Pop Psych 101 | Mental Health in Pop Culture

Pop Psych 101 | Mental Health in Pop Culture

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Pop Psych 101 is a weekly mental health podcast hosted by Therapist, Ryan Engelstad, and advocate, Mike Graham. In an effort to educate and normalize, they talk candidly about mental illness through the lens of books, movies and television. Common pop culture mental health tropes are analyzed, and the accuracy of their portrayals are in question, for better or worse. Pop Psych can be raw and real, and very serious, but it can also be very funny. If we really want to normalize the conversation on mental health, then we need to have real and normal conversations. New Episodes every Monday Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support


+ Can Ryan Disarm Mike’s Bullying?
Jul 19 • 9 min
Ryan has an example of how to handle yourself if a bully is making fun of you. He offers two examples: How to, and, how not to. Mike wasn’t the best person to do this exercise with. Find Us: Mental Health Podcast | Pop Psych 101 We have a Blog! Ryan…
#39 - Bullying and Billy Hargrove in Stranger Things
Jul 16 • 71 min
Up Top: Ryan challenges Mike with a news story about mystics and psychics. A larger percentage of people are seeking out this kind of “Magick” than are going to therapy or to a psychiatrist. Mike offers that if it finds the person peace or healing, then…
+ Over-Analyzing The History Of Stigma
Jul 12 • 11 min
Bonus Episode: This week’s main episode talked about a time-traveling alien, and that got us thinking. How was mental-illness, especially diagnosis that present symptoms of hallucinations, looked at throughout history as compared to the present. Was it…
#38 - Fighting Intergalactic Mental-Illness-Monsters in Doctor Who (TV Show)
Jul 8 • 74 min
Trigger Warning: Conversations About Suicide We had a member post a beautiful clip from, of all things, the TV show Doctor Who. The episode is called “Vincent And The Doctor”, and features heavy themes of Vincent and his battle with Mental Illness. We…
+ Embarrassing Teenage Stories Of The 90s
Jul 4 • 17 min
After being hit with a wall of nostalgia while watching the movie Mid90s, written and directed by Jonah Hill, Mike and Ryan take a long, and very embarrassing look at their youth in the 90s. Find Us: See our website We have a Blog! Ryan always had a Blog!…
#37 - Adolescent Mental Health in Mid90s
Jul 1 • 79 min
Trigger Warning: Self-Harm This one brings a lot of nostalgia to the table. We’re talking skateboarding, baggy shirts, small parties, and the Mid90s. Jonah Hill’s the mid90s is an intense look at the life of a 13 year old boy who’s growing up in an…
+ Are Millennials Actually Killing Big Cereal?
Jun 27 • 17 min
Millennials are having a big effect on big business, and no industry is safe; especially cereal. Ryan and Mike play a game of “Killing or Saving” where Ryan asks Mike about an industry and Mike has to guess if Millennials are killing that industry, or…
#36 - The Diagnosis Trap in Brain On Fire (Netflix Original)
Jun 23 • 62 min
After missing last week’s episode due to some struggle with depression and an day in the ER after experiencing Olfactory Hallucination, or, phantom smells, Mike is back. Wanting to specifically talk about how mental illness is treated in hospitals and…
+ Press Conference in the West Wing
Jun 20 • 19 min
Mike and Ryan have to figure out who they are, where they are, and why they are having a press conference based on clues given by the reporters in the audience. As you can see, Pop Psych 101 continues to deliver Grade A mental health podcast content. See…
#35 - PTSD in Welcome To Marwen (Movie)
Jun 17 • 71 min
On April 8, 2000, Mark Hogancamp was attacked by five men and left for dead outside of a bar in Kingston, NY. After nine days in a coma, he awoke to find he had no memory of his previous adult life. He had to relearn how to eat, walk and write. When his…
