Episode 7: Medication Stigma



Hard truth: the very act of trying to treat anxiety can be one of the most anxiety-inducing of all. In this episode, Julia tells us about her experience with a particularly insensitive pharmacist and how assumptions about mental illness makes living with them even harder. Then we switch to the other side of the counter with a pharmacist taking a big picture approach to medication.

Note: This episode contains some swearing and descriptions of depression.

Many thanks to my guests Julia and Joshua Rimany.

Read Julia’s essay, “Unbecoming,” on the Manifest Station: https://www.themanifeststation.net/tag/julia-k-agresto/

Find out more about the Dilworth Drug and Wellness center here: https://www.dilworthdrug.com/staff.html

 

Music: Sam Hughes

Logo: Elizabeth Guerra

 


Episode 6: FOMO



FOMO IRL? WTF? Yes, it’s everyone’s favorite cheeky acronym for existential despair, unpacked and examined. Turns out there’s more to FOMO than just jealousy: it’s a new version for a classic psychological behavior. Good thing we’ve got some highly qualified guests for this episode. Philosopher Jake takes us through the many anguishes of choice and freedom, while Dr. Sherry Pagoto explains the underpinnings of FOMO and why social media can, believe it or not, help us feel better about ourselves. Honest!

Many thanks to my guests. You can follow Jake on Twitter and Instragam at @mood_adrift.

Follow @DrSherryPagoto on Twitter and read about the University of Connecticut Center for mHealth and Social Media here: https://mhealth.inchip.uconn.edu

Additional thanks to Sam Hughes for music and Elizabeth Guerra for designing our logo.


Episode 5: Hearing Loss



Today we take a voyage into the waxy, mysterious depths of the human ear. Not literally. That would be gross. But we do hear from Sam, a musician (and family member of the host) who has long worried about damaging his hearing, as well as an audiologist who answers some of the world’s (or at least my) most persistent questions. Get the inside-out about eardrums, headphones, a classic Clive Owen movie and a real-life Spaghetti Incident in this latest earful. Apologies if this gets loud.

Thanks to Dr. Sarah Hesseltine, Au.D., CCC-A, and to Samuel Hughes, musician for the show. Listen to more of Sam’s music (on over-the-ear headphones if you can) and purchase his EP “Down and Out” here.

Logo by Elizabeth Guerra.


Episode 4: Public Speaking



Ever made the wrong joke in a wedding toast, or blown your lines in the middle of a play? Whatever the situation, talking in front of a crowd is just begging the Anxiety Goblin to come torment you, but it’s one a lot of us have to deal with. My first guest takes us through the many distinct flavors of his own public speaking anxiety, and then we speak to an experienced sports anchor with lots of advice and stories to share. Remember: wipers on, lights on.

Special thanks to my guests Josh Borgadir and Vinny. Read more about Josh here.

The Laurence Olivier speech I reference in the introduction can be found here.

Music by Samuel Hughes. Listen to more of his music and purchase his EP “Down and Out” here.

Logo by Elizabeth Guerra.

 


Episode 3: The Devil



Demons. Hell. Possession. There are few things scarier than something you can’t ever disprove. How do you deal with your anxiety when the threat of eternal damnation seems very real indeed? For this episode, we hear two different perspectives on religious and spiritual fears, first from my friend Alex on her Catholic upbringing, and second from a Unitarian Universalist Minister (and fellow Ravenclaw) with some ecclesiastical insight. We also cover superstitions, sin, The Exorcist, scary-looking erasers, and what the iPod Shuffle has in common with a certain scriptural practice. Bonus points if you still actually own an iPod Shuffle.

Thanks to my guests Alex and Rev. Aaron Stockwell.

Transition Music: “Thinking It Over” By Lee Rosevere. This track is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License and can be found on the Free Music Archive.

Theme and introductory music by Sam Hughes. Hear more of his work at https://soundcloud.com/shoes_music.

Show logo by Elizabeth Guerra.


Episode 2: Bad Thoughts



It’s not easy getting by when you can’t control what you’re thinking. Negativity, dread, depression: bad thoughts come in all shapes, sizes and flavors. After talking to my friend Melissa about her personal experiences with these kinds of problems, I get a professional opinion on how unwelcome ideas can interrupt our lives and what we might be able to do about it.

Special thank you to my guests Melissa and Dr. Joy Ross.

Transition Music: “Thinking It Over” By Lee Rosevere. This track is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License and can be found on the Free Music Archive.

Theme and introductory music by Sam Hughes. Hear more of his work at https://soundcloud.com/shoes_music.

Show logo by Elizabeth Guerra.


Episode 1: Bears



Our first episode looks at a very specific yet potent possible cause of anxiety: bears. Yes, really. If you’re an insecure city-dwellin’ schlub camping in Wyoming for the first time, bears can seem pretty threatening.  First we hear some stories from friends of mine, including close encounters and rampant speculation (turns out I don’t know that much about bears, who would have guessed?). Then I talk to Dr. Ben Kilham of the Kilham Bear Center, a black bear habitat in New Hampshire, who actually DOES know that much about bears and shares some handy information.

Apologies for the audio issues during my interview with Joe. We have our best people on it.

Thanks to my guests Trevor, Joe, and Ben for their time. You can find out more about Ben’s work, including his role in the IMAX film Pandas, at https://kilhambearcenter.org/.

Transition Music: “Thinking It Over” By Lee Rosevere. This track is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License and can be found on the Free Music Archive.

Theme and introductory music by Sam Hughes. Hear more of his work at https://soundcloud.com/shoes_music.

Show logo by Elizabeth Guerra.


Episode 0: Introduction



A brief-ish overview of this podcast and what I hope to achieve through it. We also hear from Dana DePietro, a clinical social worker who explains some of the basics about anxiety disorders and their treatment. We talk about the differences between fear and anxiety, an unusual way Joseph Stalin can help you with compulsive behavior, and more.

In case you’re unfamiliar, the DSM refers to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, currently in its fifth edition. Read more about it here.

Opening theme by Sam Hughes.

Transition Music: “Thinking It Over” By Lee Rosevere. This track is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License and can be found on the Free Music Archive.

Theme and introductory music by Sam Hughes. Hear more of his work at https://soundcloud.com/shoes_music.

Show logo by Elizabeth Guerra.