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Feelin Weird

Personal conversations with a different guest each episode about taboo and stigmatized subjects: mental health (anxiety, depression, adhd, ocd), trauma, abuse, gender, sexual orientation, addiction, etc. Hosted by Kye Plant.
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Kye Plant has 1 hour conversations with a different person every episode about taboo and stigmatized subjects (mental health [OCD, Bipolar, ADHD, BPD, Depression, Anxiety] PTSD, illness, gender, sexuality, etc) in order to make listeners feel LESS WEIRD and less alone.  

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May 20, 2018

Raj (artist/activist) grew up with his grandparents who immersed him in Sikh culture but went to a school where he was the only person of colour.  9/11 happened and suddenly he realized how different he was--he tried to change himself to blend in, but depression and anxiety took over.  Racism, indirectly and directly, shaped his childhood, but then he found an artist who turned it all around for him.  Fast-forward many years and suddenly his grandparents were gone--he was left with his grief.  Oxycodone, which started as a fun time, led to him becoming a full-time heroin user in the Downtown East-Side of Vancouver.  This is the story of Raj's heart-breaks and reclamation of self.

We also talk about 
'brownphobia', 
MIA, 
DTES, 
safe sites, 
fentanyl, 
the opiate crisis, 
hydromorphone & dilaudid, 
opiate replacement therapy, 
suboxone, 
opiate withdrawal, 
And MUCH more.

This is part one of a two-part interview with Raj.  Next week I will release the second installment which includes his journeys in India.

Thanks so much for listening, friend!

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Please support Feelin Weird by becoming a Patreon subscriber--donate anywhere from $1-$100 per month and help Feelin Weird expand. Thank you for your support!

http://www.patreon.com/feelinweird


Instagram: @feelinweirdpod  

Facebook: @feelinweird  

http://feelinweird.com

feelinweird@gmail.com

May 13, 2018

Stuart Ralph (host of The OCD Stories podcast) had his first OCD symptom at age 7 but didn't start treating it until age 26.  This is a very typical story for those with OCD because of misconceptions about the disorder.  Stuart breaks down those misconceptions in this hour long talk.  He shares his experiences with the disorder but also shares his WEALTH of knowledge!  I guarantee you know someone who has OCD and probably 80% of listeners won't actually be able to say what the disorder is (okay, i made that stat up...)

Stuart ALSO talks about 
ERP and ACT, 
OCD vs. OCPD, 
Pure O, 
Different types of OCD, 
private vs. public healthcare, 
fear of how others will react to your diagnosis, 
relapse, 
meditation & mindfulness, 
and SO much more!

It's been two years since I started this podcast and I want to thank you for listening--Feelin Weird is the best part of my life (though it's a struggle a lot of the time too). <3

Thanks so much for listening, friend!

Please rate/review/subscribe on iTunes (and subscribe/rate in whichever app you use)!  

 

Please support Feelin Weird by becoming a Patreon subscriber--donate anywhere from $1-$100 per month and help Feelin Weird expand. Thank you for your support!

http://www.patreon.com/feelinweird


Instagram: @feelinweirdpod  

Facebook: @feelinweird  

http://feelinweird.com

feelinweird@gmail.com

May 6, 2018

Alli G (therapist + social worker for holocaust survivors) had her first OCD symptom at age 7; she tells the story of her struggles with it over the last couple decades.  She grew up in South Florida, a place known for plastic surgery and obsessive beauty standards, and, like many womyn, her eating disorder started at a young age as the result of a comment her mother made.  After college, she tried law school but later decided her true calling was therapy--which she now practices--and, might I add, it is SO refreshing to hear about a therapist who KNOWS WHAT IT'S LIKE TO STRUGGLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS and who TRULY cares!

We also talk about: 
listening + validating people instead of telling them to "calm down", 
psychoeducation (having to educate family members about your illness), 
growing up with a mentally ill father, 
being the symptom bearer of the family, 
her FIRST session as a therapist, 
skin picking, 
the positive aside of "mental illness", 
perfectionism, 
suicidal ideation (TW), 
medication (and how it saved her life), 
and SO much more!

Alli G is my new favourite person and I guarantee you will love her (and this episode)!

