Author:Paul Gilmartin

Aparna Nancherla (voted #10 ep of 2014)

The first generation Indian-American comedian opens up about her low self-esteem, perfectionism, depression, anxiety, eating disorder, the trap of becoming the “good child” and the constant struggle to not compare herself to others.

Follow Aparna on Twitter @Aparnapkin or visit her website www.aparnacomedy.com

This episode is sponsored by Bulubox.  Visit www.bulubox.com, click on the microphone in the upper left-hand corner and enter the promo code “HappyHour”

 

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Lance L

The pansexual Iraqi war veteran talks about his plans to come out to his homophobic family, growing up with a mother who picked terrible men,  his deadbeat dad and meeting a half-brother & doing a joint road trip to confront the father that abandoned them both. This episode is sponsored by GoDaddy.  For 30% off your purchase go to www.GoDaddy.com and use offer code Mental199 This episode is sponsored by Harry’s shaving products.  To get $5 off your first purchase go to www.Harrys.com and use the offer code Mentalpod

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Ask Erika Holmes MFT

Marriage and Family Therapist Erika Holmes answers listener questions from Facebook and Twitter.  Topics include Eating Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD therapies, Neurofeedback and damage caused by parents who are religious zealots.   Erika can be followed on Twitter @ErikaHolmesMFT and her website is www.erikamft.com

PillPack sponsors this show.  To check it out (and to help the podcast) go to Pillpack.com/happyhour.

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Susanna Lee

The comedian/burlesque dancer (she goes by the name Lucky DeLuxe) talks about the power, pitfalls and rush of performing with and without her clothes on, including being a sex worker at a “jack shack” to make ends meet.  She opens up about her low self-esteem, fear of the future, struggles with her dad and desire for truth no matter how bleak it may be.  She also opens up about being attracted to unavailable men who often hide their relationship with her from friends and family.

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Jimmy Doyle

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.  They talk about the breakthroughs felt in doing EMDR (and CBT).  Paul also reads some surveys and emails on the topic of suicide given the nature of this week’s news about Robin Williams.   On the surface this may seem like a very dark episode and while it has its moments, it is ultimately not a downer.

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Dese’Rae L Stage

The photographer and activist talks about her bookwormish childhood, coming out in high school, the abusive relationship she couldn’t bear to leave and her project which documents the stories of suicide attempt survivors (she is one) Live Through This.  To check out Dese’Rae’s website go to www.livethroughthis.org and follow her on Twitter at @DeseraeStage This episode is sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  To participate or support their Out of the Darkness Walk which takes place on Sept. 20th in Chicago, go to www.chicagowalk.org This episode is sponsored by Bulu Box.   To learn more and get a MIHH listener discount go to www.bulubox.com click on the microphone in the upper left hand corner and use the offer code “happyhour”.

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Pamela Martin

Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Fibromyalgia, ME, etc) a purely physical ailment or is there also an emotional component related to trauma.  Pamela shares about being an incest survivor as well as the challenges of living with CFS and  being a people pleaser.  She also shares about raising a child with Selective Mutism and learning to be emotionally intimate with her supportive husband.  Pamela is also a singer/songwriter.  To learn more about her or her music check out her ReverbNation Page

 

This episode is sponsored by GoDaddy.com   For a special discount for MIHH listeners, go to GoDaddy.com and when checking out enter the promo code Mental199 and get a domain name for just $1.99   It helps support the show!

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Jason Nash

Recently diagnosed with BiPolar II, the actor and director of Jason Nash is Married talks about his fear of being just like his father by never being a breadwinner and his inability to fully enjoy what others seem to be able to easily enjoy, including being married and a stay-at-home dad.

Follow Jason on Twiiter @Jason23Nash  Check out his Vine videos  And be sure to check out the trailer for his movie Jason Nash is Married which is available to stream on Itunes or Amazon

This episode is sponsored by Bulu Box.   To learn more and get a MIHH listener discount go to www.bulubox.com click on the microphone in the upper left hand corner and use the offer code “happyhour”.

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Pia Glenn

The West-Indian-American writer/performer shares about being raised by a violent and mentally unstable mother who refused to take meds, often leading to 911 calls and police.  She also talks about her own depression, anxiety, perfectionism and relationship struggles.

This episode is sponsored by Bulu Box.   To learn more and get a MIHH listener discount go to www.bulubox.com click on the microphone in the upper left hand corner and use the offer code “happyhour”.

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