Being UnNormal

Being UnNormal

www.beingunnormal.com
A podcast series with a focus on a variety of mental health topics designed to educate and empower you. We bring the professional and personal points of view together to talk about a wide range of topics across the neurodiversity spectrum. It’s a must ?


EP83 - Being Jay Mohr
May 21 • 69 min
In this episode we welcome Jay Mohr to the show. Most known for his wide body of work in Hollywood (Saturday Night Live, Jerry Maguire, Last Comic Standing, Mohr Stories) Jay is no stranger to dealing with mental health issues. We have a candid…
EP82 - Being Codependent
May 14 • 42 min
In this episode we welcome back friend of the show Kara Radecki with Ancora Counseling to talk about co-dependency and people pleasing. Kara shares with us the intersections between attachment style and co-dependent tendencies, who is at higher risk of…
EP81 - Being Pediatric Bipolar
May 7 • 48 min
In this episode we welcome Dr. Neera Ghazziuddin to the show to talk about pediatric bipolar. Dr. Neera is an Associate Professor and a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry. Her research and clinical…
EP80 - Being Stigmatized
Apr 30 • 84 min
In this episode we welcome back friend of the show Cory Anton to talk about mental health stigma. We break down some of the truths of the therapeutic process, being patience during the treatment process, how stigma effects those with diagnoses, and how…
EP79 - Being Autistic: Sensory Issues And Social Skills
Apr 23 • 50 min
In this episode we welcome Mara McLoughlin to talk about Autism. We talk about some common sensory behaviors displayed by children with autism, the importance of building social skills, communication styles, and the importance of setting the environment…
EP78 - Being Poor
Apr 16 • 48 min
In this weeks episode we welcome back Dr. Deirdre Sommerlad-Rogers to the show to talk about the effects of poverty. Although we taped the show before the pandemic, the points raised in this episode are still, if not more than ever, applicable during…
EP77 - Being On The Medical Frontline During A Pandemic
Apr 9 • 53 min
In this episode we welcome Shelda Holmes, the medical director of Hands on Medicine who tells us what it’s like for frontline medical responders during a global pandemic. We talk about how the virus spreads, what we know and don’t know, the struggle of…
EP76 - Being A Veteran
Apr 2 • 59 min
In this episode we welcome Angelo Gonzales to the show to talk about the realities of being a veteran in a time of war. We break down what living and working in a combat zone looks like, the toll it takes on all aspects of your life, what assimilating…
EP75 - Being Coronavirus
Mar 26 • 44 min
In this episode we address the current pandemic sweeping the world with friend of the show Kara Radecki with Ancora Counseling. It has been an uncertain and scary time for many people, and we wanted to bring perspective and hope to the world with facts…
EP74 - Being Conduct Disorder
Mar 5 • 49 min
In this episode we welcome Lydia Radke on the show to talk about Conduct Disorder. We chat about what Conduct Disorder is, symptoms, and how it affects the children diagnosed with this disorder. We break down the differences between conduct disorder,…
EP73 - Being Bipolar: Depression
Feb 27 • 45 min
In this episode we welcome back special guest Christine Ribbens Grimm with the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program out of the University of Michigan. We were honored to have Christine come back to the show to talk about bipolar depression, the…
EP72 - Being Kinky
Feb 20 • 55 min
In this episode we welcome Angie Gunn on the show to talk about kink. As an open and out kink therapist, Angie works in the community to support sexual expression provide education on what the kink community is really about. We talk about what kink is,…
EP71 - Being Sexually Satisfied
Feb 13 • 57 min
In this episode we welcome back Melissa Parnell to talk about sex baby! We chat about our sexual identification, sexual satisfaction, and what makes good sex great! We talk about how we can communicate our needs to our partners, how self exploration is…
EP70 - Being Sexually Educated
Feb 6 • 59 min
In this episode we welcome back Leah Haas and her partner Kris Gowen to talk about sex education. It’s not your mom’s sex ed talk! Founder of “Beyond the Talk”, Leah and Kris give us the modern day take on sexual education including hot topics like…
EP69 - Being A Funny Therapist
Jan 30 • 39 min
In this episode we welcome “That Funny Therapist” Mikah Miller to the show. We talk about how she uses humor in her therapeutic approach, how her family infused a love of humor into her, and why humor has been highly effective in her therapy practice….
