Ken spends time with a former co-worker, Julie Coates. They discuss her anxiety with OCD tendencies, and the need for rest (and not feeling guilty about it!). Then they trade panic attack stories and consider the benefits of being out and open about your mental health.
Ken welcomes Tyler Smilo, singer/songwriter and host of Sink, Swim or Fly to discuss the correlations between substance abuse and mental health. They talk about stigma and relapse, the need for support from peers, and the importance of being proactive in your recovery.
The group does a weekly check-in before discussing art and art therapy as a way to improve your mental health. Ken, Keri, Jessica (from ep#6), and new friend Dena, talk about what art therapy is (and isn't), the benefits of bringing art into your life, and do an activity where you can join in!
This is an audio-only version of the Lizard Brain Support Group on Facebook Live. You can find the video version along with visuals of all the artwork we show at our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/lizardbrainpod
In this (relatively) Cornavirus-free episode, Ken talks about Coronavirus! Then we revisit a simpler time - a month ago - to join Ken and Patrick talking about dealing finding meaning in our work, the benefits of therapy, and how to find the person you really are.
Ken and special guest co-host Keri Weber talk through the effects of Coronavirus on our mental health. They (and the audience watching on Facebook Live) learn ways to reach out during times of isolation, discuss ways to pivot to a new "work at home" lifestyle, and examine why the virus is a trigger for so many underlying, deeper issues.
The book Keri and Ken mention near the end is called "The Happiness Trap" by Russ Harris. It's a guide to ACT: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
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Ken talks about the power of writing things down. Then Jennifer joins Ken for a socially-distanced conversation about OCD, an ill-fated high school class trip, and crying over Scandal's "The Warrior". As a career counselor, Jennifer also has some great advice about working from home during COVID-19 and navigating mental health issues in a work setting.
Ken talks about having COVID-19-related anxiety sprinkled over his regular anxiety. The second half of Tony's interview starts with a question about starting a podcast, and it turns into a discussion about recognizing and celebrating small improvements, finding your motivation, and feeling the fear and doing it anyway.