Dave

Hi Guys,

How have you been? Things have been pretty decent for me. I’m finally able to wean off the cogentin (for restless leg caused by antipsychotics) so I’ll keep you updated on how that goes. Hopefully the next time we speak, I will be done with it!

I have just one article for you this week, 8 Mental Health Tips That Are So Effective, Even Therapists Themselves Use them. (https://www.wellandgood.com/good-advice/tips-for-mental-health-therapists-use/)

My interview for this week is my longtime friend Dave, and we may go off base here and there, but we touch on toxic masculinity, avoiding politics, and what it’s like serving on a submarine. I hope you like it!

Talk to you soon, friends!

becky@thatbword.com

@thatbword1 on twitter

@thatbwordpod on facebook

Karen Unrue

Hi Guys!

My co-host this week is Jessica, and she’s got some news to share with you. In addition to the news about the FDA clearing esketamine for use and United Healthcare losing a lawsuit, I mean.

Moving on to the interview, I speak with Karen Unrue, who is just a delight! I think you’ll enjoy listening to this one as much as I did recording it.

Thanks so much for listening!

Matt

Your humble host is flying solo again for the first part of this episode. I touch briefly on the idea that mental illness may have been genetically advantageous in prehistoric times.

My interview today is with Matt. Matt is living in Iran, and I found our conversation really fascinating. I hope you do, too!

As always, you can email me at becky@thatbword.com, find me on twitter @thatbword1 and check out my Facebook page @thatbwordpod. Don’t forget, I can also hear your beautiful voices on my voicemail line, 330-353-9633, and you can check out my patreon at patreon.com/thatbword.

Talk to you soon!

John & Scott

Hello there!

Today I am embarking on an experiment with changing up the format of the podcast. Instead of getting rid of the news, like I was thinking about, I’m going to have a rotating guest co-host to talk about the news stories with me.

This week is John emotions from the Bipolar Style show. We talk about representation in comics, ECT, and a few other things.

My interview this week is Scott! Scott and I discuss his journey with mental health as well as non-christian spirituality.

Thanks for downloading!

Email becky@thatbword.com
Twitter: @thatbword1
Facebook: @thatbwordpod

Voicemail: 330-353-9633

In re: Triggers

 I don’t feel like I’m particularly well suited to discuss this topic.  I’m not a doctor or a therapist, and I haven’t done an inordinate amount of research on the topic, but I have to get it out. My soul can’t contain this. 

Very recently, someone that I love very much was kidnapped. By that I mean they were legitimately taken against their will to another location.  One minute they were walking down the street with friends, and the next thye’re in a hotel room with  someone who is trying to have sex with them.  Fortunately they were able to get away, but they’re still highly traumatized, and rightfully so.  What’s worse is that they were ashamed of the actions they took afterward, trying to reassert control over their own body. It’s not unusual for someone who has gone through a trauma like that to look to regain authority over their body through sex. I know it’s not, because I went through the exact same thing.

So it turns out that this isn’t about them, not really.  It’s about how I can’t concentrate, how I keep thinking about what could have happened.  Wondering if they’re ok.  How I have to stop myself from texting them every five minutes to make sure that they’re ok.  I can’t concentrate on my work. I can barely concentrate on writing this blog post.

I think, in part, I can’t get it out of my head because – on some level, possibly multiple deep levels – this was a big trigger for me.  Not only am I contending with the normal worry for my friend, but it reminds me of portions of my own life that I’d rather not re-live. I’m telling myself that I’m safe, they’re safe, everyone is safe.  I’m telling myself it wasn’t me that happened to, and that I have no reason to be reacting this way.  I even tried calling my therapist.

That helped a little.

When I called my therapist, she said what I had already figured out – that this is a trigger for me.  Some of the things my friend said and did reminded me – painfully – of things that I said and did during my marriage and it’s aftermath. The truth of the matter is that I don’t really thing that I deserve to have the same thoughts and feelings as I am having right now.  It’s been many years since these things happened to me – now I have a loving husband and stepsons and who am I to get triggered by something that didn’t even happen to me? 

But healing isn’t linear, is it? 

I don’t really know what that means for me. Maybe it means that it’s going to get worse before it gets better. Maybe it means I never dealt with things in a timely manner and this is my comeuppance.

Maybe it just is what it is.

Mike and Ryan from Pop Psych 101

Hi, thanks for downloading!

I’ve been doing fairly well this week. A couple issues with anxiety, but that’s nothing new. It is the first time it’s happened in a little while, though. I’m not sure what that means – I’ve been taking my medication just as I have been, I don’t think any more stress is in my life over the past couple of weeks. So far, though, it’s at a dealable level.

I DID, however, screw up. I didn’t refill a prescription. I ran out, but thankfully I was able to get a sample from my doctor’s office to get me through. Whoops.

This week I talk about the Cost of Mental Health Care  and 10 Habits of Successful People with Bipolar Disorder.

My interview for the week is with Mike and Ryan from the Pop Psych 101 podcast – you should definitely check them out! We talk about the representation of mental health in the media.

I’d love it if you would contact me!

Becky@thatbword.com

twitter: thatbword1

facebook: thatbwordpod

Phone: 330-353-9633. – leave me a voicemail!

Damian K

What? Another episode?

Indeed it is, and this week we’re talking about your gut bacteria, lying about brain cancer, and how clinicians tell the difference between bipolar disorder and BPD.

My guest this week is Damian K of the Mindful Bipolar Podcast (and accompanying blog)!

Thanks again for downloading! Hit me up on twitter @thatbword1!

The Semi-Triumphant Return

Well, that was quite the hiatus, but I’m back now! I talk a little (a very little) about what prompted my hiatus. A big part of it was losing my support dog, Ishka. He was (and still is, really) my whole heart. I miss him something fierce.

In this episode I talk with Jessica of Bipolar Style about her new role on the podcast, medication, and whatever we feel like, really. It’s a fun conversation with a fun person!

Finally, thanks for sticking around. I really, really appreciate it.

Holly

In this week’s episode:

I talk a little bit about my decision to look for another job.

In news and reviews, I examine an article from the Washington Post about algorithms designed to – without our knowledge – assess our mental health.  Please, let me know what you think about this issue at becky@thatbword.com

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/theworldpost/wp/2018/09/04/mental-health/?utm_term=.0a57d7ff4f46

My guest this week is Holly.  We discuss a range of topics including the concept of a “favorite person” in the context of BPD.

Thanks, Guys!  See you next week!

Discussing Dissociation with Kathy

In this week’s episode:

I’m sorry I’ve been away so long! But I promise this episode will be worth the wait.

It turns out that team sports and cycling are the best exercises for your mental health:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-exercise-that-helps-mental-health-most-1534777677

Yet another “psychedelics will save the world” article:

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/5/21/17339488/psychedelics-mental-health-michael-pollan-lsd-psilocybin

Bipolar disorder in older adults:

https://www.psychcongress.com/article/optimizing-treatment-bipolar-disorder-older-adults

The Interview this week is with Kathy from Discussing Dissociation (discussingdissociation.com).  

She is a DID specialist with tons of insight into the disorder, and our conversation was very enlightening.

Thanks for listening, See you next week (promise)!