The Broken Brain
Prince's Death, Overdose Risk, Addiction

Dr. Calli Estes, the Addictions Coach, is the founder of the Addiction Academy and a friend of the show. She joined me today to talk about the news regarding the death of cultural icon and rock star Prince. We discuss addiction, the risk of overdose, and how shame, indulgence, and denial of the problem risk people's lives. 

Direct download: Princes_Death_and_Overdose.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 11:26am MDT

Effects of Fear shown in the movie "Signs"

Michael Denniston (of the War Machine vs War Horse Podcast) has joined us before and will join us again, but never before has he joined us to discuss M Night Shyamalan and how everyone pretends they didn't love all his movies once upon a time. 

The emotion of Fear plays a large role in the lives of everyone. In the movie Signs, we are shown a story of an alien invasion, in which the real villain seems to be fear and an ongoing loss of faith by the main character. We discuss, riff, joke, and ponder the implications of this story as it relates to fear, narration, and the logical survival mechanism of hitting an alien with a baseball bat. 

Direct download: Signs_and_Fear_with_Michael_Denniston.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 5:58pm MDT

Mike Fitch & Lee Messersmith, the OG Broken Brain Gang join for an ask a therapist segment, with newcomer and therapist intern Chris Tittle!

We talk about more than just Lee's new guitar, which is made out of an oilcan. We answer listener questions about relationships, incompatible sex drives, and some parenting stuff. 

Get your questions to our AskATherapist segment through twitter @breakabrain, email, or tweet #AskATherapist and we will assemble our panel. Listeners like this sort of thing so we plan to do an AskATherapist panel once per month on the show. 

Direct download: Ask_A_Therapist_5.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 1:03pm MDT

Trauma Therapy with Guy Macpherson

Guy Macpherson is the founder of the Trauma Therapist Project a fellow podcaster, and an expert on early childhood mental illness, trauma, and somatic sensory psychotherapy. He joins me today to discuss pointers for therapists learning to deal with trauma, the prevalence of trauma within mental illness, and treatment techniques. 

I can already tell Guy will be a good friend of the show, hear his first Broken Brain interview right here, right now. Also give him a listen on his podcast, The Trauma Therapist Podcast, and check out his website and FaceBook Group.

Direct download: Guy_Trauma_Therapist_Project_Interview_.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

It's our addiction look, at the top of this wonderful month of April. What better way to start it than by reading an article by author, psychologist, and relationship expert Jenev Caddell!

In her article "Busting 5 Common Mythes About Addiction," Dr. Caddell captures some dangerous and important misnomers about substance use, abuse, and dependance. I review 3 out of the 5 myths (go read the rest yourself lazybones) and add my own thoughts and insights for your education and enjoyment.

Have a good start to April! 


Direct download: Article_Reveiw_Myths_about_Addiction.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 11:48am MDT