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Weekly online podcast interviews with comedians, artists, friends, and the occasional doctor. All exploring mental illness, trauma, addiction and negative thinking.



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The actor/singer/comedian is best known for performing musical comedy with Stephen Lynch, most notably selling out Carnegie Hall in 2009.   What most people don't know is that Mark was diagnosed at age eleven with scleroderma, a crippling, often fatal disease.   He has beaten the odds but denying the pain and fear associated with it left him with a coping mechanism just as insidious - pathologic lying.  Mark can be seen on the show A.N.T. Farm on the Disney Channel.   
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Mark Teich
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The author, cinephile and head writer of The Onion's A.V. Club talks with Paul about his deeply painful childhood and a seemingly endless series of rejection.  Foster homes, mental institutions, kidnapping by a mother who ultimately had no interest in him and a fear-off that includes a phrase we may never hear again: "I'm afraid I ruined Weird Al's Easter."     
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Nathan Rabin
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The 40 year-old corporate recruiter shares about growing up with a sick mother (ALS) whose needs overshadowed hers, losing both her parents in her teens, using food for comfort, surviving an abusive marriage, depression, support groups, meds & self-love.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Tracy Irvine
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Listener Joy opens up to Paul about raising a child with mental illness, especially her teenage daughter's Reactive Attachment Disorder, depression, the social stigma, the healthcare system and how to deal with it.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Parenting Mental Illness
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The former East L.A. gang member has been dodging bullets for years - sometimes literally sometimes figuratively.  Though he walked away from his criminal ways years ago, he opens up about the mindset that made that life seem like a good choice, the high that comes from being shot at, dealing with current tragedy, finding God and what it felt like to be a Chicano in 1970's Los Angeles.    
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Jesse Perez
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What happens when the Homecoming Queen takes off her popularity mask and deals with the pain of her co-dependent mom and the suicide of her gay father? One of the most compassionate and truth-seeking guests we've ever had.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Laurenne Sala
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Most people know her from t.v. on Crossing Jordan , Hung, and Girls or in films such as Anchorman , Step Brothers , How Do You Know and A Lot Like Love .  She opens up to Paul about her difficulty in saying what she means and asking for what she wants.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Kathryn Hahn
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Comedic actress/improvisor/writer/podcaster Jamie Denbo talks about growing up as an only child, born to Jewish parents whose lives, culture and ancestors she feels are informed by fear.  She talks about growing up in Massachusetts and feeling guilty for not having more obvious reason to explain her sadness, panic and anger, and how motherhood is helping her to recognize the familial and cultural cycles she would like to break.   Listeners may know her as Beverly of the podcasting duo Ronna...
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Most people know Dave from MTV's Wanna Be a VJ contest, where he was runner-up,  from FX's DVD on TV ,  his video podcast A Drink with Dave or dozens of appearances on various programs, but few know his calm exterior often masks panic and anxiety.  He and Paul bond over being raised Irish Catholic, hosting interstitial t.v. shows and other similarities.   Dave talks about the minefield of coming out to a family with mixed views on gays, his oddly easy time with it in high school and...
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Dave Holmes
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The siblings discuss growing up in an affluent but emotionally witholding household, and how their struggles with depression and her eating disorder ultimately brought them closer together.  They talk about the difficulty of connecting with an emotionally shutdown mother consumed with presenting a facade of normalcy to the outside world.  They discuss John's childhood self-harming, Megan's non-purging bulimia and compulsive exercising and starving, and the importance of finally asking for...
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Siblings/Listeners John & Megan Brehman
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You've seen her on The Office and I Love You Man , and you've heard her as the co-host of the podcast Who Charted?  Kulap talks about her chaotic upbringing by immigrant Laotian parents and the battle today to overcome the memories that haunt her.   They discuss her involvment in a little known therapy called the Grinberg Method.    
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Kulap Vilaysack
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The 25 year-old Taiwanese American shares about his co-dependency, painful breakups and perfectionism as well as the irony that as a trained therapist he knows he should establish boundaries with his mother but cannot bring himself to do so.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Michael H.
