Mental Health: Know What To Do When It's Slipping Into Anxiety, Depression, or More GUEST: Kristin Walker

Tue Jun 05 2018 (43:42)

EMOTIONAL SAVVY: The Relationship Help Show

with Rhoberta Shaler, PhD, The Relationship Help Doctor

Mental Health: Know What To Do When It's Slipping Into Anxiety, Depression, and More - Episode 42

GUEST: Kristin Walker, CEO of Mental Health News Radio Network

DR. RHOBERTA SHALER'S TOPIC: Mental Illness Scares Us More Than A Broken Leg

Today, Dr. Shaler talks about the prevalence of mental health issues in our world, and why it is so essential to remove any stigma from it.

People feel sorry for you, and behave in understanding ways, when you have heart surgery and a twelve-week recovery. Why do people not recognize, and be compassionate, when someone has a twelve-week period of depression, or a day or two of extreme anxiety? It scares them!

The American Psychiatric Association at tells us:

"Mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in thinking, emotion or behavior (or a combination of these). Mental illnesses are associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities.

Mental illness is common. In a given year:

  • nearly one in five (19 percent) US adults experience some form of mental illness
  • one in 24 (4.1 percent) has a serious mental illness
  • one in 12 (8.5 percent) has a substance use disorder

Mental illness is treatable. The vast majority of individuals with mental illness continue to function in their daily lives."

So, let's get real. Mental illness happens to folks around us. Let's be compassionate. Let's not be afraid. Let's not tell them to "snap out of it." Let's help them get the help they need to recover.

GUEST: Kristin Walker, CEO of Mental Health News Radio Network

Kristin's news network was born from her popular podcast downloaded in over 170 countries. It has been on air for four years and has over one million listens. She now produces additional podcasts for others in the field of behavioral health as well as organizations such as McLean Hospital in Boston, Springbrook Behavioral Health in Greenville, SC, and many others. Currently, Kristin's organization is producing over eighteen additional podcasts on the network, all dedicated to eradication of stigma around mental health and addiction disorders.

Kristin is also the CEO of EverythingEHR, a behavioral health consulting firm.

The stigma of mental illness is prevalent, and we need to shift that. Kristin had a HijackalĀ® home, and the too frequent first marriage to a Hijackal as a result. She knows what we talk about here on Emotional Savvy, and on my sister podcast, Save Your Sanity: Help for Handling Hijackals.

Kristin is all too familiar with the challenges of mental health. I loved what she said about Hijackals:

"They use you as a waste receptacle for their unhealed wounds. Then, dump on you to get a vacation from their waste." Familiar? It was to me!

Kristin shares with us her refreshing look at why we don't recognize how we've been drained without knowing it and what we need to do to refill healthy ways.

Here's some interview highlights:

  • How can early childhood sexual abuse set you up for having toxic people in your life as an adult
  • How you can remove yourself from narcissistic relationships
  • What steps you can take to move out of co-dependent relationships



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