Different from the Other Kids

Different from the Other Kids

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I want to talk about what no one else wants to talk about… Children with mental illness.Raising a child who is ‘different’ from the other kids takes a great mental and emotional toll on the parents. They are worn out and pushed to the brink, totally


Seventy-One - Eleanor Hayward
Jul 16 • 26 min
“My motivation is to serve our community in a way that enhances our health as individuals, as well as the health of the ecosystems which support us. The Green Party of Canada offers a vehicle for People Planet and Prosperity which resonates with my …
70 - Essential Oils for Immunity with Christina
Nov 6, 2018 • 31 min
Essential Oils for Immunity Boosting!
Sixty-Nine - William (Part Three)
Nov 20, 2017 • 18 min
Authors Angela Tsounis and William Michael Forbes talk once more.
Sixty-Eight - William (Part Two)
Nov 13, 2017 • 15 min
Authors Angela Tsounis and William Michael Forbes talk once more.
Sixty-Seven - William
Nov 6, 2017 • 15 min
Listen to a one-on-one with author Angela Tsounis and William Michael Forbes.
Sixty-Six - Jacquie (Part Two)
Sep 4, 2017 • 24 min
In this week of Different from the Other Kids, Angela Tsounis sits down once again with Jacquie Tyas, who is here to discuss ECT or electroconvulsive therapy.
Sixty-Five - Jacquie (Part One)
Aug 21, 2017 • 18 min
In this week’s episode of Different from the Other Kids, Angela sits down again with Jacquie Tyas, a frequent contributor to DFTOK. Today, Jacquie discusses her experiences with RTMT or Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Therapy.
Sixty-Four - Shelly at the Launch
Aug 7, 2017 • 13 min
In this special segment of Different from the Other Kids, Angela and Shelly sit down and discuss Shelly’s son and how he has been doing since last catching up. **This is a segment from our Live launch which occurred May 31, 2017.**
Sixty-Three - Bobby at the Launch
Jul 24, 2017 • 16 min
In this special episode of Different from the Other Kids, Angela welcomes back Robert “Bobby” Koven to discuss the future of Different from the Other Kids and all things mental health. **This is a segment from our Live launch which occurred May 31, 20…
Sixty-Two - Christina at the Launch
Jul 10, 2017 • 9 min
In this special segment of Different from the Other Kids, Angela is joined by her daughter Christina, frequent contributor and catalyst of the DFTOK effort. Angela and Christina talk about how things have changed since the last update. **This is a seg…
Sixty-One - Jacquie at the Launch
Jun 26, 2017 • 14 min
In this special interview from Different from the Other Kids, Angela is joined by Jacquie for our launch of the Law & Disorder Edition. Angela and Jacquie sit down and discuss what Jacquie is up to today, and what she does in terms of keeping her life …
Sixty - A Doctor’s View on Medical Cannabis
Jun 12, 2017 • 14 min
In this episode, Angela interviews Dr. Bilijana Kostovic, a pain management doctor in Mississauga, Ontario. According to “RateMDs.com” Dr. Kostovic’s patients are using words like compassionate, knowledgeable, helpful, brilliant, great listener, remark…
Special Announcement - Law & Disorder Edition Launch
May 29, 2017 • 2 min
Here is a special announcement from Angie regarding our upcoming book launch on Wednesday, May 31, 2017! Find us on Facebook for all the details!
Fifty-Nine - Community Based Policing
Apr 17, 2017 • 25 min
In this week’s episode of Different from the Other Kids: Law & Disorder Edition, Angela sits down with special guest Sergeant Dave Tutte of the Halton Regional Police Services. Sergeant Tutte oversees the region’s Community Mobilization Bureau, which w…
Fifty-Eight - It’s Possible
Apr 10, 2017 • 19 min
This week on Different from the Other Kids, Angela sits down with Christina for a second interview, discussing Christina’s life from the last time we checked up. Christina discusses her ideal day, and what that involves, as well as other aspects of her…
Fifty-Seven - A Quiet Confidence
Apr 3, 2017 • 17 min
On this week’s episode of Different from the Other Kids, Angela welcomes back her daughter Christina for another set of interviews. In the first part of two, Christina explains how her life has changed since the last time we chatted, and how she deals …
Fifty-Six - Falling Out with the Law
Mar 27, 2017 • 27 min
In our second part of the return of Julie, she discusses what happens to her daughter after several run-ins with the law. Julie describes how difficult home life had gotten for herself and her husband, all in an attempt to help their daughter. This int…
Fifty-Five - How Quickly Things Change
Mar 20, 2017 • 16 min
In this week’s interview, Angela catches up again with Julie, a frequent contributor here at Different from the Other Kids. Julie continues from where we left off and describes how Julie and her daughter Sophie’s lives have changed since then.