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Paul's friend opens about her chaotic childhood, her abandonment issues, and the struggling to find words to categorize the sex she wanted and got at 12, from a 27 year-old man. She also talk about the self-doubt of giving up her fledgling comedy career to become a therapist.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Jess
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Culled from a month of surveys filled out by listeners.  Paul reads their shames, secrets, fears, hopes and beautiful moments.  And of course some "awfulsome" moments as well.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Listener Confessions
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The comedian and former writing partner of Patton Oswalt (Mad TV) didn't grow up with abuse or tragedy, but his mental and emotional battles are shared by most of us.   He thinks he's lazy and is worried he's missed out on the success many of his peers have achieved.   This is a nice episode for listeners who want a break from the darker episodes.  Blaine is a comic's comic and a Renaissance man -  sensitive, thoughtful, articulate and darkly funny. 
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Blaine Capatch
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Comedian Jimmy Pardo appears for the first time as a guest.  They bust each others balls then get down to the business of being funny, and the pain and anxiety underneath it.   Note: The audio was accidentally mixed for stereo,
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Jimmy Pardo
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Comedian Jimmy Dore talks to Paul about growing up Catholic in a violent and segregated Chicago neighborhood with 11 siblings.   Who knew that attending mass could lead to depression, panic attacks, fistfights, robbery and an empty feeling following success?
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Jimmy Dore
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African-American and gay, Derrick has always struggled with the fact that he doesn't put his mother on a pedestal.   Quite the opposite, he doesn't feel safe around her.  He opens up about her mental illness, her sexualizing him at an early age and the effect it has had on him and his sexuality, including sex addiction and attending a support group. Derrick is mail carrier and lives in Southern California.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Listener Derrick Jackson
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The Holocaust survivor, mother, teacher and activist reflects on her coping mechanisms, her ability to find joy, feelings unique to motherhood, her childhood in Nazi occupied Warsaw as a Jewish 7 year-old, and the special bond she forged with her mother as they fled for their lives.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Kristine Keese
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Born to a drug-addict teenage mom, Julie was given up for adoption and raised by a stoic military dad and Fundamentalist mom whose obession with demons comes close to resembling the mother from "Carrie".   There much more to her story including her humor and resilience.  
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Adoption w/listener Julie J
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The former Second City improviser turned drug & alcohol counselor talks about his mother's suicide when he was 12, coming out at 16 (in 1981), getting physically sober but being emotionally toxic and being fired from the prestigious improv company and finally having to change. They talk about Jimmy's breakthrough in doing EMDR and CBT therapy.   Paul also shares some listener emails and surveys around the topic of suicide given the nature of this week's Robin Williams tragedy.   On the...
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Jimmy Doyle
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The actress ( Saving Face , NCIS , Lakeview Terrace ) and blogger (The Actor's Diet) opens up about processing the complex emotions of losing her father, food issues, and forgiving her abusers.  Paul opens the show with an extended update on current emotional, mental and physical battles.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Lynn Chen
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The L.A. Times columnist talks with Paul about growing up and later rebelling in a household where music and academia were everything.  She talks about the pressure of starting a writing career in Manhattan and living a real-life Devil Wears Prada nightmare, where the idea of even living in a rundown building in a bad neighborhood became unattainable.   They talk about the epiphany of realizing her dreams were shallow, materialistic and unattainable, her move to Nebraska and the perspective...
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Meghan Daum
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The Hispanic, 31 year-old PhD shares about the downside of raising herself up by her bootstraps; growing up knowing she couldn't depend on her passive mother or gambler father, and now finding her emotional development lacking, especially in areas of trust, intimacy or being comfortable asking for help.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Renee M.
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The podcaster (Keith and the Girl) was raised in NY but born in Israel to a mother of Iraqi heritage and an Iranian father, both of whom had traditional expectations for their daughter, none of which included her being engaged to a female-bodied man.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Chemda
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Radio & Podcasting personality Gina Grad talks with Paul about her Pink Floyd-like panic attacks, growing up in a loud Jewish family in conservative Kansas, and they both weigh in on the repercussions of having sex when one person is not that into it.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Gina Grad
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Paul interviews Grey DeLisle, one of the most in-demand VO (voice over) actors in Hollywood.  She's the voice of Daphne on Scooby Doo, Azula on Avatar: The Last Airbender. They talk about pervy relatives, her date with a pervy celebrity, and more.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Grey DeLisle
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The breast cancer survivor opens up about her lifelong hypochondria, OCD and anxiety. She talks about the emotional toll of infertility, having a miscarriage and the ensuing depression as well as her double mastectomy, having had a hysterectomy (because of the BRCA2 Gene) and the perspectives she gained by going through all of it. Not a downer, I swear!
