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Author: Ryan Engelstad & Mike Graham

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Pop Psych 101 is a weekly mental health podcast hosted by Therapist, Ryan Engelstad, and advocate, Mike Graham. In an effort to educate and normalize, they talk candidly about mental illness through the lens of books, movies and television. Common pop culture mental health tropes are analyzed, and the accuracy of their portrayals are in question, for better or worse.

Pop Psych can be raw and real, and very serious, but it can also be very funny. If we really want to normalize the conversation on mental health, then we need to have real and normal conversations.

New Episodes every Monday Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support
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With the holidays upon us, Ryan and Mike thought it would be a good idea to tackle family anxiety, and what better show to do that with than This Is Us.  Mike talks about his fear of passing his mental health issues down to his children and Ryan notes some interesting turn of events at his own holiday gatherings. Find Us: Mental Health Podcast | Pop Psych 101 We have a Blog! Ryan always had a Blog! Join our support group Facebook Twitter Instagram Music: Music from https://filmmusic.io "Christmas Intro 2019" by Sascha Ende (https://www.sascha-ende.de) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Music from https://filmmusic.io "Imagefilm 044" by Sascha Ende (https://www.sascha-ende.de) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support
Happy Monday! This week, in a short episode, Mike and Ryan talk about the rise of the Therapist Meme.  How does that make you feel? Find Us: Mental Health Podcast | Pop Psych 101 We have a Blog! Ryan always had a Blog! Join our support group Facebook Twitter Instagram Music: Music: [Foam Rubber] by Alexander Nakarada (www.serpentsoundstudios.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Music: [The Crown] by Alexander Nakarada (www.serpentsoundstudios.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support
Today's episode is an important one. Comedians are in a singular place to tell true to life stories that can break barriers and transcend stigmas. Ryan and Mike's hearts are full with the masterpiece of stand up from Comedian Gary Gulman that is, The Great Depresh. A recommended watch for anyone interested in learning about a true story of depression in an incredibly accessible way. Find Us: Mental Health Podcast | Pop Psych 101 We have a Blog! Ryan always had a Blog! Join our support group Facebook Twitter Instagram Music: Music from https://filmmusic.io "White Lotus" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Music from https://filmmusic.io "Deliberate Thought" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Music from https://filmmusic.io "Perspectives" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support
It's the start of a whole new season and Mike and Ryan are pumped to be reunited! Back this week with a look at what some may know of as munchausen by proxy, or factitious disorder, the guys look at the sad and bizarre true life events surrounding a mother and daughter in the documentary, Mommy Dead and Dearest. Find Us: Mental Health Podcast | Pop Psych 101 We have a Blog! Ryan always had a Blog! Join our support group Facebook Twitter Instagram Music: Music from https://filmmusic.io "Come Play with Me" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Music from https://filmmusic.io "Take a Chance" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Music from https://filmmusic.io "Killers" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support
This week's bonus stuff, has Ryan and Mike wishing they were funny in a Dad-Joke-Off. Find Us: Mental Health Podcast | Pop Psych 101 We have a Blog! Ryan always had a Blog! Join our support group Facebook Twitter Instagram Music: Music from https://filmmusic.io "Farting Around" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Music from https://filmmusic.io "Onion Capers" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Music from https://filmmusic.io "Scheming Weasel (slower version)" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support
#50 - Traumedies in Joker