EP68 - Being An American Idol
Jan 23 • 42 min
In this week’s episode we talk to former American Idol contestant William Hung. William hit the spotlight when his try out for American Idol went viral in 2004, and then he was thrust into the spotlight at record pace. However, as time rolled on and…
EP67 - Being ADHD: The Research
Jan 16 • 55 min
In this episode we welcome Dr. Joel Nigg from the ADHD Research Institute at OHSU to talk about the ADHD and the research happening around this diagnosis. Dr. Nigg talks to us about the social and emotional struggles for children with ADHD, some…
EP66 - Being A Sexual Abuse Survivor
Jan 9 • 58 min
In this episode we welcome back Valinda Harlan to the show to talk about sexual abuse and molestation. We talk about grooming patterns, trauma, shame cycles, the long term effects of childhood abuse, and somatic responses from sexual trauma. As both…
EP65 - Being Anxiety Disorders
Jan 2 • 84 min
In this episode we welcome back friend of the show Cory Anton to talk about anxiety disorders. We have a raw, and perhaps a little controversial conversation about the effects of coping skills with anxiety disorders, exposure response therapy, and…
EP64 - Being Borderline Personality Disorder
Dec 5, 2019 • 53 min
In this episode we welcome back Melissa Parnell to talk about Borderline Personality Disorder. A fairly unknown disorder, BPD is a personality disorder with 4 subtypes which we discuss in detail. We talk about how BPD shows up in the individual, how it…
EP63 - Being In Therapy: DBT
Nov 28, 2019 • 50 min
In this episode we welcome Alicia Paz, a DBT expert who talks with us about what exactly DBT is. We break down what the DBT approach looks like, how it differs from other styles of therapy, what it’s used for, and the history of how DBT was created. DBT…
EP62 - Being In Pain
Nov 21, 2019 • 54 min
In this episode we welcome Dr. Chris Goodrich who specializes in how the brain and body interact especially in terms of pain. We talk about the connection between mental health and physical pain, where pain starts in the brain, and the difference…
EP61 - Being A Serial Killer
Nov 14, 2019 • 49 min
In this episode we welcome Dr. Deirdre Sommerlad-Rogers, who is an expert in Criminology and in particular serial killers. We talk about what a serial killer actually is, is there a connection between mental illness and serial killers, and what the…
EP60 - Being ADHD: Black Girl, Lost Keys
Nov 7, 2019 • 51 min
In this episode we welcome Rene Brooks of Black Girl, Lost Keys. Rene talks to us about how long it took for her to finally get the diagnosis and treatment she needed, what cultural obstacles stood in her way, and how she fights stigma on a daily basis….
EP59 - Being Attached As An Adult
Oct 31, 2019 • 48 min
In this episode we welcome Leah Haas who specializes in attachment. We cover why attachment is important, how attachment issues show up in our adult lives, and specifically how they affect our love life. We give a brief history on attachment theory, and…
EP58 - Being In Foster Care II
Oct 24, 2019 • 60 min
In this episode we welcome back Erin McConaghy and Meaghan Bedrossian to give us an update on the state of foster care. We talk about the HBO Documentary Foster, and the impact of trauma on our youth in the system. We discuss the challenges of…
EP57 - Being Schizophrenic
Oct 17, 2019 • 46 min
In this episode we welcome back Kara Radecki to talk about schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is often misunderstood and stigmatized. We talk about what the real life impact to people suffering with this diagnosis looks like, the struggle of day to day life,…
EP56 - Being Young In Today’s World
Oct 10, 2019 • 55 min
In this episode we welcome Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble who talks to us about youth mental health, and specifically mental health and children of color. Dr. Alfiee is a premiere researcher and an expert in teen, young adult and family mental health issues….