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Cheryl Klein
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Born to a fifteen year-old mother in the projects of Brooklyn, Dwayne was a fighter.   Strong-willed, rebellious and intelligent, he eventually harnessed his temper so it could work in his favor.  He sheds light on his statement "I lived my life to prove I wasn't a mistake."  Dwayne's standup has appeared on Conan , Comedy Central Presents and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson .
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Dwayne Perkins
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Paul talks with the Mark Roberts, former stand-up, playwright and creator of the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly about growing up in a dysfunctional small-town Baptist environment as an overweight kid and the role art plays in finding a way to cope.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Mark Roberts
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The standup comedian ( Late Night with Craig Ferguson) opens up about her conservative Catholic upbringing and coming to terms with being lesbian.  She and Paul talk about bad porn, being turned on by things we wouldn't want in real life and the heavy burden of being co-dependent.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Cameron Esposito
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The actress ( Mr. Show ) and writer ( The Ellen DeGeneres Show ) shares about struggling to fit in, body shame, her alcoholism, her mother's Alzheimers, learning to accept her body and become vulnerable and her experiences in therapy.  Recorded 4/20/13 at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Karen Kilgariff Live in Portland
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The writer, stand-up and pocaster (The 40 Year-Old Boy Podcast) and Paul get into the ins and outs of rage and its tempting oblivion, Mike's weight battles (he tipped the scales at 505 lbs at one point), his Dad issues (Mom described him as a Monster) and what makes even the most aggressive of males freeze in their tracks.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Mike Schmidt
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The 22 year-old opens up about the guilt and anxiety of growing up feeling like it was his duty to keep his mother out of her depression, even though she was emotionally incestuous with him, how he finally rebelled, and the toll it has taken.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Listener Tom Seiniger
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The 36 year-old mother shares about the middle-class version of Cops that was her childhood, her Borderline Personality Disorder, suicide attempts and the drinking problem she can't bring herself to confront despite its effect on her children & boyfriend.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Bernadette
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The Singer/Songwriter opens up about her lifetime battles with body image, weight and food, as well as the complicated and overwhelming experience of being a part of the Twilight franchise (she wrote and performed the song "Satellite Heart" on the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack, and hosted a red carpet event).  She ends the interview with a performance of her song "Miss Halfway".  Paul reads a response from the Shame and Secrets survey written by a mild-mannered housewife...
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Anya Marina
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The listener discusses hearing voices, dealing with Borderline Personality disorder and/or Bipolar II as well as the abusive "relationship" she had with a 22 year-old when she was 12 and how she began self-harming then.  The surveys are pretty dark.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Sophie Bull
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The writer (I'm Kind of a Big Deal) podcaster (For Cryin' Out Loud) and tv host (Parental Discretion on Nick Mom) opens up about her alcoholism, bulimia, post partum depression, childhood and marriage.  Phew!!
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Stefanie Wilder-Taylor
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Paul talks with Andy, a listener and California policeman who opens up about the "collective PTSD" that police officers frequently accumulate over years of service.  They also talk about the tools he has to use when dealing with haunting memories, the mentally ill and fellow officers who abuse their authority.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Policeman Andy
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The 28 year-old listener opens up about his familiy's history of avoiding emotions, his cries for help, struggling to live on $8/hour, his cutting and self-abuse and his shame over his paraphilia (adult baby) fetish.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Paraphilia & Self-Abuse - Listener "D"
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The singer/songwriter guitarist talks to Paul about being a female guitarist in a male-dominated industry, her negative self-talk, fear of failure, workaholism, and why she stayed with a past boyfriend whose actions betrayed and disgusted her.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Ali Handal
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The comic actor ( The Sara Silverman Program ) and writer ( Jimmy Kimmel ) talks to Paul about his conservative upbringing, the teenage rebellion that landed him in military school, his agorophobia and the odd manifestation of his panic attacks. 
