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A podcast series with a focus on a variety of mental health topics designed to educate and empower you. We bring the professional and personal points of view together to talk about a wide range of topics across the mental health spectrum. It's a must have resource for anyone struggling with mental health issues within themselves or a loved one.
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In our very first live episode, we are joined by returning guest Kara Radecki of Ancora Counseling to talk about why the "most wonderful time of the year" can feel exactly the opposite. We chat about why depression rates can rise during the holidays, how the pressure of being "Pinterest Perfect" can feel more intense, and why it's important to recognize the pressure and stress of the holidays and how it effects our children. We share tips, strategies, and answer questions from our audience about what we can do to survive the holiday season.If your ready to work with us, or for more information on Being UnNormal check out our website at www.beingunnormal.comFollow us on social media!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beingunnormalInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebeingunnormalIf you like the podcast - don't forget to share us with a friend! Follow up on social! Thank you supporters and listeners, we can't do this without the fans! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/beunnormal)
In this episode we welcome Erica Vest-Wilcox from the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program on the show to talk about skills to help those diagnosed with bipolar disorder learn self-management techniques, which allows them to effectively manage their illness. Erica and I talk about things like triggers,  stigma, the differences between Bipolar 1 & 2,  understand your warning signs, and development of a personal care plan. Erica also shares with us some of the latest research developments happening at the University including PRIORI, an app that helps individuals with bipolar self manage their symptoms. To find out more about becoming a study participant or about the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program you can reach them at 877-864-3637 or visit their website at: Prechter Program | Michigan Medicine | University of Michigan (umich.edu)If your ready to work with us, or for more information on Being UnNormal check out our website at www.beingunnormal.comFollow us on social media!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beingunnormalInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebeingunnormalIf you like the podcast - don't forget to share us with a friend! Follow up on social! Thank you supporters and listeners, we can't do this without the fans! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/beunnormal)
In this episode we welcome back Dr. Joel Nigg from the Center For ADHD Research at the Oregon Science and Health University. Joel shares with us the latest findings in ADHD Research such as:- Maternal Inflammation Markers- The Data on Different Risk Factors for Children with ADHD- The Likelihood of Increased Outcomes for Children with ADHD (psychosis, schizophrenia, alcohol use, suicide attempts, depression, drug use)- Study Findings on Micronutrients and the Role of Diet (gut/brain connection)- Environmental Factors & GeneticsWe also talk in depth about the role of stigma and lack of education on the diagnosis, and why we as a society should be taking ADHD much more seriously than we have in the past.To make a donation to fund this amazing research (every penny is donor matched) you can easily do that online HERE. To keep up with the amazing work the Center does, you can find them HEREIf your ready to work with us, or for more information on Being UnNormal check out our website at www.beingunnormal.comFollow us on social media!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beingunnormalInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebeingunnormalIf you like the podcast - don't forget to share us with a friend! Follow up on social! Thank you supporters and listeners, we can't do this without the fans! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/beunnormal)
On this episode we welcome back Kathryn Nulf to the show to talk about the psychology of coming out. Coming out is a term used in the queer community to describe revealing your sexuality to your friends, family, and community. Kat and I discuss the 6 six stages of coming out, what the psychological impact can be of accepting your sexuality, and how you can support a loved one as an ally. We break down what the ripple effects of coming out can look like, the considerations that happen when deciding to come out, and devastating effects if you are rejected by loved ones when you come out.  We also talk about the importance of pride, community, and releasing shame as you step into your full identity going forward. To find Kat on IG click HEREIf your ready to work with us, or for more information on Being UnNormal check out our website at www.beingunnormal.comFollow us on social media!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beingunnormalInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebeingunnormalIf you like the podcast - don't forget to share us with a friend! Follow up on social! Thank you supporters and listeners, we can't do this without the fans! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/beunnormal)