Two of the best quotes from this episode:

"If people could see the suffering that we have to go through, physically, on our bodies, mental illness wouldn't be a stigma.
People would be like, "holy shit--why didn't you get help sooner??" And we're like "I tried, but you told me I was being too dramatic--you told me to calm down!"

"you have to laugh to keep from crying. How else would you get out of bed everyday?"

 

Thanks so much for listening, friend!

Please rate/review/subscribe on iTunes (and subscribe/rate in whichever app you use)!  

Please support Feelin Weird by becoming a Patreon subscriber--donate anywhere from $1-$100 per month and help Feelin Weird expand. Thank you for your support!

http://www.patreon.com/feelinweird


Instagram: @feelinweirdpod  

Facebook: @feelinweird  

http://feelinweird.com

feelinweird@gmail.com

Apr 29, 2018

Danika Ransome (mental health advocate), talks about her experience growing up with BPD--she also suffers from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.  She talks about her chaotic childhood and the bullying/violence she witnessed (TW) *there is one graphic scene*.  We also discuss nine symptoms of BPD, which gives the listener a better idea of what it's like to experience the disorder. 

We talk about using social media as a support system and creating a positive online presence. 
We also talk about body positivity,
self-medication,
self-harm (TW),
validation,
laughter as a coping mechanism,
dissociation + depersonalization,
fear of abandonment,
chaotic relationships,
anger, 
and SO much more.

Danika's instagram: @my_mh_journey

 

Thanks so much for listening, friend!

Please rate/review/subscribe on iTunes (and subscribe/rate in whichever app you use)!  

Please support Feelin Weird by becoming a Patreon subscriber--donate anywhere from $1-$100 per month and help Feelin Weird expand. Thank you for your support!

http://www.patreon.com/feelinweird


Instagram: @feelinweirdpod  

Facebook: @feelinweird  

http://feelinweird.com

feelinweird@gmail.com

Apr 19, 2018

Holly Lowery (ED recovery coach + anti-diet advocate) talks about her history with disordered eating and the steps people can take towards recovery.  She talks about the grey area of eating disorders--most people aren't sure if they qualify as having an eating disorder.  She breaks down myths and misconceptions about food and eating and presents a much healthier way to think about and to eat food.

She also talks about atypical anorexia/bulimia, "clean eating" communities, diversifying our online representations of beauty, the damage disordered eating inflicts, set-point weight, fear of food and weight gain, food restricting, getting rid of the word "exercise", over-exercising, the link between depression/anxiety and eating disorders and SO much more.

This episode is awesome, and you need to listen to it whether you struggle with these things or not.  There are so many misconceptions about eating disorders and they affect SO many people we love.  Let's stop demonizing food!  Food is not a moral issue!  

Follow Holly on instagram @hollylowerycny or at hollylowery.com
Books mentioned: Health at Every Size by Linda Bacon AND Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole.  

If you wonder whether you have an eating disorder or not, take NEDA's quiz https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/screening-tool

Thanks so much for listening, friend!

Please rate/review/subscribe on iTunes (and subscribe/rate in whichever app you use)!  

Please support Feelin Weird by becoming a Patreon subscriber--donate anywhere from $1-$100 per month and help Feelin Weird expand. Thank you for your support!

http://www.patreon.com/feelinweird


Instagram: @feelinweirdpod  

Facebook: @feelinweird  

http://feelinweird.com

feelinweird@gmail.com

Apr 15, 2018

Janet Ford (artist & author) talks about her 22 year battle with eating disorders.  She started at 14, as her mom was dying, and soon found she was addicted to both-binge eating and purging as a coping mechanism.  Janet thinks it's one of the most expensive addictions out there--at one point she was binge/purging 4-8 times per day (each purge could cost close to $100 and she spent ~3 hours in the bathroom afterwards each time).  She lied, cheated and stole so she could afford the habit.  BUT, there's redemption!  This is a fascinating story for anyone, whether you suffer from eating disorders or not.  

Janet breaks down misconceptions about bulimia.  She also talks about body positive instagram accounts, fatphobia, body-shaming, diet culture, breaking down "good" and "bad" food, the concept of 'health', adults as role models for children, 12-step programs, recovery and SO much more!

