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

Subscribe to the Podcast with iTunes Listen on Stitcher with Anything Else

Want to Hire Paul to Speak? Click Here.       Interested in Sponsoring a Show? Click Here.       Press
LATEST EPISODE  Posted on December 19, 2014

LaurenAshleyBishop2Episode 204
Lauren Ashley Bishop

The comedian shares about the three traumas that ... (read more)

Listen Now:


OliverSykesEpisode 203
Oliver Sykes

Paul’s 41 year-old friend talks (and laughs) about his (read more)

GillianChachereEpisode 202
Gillian Callahan Chachere

The Marriage and Family Therapist Intern opens up about (read more)

Click Here for the Episode Archive

Check Out the Forum

Disclaimer: The Mental Illness Happy Hour and its forum are NOT substitutes for professional diagnosis or treatment. For information on treatment please visit

Donate to Mentalpod Buy a T-Shirt

PAUL'S BLOG (Click here to see past guest blogs).

Inside the Hearts, Bodies and Minds of Sexual Trauma Survivors

If you want to understand what survivors think and feel every day, watch this video.  It’s text excerpts from the anonymously taken survey “Struggle in a Sentence”.

(Read the Rest of This Post)

Her Unspeakable Trauma Healed Through EMDR: Guest Blog by Lynn

Healing trauma through EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)


You know fear is a hell of a thing, and when you live with it constantly, you forget what it’s like to live any other way after a while. I have suffered with PTSD for nearly a decade. In my early twenties, I was kidnapped and sexually assaulted before I escaped with my life after 3 days. I’ll spare you the unpleasant details, as they don’t really matter in the long run. At least they don’t matter to me anymore.

Before the birth of my son at 32, I dealt ...

(Read the Rest of This Post)

A Letter to Little Me: A Guest Blog by S.L.

I did not grow up on the mean streets of Detroit or Chicago.  I grew up in a mind-numbing number of homes that began modestly and rose like a soufflé into an Italianate San Franciscan Mansion circa 1906.  And yes, it survived that earthquake.

Had I had its foundation I might have come through better than I have. This is the reason I am writing to you — tiny, five-year-old me — so that as you grow up you will know how to trust your instincts, get help, and stay away from those who hurt you. I will always, strongly ...

(Read the Rest of This Post)

High-Fiving Male Sex Abuse Victims

We’ve all seen the familiar story.  Hot teacher and young teenage male student.  One newspaper  used the word “romp” to describe a 24 year-old woman and a 16 year-old boy.

I click on the links and read the stories even though I know the reader comments will make me sad and angry.     The majority of men wanted to high five the boy and are focused entirely on the physical appearance of the woman.    What a profound example of the ripples of objectification.

Sad to admit that I used to be one of those guys who thought a ...

(Read the Rest of This Post)

I Didn’t Believe in Addiction: Guest Blog by Marcus Freestone

I’m a 42 year old writer, musician, comedian and podcaster from Wales (the small bit to the left of England where they make Doctor Who and Sherlock, and where seagulls carry umbrellas). I discovered the show in February and have since listened to about 90% of them. It has helped me in many ways but one has come as a complete shock to me; it has overturned one of my longest-held opinions. Brace yourself Americans: until a few months ago I DIDN’T BELIEVE IN ADDICTION.


I’ve always taken the existential view on life: we have freewill, we just usually ...

(Read the Rest of This Post)

Looks Like You're Using IE6! This site won't display properly for you.Sorry. Close this Window Internet Explorer 9 Firefox Chrome Opera Or try Chromeframe for Internet Explorer Close this Window