mental health

Episode 64: Melissa Talwar

Melissa Talwar was diagnosed with fibromyalgia at the age of 14. 20+ years later, living in chronic pain and regularly becoming bed-bound, she watched her symptoms stabilize and her decline subside at her discovery of biohacking and functional medicine. Not long after, she went on to establish the International Support Fibromyalgia Network, a non-profit patient-led…

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Episode 63: Natasha Tracy

Natasha Tracy is an award-winning writer, speaker, and social media consultant who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 20. The author of The Bipolar Burble blog (named a top-10 health blog by Healthista, Health.com, Healthline, and others) and Breaking Bipolar for HealthyPlace.com, she aims to bring quality, insightful, and evidence-based information on…

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Episode 58: Kelsey Darragh

Kelsey Darragh is a writer, comedienne, and former Buzzfeed producer. She currently hosts the podcast Confidently Insecure, and is a regular on Dating: No Filter, where she boldly shares some of her best and worst dating escapades (season 3 premieres Feb 4th on E!). You may also remember her from a series she did with…

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Episode 51: Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a an international consultant providing expert patient insights; diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) as an infant and taking control of his livelihood in his late teen years, he is now involved with numerous patient advocacy groups that span the rare and chronic disease spectrum, with a focus on mental health. A former…

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Episode 48: Anisha Gangotra

TW: This episode features a graphic description of a car accident. Anisha Gangotra is an inclusive dance instructor living in the UK, and the sister of former guest Trishna Bharadia. In 2008, at the age of 24, she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC) – an autoimmune condition that attacks the gut. Shortly after, in…

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Episode 40: Ariel of @Carpe_That__Diem, Part 1

If you’re involved in the Spoonie community on Instagram, you’ve probably come across Ariel L. of @carpe_that__diem, who blogs about living in a disabled trans agender body, mental health, working with a SD (service dog), and death positivity. An academic by training and trade, Ariel’s perspective is eloquent, enlightening, and engaging. He uses this interview…

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Episode 34: Vincent Sabella

Writer and filmmaker Vincent Sabella lives with OCD, depression, anxiety, and schizoaffective disorder. In 2013, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; he has been in remission for six years. Vinny’s film Elizabeth Blue was written after a harrowing year during which many of his medications, with which he is diligent, failed. His husband, Joseph, has been his…

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Episode 27: Lara Bloom

Lara Bloom is the international Executive Director of The Ehlers-Danlos Society. Finally diagnosed with EDS at the age of 24 (after many years of chronic pain and frustration), she channeled her healing into patient advocacy. Her job is to raise global awareness of rare, chronic, and invisible diseases, with a focus on the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes,…

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Episode 20: Alison Yates

Alison Yates is a multi-hyphenate creative living in Los Angeles. A comedienne and actor, producer, writer, photographer, social media manager, website designer, and skincare consultant (phew!), she performs sketch and comedy regularly with Second City and the Groundlings, and has a production company called The People Zoo. She’s been featured on several TV shows, including…

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Episode 14: Paige Fockler

Paige Fockler is a performer and podcaster who lives with depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. She is the host of Greetings From Depression, a podcast in which she interviews individuals who live with mental illness, and aims to create an environment in which discussions about mental health are acceptable, productive, and completely de-stigmatized. In this…

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