EP55 - Being Transgender
Oct 3, 2019 • 62 min
In this episode we welcome Leeza Edwards onto the show, to talk about her journey as a transgendered person. Born biologically male, Leeza knew something was different from a young age. Born into a religious southern family, Leeza left the south for a…
EP54 - Being A Stand Up Comic
Sep 5, 2019 • 34 min
In this episode we talk with comedian Clint Coley about his bipolar diagnosis. We met Clint, who opened for DL Hughley, in the green room of the comedy club they were performing in to talk about life with bipolar. Clint talks candidly about being in the…
EP53 - Being FASD (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder)
Aug 29, 2019 • 49 min
In this episode we welcome The Angry Foster Mama, Caitlin Johnson to the show. We talk about what FASD is, how it effects the child, what the signs and symptoms are, and treatment options. We also touch upon reactive attachment disorder (RAD), the…
EP52 - Being PTSD
Aug 22, 2019 • 53 min
In this episode we welcome back Lemecia Lindsey to talk about Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. We break down how PTSD differs from other types of trauma, the history of PTSD, who is at risk for PTSD, symptoms, myths, and treatment options. Posttraumatic…
EP51 - Being A Step Family
Aug 15, 2019 • 46 min
In this episode we welcome back Stephanie Wichmann to talk about blended families. We have a open conversation about the difficulties couples have when blending together. We enjoyed answering the questions you submitted about step-parenting and ideas on…
EP50 - Being Sensory Sensitive
Aug 8, 2019 • 33 min
In this episode we welcome back Kaleigh Boysen-Quinata to talk about sensory processing disorder. We break down what sensory processing disorder is, the difference between a sensitive child vs the disorder, parental struggles with the disorder, myths…
EP49 - Being OCD
Aug 1, 2019 • 58 min
In this episode we welcome back Cory Anton who talks to us about her specialty: OCD. We talk about the differences between OCD and anxiety, what the different types of OCD are, treatment options, and what’s happening in the OCD brain. What is…
EP48 - Being At CalmerCon
Jul 25, 2019 • 56 min
In this episode we are joined by Adam Wilson, Founder of Calm Passion and Calmer Con. Adam saw a need for a sensory friendly events so children and adults with Autism or other neurodiverse needs could enjoy pop culture events in an inclusive…
EP47 - Being A Narcissist
Jul 18, 2019 • 56 min
In this episode we welcome back Elizabeth Gentzkow to talk about one of her specialties, narcissism. Just some of the things we chat about in this packed episode are things like the truth about narcissism, how it effects the people in their…
EP46 - Being Body Positive
Jul 11, 2019 • 44 min
In this episode we talk with Jamie Taylor about body positivity. We chat about the role of self esteem, how the media can affect how we see ourselves, what body positivity is, and how we come to love and accept ourselves no matter our size. What is Body…
EP45 - Being Bipolar
Jul 4, 2019 • 63 min
In this episode we welcome guest Christine Ribbens Grimm with the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program out of the University of Michigan. We talk about what bipolar is, the different types of bipolar disorder, and break down the myths and reality…
EP44 - Being Young and Suicidal
May 30, 2019 • 50 min
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EP43 - Being Postpartum
May 23, 2019 • 42 min
In this episode we are joined by Olivia Resnick who talks to us about postpartum life. From hormone fluctuation, sleep deprivation, and the new mom transition postpartum depression and anxiety can sneak up on us. We break down how this is different from…
EP42 - Being Workplace Psychology
May 16, 2019 • 56 min
In this episode we talked with Elizabeth Gentzkow about mental health in the workplace. We chat about leadership, bad bosses, bias in the workplace, why people stay in jobs they hate, and how a negative work environment impacts our mental health….