#34 - Mental health and the presidency in The West Wing (TV Show)
Jun 3 • 54 min
Join our support and discussion group This week Mike gets a title upgrade and talks about how he is feeling. He is currently struggling and wants to be transparent about that in hopes that someone out there could find comfort knowing that someone feels…
+ Heads Up with Game of Thrones
May 30 • 8 min
Join our support and discussion group We play a game of heads up with the characters from Game of Thrones. As usual, Mike is much worse at this than Ryan Find Us: Facebook Twitter Instagram Website Music: Kevin Macleod | Royalty Free Music —- Support this…
#33 - Family Dynamics in Game of Thrones (TV Series)
May 28 • 86 min
Join our support and discussion group Now that the dust has settled from the series finale of the biggest show on earth, we decided it was the perfect time to take a look at Westeros. We take on our biggest episode yet and cover the Family Dynamics of the…
+ Mental Health News
May 23 • 13 min
Join our support and discussion group Ryan has some mental health news he’d like to share. Mike reacts News Stories: Psilocybin, or “magic mushrooms” researched seeking clinical potential in treatment for mental health conditions Companies begin to offer…
#32 - The Gang Gets Analyzed in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (TV Show)
May 20 • 68 min
Join our support and discussion group On a Monday, we tackle the gang from Philadelphia: Mac, Charlie, Frank, Dennis and Dee. This show is obviously ridiculous and has little relation to mental health in reality, but we thought it was time to do some…
+ Two Truths, One Deception
May 16 • 20 min
Join our support and discussion group After talking about deception in the Netflix Series, You, we take a stab at deceiving each other by playing the game Two Truths One Deception. Find Us: Facebook Twitter Instagram Website —- Support this podcast:…
#31 - “So You’re Dating A Murderer” in Netflix’s You (Series)
May 13 • 58 min
Join our mental health support and discussion group Show: After several requests, Mike and Ryan take a stab at the Netflix series, You. Pun intended. Very aware of the subject matter in this series, they take a light approach to the material, while…
+ The College ABC’s
May 9 • 11 min
Join our support and discussion group After our episode covering the Netflix documentary, Take Your Pills, Ryan and Mike pose as students and try to distract themselves from the woes of College life. Find Us: Facebook Twitter Instagram Website —- Support…
#30 - ADHD Controversies in Netflix’s Take Your Pills (Documentary)
May 6 • 50 min
We breakdown the portrayal of medication and ADHD in the Netflix documentary, Take Your Pills www.poppsych101.com www.facebook.com/poppsych101 www.twitter.com/poppsych101 www.instagram.com/poppsych101 Music: incompetech.com —- Support this podcast:…
+ Speak With Kazoos
May 2 • 18 min
Join our mental health support and discussion group Help the show by rating & reviewing us on iTunes Mike finally talks Ryan into doing a segment with Kazoos. Ryan regrets agreeing to do this. Find Us Website Facebook Twitter Instagram —- Support this…
#29 - Finding Your Voice in Speak: The Graphic Novel
Apr 29 • 60 min
Join Our Mental Health Support & Discussion Group Leave A Review On iTunes Episode: Ryan and Mike acknowledge some of the feedback they received about last week’s episode on Autism. For this episode on Speak, they look at the graphic novel’s intense…
#28 - Autism & Caretaking in Rain Man (Movie)
Apr 15 • 59 min
Join our mental health support and discussion group Help the show by rating & reviewing us on iTunes The Show After a short conversation about the “Top Ten Happiest Countries In The World”, Mike and Ryan breakdown the portrayal of Autism in the 1988…
+ Is Punch Drunk Love Actually A Superman Origin Story?
