks like.
13 Episodes
Grieving The Old Normal

Grieving The Old Normal


Remember the Before Times...when you didn't throw an extra mask in your bag when you went out? When you used to go out?? Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, we're all getting used to a new normal. This week, Imani walks us through the collective grief we're feeling about losing our old way of life and how to cope. Plus, on this week’s Pop Culture Diagnosis, Imani breaks down Netflix's Bojack Horseman to find out if a talking horse can be real about depression. See for privacy information.
During a pandemic, sheltering-in-place can protect you from getting sick, but for people in abusive relationships, it can also mean being stuck isolating with your abuser. Domestic violence cases have spiked dramatically in the past few months as COVID-19 has kept people at home. Imani breaks down the signs of abuse, how to get help, and how realistic domestic violence in pop culture is with anti-violence advocate and therapist Sequoya Hayes. If you or a loved one need help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 or visit See for privacy information.
If you think eating disorders are just a "white girl problem", this episode is for you. The National Eating Disorder Association estimates that 30 million Americans are affected by eating disorders. Imani breaks down how eating disorders affect people across all demographics, what eating disorders are, and how you can cope if you're struggling with disordered eating. Plus, she dives deep into forensic psychiatry and psychopathy in Netflix’s Mindhunter on this week’s Pop Culture Diagnosis. Content warning: This episode contains frank discussion of eating disorders. If you need help for an eating disorder or are concerned about a loved one, you can call the National Eating Disorder hotline at 1-800-931-2237. See for privacy information.
Electro convulsive therapy (ECT) sounds scary...but is it? This week, Imani talks with comedian Gary Gulman who underwent ECT to treat severe depression. Plus, Imani and Gary compare notes on the way depression has affected both of their lives over the years. Gary's hour-long comedy special, The Great Depresh, is out on HBONow and HBOGo. See for privacy information.
This week, Imani shares how she's been processing the end of her marriage to her partner of 11 years, how she's been coping with being alone and single parenting, and why divorce was the right move for her. Plus, she takes a close look at Spike Lee's latest movie Da 5 Bloods and how it deals with PTSD. See for privacy information.
The Real Deal About Anxiety

The Real Deal About Anxiety


Do your thoughts hit different? You're not alone. Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the United States. This week, Imani breaks down what kinds of anxiety disorders there are, what they feel like, and how to get help for them. Plus, Imani digs into how mental illness shows up on HBO's Insecure. See for privacy information.
Between COVID and the most recent protests against police brutality, ""how are you?"" is a loaded question right now - especially for Black folks! Imani talks with reporter Priska Neely about the cognitive dissonance of getting check-in texts from her white friends (you can read her essay in The Cut about those texts here:, plus how Priska takes care of her mental health while reporting on traumatic events for her job. See for privacy information.
Is having bipolar disorder really  like having a "sprained brain" like Kanye said? This week Imani breaks down for you what bipolar looks and feels like and how to get help. Plus, on Pop Culture Diagnosis, Imani goes deep on how bipolar disorder shows up for everyone's favorite hype man on FX's Dave. See for privacy information.
Black women are twice as likely to experience a major depressive disorder compared to Black men, but Black women are less likely to seek mental health help. This week Dr. Imani talks with therapist and author of The State of Black Girls, Marline Francois Madden to talk about why therapy is an important part of mental health care, how to find a therapist, and how to truly make time for self-care. See for privacy information.
Stigma makes it hard for so many people to even talk about their mental health, let alone get help. But among Millennials and Gen Z, there's less and less stigma about mental illness. This week, Imani talks with Tracy Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) about how she became a go-to voice for normalizing mental health conversations for Millennials on Twitter. See for privacy information.
Is This A Problem?

Is This A Problem?


Substance abuse is on the rise as we’ve been in quarantine. This week, Imani talks with addiction psychiatrist and host of the ‘In Recovery’ podcast, Dr. Nzinga Harrison about what addiction is, why recovery can be so difficult, and what you should look out for if you’re worried about your own behavior.  See for privacy information.
Don't Panic!

Don't Panic!


We are stressed! And this isn’t just normal stress - the pandemic has disrupted every aspect of our lives, and this summer there’s already been a non-stop tide of news stories of police shootings and violence against black communities. This week Dr. Imani lays out how to process the trauma of trying to live your life in the midst of a crisis. Plus, Dr. Imani breaks down how one of her favorite TV shows depicts mental illness in Pop Culture Diagnosis. See for privacy information.
Psychiatrist Dr. Imani Walker (Bravo's Married to Medicine LA) will give you the tools to help you on your journey to getting your mind right. She’ll use her clinical expertise to break down mental illness through pop culture, the news, and her own experience managing her mental health. So sit down, take a deep breath, and relax because we’re about to get into an Imani State Of Mind. See for privacy information.
Comments (3)

Kimberly Reese

Thank you for creating this show. I look forward to more.

Jul 14th


Have there been any long term studies on inherited generational trauma on whether and how mass cultural and historical traumas affect future generations? Specifically in relation to Indigenous Native Americans & African Americans. I'm very curious how these traumas from kidnapping / removal from homelands to massacres affect these populations then & now. I do believe there is a correlation.

Jul 10th

Alanna Blau

Congrats on your launch! I loved your first episode and can't wait for more 💯💯

Jun 29th
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