Author:Paul Gilmartin

Religious Abuse – Hilary A

The 32 year-old shares about breaking free from her mother (and their religion Christian Science) after years of her using scripture as a weapon to justify her neglectful, unempathetic and narcissistic parenting.  She also shares about her history of panic attacks/fear of choking, and trichotillomania.

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Tracy E

Paul’s support group friend shares about being raised in a Catholic Italian-American family where attention was hard to get, how her mother’s death helped her to grow and her love addiction to men and sugar.

To read the article about mental health in colleges by Catherine Savini go to http://chronicle.com/article/Are-You-Being-Rigorous-or-Just/236341

This episode is sponsored by SquareSpace. For a free trial and 10% off your first purchase go to www.squarespace.com and use the offer code MENTAL

To check out Paul’s Squarespace page go to www.paul-gilmartin.squarespace.com

 

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Tee-Tee (Racism Down Under)

The 29 year-old Vietnamese-Australian shares about being raised by his refugee, mentally-disabled (OCD & PTSD) single mother, experiencing racism, living in inner city poverty (Melbourne) and trying to be “Vietnamese enough” for the Vietnamese community.

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Ex-CHP Officer Kevin Briggs

For many years the ex-highway patrolman’s beat was the Golden Gate Bridge. He shares about the encounters he had with people who wanted to jump and how he learned to get some of them to open up and change their minds. He also shares about his PTSD, surviving cancer and struggling to be a better parent. Kevin now travels the world speaking as a suicide prevention advocate.

Kevin’s organization is www.Pivotal-points.com
He can be reached at kevinbriggs@pivotal-points.com

This episode is sponsored by the mindfulness/meditation app Calm
download it for free at www.calm.mentalillnesspodcast.com

 

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Sandra (Sex Nerd) Daugherty

The podcaster (Sex Nerd Sandra) shares some of her struggles (low self-esteem, depression, perfectionism) and shares about sex topics like: swinging, orgies, role play, polyamory and giving good blow jobs.

This episode is sponsored by SquareSpace.  For 10% off your first purchase go to www.squarespace.com and use offer code MENTAL

Follow Sandra on Twitter @SexNerdSandra

Visit her websites http://sexnerdsandra.com/

and

http://nerdist.com/podcasts/sex-nerd-sandra-channel/

The books referenced were The Erotic Mind by Jack Morin

and Urban Tantra by Barbara Carrellas

 

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Patti H

The 32 year-old postal employee shares about growing up with an alcoholic mom and stoner dad, her struggles with perfectionism, anxiety, co-dependency and fear of the unknown, and how altruism has helped her find peace and gratitude.

This episode is sponsored by www.Penzu.com

This episode is sponsored by www.Harrys.com

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Guy Branum

The 40 year-old writer/comedian (Chelsea Lately) and podcaster (Pop Rocket) talks about growing up gay in a small town, losing his father a few weeks ago and trying to deal with a mother who can’t accept him for who he is.

Follow Guy on Twitter @GuyBranum  Buy his album Effable  Listen to his podcast Pop Rocket.

This week’s episode is sponsored by Penzu.  To sign up for a free account, go to www.penzu.com

This week’s episode is also sponsored by Casper Mattresses.

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