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Steve Agee
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The standup comedian ( Comedy Central Presents , Chapelle's Show , Best Week Ever , Countdown with Keith Olberman ) opens up about the tragedy and parental mental illness that shaped his childhood and still affects him today as well as his struggle to trust and feel confident about his future.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Christian Finnegan
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Paul talks with avowed Christian and movie podcaster Tyler Smith about his recent diagnosis of depression.   Paul questions his own prejudice towards organized religion.  An inappropriate incest joke makes things nice and uncomfortable.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Tyler Smith
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Paul and Danielle talk about the desire to minimize painful memories, feeling like we're not enough, writing for Joan Rivers, suicide and the lasting feeling of humiliation.   And believe it or not, there's laughter!
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Danielle Koenig
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People may know Eddie from the Sarah Silverman Program, Old School, Conan and Last Comic Standing.  Paul knows Eddie as a friend and fellow performer able to talk about the darkness he grew up with and the crippling angst that still bothers him.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Eddie Pepitone
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Nerds get bullied - but nerds who are also "spazzes" as Dan describes his younger self, get the worst of it.   The comedian/writer opens up about the abuse he endured as well as the tactics one can employ to minimize it.   He and Paul talk about science, atheism, hostile audiences, the questioning of one's sexuality and the difficulty in silencing internal messages that were literally pounded in.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Dan Telfer
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The mother, wife and podcaster( For Crying Out Loud ) talks about being pushed to be a child actor, the psychosis that mental illness brought upon her brother and mother, abusing Vicodin in an attempt to deal with postpartum depression and living with her husband Adam.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Lynette Carolla
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How do you cope when you are convinced your life is constantly in danger as a child?  First, you band together with your siblings and form an army, then you learn about the sweet oblivion of addiciton.  Paul's friend Karma witholds her last name and picture so she can fully reveal the family life that nearly killed her, but ultimately forced her to grow.    A fairly heavy interview so Paul throws in a little something after the interview to hopefully make you laugh.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Karma (last name withheld)
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The groundbreaking radio personality opens up about the childhood and adolescent pain that informs his stable of highly detailed, irreverent character voices.   He and Paul bond over sexually inappropriate mothers and distant fathers.    Whose mother acted creepier?  You decide. It's Ick-a-palooza!
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Phil Hendrie
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Adam Carolla's former sidekick comes guns blazing to the fear-off.  Holy shit she brings it.  This one gets dark.  From her being vanquished by a stepmother at age 3 to seriously considering suicide earlier in the year. Touching and funny.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Teresa Strasser
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Paul's 41 year-old friend talks (and laughs) about his arrested emotional development and struggle to be an adult after a childhood where he often had to parent his parents because of their addictions, mental illnesses (including hospitalizations and suicide attempts) and lack of boundaries.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Oliver Sykes
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Clinical psychologist Dr. Guy Winch shares some insights and tips on dealing with low self-esteem.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Low Self-Esteem
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When she was eight, there were whipsers in the neighborhood about her father and what he did.   She could never get the truth from her mother.  Ironically she would follow in her father's footsteps though she swore she wouldn't.   Just your average suicidal, Bipolar addict.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Listener Simone
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The photographer, podcaster and video artist opens up about his debilitating bouts with anger, mistrust of therapy, difficulty in asking for help and chaotic childhood, including spending a year in a cult, and living with a mother so spiteful towards her ex, she sacrificed the safety of her children.   Listeners may also know Mike from his relationship with Dr. Drew Pinsky, who discovered Mike from his Five Minutes With Mike videos.  Mike also co-hosts the Loveline After Disaster .
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Mike Carano
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The standup comedian ( Chelsea Lately , Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central Presents : and Howard Stern ) talks about his New Jersey Italian roots, his hair-trigger temper, questioning whether he loves his mother, and reconciling a long standing resentment with his father.   He also talks about his recent plunge into the world of anti-depressants and the profound difference it's making in his life as a father and husband.   Joe also hosts the...
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The actor ( The Hangover, The Hangover 2 ) and standup comedian ( Comedy Central Presents , Chelsea Lately , TMZ ) talks about his very public manic episode in 2011, the blurry line between his onstage persona and his real life demons and how he is learned to live with his diagnosis of Bipolar I. 