On this episode we talk with Dr. Joseph Shrand who is the Chief Medical Officer of Riverside Community Care, has been a Lecturer of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and an adjunct Faculty of Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. Joe is the author of the book Outsmarting Anger: Seven Strategies to Defuse our most Dangerous Emotion and about to release Manage Your Stress: Overcoming Stress in the Modern World.  Dr. Joe breaks down how the emotion of anger can trigger our fight response, the importance of recognition when we feel anger, why the emotion of anger can get a bad rap, and the correlation between anger and the 3 R's (relationship, residence, resources).  The big takeaway of the episode: there is nothing wrong with anger, it's what you do with it that matters. Dr. Joe shares with us the steps and strategies he talks about in his book, and gives us practical tips on how to manage our anger. Find Dr. Joe online at: HOME | Dr. Joseph Shrand (drshrand.com)If your ready to work with us, or for more information on Being UnNormal check out our website at www.beingunnormal.comFollow us on social media!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beingunnormalInstagram: Being UnNormal (@thebeingunnormal) If you like the podcast - don't forget to share us with a friend! Follow up on social! Thank you supporters and listeners, we can't do this without the fans! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/beunnormal)
On this week's episode we welcome Dr. Sislena Ledbetter to the show to talk about the college transition and mental health needs on campus.  Dr. Sis talks about common mental health issues that arise during the transition to college, the role parents can take before and during to help their child be successful when they leave the nest, common mental health issues and struggles college students face, what the common misconceptions about the college transition we tend to overlook, and how Covid impacted mental health on campus. We chat about how to reframe "failure",  the importance of connection for students, and how parents can help their children get to the "other side of through". You can contact Dr. Sis on IG at: Sislena Ledbetter (@drsislena) If your ready to work with us, or for more information on Being UnNormal check out our website at www.beingunnormal.comFollow us on social media!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beingunnormalInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebeingunnormalIf you like the podcast - don't forget to share us with a friend! Follow up on social! Thank you supporters and listeners, we can't do this without the fans! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/beunnormal)
In this episode we welcome Jacqueline Holden to the show to talk about Perinatal mental health. Perinatal mental health covers the period from pregnancy to around 3 years postpartum. Jacqueline talks to us about what the reality of the motherhood transition looks like, how postpartum mood/anxiety can appear at anytime during the perinatal stage, and common issues new parents/families experience during this time in their lives. We break down the expectations on new families, how to normalize conflict in our relationships, and myths about motherhood. Perinatal mental illness is a significant complication of pregnancy and the postpartum period. These disorders include depression, anxiety disorders, and postpartum psychosis, which usually manifests as bipolar disorder. Perinatal depression and anxiety are common, with prevalence rates for major and minor depression up to almost 20% during pregnancy and the first 3 months postpartum. Postpartum blues are a common but lesser manifestation of postpartum affective disturbance. Perinatal psychiatric disorders impair a woman's function and are associated with suboptimal development of her offspring. Risk factors include past history of depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder, as well psychosocial factors, such as ongoing conflict with the partner, poor social support, and ongoing stressful life events. Early symptoms of depression, anxiety, and mania can be detected through screening in pregnancy and the postpartum period. Early detection and effective management of perinatal psychiatric disorders are critical for the welfare of women and their offspring.You can contact Jacqueline on IG at: mentalwellnessoregon If your ready to work with us, or for more information on Being UnNormal check out our website at www.beingunnormal.comFollow us on social media!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beingunnormalInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebeingunnormalIf you like the podcast - don't forget to share us with a friend! Follow up on social! Thank you supporters and listeners, we can't do this without the fans! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/beunnormal)
