Author:Paul Gilmartin

Paul’s Best Friend Dr. Michael Sebahar

The Intervential Pain Specialist has been Paul’s best friend since 1982.  They recount the evolotuion of their relationship, especially both dealing with the effects their father’s alcoholism had on their families.  Mike also talks about the tightrope of treating people with chronic pain while trying to weed out potential abuse.  Mike recounts the intimacy he finally felt at the end of his father’s life.

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Meghan P. Returns

Listener Meghan P. returns to talk about being diagnosed with “Psychotic Disorder Not Otherwise Specified” and the hospitalization that resulted from going off of her meds in anticipation of losing her health insurance.    She discusses the intense paranoia, her brain feeling “stung” and  the belief that she was being filmed for a reality t.v. show everywhere she went.  Meghan is the writer/producer/director of the documentary eXtreme, Loyal, Victorious: The Packer Fan Experience.

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Ashly Burch

The 22 year-old writer and actress (Hey Ash, Whatcha’ Playin?) and VO artist (Tiny Tina of Borderlands 2) opens up about the recent accidental overdose death of her boyfriend, the truths and myths about addiction, loving an addict, and her guilt about wishing she could have done things differently, plus the struggle to put her life back together.  They also talk about the danger of invalidating children’s feelings and the shame of obsessive or intrusive thoughts.

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Listener Michael D.

Michael opens up about his teenage struggle to avoid dealing with his chaotic and abusive childhood by being extremely regimented, developing an eating disorder, punching himself, compulsive exercising and eventually having a nervous breakdown.  He shares about finally dealing with his PTSD in therapy and confronting the cycle of abuse in his family so it won’t be passed on to his children.  He also talks about having to cut contact with his family because of their refusal to deal with a one of them being a pedophile.

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Lynn Chen (Voted #10 ep of 2013)

The first generation Chinese-American actress (Saving FaceNCIS, Lakeview Terrace) and blogger (The Actor’s Diet) opens up about processing the complex emotions of losing her father, the shame of food addiction,  and forgiving her abusers.  Paul opens the show with an extended update on current emotional, mental and physical battles.

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Karen Kilgariff Live in Portland

The actress (Mr. Show), comedian (Behind You),  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.

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Greg Behrendt Returns

The podcaster (Walking the Room), author (He’s Just Not That Into You) and guitarist (The Reigning Monarchs) returns to discuss the mania, depression and paranoia that left him considering suicide in a Montreal hotel room, and his subsequent decision to go on medication. They also discuss passion versus obsession, finding a sense of purpose, therapy, and the fluidity and dynamics of suicidal ideation.

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