EP41 - Being Homeless
May 9, 2019 • 42 min
In this episode we are joined by Alisa Fowler who talks about the truth of being homeless. Alisa chats to us about the ties between mental health, the myths about the homeless population, harmful narratives about homelessness, and which populations of…
EP40 - The Effect Of Guilt And Shame
May 2, 2019 • 50 min
For our second live show, we talked with Cory Anton about The Effects of Guilt and Shame. From sexual assault, addiction, and how shame is used to keep victims silent……we break down the differences between what guilt and shame really are and how…
EP39 - Being A Suicidal Town
Apr 25, 2019 • 53 min
In this episode we are joined by Zephyr Krapfel who shares with us a story about a small rural town that had one death by suicide at the local school, followed by 6 attempts in 2 months. Zephyr tells us how a small community came together to fight…
EP38 - Being A Complex Trauma Survivor
Apr 18, 2019 • 54 min
In this episode we welcome Lemecia Lindsey who talks to us about complex trauma, the effects of trauma, and what makes complex trauma different from PTSD or Big “T” traumatic events. We discuss how trauma presents, what symptoms and experiences trauma…
EP37 - Being An Abuser
Apr 11, 2019 • 45 min
In this episode we are joined by Matt Johnston with Safe Dialogue and Josh, an domestic violence abuser. Josh talks to us from the abusers point of view, and how domestic violence begins. In a open conversation about control, abuse, and ultimately legal…
EP36 - Being Anorexic
Apr 4, 2019 • 50 min
In this episode we talk with Sara Aslan and Stephanie Wichmann who specialize in eating disorders. We talk about what are the major types of eating disorders, why they are so deadly, and why “just eating” isn’t the answer for anyone struggling with food…
EP35 - Being ADHD: The Wall of Awful
Mar 28, 2019 • 47 min
In this episode we welcome Brendan Mahan of ADHD Essentials, and he shares with us the “Wall of Awful” which he teaches on all over the United States. Brendan talks about the bricks and blocks in the wall, and how permission and forgiveness can override…
EP34 - Being Chemically Dependent
Mar 21, 2019 • 56 min
In this episode we welcome back Trista Wolles and Maraiah Wenn Esslinger to talk about chemical dependency and addiction. We get down into the heart of the matter of what addiction looks like, the legal costs, the opioid crisis, and how stigma plays a…
EP33 - Being Black in America
Mar 14, 2019 • 43 min
In this episode we have a candid conversation with our special guest, Tra’Renee Chambers. Tra’Renee is is Emmy winning television personality and radio DJ on the popular JAM’N 107.5 station in Portland, Oregon. We talk about the rise of racism, the…
EP32 - Being In Love
Feb 14, 2019 • 38 min
In this episode we welcome back Melissa Parnell to talk about all things relationships. From the “V” word, to why great sex is important, and how love grows. Melissa tells us about what can break a relationship apart, and how love to develop love from…
EP31 - Being A Forensic Psychiatrist Part II
Feb 7, 2019 • 39 min
In part two we are continuing our amazing conversation with Dr. Octavio Choi, a forensic psychiatrist and the director of forensic evaluations at the Oregon State Hospital. In the continuation of our conversation we talk about what’s happening in the…
EP30 - Being A Forensic Psychiatrist Part I
Jan 31, 2019 • 39 min
In this episode we are joined by Dr. Octavio Choi, director of forensic evaluations at the Oregon State Hospital. He is a forensic psychiatrist, and specializes in neurolaw. In this episode we chat about a ton of really cool topics including medication…
EP29 - Being A Trans Mom
Jan 24, 2019 • 61 min
In this weeks powerful episode we are joined by Val, a therapist, former Evangelical pastor, and mom to a transgender son. She shares her personal story of transformation for both herself, her family, and her son as her biological born daughter realized…
EP28 - Being Pickle Rick
Jan 17, 2019 • 47 min