In this episode we welcome Dr. Alison McAllister & Kate A. Placzek to talk about PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder).  Per Dr. Alison McAllister's article on PMDD (found here) PMS symptoms can range from abdominal pain to mood issues, and if they are severe enough to cause functional impairment and interfere with life’s normal activities, they can be classified as PMDD. PMDD is a luteal phase-specific syndrome on the severe end of the PMS spectrum.  Approximately 3-8% of menstruating women suffer from the same constellation of symptoms as PMS but experienced at a much higher intensity.  Kate and Alison break down the science around our menstrual cycles, mood, and what's happening to our hormones during our cycles. You can contact Kate at  kaplaczek@zrtlab.com  and Dr. Alison at amcallister@zrtlab.comIf your ready to work with us, or for more information on Being UnNormal check out our website at www.beingunnormal.comFollow us on social media!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beingunnormalInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebeingunnormalIf you like the podcast - don't forget to share us with a friend! Follow up on social! Thank you supporters and listeners, we can't do this without the fans! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/beunnormal)
In honor of Valentine's Day, we are re-releasing one of our favorite episodes! In this episode we welcome back Melissa Parnell to talk about sex baby! We chat about our sexual identification, sexual satisfaction, and what makes good sex great! We talk about how we can communicate our needs to our partners, how self exploration is an important component of healthy sexual expression, and of course the truth on the "O". We break down what sexual attunement is, what sabotages passion, and how to foster sexual curiosity. If your ready to work with us, or for more information on Being UnNormal check out our website at www.beingunnormal.comFollow us on social media!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beingunnormalInstagram: Being UnNormal (@thebeingunnormal) If you like the podcast - don't forget to share us with a friend! Follow up on social! Thank you supporters and listeners, we can't do this without the fans! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/beunnormal)
Managing Our Emotions

Managing Our Emotions

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In this episode we welcome Kathryn Nulf to the show to talk about emotions.  Kat breaks down what primary and secondary emotions are,  what is emotional regulation,  interpersonal relationships and dynamics, and the biology of emotions.  We discuss how emotions can give us deeper insight for not only ourselves but how we interact with others, and what we can learn from each indiviudal emotion. We also chat about physical reactions to emotions, the difference between feelings and emotions, and how important it is remember our emotions have shelf life and that emotions do eventually pass. To find Kat on IG click HEREIf your ready to work with us, or for more information on Being UnNormal check out our website at www.beingunnormal.comFollow us on social media!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beingunnormalInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebeingunnormalIf you like the podcast - don't forget to share us with a friend! Follow up on social! Thank you supporters and listeners, we can't do this without the fans! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/beunnormal)
In this special release episode we welcome back Shelda Holmes, Medical Director of Hands on Medicine (and frontline medical provider) to give us a look at the pandemic a year later. Shelda pulls back the veil to help us understand the science behind the vaccine, Covid long haulers,  care fatigue, and why masking is still an important tool to help prevent the spread of the virus. We debunk myths about the spread of the virus, and how the vaccine actually works to create immunity response in the body (including the difference between side effects and adverse reactions). She also shares with us the burnout and mental health issues of our frontline responders, and how we can support them with our daily actions. For more information about Hands on Medicine you can find them online at https://handsonmedicine.net/If your ready to work with us, or for more information on Being UnNormal check out our website at www.beingunnormal.comFollow us on social media!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beingunnormalInstagram: Being UnNormal (@thebeingunnormal) If you like the podcast - don't forget to share us with a friend! Follow up on social! Thank you supporters and listeners, we can't do this without the fans! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/beunnormal)
In this episode we talk to Sarah Rollins from the University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services department to break down addiction, substance abuse disorder, and how the pandemic has affected addiction and substance use rates. We chat about red flags, relapse, how addiction affects the brain, myths and misconceptions about addiction, length of recovery, and treatment options.  Sarah talks about how our value systems affect our addiction cycle, and how the use of substances compromise those values in ways that cause us distress.  We also talk about the barriers to long term care, access to treatment challenges,  and the how to give yourself grace if you are struggling with addiction. To follow Sarah online or to stay updated with the University of Michigan follow them on social media!Follow Sarah on Instagram @embodiedwellnesstherapy Follow the University of Michigan on Facebook at @UniversityofMichiganDepressionCenter and @MichiganMedicine Twitter: @DepressionCntr and @umichmedicineIf your ready to work with us, or for more information on Being UnNormal check out our website at www.beingunnormal.comFollow us on social media!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beingunnormalInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebeingunnormalIf you like the podcast - don't forget to share us with a friend! Follow up on social! Thank you supporters and listeners, we can't do this without the fans! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/beunnormal)