Janet is the author of Delusions of Grandeur and the soon-to-be-published 100 Days of Bulimia.  She can be reached on Instagram @fordjanet or janetamara@gmail.com

Thanks so much for listening, friend!

Please rate/review/subscribe on iTunes (and subscribe/rate in whichever app you use)!  

Please support Feelin Weird by becoming a Patreon subscriber--donate anywhere from $1-$100 per month and help Feelin Weird expand. Thank you for your support!

http://www.patreon.com/feelinweird


Instagram: @feelinweirdpod  

Facebook: @feelinweird  

http://feelinweird.com

feelinweird@gmail.com

Apr 7, 2018

Paul G, an artist and musician, tells their story of discovering their gender and sexuality through rejecting labels but then later embracing the labels "agender" and "pansexual".  They tell the story of their coming out process as well as their life-long repression.  What's it like to be gender non-conforming in a binary world?  What's it like to go from a "straight monogamous male" to an agender, pansexual, polyamorous person? 
  
We also talk about co-dependency, toxic masculinity, ayahuasca retreats, accepting diversity, weed + alcohol dependency, misconceptions about polyamory, body dysphoria, the paradox of the universe, Wu Wei (trying not to try), the importance of respect, non-violent communication, and SO much more.
  

Thanks so much for listening, friend!

Please rate/review/subscribe on iTunes (and subscribe/rate in whichever app you use)!  

Please support Feelin Weird by becoming a Patreon subscriber--donate anywhere from $1-$100 per month and help Feelin Weird expand. Thank you for your support!

http://www.patreon.com/feelinweird


Instagram: @feelinweirdpod  

Facebook: @feelinweird  

http://feelinweird.com

feelinweird@gmail.com

Mar 25, 2018

Cher shares his experience with D.I.D. (the media has labeled it "Multiple Personality Disorder" though it is not a personality disorder.  Also called split personalities or multiplicity).  This disorder is a result of early childhood trauma of which he had lots of: (TW) an emotionally and physically abusive step-father, a homophobic/transphobic father and a doctor mother who didn't believe in medication or mental-illness.  Everyone has heard of D.I.D. from the media, but now we have a chance to hear first hand what it's like to live with it.  

Cher tells us about the various "alters" (alternate personalities) he had in earlier years. Cher and I also talk about coping with trauma and PTSD, being trans, shame spirals, (TW) suicide attempts, anxiety and depression, medication, therapy, being bullied, being misgendered as a child, and SO much more.

Thanks for listening!

 

Remember to rate/review/subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (and subscribe in whichever app you use)!  

Instagram: @feelinweirdpod  

Facebook: @feelinweird  

http://feelinweird.com

feelinweird@gmail.com

Mar 11, 2018

His first time in rehab was at 14, but he's now sober thanks to some special people along the way.  Our anonymous guest tells his story of addiction and recovery.  From crashing a car into a house to being locked out of his apartment by police and living in a homeless shelter, his story is wild. 

We also talk about (TW) suicide attempts, relapse, death in the family, detox, blackouts and fighting, the shame cycle, losing everything, spirituality, meditation, getting around "god", 12-step recovery programs, and MUCH more.  

You will love this one, I promise.  

Remember to rate/review/subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (and subscribe in whichever app you use)!  

Instagram: @feelinweirdpod  

Facebook: @feelinweird  

http://feelinweird.com

feelinweird@gmail.com

Feb 26, 2018

Haley O. talks about her experience with depression, PTSD and Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (called "BFRBs" eg. skin picking).  She talks about her early diagnosis of ADHD, OCD, and turrets (and later, anxiety and depression).  Haley also talks about the two major traumatic situations in her life that led to her BFRB and major depression (TW: one was sexual in nature).

We also talk about having sensitive nervous systems, PTSD, trauma and guilt, support groups, high-stress jobs, reaching out for help, courage, redefining "success" for yourself and SO much more.

Remember to rate/review/subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (or whichever app you use)!  

Instagram: @feelinweirdpod  

Facebook: @feelinweird  

http://feelinweird.com

feelinweird@gmail.com

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