Apr 11 • 15 min
On this week’s bonus episode, Ryan and Mike over-analyze the movie “Punch Drunk Love”, and try to say it’s actually Superman’s origin story. Join our mental health support and discussion group Help the show by rating & reviewing us on iTunes Find Us…
#27 - Social Anxiety & Anger in Punch Drunk Love (Movie)
Apr 8 • 71 min
Join our mental health support and discussion group Help the show by rating & reviewing us on iTunes The Show Mike embarrasses him self with an impersonation of Adam Sandler. The guys give a little background into how they pick their episodes and…
+ Impressions and Accents Game Show
Apr 4 • 17 min
Join our mental health support and discussion group on Facebook Help the show by rating and reviewing on iTunes BONUS After hearing the Boston accent in Good Will Hunting, Mike and Ryan play a game and try to guess what accent or impression the other is…
#26 - The Therapeutic Relationship in Good Will Hunting (Movie)
Apr 1 • 68 min
Join our mental health support and discussion group Help the show by rating & reviewing us on iTunes Episode 26 The Therapeutic Relationship in Good Will Hunting Mike embarrasses him self with an impersonation of Robin Williams. It’s very very bad. Ryan…
+ Instant Expert Edition
Mar 28 • 17 min
Join our mental health support and discussion group Help the show by reviewing us on iTunes Deleted Scenes: Instant Expert Edition We discussed how experts can sometimes get diagnosis wrong in our episode on John Green’s Turtles All The Way Down. In the…
#25 - Intrusive Thoughts in Turtles All The Way Down by John Green (Book)
Mar 25 • 56 min
Join our mental health support and discussion group Help support the show by leaving a review on iTunes Episode 25 Intrusive Thoughts in Turtles All The Way Down by John Green After Mike does a terrible impersonation of an angsty teenager, Ryan and Mike…
+ I’m Too Old For This Stuff
Mar 21 • 6 min
Deleted Scenes In a scene from Mindhunter that didn’t get airtime, two grizzled old veteran cops are way too old for common mental health myths Fund Us: Pop Psych 101 Our Mental Health Support Group Facebook Twitter Instagram —- Support this podcast:…
#24 - Psychopathy VS. Sociopathy in Mindhunter (Netflix Series)
Mar 18 • 53 min
Episode 24 Psychopathy VS. Sociopathy in Netflix’s Mindhunter Mike and Ryan offer opinions on the glorification of serial killers in pop culture. They look at psychopathy and sociopathy through the lens of Netlfix’s Mindhunter and strive to breakdown the…
#23 - Identity & Shame in Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette (Netflix Stand-Up Comedy Special)
Mar 11 • 58 min
Episode 23 Identity and Shame in Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette Ryan and Mike pause a moment to acknowledge that they are in fact straight white males, and being so, have a limited and possibly narrow perspective on this particular subject. They hope their…
+ You Might Be A Drew-Dad
Mar 7 • 11 min
To highlight our awareness of the shortcomings displayed by the character Drew in the Movie Tully, Mike and Ryan do some stand-up comedy, and lay into him a little bit. Find Us: Pop Psych 101 Twitter Facebook Instagram —- Support this podcast:…
#22 - Postpartum Depression in Tully (Movie)
Mar 4 • 61 min
Episode 22 Postpartum Depression in Tully In This Episode Mike is back! Bringing out the cavalry Breakdown of the specifics of postpartum depression as seen in Tully Bri and Jenn break down Tully in detail Synopsis Today, we are covering the 2018 film,…
+ Emotional Roller Coaster
Feb 28 • 10 min
Deleted Scenes Another bit of fun for us here at Pop Psych 101. This time, Ryan sends Mike through a literal emotional roller coaster. Mike has to tell his story as if one of the emotions from the movie Inside Out were running his control board. Find Us:…
#21 - Childhood Depression in Inside Out (Movie)
Feb 25 • 63 min
Childhood Depression in Inside Out Episode 21 In This Episode: Special Guest Mxiety Breakdown of the emotions in the film Inside Out Over analyzing the portrayal of memories in the film Inside Out as it relates to PTSD Synopsis: Do you ever look at…
+ Jackson Maine & Ally in a Scene Unseen
Feb 21 • 7 min
Jackson Maine & Ally in a Scene Unseen This was cut from Episode 20 - Codependency in A Star Is Born for time and because of silliness. Ryan and Mike wish they had seen the character Ally in a group session with Jackson while he was in rehab. Since they…
#20 - Codependency in A Star Is Born (Movie)
Feb 18 • 61 min
Episode 20 Codependency in A Star Is Born In This Episode: Pop Psych’s musical background Breakdown of codependent relationships through the lens of A Star Is Born Over analyzing the song “Shallow” by Lady Gaga Note: Song use and royalties through The…
+ Will Mike Marry Jim Carrey?
