By Neal Dusedau, Morgan Shanahan
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Take a deep breath, get comfortable (in your car, probably) and bury yourself in Going Mental, a podcast all about…well, going mental. Both hosts navigate life while managing their sometimes debilitating mental health conditions: Neal's a screen and television writer, while Morgan is a Hollywood drop-out and current BuzzFeed editor. These long-time friends will be talking about living (and functioning) with an array of mental health challenges, from depression & anxiety, to ocd, bipolar, and panic disorders, while finding ways to maintain their mental health in today’s world. The show leans on their personal experiences, with a little pop culture thrown in, because they’re not doctors, like not even close. At least we're all in it together, right? RIGHT?
||CleanEpisode 17: The Topic We've Been Avoiding||We recorded an episode about depression and suicide. We've been avoiding this topic ever since we started the podcast. It was always: Are we ready to discuss it? Are we prepared? Is it the right time? The truth is, the way society has structured...||6/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Lobotomy for a Kennedy||This week we check in on Morgan's downsizing before jumping into the history of lobotomies, focusing on the lobotomy of Rosemary Kennedy, JFK's younger sister. And hey, join our facebook group! ...||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Self Esteem and Stuff||Hi! We're back! This week Neal talks about what to do when your happy, and Morgan shares why she left BuzzFeed to pursue the Tiny House life. And hey, join our facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/159915304602181/ If you are...||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Infertility & Depression, The Chicken Or The Egg||Morgan and Neal discuss the various ways a battle with infertility can mess with your mental health. And if you're already dealing with a mental health condition, well odds of depression double. Morgan also talks about her own infertility problems and..||3/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: We Need to Talk About Gun Violence||Guns and bullets and mental health||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: It's Britney, Bitch||Morgan and Neal travel back to 2007 to discuss the national reaction to Britney Spears' breakdown. Then, they do a deep dive into procrastination, discussing Tim Urban's Procrastination Matrix from his website, Waitbutwhy.com. Surprise, both...||2/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Talking Therapy with a Real Psychologist (aka not us)!||First, Morgan and Neal discuss the book "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg. How do people let go of bad habits? What tools do we have at our disposal to make new habits? Then, our hosts interview Dr. Traci Bank Cohen to pick her brain about...||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: New Year, Same Old Depression!||Happy New Year! Neal and Morgan start the year talking about the book "Stumbling on Happiness" by Daniel Gilbert and why we're not good at predicting what will make us happy. Then they discuss why most people think of mental health conditions and...||1/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinisode: Logan F*****g Paul||Trigger warning: Suicide Morgan talks about the YouTube culture that created Logan Paul – the YouTube star who uploaded an exploitative video of a suicide victim – and what it means for our kids, and our parenting. If you are currently in...||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Happy Holidays! Let's Talk Survival.||Neal and Morgan talk about the *craziness* of the holiday season, and y’know, other stuff like gendered legos and how bad we’re all f****d up by today’s world, regardless of personal politics. More on BJ Miller, the man whose near-death story we..||12/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinisode, or Slackersode? You decide.||Morgan makes excuses for why this week's episode is late, and then goes on a tangent about language surrounding mental health. (Stop calling everyone a sociopath!) We'll be back tomorrow with our very special "Surviving the Holidays" episode.||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Catastrophes, Natural Disasters and Email||Morgan and Neal are joined by Dan Brown, an old friend and author of "The Great Expectations School." They discuss the California fires and how natural disaster prep messes with everyone's stress and panic levels, but especially those predisposed to...||12/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Honey, I Broke the Kids||Morgan and Neal discuss parenting with mental illness. They focus on the problems that come from projecting your mental health issue onto your young child. Then they talk about how being a parent gives you extra motivation to work on your mental...||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: You're Crazy And I'm Telling Everyone||Stigma is a bitch, so what do you do when people learn about your mental health status? Neal and Morgan discuss Morgan's recent disability leave, the uncertain nature of stigma, and how badly Neal didn't want to make this episode. If you need help...||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Gropers Gonna Grope||Sexual Assault in Hollywood and Beyond||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Social Media Is Anxiety's Lap Dog||Neal and Morgan discuss social media as both a positive and a negative to those living with mental illness. Morgan goes positive, neal goes way negative (what a surprise). If you are currently in crisis: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at...||11/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Yelling Into The Abyss About Garden State||Morgan and Neal take a not-so-deep dive into the movie Garden State. Then they discuss forgetting to take a medication and the power of intrusive thoughts. If you are currently in crisis: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)...||11/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: We're Following Through With An Episode About Therapy!||It's episode two and we're back, against all odds! Today we're talking therapists, how to find one, alternatives if you can't afford one, and what a great one can do.||11/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Anxiety is my jam.||Take a deep breath, get comfortable (in traffic, probably,) and bury yourself in Going Mental, a podcast all about…well, going mental. In our very first episode, we’re talking coping mechanisms, therapy, and medication, plus our very own breakdown..||11/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Ok, let’s face it, I’m prejudiced. I’m a Dusedau, and have always been a fan of Neal’s. This Podcast that Neal and Morgan put together is joyful at the same time that it’s helpful. They’ve been good friends for years, and their humor and good vibe make it easier to hear about their very real individual journeys through the maze of mental health issues. They are still struggling through these issues on a daily basis. Neal and Morgan help us accept and understand the humanity behind the struggles. For those of us struggling, it’s a relief to hear others talk about what is often still not cool to discuss. The Podcast is a window into today’s world of mental health issues, coping strategies, and ways to reach out for help. Give it a listen. I look forward to next week’s Podcast, and the week after that, and the week after that...
Morgan and Neal are really smart and really with it. This is really well done- candid, funny, real. Highly recommend.
Comforted to hear I’m not alone
I love hearing that I’m not alone, even when it comes to things like not being able to follow through because my anxiety and desire for perfection. This feels like a comforting conversation with friends. No alarmism, no judgement.
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