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Rebecca Lee Douglas
A lighthearted podcast about mental health and mental illness See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 15, 2018
Previously on GROUP (Fear, Fun, and the Future)
We look back at some goofy mental health moments from the show's history, and Rebecca shares a big announcement about the future of the podcast. More info and resources at www.grouppodcast.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 16, 2018
Let’s Talk About Suicide
On this episode of GROUP, we debunk some dangerous myths about suicide, and we break down what to do if you or a loved one is having suicidal thoughts. We do so with the help of psychotherapist and suicidologist, Dr. Stacey Freedenthal, author of “Helping the Suicidal Person: Tips and Techniques for Professionals,” and the woman behind speakingofsuicide.com. A trigger warning that we briefly discuss self-harm, and the myth that cutting means suicidality. For those who need immediate help in the US, please consider calling The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For international folks, here’s a list of hotlines for countries around the world. More info and resources at www.grouppodcast.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 2, 2018
Anxiety Exhibition: Fear of Small Talk & Post Office Panic
Oh no, my hairstylist is trying to make conversation with me! Oh god, the bartender is judging me because of my drink order! So many things to worry about every gosh darn day! On this episode of GROUP, we break down some of the seemingly mundane things that can leave us spiraling. Rebecca explains her fear of mail (yes, mail can be scary—WHO KNOWS WHAT’S INSIDE THAT ENVELOPE) and recounts an uncomfortable interaction she had at the post office. We also hear from listeners and friends of the show about packing anxiety, hair cut avoidance, and public transportation dread. Lots of love, commiseration, laughter, and affirmation! As always, more info at www.grouppodcast.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 16, 2018
Grief Stories #2: Depression vs Grief
In our final episode on grief, we continue our conversation with Professor George A. Bonnano and learn about the differences between grief and depression. We hear from John W. Evans, author of the award-winning memoir, “Young Widower,” about the complicated grief he experienced after losing his wife to a bear attack in 2007. Catherine and Rebecca chat about ways to be supportive of grieving friends and loved ones, and we end with a story from journalist Carmel Delshad about the ways grief changed her for the better. More info at www.grouppodcast.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 1 min
May 1, 2018
Grief Stories #1: No Such Thing As Stages
As part of our continued conversation about grief, we speak with Professor George A. Bonnano, expert on bereavement and author of “The Other Side of Sadness.” We learn the evolutionary purpose of grief and the dangers of assuming that everyone should follow a particular model for mourning. We also hear three stories about dealing with loss: we speak with Carly about how she recovered after her experience with stillbirth; Julie shares what it was like to be forced into grief counseling during high school; and former New York Times health reporter Catherine Saint Louis explains why she was nervous about her absence of grief after the death of her estranged father. Grief Stories #2 will be released on 5/16. More info at www.grouppodcast.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 16, 2018
Psych Meds & Strange Psychiatrists
Between episodes on grief, here’s a mini episode on meds! Rebecca tells GROUP friendapist Catherine Drury that she’s been feeling depressed. She went to see a new psychiatrist to discuss medication, and the appointment was… weird… and bad. Definitely weird and bad. Also, a call for listener experiences with meds: tell us about your decision to try psychiatric medicine, your experience changing up your meds, or what it was like weaning yourself off them. Were you happy with your doctor? Did you have any weird side effects? Message us at www.grouppodcast.com! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 2, 2018
Tragedy Plus Time: A Comedian on Life After Death
British comedian Cariad Lloyd is the creator and host of Griefcast, a podcast featuring comedians talking about death. In this episode of GROUP, Rebecca chats with Cariad about the strange process of watching their loved ones die, the connection between grief and anxiety/depression, and the role of comedy in the healing process. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 16, 2018
My Shrink Knows My Problems, But Not My Name
An investigation of the polarizing medium of online therapy, where the ability to remain anonymous has inspired folks who would usually balk the idea of psychotherapy to seek help from counselors on the internet. We hear from a psychologist about her frustrating and strange experience with text therapy; we peek behind the curtain at Talkspace and BetterHelp; and we chat with a digital mental health expert about his conflicted feelings regarding these platforms. More info at grouppodcast.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 1, 2018
My Li’l Robot Therapist
Woebot is a digital friend who teaches strategies for dealing with anxiety and depression, but can this new A.I. bot really improve your mental health? Rebecca and Ian give Woebot a try and share their excitement (it’s super helpful for tracking your mood) and their concerns (Facebook might be able to see personal mental health info you share? Yikes!). We also chat with a friend of the show who’s been relying on Woebot to feel better for months. More info at grouppodcast.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 14, 2018
I Think I Love You, So What Am I So Afraid Of?
Romantic relationships may bring passion, comfort, and intimacy. They can also make you puke with fear! This episode of GROUP is dedicated to love, dating, and of course, anxiety. Rebecca speaks with Hattie Cooper, author of The Anxious Girl's Guide to Dating, about some of the uniquely terrifying things that come with finding a partner including: the bizarre nature of first dates, opening up about mental health issues, and "blind date diarrhea." More info at www.grouppodcast.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 2, 2018
How to Find A Good Therapist
Finding a good (affordable) therapist who fits your needs can feel impossible. How do you do it?! GROUP breaks down the process step-by-step with Dr. Anna Charbonneau, author of Talk It Out: How to Find the Right Therapist and Get What You Need to Feel Better. Also in the episode: WHY IS IT SO HARD TO FIND A THERAPIST WHO TAKES MY INSURANCE?, listener voicemails, ghosting your therapist, and how to speak up and request change during a session. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 15, 2018
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, and other classic characters. More at grouppodcast.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 1, 2018
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. More info at grouppodcast.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 1, 2017
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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 1, 2017
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. We hear stories from three different individuals whose lives have been affected by ARFID: vlogger Morgan Ashley Gale who eats mainly bread and cheese, Robert Rund who spent years living on only hamburgers and french fries, and Erin Kerch whose ten-year-old son eats mainly chips, crackers, and dry cereal. We also speak with Dr. Evelyn Attia, Director of Eating Disorder Research at the Columbia University Medical Center, and we hear from Dr. Kim DiRé who has treated an impressive amount of ARFID patients and has a unique theory about what causes the disorder. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 15, 2017
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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 1, 2017
Seasonal Affective Disorder and 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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 1, 2017
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." For more stories and conversations, visit www.grouppodcast.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 1 min
Aug 1, 2017
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 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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 15, 2017
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. Additional details and resources available at grouppodcast.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 15, 2017
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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 15, 2017
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 intimate stories regarding sleep and mental health. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 15, 2017
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 hear the story of a man given a prescription for an emotional support goat. www.grouppodcast.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 15, 2017
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). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 8, 2017
Exposure Therapy & Creepy Crawlers
In this episode of GROUP, Rebecca and Ian chat about phobias, including Rebecca's own fear of spiders. We hear from an exposure therapist who treats people with severe phobias and listen to the story of a guy who got over his fear of spiders with a tarantula tattoo. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.