Fifty-Four - Music Therapy
Feb 27, 2017 • 20 min
This week on Different from the Other Kids: Law & Disorder Edition, Deb Flowers shares the rest of her story. She discusses the strategies for more effectively working with the doctors during her son’s second long-term stay at the hospital and how musi…
Fifty-Three - Been Through Hell
Feb 20, 2017 • 26 min
This week on Different from the Other Kids: Law & Disorder Edition, Angela sits down with Deb Flowers to hear the story of her 18-year-old son. In this first episode of two interviews, Deb details the realization that her son struggled with mental heal…
Fifty-Two - Calm Before The Storm
Feb 13, 2017 • 30 min
This week on Different from the Other Kids: Law & Disorder Edition, Angela speaks with Julie, about the day to day life when raising with a teenager with mental illness. She describes the types of treatments that have helped her daughter and the variet…
Fifty-One - Truancy
Feb 6, 2017 • 23 min
On this week’s episode of Different from the Other Kids, Angela welcomes back Shelly S. Angela and Shelly discuss the rest of the journey with Shelly’s son, including the moment Shelly knew that her son was “back on track.” Shelly also discusses some p…
Fifty - Young Love
Jan 30, 2017 • 23 min
This week on Different from the Other Kids, Angela and Shelly S. sit down and have a conversation about Shelly’s son. After a tough break-up, and refusing to go to school, Shelly’s son was eventually diagnosed with anxiety and depression. Shelly discus…
Forty-Nine - School Accomodation
Dec 5, 2016 • 26 min
This week on Different from the Other Kids: Law & Disorder Edition, Angela finishes her conversation with Patrick. They explore specific strategies and potential barriers to getting children the accommodation they need from their schools.
Forty-Eight - Civil Litigation Lawyer
Nov 28, 2016 • 20 min
This week on Different from the Other Kids: Law & Disorder Edition Angela introduces Patrick James, a lawyer with wide-ranging experience. They discuss the intersection of Human Rights and mental illness, and strategies parents can explore when working…
Forty-Seven - An Omnipresent Fear
Nov 21, 2016 • 22 min
This week on Different from the Other Kids: Law & Disorder Edition Angela sits down one last time with Shelley B. as they explore the fear that comes with living with someone with mental illness, and living compassionately in spite of it. Shelley talks…
Forty-Six - Living in Her Car
Nov 14, 2016 • 22 min
This week on Different from the Other Kids: Law & Disorder Edition Angela continues her conversation with Shelley B. as she dives into the heartbreaking story of trying to find help for her mother. They discuss how hard it is to find help for someone w…
Forty-Five - Unique Skill Set
Nov 7, 2016 • 24 min
This week on Different from the Other Kids: Law & Disorder Edition Angela sits down with Shelley B. to discuss the big role she played in a very difficult moment of Angela’s life. Shelley then talks about growing up in a household with a parent sufferi…
Forty-Four - Couch Hopping
Oct 31, 2016 • 20 min
This week on Different from the Other Kids: Law & Disorder Edition Angela introduces Elizabeth. They discuss the issues that Elizabeth’s daughter has faced with addiction and ADHD, how she hit rock bottom and finally realized that she needed to change …
Forty-Three - Pitbull Advocacy
Oct 24, 2016 • 31 min
This week on Different from the Other Kids: Law & Disorder Edition Maria tells the rest of her daughter’s story, including her trips abroad and the hard moments back home. Angela talks about the positive impact pets can have on mental illness.
