Tag: mental illness

Anorexia Nervosa Recovery (remix)

Episode 60: Anorexia Nervosa is a dangerous eating disorder and the deadliest mental illness, second only to opioid overdose. Eating disorders affect people of any age, race, gender, and sexual orientation and they are common. Joining us for this inspiring story of recovery is biomedical writer Evelyn Strauss and psychotherapist Jeanne Willis, LMFT. Evelyn shares how she worked her way out of the physical and psychological manifestations of anorexia nervosa through a self-created and unconventional path. Jeanne, an eating disorder specialist, dispels commonly held myths, discusses the types of treatments available, and shares resources that support recovery.

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Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy

Episode 59: In recent years, there’s been growing interest in the role that psychedelic drugs, including ketamine, can play in treating mental health conditions. In this episode, we discuss a new treatment approach called Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) that is a promising treatment for patients with PTSD, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. Joining me for this conversation is Spencer Wollan, who experienced “life changing benefits” from KAP, along with medical doctor, social worker, and ketamine prescriber Dr. Jesus Ramirez and psychotherapist Ellis McCauley.

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The Complex Recovery of Co-Occurring Disorders (remix)

Episode 56: About one third of people who have a mental health condition also develop a substance use disorder at some point in their lives. In this episode, we discuss the complicated intersection of these problems, a combination that currently afflicts nearly 17 million Americans. Joining us for this conversation about co-occurring disorders is psychotherapist Cynthia Nollenberger and artist-musician Rick, who shares about his journey to mental health recovery and, eventually, to substance use recovery. This 2019 interview has been re-edited with new material and personal stories added.

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Navigating Bipolar Disorder in College

Episode #47: To honor Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re turning our attention to bipolar disorder, a serious mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings. If not treated and managed, bipolar disorder can be dangerous and cause great disruption in a young adult’s life. Guest Allyson Makuch shares her experience of living with and managing bipolar disorder throughout her college and graduate school years. University of California, Santa Cruz Director of Psychiatry, Dr. David Lo also joins us to inform us about bipolar disorder and ways to manage it while in college.
More information and resources here: https://ksqd.org/navigating-bipolar-disorder-in-college/

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Living Well with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Ep. 32: The effects of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) go way beyond making someone a neat freak. This anxiety disorder is characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors that consume hours of people’s days, restrict their lives, and increase isolation and suffering. Join us as one woman shares her experience of having OCD since childhood and describes how she’s living a productive and fulfilling life. We’ll also learn from an anxiety specialist about OCD symptoms and evidence-based treatment approaches. This episode features a moving, original song written and performed by our guest about her experience of living with OCD.

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Psychiatric Service Dogs

Ep. 14: Psychiatric Service Dogs help their owners with mental health conditions like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and severe anxiety. They perform specific tasks enabling their handlers to then function in ordinary ways. Learn more about how these remarkable animals change and improve the lives of their handlers.

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Demystifying Postpartum Depression & Anxiety

Ep. 13: Perinatal Depression & Anxiety (PPD) is a mood disorder that affects about 12.5% of women in the US after childbirth. Our guest shares her experience of debilitating PPD after the birth of her twins, how she sought treatment, found support, and wended her way back to wellness and joy in parenting. Learn more about PPD, who’s at risk, and how to get help.

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Seniors & Loneliness: Lives at Risk

Ep. 8: Nearly 50% of seniors report social isolation and loneliness. These issues are linked to a variety of long-term physical and mental health risks. One man tells about finding his way from loneliness to community, connection and greater physical and mental health. Our guests also discuss a recent art museum exhibit created by local seniors on this topic. Tune in for this informative discussion, hear about the many challenges older adults face and learn about programs and services available to them.

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