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Podcast: Talking about Mental Illness at Work

In this episode, Tim discusses the pros and cons of telling people at work about your mental illness. He also welcomes two guest contributors whose experiences differ somewhat from his.

Helpful websites (the links are giving me trouble so you’ll have to copy and paste these):

http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/your-organisation/support-workplace/telling-my-manager
https://www.headsup.org.au/taking-care-of-myself-at-work/talking-about-a-mental-health-condition-at-work
Music credit: Lady Antebellum, “Compass”

 

 

Podcast 9: Interview with OCD expert, author, and blogger, Alison Dotson.

Alison is the author of “Being Me with OCD.” We talk OCD, of course, but much more, too. We discuss how people can support those with a mental illness, how/when to seek treatment and much more. Whether or not you have OCD, you’ll get a lot out of Alison’s wisdom, as I did.

Here’s the link to Alison’s website: https://alisondotson.com

And her book: Being Me With OCD

John Hirschfeld’s book: When a Family Member Has OCD

Music Credit: Lady Antebellum, “Compass”

The download feature is not working directly from this site, though you can always go to iTunes. You can also download the episode here.

 

Podcast 8: Telling Your Family and Friends about your Mental Illness

Survey of evangelical Christians’ views on mental illness: http://blog.lifeway.com/newsroom/2013/09/17/half-of-evangelicals-believe-prayer-can-heal-mental-illness/

Tim’s goals for TKWANA non-profit:

  1. Encourage – through writing, podcasting and speaking.
  2. Educate – through writing, podcasting, and speaking.
  3. Connect (this is the big, audacious goal that might take the rest of my life) – develop an AA-like model for people with mental illnesses to meet in small groups for the purpose of knowing they are not alone and having peers who help them take the necessary steps forward.

Tips for telling someone you’re mentally ill:

  1. Pick a “sure thing”, someone you’re as safe as possible with. If you don’t have such a person, email Tim or talk to a therapist at the very least.
  2. Proceed with caution; go slowly!
  3. Point out specific behaviors or events that will illustrate to your loved one(s) how this illness affects you.

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Podcast 7: Coming Out of the Closet
Survey of evangelical Christians’ views on mental illness: http://blog.lifeway.com/newsroom/2013/09/17/half-of-evangelicals-believe-prayer-can-heal-mental-illness/

Tim’s goals for TKWANA non-profit:

  1. Encourage – through writing, podcasting and speaking.
  2. Educate – through writing, podcasting, and speaking.
  3. Connect (this is the big, audacious goal that might take the rest of my life) – develop an AA-like model for people with mental illnesses to meet in small groups for the purpose of knowing they are not alone and having peers who help them take the necessary steps forward.

Tips for telling someone you’re mentally ill:

  1. Pick a “sure thing”, someone you’re as safe as possible with. If you don’t have such a person, email Tim or talk to a therapist at the very least.
  2. Proceed with caution; go slowly!
  3. Point out specific behaviors or events that will illustrate to your loved one(s) how this illness affects you.

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Podcast 6: The View from the Roller Coaster
In this podcast, Tim reflects on his past two months – a time during which he has vividly experienced the bi-polar II roller coaster. Tim shares his thoughts on self-awareness, self-care, the dangers of Facebook, gun rights, the Orlando massacre, and even how to train a ferret. You’ll have to listen to find out which one of those is a lie.

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Podcast 5: Feeling Misunderstood because of Mental Illness
In this episode, Tim shares stories of mentally ill folks being terribly misunderstood; he also provides some suggestions for how those who are mentally ill and those who love and support them can work toward understanding each other and working together toward healthier relationships and lives.

Additional Notes:

  • Atlantic Monthly article on anxiety, by Scott Stossel, http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/01/surviving_anxiety/355741/
  • Please go to iTunes and give this podcast a rating…a good one, preferably. If you have something you’d like to suggest, please email Tim at toknowwearenotalone@gmail.com.
  • Sign up to follow this endeavor either at toknowwearenotalone.com or on the Facebook page by the same title
  • Music credit: Lady Antebellum, “Compass”.
  • May, 2016.

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Podcast 4: Mindfulness and Mental Illness

In episode 4, Tim discusses the following:

  • The process of forming a 501(c)3 for To Know We Are Not Alone is underway thanks to a donor who is paying for the legal stuff.
  • Greatergood.berkeley.edu definition of Mindfulness:
  • Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition
  • Huffington Post: Mindfulness Meditation Benefits: 20 Reasons Why It’s Good For Your Mental And Physical Health:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/08/mindfulness-meditation-benefits-health_n_3016045.html
  • Recommended Apps:
    • Mindfulness I & II
    • Buddhify
  • Music credit: Lady Antebellum, “Compass”.
  • May, 2016.

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Podcast 3: Mantras for Mental Illness
In episode 3, Tim discusses the use of mantras as a way to retrain the brain how to process the world around it. Specifically, he addresses two of his favorite mantras: “Quit Shoulding On Yourself” and “Do What Works.” Tune in for some examples of how you might put these to use in your own life. Music credit: Lady Antebellum, “Compass”. May, 2016.

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Podcast episode 2: Mental Illness and Loneliness
In episode 2, Tim addresses the second component of this non-profit endeavor: loneliness. Having always felt that loneliness comes part and parcel with mental illness, Tim is equally as passionate about alleviating loneliness as he is about educating people regarding mental illness. Most importantly, Tim shares a very embarrassing story about a time when he felt the need to openly confess to his friends about one of his past obsessions. Music credit: Lady Antebellum, “Compass”. May, 2016

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Podcast episode 1: Mental Illness, My Lifelong Companion
Tim tells listeners why he’s starting a podcast, and more importantly, why he’s starting a non-profit. He shares his own lifelong journey with OCD, depression, anxiety, and bi-polar disorder and in order to explain why he’s become so passionate about letting people with mental illnesses know they are not alone. May, 2016

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Riley Sisson Eulogy
Not a podcast per se but a eulogy Tim gave for his friend, Riley Sisson, in September of 2014.