Happy New Year from Unhinged! Let’s hope 2018 brings us much hope, love, and joy! We will be back with a new show on Tuesday, January 9th. Stay tuned!Share this post:
Hello listeners! The holiday season is upon us, and this is typically a hard time for a lot of people, especially those who suffer from mental illness. Depression can easily set in while being surrounded by celebrations, festive lights, and commercialism. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real thing and can be very serious. Last year, in episode #33, we discussed SAD and some ways to help overcome some of its symptoms.
This year, as the season creeps in, both Doug and I have had some personal challenges. My dental work has not been particularly fun, but more importantly, Doug has been taking on a lot recently and has definitely felt the energy drain. He’s been volunteering more often at the MDAO… this time of year is tough for many and peer support is crucial. On top of that, he’s had his own mood struggles.
All this has made getting a show done very difficult this month. Again, this week we cannot find the time or the mental wherewithal to do a show justice, so instead we decided to put out our first rerun! This is episode #33, from December 13th, 2016, titled “Don’t Be SAD”. In it we discuss the challenges of the season and try to offer some ways to help get through it unscathed. Our recommendations and opinions about SAD are still the same as last year, so this episode is still very relevant.
Please enjoy last year’s SAD episode. We hope to be back next week with a holiday episode for 2017!
Hi again, listeners! Sorry to say we were not able to produce a show again this week, for a couple of reasons. First, I finally got my tooth extracted and I’m still recovering. My jaw is sore and talking doesn’t help. Secondly, Doug has been facing a few challenges of his own this week, both in mood and in his day-to-day life. We hate to cancel two weeks in a row, but hopefully by next week, we will both be fully recovered and ready to go.
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Howdy, Unhinged listeners! Ed here, just letting you know that we will not be recording a podcast this week due to the fact that I had some dental work done and can’t really talk that much without some pain. I am also coming down with a bit of a cold, so it’s a bit of a double whammy.
We are still planning to do a show for next week. I do have more dental work that will be done on Friday, so hopefully that won’t interfere with our plans for the next show. We’ll have to play it by ear for now, but the plan is to forge ahead! Thanks for understanding, and see you next week!Share this post:
For our 50th episode, we start off with a clip of us singing the King’s X song “We Are Finding Who We Are”. In a way, it’s very relevant to what our show is all about. We look to the unknown future, with pain we have yet to experience, but know is coming. Those challenges can be overcome with the help of others. No mountain is too big to climb if you do it together.
This is evident in the mere fact that we are on our 50th episode. It’s a milestone that took us nearly a year and half, with many ups and downs, including a 5 month hiatus. But we keep coming back to record another episode. Why? Because we’ve heard from some of our listeners that our show has made them feel like they’re not alone, that somehow we have provided just a little bit of comfort to a suffering mind. That gives us purpose, which is validating to both of us, but especially to Doug, who can turn his lifelong battle into something positive for other sufferers.
This is a journey for both of us… an exploration of our fears, wants, and needs. We don’t have the answers, but we’re discovering them along the way. We are finding who we are.
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Forever is a mountain we’ve yet to climb
Tears are a part of what is yet to leave behind
Strength in numbers, all you need is two
Everyone’s a winner, while still so many lose
The volume of emotion erupting in our souls
A quiet revelation quickly takes a hold
Patience is a virtue, but she won’t always wait
Dissension is the tension, it’s what we’ve learned to hate
Hello, listeners! We’re taking this week off to regenerate a bit. Since we came back, we always knew we would be moving a bit more cautiously through the show to avoid getting too immersed in such heavy topics.
It can be very taxing to produce a podcast every week, both physically and mentally. This is especially true when the topic is as deep and personal as mental health and illness. Sometimes you just have to take little bites 🙂 Anyway, we hope to be back next week! Thank you for understanding!Share this post:
This week we take a break from the heavy and serious topics and just have a lighthearted conversation. We recorded this podcast while connected to each other through video conferencing, so to us it felt more like we were both in one room just chatting. I think this made this show feel more conversational. Maybe in the future we’ll be able to record our videos as well and have a visual version of the show 🙂
We do discuss Doug’s DBS check up and how he’s feeling generally. He’s been up and down currently, so it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster for him. He was up during this show. We continue discussing the possibility of Doug doing voice acting work just to try to make ends meet. He has recorded his first sample for a demo reel we’re putting together, and we play it on the show. It’s a start!Share this post:
Unfortunately, I’m still feeling under the weather today. I’ve had a sore throat for nearly three weeks now, and talking just makes it worse. In the interest of getting better, and to make sure Unhinged is the best it can be, we will not be recording the show today.
I know that we haven’t been very consistent with the show lately, but sometimes our mental and physical health has to come first. Hopefully, all will be better for next week and we can get back on track. In the meantime, be sure to visit our episode playlist to catch up on past shows. Thanks for understanding!
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Hey there, Unhinged listeners and followers. I know it’s been a while since we’ve put out a show. We went on hiatus at the end of March when Doug’s DBS battery needed replacing. His mood dropped as the battery was dying, and unfortunately, it has not yet returned to comfortable levels after the surgery. Doug is still struggling for relief, and recently had the intensity of his DBS increased slightly in hopes of helping it kick in again.
We’re still waiting for his mood to increase. I have high hopes that it will improve in the coming weeks. Until then, we won’t be recording any shows to give Doug time to relax and heal. Any words of encouragement and hope are very much appreciated.
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Hello listeners! While we are on a break, it’s the perfect time to to catch up on our past 41 episodes. We even made it easy for you and have a full episode playlist right here on our site. So just put on your headphones, start at any episode, and enjoy!