Forty-Two - The Challenge of Aspergers
Oct 17, 2016 • 17 min
This week on Different from the Other Kids: Law & Disorder Edition Angela introduces Maria M, a mother of a child diagnosed with ADD inattentive type and Aspergers. Angela and Maria explore her daughter’s brilliance with languages and the problems of g…
Forty-One - Youth Engagement
Oct 10, 2016 • 23 min
This week on Different from the Other Kids: Law & Disorder Edition, Angela sits down with Jacquie once more as they discuss youth engagement and the power of giving young people a voice. Things as simple as giving input on meals and participating in gr…
Forty - Christmas Breaks My Heart
Oct 3, 2016 • 21 min
This week on Different from the Other Kids: Law & Disorder Edition, we welcome back Jacquie. She talks about her son’s ongoing struggles with mental health and addiction issues, and the tragic reality of supporting a loved one when the available resour…
Thirty-Nine - Use of Force
Sep 26, 2016 • 25 min
This week on Different from the Other Kids: Law & Disorder Edition, Angela sits down with Maria, a Coordinator of Police Foundations at Durham College. They discuss the changing educational landscape for prospective police officers and how community ou…
Thirty-Eight - A Leader in Community Service
Sep 19, 2016 • 23 min
This week on Different from the Other Kids: Law & Disorder Edition, we welcome back Tash, a manager of Mental Health and Justice Programs in the city of Toronto. She describes how the labels used when talking about mental health can be harmful to havin…
Thirty-Seven - “My People”
Sep 12, 2016 • 18 min
Season three is here! Different from the Other Kids: Law & Disorder Edition is here welcoming all new guests and some returning ones as well. This season has a justice focus, highlighting the issues and struggles that challenging children can face whil…
Thirty-Six - Adding to the Tool Box
Jul 18, 2016 • 32 min
In our final one-on-one with Robert “Bobby” Koven, Angela and Bobby get a little lighter with his experience with Tourette’s Syndrome. Bobby talks about the ups and downs, the challenges in his life and how he’s dealt with everything. From relationship…
Thirty-Five - The Dark Room
Jul 11, 2016 • 34 min
In Angela’s second interview with Bobby, we get a little more serious regarding Bobby’s experiences with depression and finding yourself in what he calls, “The Dark Room.” Bobby continues on the discussion with meditation, mindfulness and tai-chi to co…
Thirty-Four - Krazy - Is it a Nickname or Diagnosis?
Jul 4, 2016 • 29 min
Angela welcomes Robert Koven, aka Bobby, stand up comedian and businessman who has spent his life being told he was different. Bobby has a comedic take on life, and walks Angela (and our listeners) through the changes in his life, and how he has used c…
Thirty-Three - Finding Yourself
Jun 27, 2016 • 19 min
In our final interview with Grace Kohn, we hear more about the spiritual side to her work and how Spirit plays a role in health and all of our lives. Grace Kohn, author of the book “Children of Autumn,” public speaker and autism advocate, tells us how …
Thirty-Two - And Then S*** Happens
Jun 20, 2016 • 32 min
This week Angela welcomes back public speaker and fellow author, Grace Kohn, who is currently describing her life and how she struggled at times raising her daughter. Grace has an interesting story in the interview… Which many parents might have foun…
Thirty-One - Happiness is a Choice
Jun 13, 2016 • 25 min
Angela is talking to Grace Kohn, fellow author and mother of a child with autism spectrum disorder. Angela and Grace talk one-on-one exploring how life can change when presented with a challenging child. Grace discusses her daughter’s difficulty gettin…
Thirty - Little Buddha
Jun 6, 2016 • 24 min
This week in Different from the Other Kids Angela welcomes back Rosa; physical, mental and spiritual healer, who uses a body-centered psychotherapy and mindfulness. Rosa helps clients strengthen their bodies, minds, and spirits to help them transform t…
Twenty-Nine - The RISE Method
May 30, 2016 • 21 min
Angela is interviewing Rosa this week, who is someone very hard to describe… Rosa is a physical, mental and spiritual healer. Rosa combines a combination of physical therapy and mindfulness in order to facilitate healing, personal growth and transfor…
Twenty-Eight - Make Food Our Medicine
May 23, 2016 • 33 min