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Brody Stevens
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The meditation teacher, standup comedian and writer (Samantha Who?) talks about her struggles with alcohol, food, weight, low self-esteem, relationships and what she gets from support groups and meditation. Recorded live @ LApodfest.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Laura House
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The Canadian listener talks about the masks she feels she had to wear to deal with childhood sadness, being raped at 16, and experiencing postpartum depression.  She talks about the support groups & the health care system that saved her life.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Andrea Schaeffer
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Paul shares a single day of feeback from the listeners, including various surveys from the website, fears, loves and several emails.   Topics include the cloudiness of depression, a 13 year-old boy who was seduced by two of his friends' mothers, and a mom who is ashamed at feeling overwhelmed by her disabled child.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, A Day of You the Listener
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Broadcaster Jesse Thorn and his father Lee discuss the impact Lee's PTSD has had on them both.  Lee served in Vietnam.  Jesse is the host/producer of The Sound of Young America, Jordan Jessie Go!, Judge John Hodgman, and many other popular podcasts and shows on public radio and cable t.v.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Jesse & Lee Thorn
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The therapist who is also in recovery helps Paul and some listeners (via surveys) navigate their discomfort and confusion about their current issues.   They discuss the cliched but effective tools of self-parenting and inner-child work, as well as the line therapists draw regarding self-revelation to their clients.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Therapist Susan Hagen Helps Paul & Listeners
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Jen Kirkman (Chelsea Lately, Drunk History) and Paul have an epic "Fear Off" that leaves both of their souls emptied.   Jen shares about her panic attacks and what it was like to be in New York on 9/11.  Paul shares about the horror of being in an eart...
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At 40, Jilll took up competitive boxing to work through the childhood PTSD caused by her mother's physical abuse.  She shares about living with depression, aiding other female fighters and making her documentary Fight Like a Girl.
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Paul interviews "Murph", a retired serial felon who opens up about prison, the guilt of his crimes and leaving it all behind.  Six years ago you might have labeled him a psychopath.  Paul calls him a trusted friend.
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Comedian Wendy Liebman opens up to Paul about anorexia, pedophile teachers, exploitive therapists, the need to entertain and perfectionism.   Oh, and some good old-fashioned fear!   Wendy has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, HBO,
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The clinical psychologist shares her insight and experience in working with The Ruby Project, helping girls who have been sexually abused and/or involved in sex trafficking heal though group workshops and artistic expression.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Dr. Peace Amadi
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The comedian/actor/writer ( Kids in the Hall , Larry Sanders , Hannibal ) opens up about his childhood in Brampton Ontario, coming to terms with his sexuality and the bullying that eroded his self-esteem.  He also shares about a traumatic and violent even at his middle school that he considers seminal and his past battle with cancer.
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A former Marxist revolutionary who fled her native Iran after the capture of her husband in the mid 80's, she eventually settled in San Francisco and became a nurse at a psychiatric hospital.  The fact that we never even discuss what she has experienced as a nurse in two hours speaks to the amount of drama she has endured.  Survivor's guilt, loss, discrimination and poverty have not stopped her.   A truly incredible story that is still unfolding.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Nadereh Fanaiean (exiled Iranian Freedom Fighter)
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The writer (Chelsea Lately) and performer (Pretty Funny Women) shares her family history of mental illness including her battles with Bipolar disorder especially manic episodes and the shame, regret and confusion that often followed.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Lisa Sundstedt
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The Canadian standup ( Tonight Show w/Jay Leno , Just For Laughs ) and author ("So Recently Ancient", and "Ventriloquism for Dummies: Life as a Comedian") opens up to Paul about his lifelong struggle to win his father's approval and the resulting anger that has cost him friendships.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, John Wing
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The actor/singer and fiance of past guest Chemda talks about being a trans male (male but born into a female body) and despite his religious upbringing (his father is a minister) coming to embrace being transgender.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Lauren Hennessy
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Paul reads an article written by Alan Rappoport PhD about Co-Narcissism, which he describes as a result of being raised by one or sometimes two narcissistic parents. 
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Co-Narcissism (a mini episode)
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Two sons of Holocaust survivors, Michael Rozbruch and Amir Tiles sit down with psychotherapist Joel Schwartz whose grandparents are also survivors and they discuss the ripples of PTSD still felt today within the families, caused by the trauma.  Amir's father Melvin, an 85 year-old Polish survivor also joins them.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Offspring of Holocaust Survivors
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The writer ( The Ellen DeGeneres Show , Lucky Louie ) comedian (Comedy Central, The Howard Stern Show ) and podcaster ( Fitzdog Radio ) opens up about his tumultuous relationship with his late father, his temper, his body shame, ADHD and alcohol.
Topics: Mental Illness Happy Hour, Greg Fitzsimmons