Feb 14 • 12 min
Based off our episode “#19 - Couples Counseling in Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind” Ryan names some of Jim Carrey’s most iconic roles, and Mike must react how he would imagine being in a relationship with that character. Find Us: www.poppsych101.com…
#19 - Couples Counseling in Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (Movie)
Feb 11 • 57 min
Episode 19 Couples Counseling in Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind In This Episode: In their 1st Valentine’s Day Special, Mike and Ryan both share how they each proposed to their wives We breakdown Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and use Joel…
+ Tidying Up With Obi Wan, Hermione, and Woody
Feb 7 • 12 min
Trying some new stuff to break up some of the heavy subjects we talk about. Being that Ryan does Improv in real life, he introduces it to Mike for the first time. Find Us: www.poppsych101.com Facebook Instagram Twitter —- Support this podcast:…
#18 - Hoarding in Tidying Up With Marie Kondo (Netflix Series)
Feb 4 • 56 min
Episode 18 In This Episode: Ryan gives his thoughts on a Dr. Zwig, who makes some serious claims about mental health and whether or not they are a “disease” We breakdown Tidying up, and look at the reasons why people hold onto things, as well as a…
+ Therapist Horror Stories
Jan 30 • 7 min
A Deleted scene from episode 017, Coping With Illnes in 50/50, Ryan and Mike tried a new segment out called “Mike Reacts”. This time, Ryan reads Therapist horror stories to Mike and Mike…well her reacts to them. Very simple. Cut for time and newness?…
#17 - Coping With Illness in 50/50 (Movie)
Jan 28 • 58 min
Episode 17 Coping With Illness in 50/50 In The Show: Up Top: What is a mental health day? The Try Guys from Buzzfeed are taking a Mental Health Break. That gets the guys asking: What exactly is a Mental Health Break? Breakdown: Talking about how Adam…
#16 - Major Depressive Disorder in Frozen’s Elsa (Character)
Jan 21 • 60 min
Episode 16 Major Depressive Disorder in Frozen’s Elsa (Character) // Episode 016 Intro: Mike and Ryan talk about the reaction to the recent Gillette Razor AD about Men’s responsibilities. They discuss the reaction from supporters of the ad, who are…
+ Over-Analyzing: The Dark Office Edition
Jan 16 • 14 min
Over-analyzing: The Dark Office Edition On the cutting room floor from this week’s episode, Addiction in Beautiful Boy, is a segment we call “Over-Analyzing With Ryan” He dives WAY TOO deep into the dark implications of the actors chosen in beautiful boy…
#15 - Addiction in Beautiful Boy (Movie)
Jan 14 • 70 min
Episode 15 Addiction in Beautiful Boy Coming off an intense episode about eating disorder, Ryan and Mike jump right back into to the intensity with an episode about addiction. Not only is the subject of addiction one of the most intense mental health…
#14 - Anorexia Nervosa in Netflix’s To The Bone (Movie)
Jan 7 • 75 min
Episode 14 Anorexia Nervosa in Netflix’s To The Bone Eating disorders—a subject that hits close to home for Pop Psych 101. Mike, gives a little background to his personal experience with an eating disorder, while Ryan explains that sometimes these…
#13 - Play Therapy in Mary Poppins (Musical)
Dec 31, 2018 • 52 min
Episode 13 Play Therapy in Walt Disney’s 1964 Classic, Mary Poppins. Ryan and Mike open up with a discussion about SNL cast member, Pete Davidson, his recent alarming Instagram posts, and the deletion of his social media accounts. Mike tells the story of…
#12 - Chronic Embitterment in The Muppet Christmas Carol (Movie)
Dec 17, 2018 • 60 min
Episode 12 Continuing our streak of Christmas and Holiday episodes, Ryan and Mike break down Scrooge Syndrome / Chronic Embitterment, otherwise known as Post Traumatic Embitterment Disorder. To keep things light, they look at this Mental Health issue…