This week we welcome back Dr. Nyla Jiwani, who is a naturopathic doctor and been practicing naturopathic medicine since she was licensed in 2003. She operates out of the Oakville Naturopathic Wellness Clinic, which she opened in 2012. Her approach to h…
Twenty-Seven - A Naturopathic Perspective
May 16, 2016 • 23 min
As we continue our journey throughout the world of natural-based alternatives, this week Angela talks with a very special guest, one is who is very close to Angela and her family. Dr. Nyla Jiwani, is a Naturopathic Doctor having graduated from the Cana…
Twenty-Six - Defying the Doctors
May 9, 2016 • 25 min
It’s our final catch up episode with Christina, Angela’s daughter who inspired this effort! We’ve reached the final part of her story so far… Her decision to start taking herself off medication through natural supports. It’s been a long journey and a…
Twenty-Five - The Drugs Keep Us Sick
May 2, 2016 • 24 min
Our second interview this time with Christina and Angela focuses around the types of natural therapies she’s currently using in her day-to-day life. It involves reiki, essential oils, stretching and meditation - all natural alternatives to support dail…
Twenty-Four - Saving Your Own Life
Apr 25, 2016 • 20 min
You might remember Christina, Angela’s driving motivation for Different from the Other Kids, our original guest from our first book and podcast. Christina joins her Mom in catching up from August 2015, which you might remember was when she last joined …
Twenty-Three - Essential Oils - Non-Toxic Medicine
Apr 18, 2016 • 33 min
This is our second catch-up interview with Jen, a previous contributor and great example of a “never give up” attitude. She explains more about how essential oils have been lost to history, but are making a comeback for all kinds of health reasons. …
Twenty-Two - Gifts of the Earth
Apr 11, 2016 • 17 min
Do you remember Jennifer Bitner from Season One of Different from the Other Kids : A Weekly Podcast for Parents of Challenging Children? She shared her story of how she struggled with anxiety throughout most of her young life, and had tried many differ…
Twenty-One - Reframing Limiting Beliefs
Apr 4, 2016 • 20 min
In this episode we sum Atticus’ other two conversations with a circle back to what we at “Different from the Other Kids” believe to be cornerstones of having not only great mental health, but great overall health in general. We talk to Atticus regardin…
Twenty - Self-Empowered
Mar 28, 2016 • 20 min
In our second interview with Atticus, Angela discusses Atticus’ decision to stop pharmaceutical medication to control his challenges… Of course, with the help of a naturopathic doctor who specialized in mental challenges. It’s a tough, but courag…
Nineteen - From Trouble to Triumph
Mar 21, 2016 • 21 min
This week on Different from the Other Kids, Angela interviews Atticus, a young man of 25 who was a challenging child. Last week, we talked to Deb, his Mom who told her side of the story. This week, we get to hear Atticus’ story from Atticus in person. …
Eighteen - Light at the End of the Tunnel
Mar 14, 2016 • 22 min
This week Angela welcomes back Deb K, a parent who raised a child who faced more challenges than most. Last week, we got to know a little bit about Deb and her son’s struggles with anxiety, and their issues finding appropriate help within the system. …
Seventeen - He’s a Full-On Man
Mar 7, 2016 • 26 min
Welcome back to another season of Different from the Other Kids! Thanks for all the support last round… We are back with all new guests, all new interviews, and all new stories! This week Angela interviews Deb K, a mother of a now grown adult who…
Season Two: Prologue - I Was Sent Home to Die
Mar 4, 2016 • 27 min
In this special episode of Different from the Other Kids, Angela interviews her best friend, Christine and how her experiences with a naturopathic doctor helped spur Angela and Christina (Angie’s daughter) onto a more natural path. Christine tells a…
Conclusion - Season One
Feb 1, 2016 • 6 min
In this episode, Angela wraps up Season One with some thoughts and hopes for the future. Stay tuned for Season Two - we will be back on March 7th!
Different from the Other Kids - Season One Wrap-Up
Jan 26, 2016 • 1 min
As we finish season one of the Different from the Other Kids podcast, here are a few memorable moments on the podcast.