In this episode we are joined by Cory Anton, a therapist and fan of Rick and Morty. We discuss the episode of Rick and Morty from season three titled Pickle Rick, the story of a man who turns himself into a pickle to avoid therapy with his family. We…
EP27 - Being In Grief
Jan 9, 2019 • 36 min
In this episode we are joined by Jennie Hagen of Vancouver Counseling Center who talks to us about grief. Two days before this episode was taped, Kimberly lost her beloved cousin in a tragic and unexpected way. We have the hard conversation about death,…
EP26 - Being Mindful
Jan 3, 2019 • 40 min
In this episode we are joined by Rachel Leigh from Proactive Vision who talks to us about mindfulness. We get a little nerdy about the neuropathways, mindset, habit formation, and Hebb’s Law. Rachel shares with us some tips and tricks she uses with her…
EP25 - Being In Therapy: Art Therapy
Dec 13, 2018 • 41 min
In this episode we are joined by Trista Wolles and Maraiah Wenn Esslinger who talk to us about what art therapy really is. We discuss about how it can be a powerful medium for expression and connection to our feelings, and what we can learn about…
EP24 - Surviving The Holidays
Dec 6, 2018 • 48 min
In our very first live episode, we are joined by returning guest Kara Radecki of Ancora Counseling to talk about why the “most wonderful time of the year” can feel exactly the opposite. We chat about why depression rates can rise during the holidays,…
EP23 - Being Queer
Nov 29, 2018 • 55 min
In this episode we are joined by Stephen Herndon, a mental health professional that specializes in queer youth. We break down what LGBTQ+ is, discuss the gender fluidity movement, and why the queer population is particularly vulnerable to mental health…
EP22 - Being Sex Positive
Nov 22, 2018 • 45 min
In this episode we had the pleasure of talking to Jackie JacksonDaley about, well pleasure! We talk about sexual self esteem, sex positivity, and the importance of consent. A fun and lighthearted conversation about how our sexuality is tied into our…
EP21 - Being Special Educated: Ineligibility For Services
Nov 15, 2018 • 52 min
In our season premiere we welcome back Shannon Wagner who addresses what happens when your child is found ineligible for special services in an educational setting. We talk about how being denied for services can deeply impact a child who is struggling…
EP20 - Being Religious
Nov 8, 2018 • 47 min
In this episode we are joined by Wess Daniels, the former pastor of Camas Friends Church and currently the director of the Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College. In a powerful episode which serves as a call to action to church…
EP19 - Being Nutritious
Nov 1, 2018 • 48 min
In this episode we are joined by Katharine Jeffcoat with Portland Pediatric Nutrition for an in depth look at the mind/gut connection. Katherine gives us practical tips and advice on the gut/brain connection, her 80/20 rule, and what small changes we…
EP18 - Being A Domestic Violence Victim
Oct 25, 2018 • 52 min
In this episode we welcome back Rebecca Lomeland to talk about domestic violence. In a subject near and dear to both of our hearts, we get personal and real about how violence and trauma shape lives. We break down the myths and realities of domestic…
EP17 - Being Shameful
Oct 18, 2018 • 55 min
In this episode we are joined by Jamie Califf from Charis Counseling to talk about shame. What is shame, why it’s different and more destructive than guilt, and how we overcome our shame so we can live our best lives. An episode topic just in time for…
EP16 - Being In Foster Care
Oct 11, 2018 • 54 min
In this episode we are joined by Erin McConaghy and Meaghan McAuley from a private Foster Care agency who take us into the heartbreaking world of the foster care crisis. We talk about why we are hitting record numbers of children in the foster care…
EP15 - Being Adulterous
Oct 4, 2018 • 52 min
