GROUP is a lighthearted podcast about mental health and mental illness. New episodes are released on the 1st of each month. Subscribe to GROUP on iTunes, Stitcher, or listen on Acast.

EPISODES

14. Reframe Ur Brain: Dealing with Negative Thoughts

An entire show dedicated to breaking down and dealing with the unhelpful/critical thoughts we have about ourselves (cognitive distortions). Psychotherapist Catherine Drury guides us through seven different distortions with the help of chuckle-inducing examples from some of our favorite anxious/depressed folks from comedy television: Leslie Knope, Bojack Horseman, George Costanza, among others.

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13. Anxiety + Booze = Hangover Blues

If you hit the booze juice a little hard last night, your entrance into the New Year might be sort of rough. Along with headaches, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound, hangovers can bring feelings of anxiety and hopelessness. Fun! In this mini episode of GROUP, Rebecca chats with award-winning mental health blogger Claire Eastham and the President of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America about adult beverages, mental health, and how the two are connected.

12. Bloody Hell, It's Social Anxiety!

For some folks, a party or networking event is a great way to meet new people. For others, it can be a panic-inducing HELLSCAPE! In this episode of GROUP, we deep dive into the minds of people with social anxiety, featuring mental health blogger Claire Eastham, author of the best-selling book “We’re All Mad Here,” and Therapist Noah Clyman, director of NYC Cognitive Therapy. Also: stories of disguise, intrigue, and nerds in cages.

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11. Lord of the Fries: When It's Not Just Picky Eating 

GROUP breaks down an eating disorder that, unlike anorexia or bulimia, has nothing to do with body image. ARFID (Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) can look a lot like picky eating, but it’s physically and psychologically very different.

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10. Live Panel Discussion: I Have Mental Illness & You Can Too!

Rebecca moderates a live panel on mental health and mental illness, celebrating the launch of the new "Sweat Stains" zine. Panelists include: former New York Times health reporter Catherine Saint Louis, host of "Let it Out" podcast Katie Dalebout, Licensed Clinical Social Worker at The Fortune Society Jessica Glass, and Miss V, representative from the Urban Justice Center's Mental Health Project. For more info on "Sweat Stains" visit sweatstainsco.com.

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9. Seasonal Affective Disorder & Talking Bunnies

Autumn can be great: sweaters are dope and pumpkins are cool, but for people with Seasonal Affective Order (or SAD), it signals the beginning of of several months of clinical depression. In this episode of GROUP, we break down how the disorder works with SAD specialist Dr. Kathryn Roecklein. We also hear from two individuals about their differing experiences with SAD, we chat about “happy lamps,” and we get a break from all that is dreary with the shining light that is Snax the Bunny.

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8. Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Donald J. Trump

Is Donald Trump a clinical narcissist? Does he have a personality disorder? Is it ethical for mental health professionals to publicly diagnosis him without conducting an official assessment? GROUP tackles these questions and more with help from narcissism expert Professor Keith Campbell of the University of Georgia. We also hear from diagnosed narcissist and psychopath Sam Vaknin, author of "Malignant Self Love: Narcissism Revisited."

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7. Don't Ask Me About My Junk: Mental Health & The Trans Community

It's not great for your mental health when strangers are constantly asking you about your genitals, and for folks in the trans or gender-nonconforming community, that's not even the tough stuff. This episode of GROUP is all about mental health and being trans, and how those things go together in a society that can be pretty idiotic. Featuring conversations with clinical psychologists lore m. dickey and Matthew Oransky and interviews with trans activists Lily Zheng, Dylan Kapit, and Cathy Ann Serino.

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6. How to Chill Out When You're FREAKING OUT

Don't panic. You've got this under control! GROUP "friendapist" Catherine Drury shares some basic tips and recommendations for readjusting your mood when you catch yourself spiraling. Plus, updates on the GROUPiverse and future episodes.

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5. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (Shut Up, Brain)

Mimi is worried she's murdering people. Emily takes two-hour showers. What's up with their brains? Oh, it's OCD! In this episode of GROUP, Ian and Rebecca dissect Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder with the help of Dr. Sarah Parker, a therapist who specializes in the treatment of the disorder. Also, Rebecca shares her compulsive childhood prayers and strange pattycaking.

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4. Sleep & Mental Health

How much does poor sleep mess with your brain? Rebecca and Ian discuss with the help of Dr. Shelby Harris, a behavioral sleep medicine expert. Rebecca shows off her sleep setup (including her 20 lb weighted blanket); and we hear two contrasting stories of depression and sleep disorders.

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3. Should I Get an Emotional Support Animal?

Does interacting with animals improve your mental health? Rebecca and Ian go on a quest to find out. We hear from a nursing student whose Yorkshire Terrier helps prevent panic attacks. We weigh the mental health benefits of pet ownership with Anthrozoology Professor Hal Herzog. And we talk to a man given a prescription for an emotional support goat.

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2. Compulsive Self-Grooming

Rebecca compulsively picks at her nails. Ian used to bite the inside of his cheeks. In this episode of GROUP, mental health counselor Merrill Black explains how compulsive self-grooming works and how to treat it. We also hear the story of a young woman with trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling). And we chat with the founder of a mental health nonprofit about her experience with excoriation disorder (compulsive skin picking).

1. Exposure Therapy & Creepy Crawlers

Rebecca and Ian chat about phobias, including Rebecca's fear of spiders. We hear from an exposure therapist who treats people with severe phobias and chat with a guy who got over his spider phobia with help from a tarantula tattoo.