Released September 21, 2021

Trauma can affect us in many ways, but what does it look like to turn that adversity into activism? Today we speak with actress and activist Gabriella Wright as she discusses how her past and the loss of her sister inspired her to lend her voice to help others. She also shares how she thinks how Hollywood portrays mental health and how the next generation is advocating and effecting change.

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S4 E2: Dr. Jerry Law 

Released September 28, 2021

When it comes to interventions, sometimes words like “ambush” and “shame” come to mind. When it comes to a person in recovery, it can make a challenging situation worse. However, Interventionist and Executive Director of The Meadows Dr. Jerry Law says that you start on the right foot toward recovery when you lead with love, caring, and concern.

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S4 E3: Resmaa menakem (Part 1)

Released October 5, 2021

Following the death of George Floyd, racialized trauma was reignited for people of color around the world. While many calls for social justice, others want to know how they can be allies for change. In this special two-part episode, we speak with Meadows Senior Fellow Resmaa Menakem about the effects of racialized trauma and the action steps that are needed for change.

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S4 E4: Resmaa menakem (part 2)

Released October 12, 2021

As more bodies of culture express the importance of their mental health, many are learning more about the effects of racialized trauma. Today we conclude our two-part episode with Meadows Senior Fellow Resmaa Menakem as he explains how this trauma often plays out in society.

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S4 E5: Havi Kang (Part 1)

Released October 19, 2021

One in four women have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime, according to the National Intimate Partner Sexual Violence Survey. In this special two-part episode for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we speak with Willow House Clinical Director Havi Kang as she shares how domestic abuse not only includes violence but, unfortunately, so much more.  

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Released October 26, 2021

During the rise of the “me too” movement, the phrase “gaslighting” has become prominent in relation to the issues women face. In the conclusion of our conversation with Havi Kang, we discuss why it’s important for women to seek treatment and ways she and her team provide a safe and nurturing environment for recovery.   

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Released November 2, 2021

Transitioning from adolescence to adulthood is a very vulnerable time in a person’s life. When you add a global pandemic into the mix, it can make things even more complicated. Today, we bring back the Executive Director of the Claudia Black Young Adult Center, Dr. Whitney Howzell, who says that it is okay to have many questions when becoming an adult and that everything does not always have to fall in line perfectly.     

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Released November 9, 2021

The shame piece becomes a barrier coming into treatment because they want to believe that they’re not that sick, that maybe they’re trying to present that way to their family or their friends that have expressed concerns. Or maybe the friends and family have no idea that they’re as ill as they are, because they don’t want to be categorized as weak or whatever those messages might be. So being able to do the opposite, which would be coming into treatment, even if they don’t feel like they’re sick enough, could be a lifesaving decision because if they continue to hide and live in that shame, the consequences are just going to continue to add up.

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Released November 16, 2021

Many high achievers in business want to seek treatment for their addiction. However, they may be hesitant due to fear of stigma among colleagues or not wanting to be away from their careers for too long. Heritage Health Solutions President Hamilton Baiden says that it doesn’t have to be that way and that everyone should have access to treatment. But what does that look like?

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Released November 30, 2021

Virtual intensive outpatient programs can provide flexibility for many in recovery due to busy schedules or not being comfortable physically being around other people. Josh Ulrich, Virtual Therapist for The Meadows Outpatient Center’s MBH Connect, says that it’s important to meet people where they are in order to put them on the right path to recovery. But if you choose a virtual option, could you be sacrificing care for the sake of convenience?

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Released December 7, 2021

How we deal with loss, whether it be the loss of a job or a loved one, can look many different ways. Josh Ulrich, Virtual Therapist for Meadows Behavioral Healthcare, says that whether you cry or don’t, get mad or don’t, as long you feel it or grieve as you live, then it’s perfectly fine. But what happens when we don’t feel it and we don’t address what we are feeling?

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S4 E12: Dr. Cassandra Vieten

Released December 15, 2021

There are many benefits to exercising. It can help with weight control, strengthen your bones and muscles, and improve your quality of sleep. But did you know it can also improve your mental health? Today, we speak with Dr. Cassandra Vieten about a new report from the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation and her insights on the connection between the two.

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S4 E13: Scott Davis

Released January 4, 2022

Many times, when people seek treatment for trauma, they are addressing something that happened to them recently. However, there is often something that lies underneath that also needs to be addressed. Chief Clinical Director of Meadows Behavioral Healthcare Scott Davis makes the case that true recovery can only be reached when everything is addressed, not just the part a person is comfortable with. But how do you get a person to open up to meet them where they are?

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S4 E14: David Hanscom

Released January 11, 2022

According to the CDC, In 2019, 20.4% of adults had chronic pain, and 7.4% of adults had…limited life or work activities in the past three months. Today, we talk to spinal surgeon Dr. David Hanscom says that you can solve your chronic pain with or without surgery.

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S4 E15: Mark Baumgartner

Released January 18, 2022

Eye contact can communicate a lot when trying to engage with someone. Honesty, interest, and respect come to mind. Mark Baumgartner says that this is one of the tools he and his team use when meeting with patients online. But what other tools can be of use when providing the best treatment possible remotely?

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S4 E16: Victor Brick

Released January 25, 2022

Roughly 1 in 4 adults suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder each year, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. And for the relatives of those sufferers, it can be a stressful endeavor when trying to help. Victor Brick, the co-founder of the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation, says that his brother, John, who died from complications of schizophrenia, is the reason he advocates for mental health resources for all.

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S4 E17: Madelyn Rousku

Released February 1, 2022

Being vulnerable can be a precarious proposition. Too often, one could perceive it as a sign of weakness or, worse, used against us. Dr. Madelyn Rousku says it takes courage to be vulnerable because it takes us to a place we often don’t want to go. But can displaying our vulnerability also be a source of strength?

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S4 E18: Georgia Fourlas

Released February 8, 2022

The path to addiction has many layers. And when a patient has co-occurring disorders, those layers become more abundant and complex. Dr. Georgia Fourlas says that just treating the symptoms isn’t enough and that going to the root of the problem is the one true path to recovery. But what does it take to get to the root cause?

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S4 E19: Dr. Richard Schwartz

Released February 15, 2022

All of us have these parts within us. Sometimes those parts build us up with positive affirmations. But some of them can be our harshest critics. Dr. Richard Schwartz says that the mind is naturally multiple, which is a good thing. But how are someone’s parts differentiated from, say, multiple personality disorder?

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S4 E20: Dr. Patrick Carnes

Released February 22, 2022

Technology’s purpose is to improve the quality of life for humanity. But unfortunately, in many ways, it has provided unintended consequences, for example, serving as stimuli for sex addiction. Dr. Patrick Carnes says that as technologies evolve, we must remain vigilant about this issue, especially when it comes to adolescents. But can vigilance and treatment practices evolve just as rapidly as technology?

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