In this episode we chat about cheating with Melissa Parnell of Parnell Relationship Counseling. We break down myths about cheating, get real about adultery, and drop truth bombs about relationship satisfaction. Melissa talks to us about the possibility…
EP14 - Being In Therapy: EMDR
Sep 27, 2018 • 48 min
In this episode we are joined by Erin Spencer LMFT, founder of Blackbird Counseling, who talks with us about EMDR. Kimberly gets personal in this episode, and shares her #metoo moment after her sexual assault, and healing, with the EMDR technique. Erin…
EP13 - Being Anxious
Sep 20, 2018 • 58 min
In this episode we talk with Rebecca Lomeland LMHC, from Lacamas Counseling about anxiety. We talk about what anxiety really is, how it effects our physical bodies, dispel myths, and get practical strategies to help our children or loved ones cope with…
EP12 - Being ADHD: Inside The Classroom
Sep 13, 2018 • 60 min
In this episode we are joined by Shannon Wagner, Occupational Therapist who tackles ADD/ADHD. We talk about the false question “is it sensory or is it behavior. We discuss what what executive functioning is, why future planning is an obstacle we can…
EP11 - Being Twice Exceptional
Sep 6, 2018 • 55 min
In this episode we are joined by Aurora Remember Holtzman, school psychologist and host of the podcast Embracing Intensity. We talk about what twice exceptionality is, why hard work can be more important than IQ, and the intersection of gifted children…
EP10 - Being Depressed
Aug 30, 2018 • 53 min
In this episode we welcome back friend of the show, Kara Radecki from Ancora Counseling and Therapy Services to talk about depression. Is depression always sadness? Find out what is clinical depression, what does it look like in our kids, and what role…
EP9 - Being In Alcohol Recovery
Aug 25, 2018 • 47 min
In this episode we are joined by Mike C., an active member of AA, Al-anon, and Alateen. We get 12 steppin’, and get VERY real, about the impact of alcoholism on children and families. Find out why love is an action, what we can do to get help if we are…
EP8 - Being A L.O.V.E. Parent
Aug 16, 2018 • 59 min
In this episode we are joined by Jennifer Ozgur, educator, parenting coach, and facilitator who explores the 4 verbs of L.O.V.E. parenting style. Jennifer breaks down 5 common myths of parenting……and why they don’t work. We talk about parenting…
EP7 - Being Special Educated: IEP and 504
Aug 9, 2018 • 90 min
In this episode we are joined by Jennifer Ireland, a teacher with over 21 years of special education experience. We tackle the hot topics facing parents dealing with the education system, from understanding what an IEP and 504 are, to how parents can…
EP6 - Being Attached As A Parent
Aug 1, 2018 • 58 min
In this episode we are joined by therapist Kaleigh Boysen who breaks down what attachment theory really is, and why it matters to us even as adults. From our parenting style, to our romantic relationships, find out where your trust issues started and…
EP5 - Being Bipolar: A Mother’s Story
Jul 24, 2018 • 52 min
In this episode a mother shares her story and journey of being a mother to a child struggling with bipolar disorder. From the suicide attempts, to the struggles with employment, we dive into the realities parents of children with mental illness are…
EP4 - Being Skillful
Jul 12, 2018 • 56 min
In this episode we talk with mental health professional Jenny Much on why skill building is important for ourselves and our kids. Often times parents will look at the behaviors as the problem, but often the behavior is the communication that our…
EP3 - Being Traumatized
Jul 5, 2018 • 56 min
trauma, parental separation, PTSD, brain development, and fuzzy monkeys
EP2 - Being A Sexual Abuse Victim: A Mother’s Story
Jun 29, 2018 • 76 min
Abuse and survival - a parent’s story of her daughter’s sexual abuse
EP1 - Being Suicidal
Jun 21, 2018 • 81 min
In the premiere episode of the podcast, we talk with Alan Chan about suicide, with an emphasis on youth suicide. We cover risk factors, safety planning, crisis response, and the reality of the impact of suicidality on the family system. We talk about…