#50 - Traumedies in Joker

2019-11-1801:19:28

This week Ryan and Mike cover the much requested, Joker. A first here at Pop Psych 101, the guys actually had to leave their houses to see this movie. There is a lot to unpack with this portrayal of mental illness in pop culture, and though, both the guys have different viewpoints, they know that portraying mental health issues as a main character trait to audiences is no laughing matter. Find Us: Mental Health Podcast | Pop Psych 101 We have a Blog! Ryan always had a Blog! Join our support group Facebook Twitter Instagram Music: Music from https://filmmusic.io "The Descent" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Music from https://filmmusic.io "Supernatural" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support
Ryan is back with a twist on Mike Reacts. This season, Ryan wants to teach us some unconventional coping skills. This week, Ryan introduces Mike to "Forest Bathing", a coping skill so obscure, Mike gets confused and starts planning a trip to the forest for a literal bath. - Title quote by John Muir Find Us: Mental Health Podcast | Pop Psych 101 We have a Blog! Ryan always had a Blog! Join our support group Facebook Twitter Instagram Music: Music from https://filmmusic.io "Take A Chance" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Music from https://filmmusic.io "Hidden Agenda" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support
Do creative genius and mental illness go hand-in-hand? That's a burning question on Mike's mind this week and he looks to the 2005 documentary "The Devil And Daniel Johnston" for answers. A huge thanks goes out to Steve Reichert for co-hosting this episode, and for recording a cover of Hey Joe" by Daniel Johnston with Mike.  You can listen to our cover again here Find Us: Mental Health Podcast | Pop Psych 101 We have a Blog! Ryan always had a Blog! Join our support group Facebook Twitter Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support
With Mike out on hiatus, Ryan gets a little help from our friends. Dean, Host of the podcasts Podscure and How Are Ya Now?, sits down and talks grief and family dysfunction in the series Fleabag.  Synopsis: A dry-witted woman, known only as Fleabag, has no filter as she navigates life and love in London while trying to cope with tragedy. The angry, grief-riddled woman tries to heal while rejecting anyone who tries to help her, but Fleabag continues to keep up her bravado through it all. Comic actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge stars as the titular character on the series, which is based on Waller-Bridge's 2013 one-woman show of the same name. Find Us: Mental Health Podcast | Pop Psych 101 We have a Blog! Ryan always had a Blog! Join our support group Facebook Twitter Instagram Music :  Music from https://filmmusic.io "Killers" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support
Closing out Big Little Lies week, Mike and Ryan focus on Dr Little Bo Peep and her questionable methods of getting her young patients . They turn the lies we tell our kids into a game of rapid fire. Find Us: Mental Health Podcast | Pop Psych 101 We have a Blog! Ryan always had a Blog! Join our support group Facebook Twitter Instagram Music: "Too Cool" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support
Based on the same-titled bestseller by Liane Moriarty, "Big Little Lies" weaves a darkly comedic tale of murder and mischief in the tranquil beachfront town of Monterey, Calif. Amidst doting moms, successful husbands, beautiful children, and stunning homes exists a community fueled by rumors and divided into haves and have-nots, exposing fractured relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and friends and neighbors. Told through the eyes of three mothers -- Madeline, Celeste and Jane -- the series' narrative explores society's myths regarding perfection and its romanticization of marriage, sex, parenting and friendship. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley star as the three prominent "mothers of Monterey."  Find Us: Mental Health Podcast | Pop Psych 101 We have a Blog! Ryan always had a Blog! Join our support group Facebook Twitter Instagram Music : Music from https://filmmusic.io "Darkest Child" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Music from https://filmmusic.io "Dreams Become Real" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Music from https://filmmusic.io "Too Cool" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support
It's The Aviator week, and what better way to end it than by over-analyzing mental health via airplane metephor. Ryan and Mike, go way to deep on this episode of Over-Analyzing with Ryan.  Find Us: Mental Health Podcast | Pop Psych 101 We have a Blog! Ryan always had a Blog! Join our support group Facebook Twitter Instagram Music:  "Phantom from Space" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support
#43 - OCD in The Aviator