On this week's episode we welcome Lee Chambers to the show to talk to us about Environmental Psychology. Lee shares with us the what 3 pillars to environmental psychology are (urban environments and architecture, human interaction with nature, and environmental behaviors).  Within these pillars Lee breaks down why each are important and impactful to every single human on the planet, and how little behavior changes add up to big impact for ourselves and the planet. Everything from wildfires to Covid, littering to city planning, we build the connections between bias and behavior changes that can have a global impact.  Lee also talks to us about the psychological impact of story telling and social contracts we have with each other. If your ready to work with us, or for more information on Being UnNormal check out our website at www.beingunnormal.comFollow us on social media!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beingunnormalInstagram: Being UnNormal (@thebeingunnormal) If you like the podcast - don't forget to share us with a friend! Follow up on social! Thank you supporters and listeners, we can't do this without the fans! To reach out to Lee you can find him on FacebookSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/beunnormal)
For the conclusion of our 3 part series on psychiatric crisis, we continue our conversation with Alan Chan about the following talking points for crisis intervention, de-escalation, and the biological components during emotional breakdowns:The role of family dynamics during a crisisAbleism and underestimating our children's abilitiesIntergenerational mental health issuesWhat trauma does to the brainHow we process sensory information during times of crisisThe role of shame and anger in the escalation cycleHow microaggressions create dis-regulated statesThe role of empathy in response and within the communityHow the golden rule can actually cause problems in relationshipsHow to square our expectations about our children’s behaviorThe importance of attachment and the breakdown of attachment stylesIf your ready to work with us, or for more information on Being UnNormal check out our website at www.beingunnormal.comFollow us on social media!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beingunnormalInstagram: Being UnNormal (@thebeingunnormal) If you like the podcast - don't forget to share us with a friend! Follow up on social! Thank you supporters and listeners, we can't do this without the fans! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/beunnormal)
In celebration of our 100th episode, we turn the microphone around to tell the origin story of Being UnNormal! Kimberly gets interviewed by Courtney Hemphill about how mental illness has shaped her life, why mental health advocacy has become her personal mission, and why she started the podcast. We break down how stigma effects families across the nation, what it feels like to parent a child with mental illness, and the isolating effects of being in psychiatric crisis. If your ready to work with us, or for more information on Being UnNormal check out our website at www.beingunnormal.comFollow us on social media!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beingunnormalInstagram: Being UnNormal (@thebeingunnormal) If you like the podcast - don't forget to share us with a friend! Follow up on social! Thank you supporters and listeners, we can't do this without the fans! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/beunnormal)
In the second part of our 3 part series on psychiatric crisis, we continue our conversation with Alan Chan regarding psychiatric crisis and response. In this episode we cover a variety of topics like:- The role of biochemical components during the intervention process- How do we understand our triggers during a crisis- How can we recognize our triggers- What is the responsibility of crisis responders (including law enforcement)- Why doing proactive trigger work can change our internal game- The emotional impact of how our interactions with crisis responders and law enforcement have life long impact- How the sides of the brain process information & the flight/fright/freeze response- Why one of the most powerful intervention tools are relationship building- The problem of response done with power over and control (using force to regulate others)- The value of teaching emotions to our children- The use of force in escalations/crisis, and why nonviolent techniques have better outcomes for those in mental health crisisIf your ready to work with us, or for more information on Being UnNormal check out our website at www.beingunnormal.comFollow us on social media!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beingunnormalInstagram: Being UnNormal (@thebeingunnormal) If you like the podcast - don't forget to share us with a friend! Follow up on social! Thank you supporters and listeners, we can't do this without the fans! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/beunnormal)