#11 - Surviving The Holidays: Listener Questions Answered (Christmas Special)
Dec 10, 2018 • 56 min
Episode 11 One Therapist and One Patient answer listener questions about handling Holiday issues and stress. In this Christmas Special, Mike and Ryan announce some very big news for Pop Psych 101, and the reach of their voice. They ask each other…
#10 - Fakers in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Movie)
Dec 3, 2018 • 58 min
Episode 10 This week, Therapist Ryan Engelstad and Producer Mike Graham, breakdown the accuracy of the portrayal of Malingering (Faking Sick) in the Movie Ferris Bueller’s Day off; Directed by John Hughes and Starring Matthew Broderick. Happy to finally…
#9 - Psychiatric Hospitalization in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Movie)
Nov 26, 2018 • 61 min
Episode 9 An exciting day for Pop Psych 101. We have our first guest-host, Christine, EMT turned Nurse Practitioner, and Host of the popular Podcast, Antidotes: Stories In Medicine, is joining us to talk about one of the great films in movie history, One…
#8 - Grief in Stan Lee’s Spider-Man (Character)
Nov 19, 2018 • 54 min
Episode 8 In honor and in reflection of Stan Lee’s passing we take a look at a common trope within superhero comics and movies: Grief. While many people throughout the world publicly grieve for this loss, we breakdown Stan Lee’s favorite creation and…
#7 - Paranoid Schizophrenia in A Beautiful Mind (Movie)
Nov 12, 2018 • 57 min
Episode 7 In this episode Mike and Ryan talk about their trip to meet each other for the first time at Anchor podcast lab in New York City! They go on to address the movie of the week which is A Beautiful Mind. Mike has a lot of questions about whether…
#6 - PTSD in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (Book)
Nov 5, 2018 • 57 min
Episode 6 This week is The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, a Novel by Stephen Chbosky. We have realized that all of our episodes tend to take on the feeling of the media we happen to be covering that week; this one is no different. We cover PTSD ( Post…
#5 - Phobias in Stephen King’s IT (Movie / TV Mini-Series)
Oct 29, 2018 • 55 min
Episode 5 Halloween Special 2018 | Phobias in Stephen King’s IT Ryan and Mike cover Phobias from the 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s IT, as well as some inspiration from the ’90s mini-series. They talk about their appreciation for all of the emails and…
#4 - Suicide & Intervention in 13 Reasons Why (Netflix Series)
Oct 22, 2018 • 66 min
Episode 4 13 Reasons Why, a teenage drama centered around a suicide and it’s direct effect on the community and the high school in that community, created huge opinions around the nation about it’s portrayal of suicide & intervention, or lack thereof.…
#3 - Bi Polar Disorder in Silver Linings Playbook (Movie)
Oct 15, 2018 • 73 min
Episode 3 This episode was recorded during Mental Health Awareness week, so the guys picked, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, a movie that hits home for Mike, as he also is diagnosed Bi Polar. Mike spends the first part of the episode stumbling over his words and…
#2 - Schizoid Personality Disorder in Lars & The Real Girl (Movie)
Oct 8, 2018 • 52 min
Episode 2 Every Monday, Therapist Ryan Engelstad, and Producer Mike Graham, take an example from Pop Culture (i.e. Books, Movies, TV Shows) that features a Mental Health problem, and determine if the portrayal is accurate and something we can use as an…
#1 - Dissociative Identity Disorder in Fight Club (Movie)
Oct 1, 2018 • 34 min
Episode 1 Therapist Ryan Engelstad, and Producer Mike Graham, premiere their new Mental Health Awareness Podcast ———- Pop Psych 101 takes a look at pop culture and it’s portrayal of Mental Health issues in storytelling Mike and Ryan break down the mental…