#43 - OCD in The Aviator

2019-08-1201:05:58

Howard Hughes Jr. was an American business magnate, investor, record-setting pilot, engineer, film director, and philanthropist, known during his lifetime as one of the most financially successful individuals in the world. He first became prominent as a film producer, and then as an influential figure in the aviation industry. Later in life, he became known for his eccentric behavior and reclusive lifestyle—oddities that were caused in part by a worsening obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), and chronic pain from a near-fatal plane crash. Today we take a look at Martin Scorsese's vision and Leonardo DiCaprio's portrayal of The Aviator.  Find Us: Mental Health Podcast | Pop Psych 101 We have a Blog! Ryan always had a Blog! Join our support group Facebook Twitter Instagram Find Us: Mental Health Podcast | Pop Psych 101 We have a Blog! Ryan always had a Blog! Join our support group Facebook Twitter Instagram Music: Music from https://filmmusic.io "In Your Arms" and "Killers" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support
Fourteen-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry -- a housewife and a golf pro -- in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job -- and his sense of purpose -- he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother's struggle to adjust as she tries to keep her head above water Find Us: Mental Health Podcast | Pop Psych 101 We have a Blog! Ryan always had a Blog! Join our support group Facebook Twitter Instagram Music: Music from https://filmmusic.io "Imagefilm 002" by Sascha Ende (https://www.sascha-ende.de) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Music from https://filmmusic.io "Malt Shop Bop" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support
In this episode Ryan announces that on Monday, July 29th, 2019 at approximately 9:30pm EST we will be doing a live show on Twitter covering Friends! Ryan also goes through the archive sharing some of Mike and Ryan's favorite episodes through our first 40.  Please check out our Twitter page @Poppsych101 to watch the live episode and we will be back to our regularly scheduled programming next week! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support
Covering the podcast The Shrink Next Door and questioning the ethics of the real life psychiatrist, Ike Herschkopf, had us wondering what Ike and Marty's sessions looked like. So, this week's bonus episode, Ryan and Mike role play a therapy session, and Ryan tries to infiltrate Mike's life. Find Us: Mental Health Podcast | Pop Psych 101 We have a Blog! Ryan always had a Blog! Join our support group Facebook Twitter Instagram Music from https://filmmusic.io "Lobby Time" & "Healing" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support
When Journalist, Joe Nocera, realized that his Hampton's neighbor, Ike, had suddenly moved, he knew things were off. However, there was no way he could prepare himself for the story he was about to uncover. The man that Joe thought was his neighbor's maintenance man, Marty, actually turned out to be the owner of the property, and Ike, had been Marty's Psychiatrist for 30 years.  This week we look into the ethical violations that Ike had to betray to find himself in almost complete control of Marty's life -- We look at this through Ryan's eyes, as a Therapist, and wonder where he thinks this relationship got off the rails. We also look at this through Mike perspective as a patient, who seems to understand Marty's gullibility.  Up Top: We cover a news story. Netflix has just announced that they have edited the suicide scene from season 1 of 13 Reasons Why. Mike thinks it's a marketing scheme, and a bit late. Ryan says, it can't be too late.  Find Us: Mental Health Podcast | Pop Psych 101 We have a Blog! Ryan always had a Blog! Join our support group Facebook Twitter Instagram Music: Music from https://filmmusic.io "Killers" "Lobby Time" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support
Ryan has an example of how to handle yourself if a bully is making fun of you. He offers two examples: How to, and, how not to. Mike wasn't the best person to do this exercise with. Find Us: Mental Health Podcast | Pop Psych 101 We have a Blog! Ryan always had a Blog! Join our support group Facebook Twitter Instagram Music from https://filmmusic.io "Myst on the Moor" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support
Up Top: Ryan challenges Mike with a news story about mystics and psychics. A larger percentage of people are seeking out this kind of "Magick" than are going to therapy or to a psychiatrist. Mike offers that if it finds the person peace or healing, then he has no problem with it, but Ryan argues that some people are being swindled for money and should go the route that has science to back it up.  The Show: Bullying: The definition of bullying How to spot a bully How a bully is made How to treat a bully The motives of a bully What bullying does to others emotionally Science finds literal brain changes is bullying victims Synopsis: This week we look at the character Billy Hargrove in Netflix's stranger things. Billy moves to Indiana, and isn't so happy with his new hometown. Through the course of the series we see Billy make fun of, attack, threaten and demean the kids around him. After his body was taken over by the Mind Flayer in season 3, we find out that Billy was abused as a child and is broken.  Bullying is often thought of as a normal part of growing up and going to school. Tell that to a victim of bullying. Now, in the age of social media, bullying is the worst it's ever been, with kids unable to escape the threats from their classmates. Find Us: Mental Health Podcast | Pop Psych 101 We have a Blog! Ryan always had a Blog! Join our support group Facebook Twitter Instagram Music: Music from https://filmmusic.io "Killers" "Myst on the Moor" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support
Bonus Episode: This week's main episode talked about a time-traveling alien, and that got us thinking. How was mental-illness, especially diagnosis that present symptoms of hallucinations, looked at throughout history as compared to the present. Was it ignored? Accepted? Ridiculed? Met with fear? Ryan does some major over-analyzing and we make some guesses at those questions.  Find Us: See our website We have a Blog! Ryan always had a Blog! Join our support group Facebook Twitter Instagram Music from https://filmmusic.io "Groove Grove" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Phantom from Space" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support
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Linda M. Kelley

Elsa parents also died almost directly after seeing the troll.....

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