Author:Paul Gilmartin

Former NHL Goalie Clint Malarchuk (voted #3 ep of 2014)

The former NHL goalie opens up about his difficult childhood and the OCD that helped him professionally but ultimately almost ended his life.  He shares about his anxiety, depression, alcoholism, suicide attempt and the PTSD from a skate to the neck that almost caused him to bleed to death during a televised game in 1989.   Clint has survived it all an more importantly got the help his “cowboy” upbringing had stigmatized for years as “weak”.   Clint’s book is called A Matter of Inches (in Canada it’s called The Crazy Game).

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Joni G.

“No man ever pleased me like cocaine did.”  The 60 year-old shares about the drug that helped her with her ADD, feel skinnier, prettier and more powerful especially when she began dealing it by the kilo.  She also opens up about her stint in prison and the things she learned there that helped her emotionally when being treated for breast cancer.  She is currently a certified drug and alcohol counselor studying to become a MFT (Marriage and Family therapist).

This episode is sponsored by the hilariously offensive party game Cards Against Humanity and their 10 Days or Whatever of Kwanza.   For more info go to www.holidaybullshit.com

This episode is sponsored by LootCrate.  For 10% off any subscription go to www.lootcrate.com/happyhour and use offer code HAPPYHOUR

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Samantha C.

Born with achondroplasia dwarfism to emotionally unavailable Taiwanese immigrant parents, Sam shares about being a “litte person” and the ways support groups have helped her navigate dealing with love addiction, sex addiction and co-dependency.

SquareSpace sponsored this episode.  For a Free Trial and 10% off, go to www.squarespace.com and use offer code MENTAL.

Harry’s shaving products sponsored this episode.  To get $5 off your first purchase go to www.Harrys.com and use the offer code Mentalpod

 

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Laurenne Sala

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.

Some links for Laurenne: laurenne.com (for writing and work) tabootales.org (taboo tales!) http://gilhedley.com/ (cadaver training program) and @laurenne (twitter)

SquareSpace sponsored this episode.  For a Free Trial and 10% off, go to www.squarespace.com and use offer code MENTAL.

Audible sponsored this episode.  For a free 30 day trial and a free audiobook, go to www.audiblepodcast.com/mental .

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Dr. Peace Amadi

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.

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Laura House (Live @ LAPodfest)

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.   To watch this episode and all the other podcasts (lots of great ones) from LAPodfest go to www.lapodfest.com/live and use offer code Gilmartin to get $5 off ($25 is full price).   The episodes are available to view until Oct 17th.

And by the way, this is a picture of her bitter old granny.

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Cheryl Klein

The breast cancer survivor opens up about her lifelong battle with 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 and hysterectomy (she has the BRCA 2 Gene)  and the perspectives she gained by having gone through all of it.   Not a downer, I swear!

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