Author:Paul Gilmartin

Freshman College Meltdown: Jen Curran’s Story

The writer/improviser shares about the mental/emotional breakdown her freshman year of college at NYU that left her living in her car and squatting in empty buildings in New York City.  She looks back on her childhood and the familial love that was so often conditional, based on her weight and appearance.  She opens up about the body shaming women in her family unconsciously modeled for her, her relationship with food, difficulty setting boundaries with toxic people and finding out what she really wants instead of living to meet other people’s expectations of her.

Follow Jen on Twitter @JenCurran

This episode is sponsored by Young Health’s Probimune.  For your first bottle free (plus $6.75 shipping) go to www.probimune.com and use offer code MENTAL

This episode is sponsored by Casper mattresses.  Go to www.casper.com/mental

This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter.com  Listeners can post jobs for free by going to www.ziprecruiter.com/first

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#298 Lora B

The 33 year-old listener was the woman who comforted Murray Valeriano during our live episode last week.  From a blended family with every kind of abuse imaginable, including her church elder step-grandfather who molested her, her descent into meth and drinking, finding sobriety, and getting therapy for her traumas.

This episode is sponsored by Casper Mattresses via LAPodfest.  Visit www.casper.com/mental

This episode is sponsored by Criquet Shirts.  For 20% off your first purchase visitwww.criquetshirts.com/mental and use offer code MENTAL

This episode is sponsored by New Health’s Probimune.  By signing up for automated delivery you’ll get your first bottle free (plus $6.75 shipping and handling) Go towww.probimune.com and use offer code MENTAL at checkout.

Click for free tickets to the UC Berkley panel Paul is participating in on OCT 17th.

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#297 Murray Valeriano at LAPodfest

The comedian/writer/podcaster had never talked much about losing his virginity at 15 to a 32 year-old tutor.  Tonight that changed and so did his view of the event and aftermath.  He also opens up about being a preacher’s kid (who wasn’t even allowed to see Footloose), being a father and the role “forbidden” music played in helping him cope as young man.

If you would like to watch video of this episode, it will be archived at www.lapodfest.com (with all the other shows at the festival) until Oct 25th.  For $5 off use offer code HAPPY

Listen to Murray’s podcast Road Stories www.roadstories.tv (or Itunes)

Follow Murray on Twitter www.twitter.com/murrayv

Check out his tour dates and his album Rusty Cow at Murray’s website www.murrayvaleriano.com

His Facebook page is www.facebook.com/murrayvalerianocomedy

For info on the Out of The Darkness Walk go to www.chicagowalk.org

This episode is sponsored by Young Health’s Probimune.  For your first bottle free (plus $6.75 shipping) go to www.probimune.com and use offer code MENTAL

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Glynn Washington

The producer/host of WNYC’s Snap Judgment shares about being raised in a fundamentalist Christian cult, strategies he’s used to survive racism, what he learned by visiting Japan as a college student, his struggles with bipolar and his family’s history of mental illness especially his late brother.

This episode is sponsored by Young Health’s Probimune.  For your first bottle free (plus $6.75 shipping) go to www.Probimune.com and use offer code MENTAL.

For more information on LAPodfest go to www.LAPodfest.com and use offer code HAPPY for $5 off.   The festival is Sept 23-25 in LA.  Our podcast records Sun Sept 25th at 9pm.  It can be watched in person, live streaming or up to 30 days archived.

For more information on the In This Together Festival, where Paul will be interviewing NBA player Royce White, go to www.ITTFest.com  The festival is Nov 13th in LA.

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Mara Wilson

You probably know her as the little girl from Matilda or Mrs. Doubtfire but you probably don’t know that’s around the time she lost her mom, developed OCD, anxiety, depression and panic attacks and that today she is an advocate for mental health.  She is also a playwright, author (Where Am I Now?) and still occasionally acts.

This episode is sponsored by Probimune.  For your first bottle free and just $6.75 Shipping/handling go to www.Probimune.com and use offer code MENTAL

Buy Mara’s new book Where Am I Now?

Follow Mara on Twiiter @MaraWilson

Visit her webpage and blog at www.MaraWilsonWritesStuff.com

For tickets or info about LAPodfest (Sept 23-25) visit www.LAPodfest.com  The podcast will be doing a live recording Sunday night Sept 25.

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Dr Laura Dabney

The psychiatrist and therapist talks about sexual trauma in the military, powerful men who fear intimacy, meds, treating personality disorders, doing therapy via Skype, the therapy process and why insurance companies suck.

Check out Dr Dabney’s site www.drldabney.com follow her on Twitter @DrLDabney

Buy tix to see MIHH at LAPodfest Sept 23-25 www.lapodfest.com  (MIHH is recording Sun. Sept 25th at 9pm)

This episode is sponsored by Chicagoland Out of the Darkness Walk by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevent www.chicagowalk.org

This episode is sponsored by BlueApron. To try your first three meals free with free delivery go to www.BlueApron.com/mental

This episode is sponsored by Young Health’s Probimune. For 50% off your first purchase of Probimune go to www.probimune.com  and use offer code MENTAL

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#293 Judy Gold

The comedian and actress talks her anxiety and depression, being raised in an incredibly anxious household, being bullied throughout childhood for her height (she was six feet tall in 8th grade), and raising two boys in a same sex marriage.

This episode is sponsored by Young Health’s Probimune. For 50% of your first order go to www.probimune.com and use offer code MENTAL at checkout.

This episode is sponsored by Meundies. For 20% of your first order go to www.meundies.com/mental

Follow Judy on Twitter @JewdyGold

Check out her website www.judygold.com

Check out her podcast Kill Me Now.

For tix or info for LAPodfest (Sept 23-25, MIHH will be recording a live ep Sun Sept 25 at 9pm) go to www.lapodfest.com and use offer code HAPPY for $5 off.

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NHL Legend Theo Fleury

“My coach raped me over 200 times”. The truth that Theo almost died trying to keep to himself. Only when he hit bottom with drugs, sex and gambling could he summon the courage to face what had happened when he was a rising 14 year-old phenom. He talks about his childhood, his hockey career, getting sober and his post-career mission of raising awareness and trying to change outdated sentencing laws that allow sexual predators to continue to abuse in Canada, especially the new documentary about it, Victor Walk.

To learn more about Theo’s cause and the film Victor Walk go to www.victorwalkdoc.com

This episode is sponsored by BlueApron. For your first three meals free with free shipping go to www.blueapron.com/mental

Thanks to retired NHL referee Kerry Fraser and the Player’s Tribune website for permission to read his piece about Theo. It can be read here.

For tickets to LAPodfest (in person, live stream or 30 day archive viewing) go to www.lapodfest.com and use offer code HAPPY for $5 off (plus Paul gets some of the ticket price).

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Sarah Haufrect – My Mom Had BPD

Sarah shares about her mother’s battles with Borderline Personality Disorder, her relationship with such a “beautifully disastrously complicated” woman, Sarah’s own battles with bulimia, anxiety, and co-dependency and the role exercise has played in helping her moods.

This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron.  For your first 3 meals free (with free shipping) go to www.blueapron.com/mental

Follow Sarah on Twitter @Smartypants_Inc  www.twitter.com/smartypants_inc

To read the Salon article she wrote about her mom go to http://www.salon.com/2016/02/28/i_loved_lived_with_and_lost_my_mother_to_borderline_personality_disorder/#

Tickets are still available for LAPodfest.  Go to www.lapodfest.com and use offercode HAPPY for $5 off.

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