In this special 3 part series, we welcome back mental health professional Alan Chan to the show. Alan takes us on a deep dive into psychiatric crisis response.  In part one of our 3 part episode series we cover a variety of topics such as:- What part of your brain is working during a crisis (and what part isn’t)- How to shift out of the older part of your brain into the more developed part of your brain during a crisis or triggering situation- How brain development is affected by certain diagnosis- The 3 types of aggression that show up during a crisis- De-escalation and power dynamics- How to approach an aggressive situation/crisis - The importance of relationship building during crisis- The approach of law enforcement during a crisis and ongoing impact of police interventionThis is a must share series, and make sure to follow us on our social media pages for the most updated release information.If your ready to work with us, or for more information on Being UnNormal check out our website at www.beingunnormal.comFollow us on social media!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beingunnormalInstagram: Being UnNormal (@thebeingunnormal) If you like the podcast - don't forget to share us with a friend! Follow up on social! Thank you supporters and listeners, we can't do this without the fans! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/beunnormal)
In this special release episode we welcome  back friend of the show Valinda Harlan to talk about the mental health affects of the current political climate and election. Please note  - this podcast is not discussing politics or nor has a political agenda. We wanted to come together to have a conversation, no matter what side of the aisle you are on, to talk about our emotions and relationships during this highly polarized time. Valinda shares with us some of her coping strategies and communication tips to have healthy, compassionate conversations with someone that has different political views than we do. We talk about seething triggers and our internal value systems, what steps we can take to understand our emotions during this time, and how to stay emotionally resilient if your candidate loses. At the end of the day, we are all humans on this planet together. We must find unity and connection to continue our personal journies and evolution in this thing called life. This episode is a must if you need helping finding a way to manage your feelings during these unprecedented times. If your ready to work with us, or for more information on Being UnNormal check out our website at www.beingunnormal.comFollow us on social media!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beingunnormalInstagram: Being UnNormal (@thebeingunnormal) If you like the podcast - don't forget to share us with a friend! Follow up on social! Thank you supporters and listeners, we can't do this without the fans! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/beunnormal)
In this episode we welcome back Dr. Kris Gowen who shares her story of grief, loss, and hope when she lost her best friend to cancer. Kris has an incredible story that took her on a nationwide journey that allowed her the space and time to mourn, sing karaoke, and discover joy after loss.  We chat about how to create the space to find moments that can bring you peace after your loss, and understanding the process of "moving on" in your own individual way. Kris shares with us some of the steps she used to move past hurt and build resiliency during difficult times.  You can follow Kris on her Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/joyingriefpdxIf your ready to work with us, or for more information on Being UnNormal check out our website at www.beingunnormal.comFollow us on social media!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beingunnormalInstagram: Being UnNormal (@thebeingunnormal) If you like the podcast - don't forget to share us with a friend! Follow up on social! Thank you supporters and listeners, we can't do this without the fans! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/beunnormal)
In this week's episode we welcome Tamilore Odimayo to the show to discuss men's mental health. Often overlooked or discounted, men can be cultural or socially conditioned to ignore or stuff down their feelings. Men are told by their upbringing that boys are allowed to feel only anger and happiness, and how this can cause confusion about the emotional spectrum. We talk about hyper masculinity, male identity, social norms, and lack of resources for male victims of sexual crimes. You can find Tami on instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/tamiodimayoIf your ready to work with us, or for more information on Being UnNormal check out our website at www.beingunnormal.comFollow us on social media!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beingunnormalInstagram: Being UnNormal (@thebeingunnormal) If you like the podcast - don't forget to share us with a friend! Follow up on social! Thank you supporters and listeners, we can't do this without the fans! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/beunnormal)
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