Sixteen - A Quick Fix is just a Quick Fix
Jan 25, 2016 • 25 min
In this episode, we dive into the life journey of Jennifer Bitner, and her experiences dealing with high level anxiety. This is a moving story of a young woman trying to get help in a society where mental health is not discussed. Jennifer offers great …
Fifteen - Contributing and Staying Connected
Jan 18, 2016 • 23 min
In this episode we talk to Lynn, a woman who deals with mental illness day-to-day and describes to us different ways that she keeps a balanced life while also staying connected to people in the community. Lynn is a wonderful example of how people who s…
Fourteen - Shame is Only a Perception
Jan 11, 2016 • 26 min
In this episode, we speak with Wendy, a psychotherapist, and mother of a young woman diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Wendy holds postgraduate degrees in psychology and education, and is currently completing her doctorate in psychology. She brings thir…
Thirteen - Don’t Ignore Your Gut
Jan 4, 2016 • 16 min
In this episode, Angela interviews Liana Palmerio-McIvor, Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Member of the OACCPP. She speaks directly to parents of children with mental illness. Liana provides feedback on different parenting techniques when deal…
Twelve - A Team Approach
Dec 28, 2015 • 15 min
In this episode, Angela talks to Liana Palmerio-McIvor R.P., (C)OACCPP. Liana is a Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Member of the OACCPP. She has been in private practice since 1994 and enjoys working with teenagers, families and couples. Her i…
Eleven - It Takes Two
Dec 21, 2015 • 27 min
In this episode, we speak to Julie and Ian, a loving couple who work together to care for their daughter, who has a mood disorder. They offer some great insight into how to lead a healthy lifestyle and how to balance the needs of their daughter with th…
Ten - Getting Lost in the System (Part II)
Dec 14, 2015 • 30 min
In this episode Angela interviews Ian, the husband of Julie and father of Sophie from chapter nine. Julie talked a lot about Sophie’s struggles and history. She touched on the topic of getting lost in the system. Ian is here to tell us about both the f…
Nine - Getting Lost in the System (Part I)
Dec 7, 2015 • 32 min
In this episode, Angela interviews Julie, the mother of a young girl who has struggled with mental illness difficulties since the age of two. They discuss their battles and frustration with the healthcare system, getting her daughter diagnosed properly…
Eight - The Art of Mental Illness
Nov 30, 2015 • 29 min
In this episode our host Angela again interviews Danica Brown, a membership and training manager for Workman Arts. Danica, through Workman Arts, is helping create positive changes in the area of mental health and addiction through art.
Six - Dealing with Intolerance and How I got through it
Nov 16, 2015 • 29 min
Jacquie opens up about the trouble her son had in the education system. She and Angela provide a deeper look at the emotions and mental strength it takes to care for a child with a mental illness. As well, they share some advice on how approach a schoo…
Five - Tough Love
Nov 9, 2015 • 30 min
In this episode, we continue our talk with Jacquie about the hardships she faced, and continues to face, with her son and his mental illness. Jacquie expresses many of the issues she encountered with different support systems, and offers some great adv…
Four - What I Gained from Losing Everything
Nov 2, 2015 • 26 min
This episode discusses the tragic loss of Jacquie’s daughter and how this affected her and her family’s life. Jacquie’s story pulls on everyone’s heart strings while she reveals her motivations for helping others and gives an honest critique of society…
Three - Never a Victim, But Forever a Fighter
Oct 26, 2015 • 26 min
In this episode, we see a more personal side to Angela, as she interviews her daughter Christina about her bipolar disorder. Christina tells us about her own techniques that help her stay balanced in everyday life.
Two - Breaking Up is Hard to Do
Oct 19, 2015 • 23 min
In this episode, Angela interviews her daughter Christina about her second big bipolar episode. She discusses the triggers that caused the episode, with both of their sides of the story and how they handled the situation. They get really in-depth into …
One - The Day I Found Out I Was Bipolar
Oct 12, 2015 • 30 min
In this chapter Angela interviews her own daughter Christina about her experience and feelings about her initial bipolar diagnosis. The extreme struggles of this seventeen year old girl eventually forced her be hospitalized and ultimately led to her be…
Different from the Other Kids - Introduction
Oct 5, 2015 • 7 min
Parents of mentally ill children live in a parallel universe where overcoming obstacles needs to be second nature. Through the interview process, we hope to add dimension to the stories of children affected by mental illness. The interviews provide a o…
Different from the Other Kids - Season One Teaser
Oct 4, 2015 • 1 min
Interested in the Different from the Other Kids series? Check out this quick sampling of guests from our original season.