Author:Paul Gilmartin

Dr. Jessica DuBron

The PhD (clinical psychology) shares about working with at-risk youth particularly in the LGBT population and in a Psychiatric Evaluation team, responding to mental health emergencies.  She also talks about the addictive rush of working in crisis.  Sponsors of this episode are DailyBurn and SquareSpace.   For a free 30 day trial membership to DailyBurn go to DailyBurn.com/happyhour  and for free trial and 10% off  for SquareSpace go to Squarespace.com and use offer code “doctor”.

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Jim O’Brien

The handyman/comedian opens up about growing up with a seriously ill single mother (Addison’s disease) and alcoholic father.  He recounts the breakup with a girl, the depression that wound up getting him committed to a mental facility against his will and what he took from the experience.  Sponsors of this episode are DailyBurn and SquareSpace.   For a free 30 day trial membership to DailyBurn go to DailyBurn.com/happyhour  and for free trial and 10% off  for SquareSpace go to Squarespace.com and use offer code “doctor”.

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Lindsay

The list of major health issues (Arnold Chiari Malformation, Scoliosis) she dealt with in childhood including brain and spine surgeries pale in comparison to the complicated relationship with her father; an alcoholic with no boundaries.  Paul and Lindsay discuss the parent who is oblivious to the way they leer at, talk to and touch their children.  They also discuss her Bipolar II, OCD, co-dependency and perfectionism.  This weeks sponsors are Naturebox and DailyBurn.   To get 50% off your first box, go to Naturebox.com and use offer code “happyhour”.    To get your first 30 days free go to DailyBurn.com/happyhour.

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Listener Confessions

Culled from a month of surveys filled out by listeners.  Paul reads their shames, secrets, fears, hopes and beautiful moments.  And of course some “awfulsome” moments as well.  This weeks sponsors are Naturebox and DailyBurn.   To get 50% off your first box, go to Naturebox.com and use offer code “happyhour”.    To get your first 30 days free go to DailyBurn.com/happyhour.

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Ryan Sickler

The Baltimore native, standup comedian (Comedy Central, Late Late Show w/Craig Ferguson) and podcaster (The Crabfeast) shares about the hatred he endured from his mother and the love from his father and other relatives that saved him.  This weeks sponsors are Naturebox and DailyBurn.   To get 50% off your first box, go to Naturebox.com and use offer code “happyhour”.    To get your first 30 days free go to DailyBurn.com/happyhour.

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Cathy Ladman

The writer (Roseanne) and standup (Tonight ShowLate Late Show w/Craig Ferguson) opens up about the controlling environment she was raised in, her professional anxieties especially about her age (58) and her decades long battle with anorexia.  Our sponsors this week are Daily Burn and SquareSpace.   Go to DailyBurn.com/happyhour  and get the first 30 days free.   Go to SquareSpace.com and use offer code “mental” for a free trial and 10% off.

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Matthew Walden

Although the writer/producer grew up in Hawaii, his childhood was far from paradise; enduring a cornucopia of PTSD, leaving him wondering what is real and what isn’t.  He also shares his obsession with cults and and the time he joined one to write about it and almost lost his mind.   Our sponsors this week are Daily Burn and SquareSpace.   Go to DailyBurn.com/happyhour  and get the first 30 days free.   Go to SquareSpace.com and use offer code “mental” for a free trial and 10% off.

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Listener Amelia

Amelia discusses her “nuclear” PMS (called PMDD for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder), her first pregnancy and the pressures she felt for everything to be perfect and the crushing Postpartum Depression that followed.  She also talks about the childhood traumas that might be linked to it.

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Chemda (Voted #8 ep of 2013)

The podcaster (Keith and the Girl) was born in Israel but raised in NY by a mother of Iraqi heritage and an Iranian father, both of whom had traditional expectations for their daughter, none of which included her being engaged to a female-bodied man.  She also talks about her addictive personality, her not-too subtle attempts at socializing in her younger years and learning to feel empowered by her sexuality in an authentic way.  Keith and the Girl – one of the longest-running comedy podcasts – launched in March of 2005.

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