Breaking Taboo With Serena Sun
By Breaking Taboo
Get close, personal, conversational, and sometimes controversial- with Serena Sun, founder and director of Breaking Taboo, as she discusses a variety of topics around mental health, psychology, and wellness. Interviews include conversations around conditions such as bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, trauma, suicide, grief, autism, therapy, healing, emotions, physiology, biology, evolution, mindsets, general well being, etc. Listen and watch as she breaks taboo around difficult and necessary topics...one conversation at a time! breaking-taboo.org
Sober Sadie and Serena Sun- Speaking Out About Addiction, Alcohol, Recovery
"There were so many things that I apparently did that I would never do if I was sober...I'm not that person at all." Lets explore addiction; what that word really means, and what it's like being an addict. Join Serena Sun and Sober Sadie in a conversation about what it’s really like struggling with alcohol use and finally getting your life back. How can a normal person have an addiction that becomes all consuming? How does that happen? How does it affect families, school, and work? They explore all the different factors of addiction like the biological, environmental, and psychological aspects as well as how media and television glamorizes drugs and alcohol. Also- does AA actually work for everyone? You might be surprised at the answer! Bonus: Serena opens up and talks about what it was like being addicted to cigarettes! Listen and find out more in this very real, down to earth episode! 3:00— Cravings 4:00— Why she started drinking 6:10— Losing herself after drinking 12:20— Memories of alcoholic father
April 01, 2021
Daniel Jones From The Aspie World!
"Hey I’m Dan form the UK, and I have Asperger’s Syndrome!" Meet Daniel Jones, a successful social media influencer, a husband, and a musician in a rock band - who wants to share with the world his experiences with Asperger's. Listen in as he and Serena have a fun, energetic conversation about everything from life to favorite books, while also educating people about Asperger’s and autism symptoms. Find out which tasks are naturally easier and which daily tasks are more difficult to do for someone who is on the spectrum, and ways to handle it and cope. Also find out why Asperger's and autism can be useful! Join in on another episode in Breaking Taboo around Asperger's and Autism!
March 31, 2021
I Have BiPolar 1 With Psychotic Episodes and I'm Telling the World!
Katie Conibear does not hide her experiences being diagnosed with bipolar 1 with psychotic episodes; in fact, quite the opposite. Katie wrote a book about her journey, and on this episode with Serena, she shares some of the more memorable times- like going on extravagant shopping sprees, taking impulsive vacations, and how her friends and ex boyfriends have reacted to it- not yet knowing that it was due to her having bipolar 1! Join this upbeat and enlightening story and learn about what BiPolar 1 is like, how it presents itself, how Katie has dealt with her own mental health, where she is at now with it, and why she is telling the whole world about it!
March 03, 2021
Dan The One Armed Wonder & Pro Life Liver
Join an upbeat and inspiring story with "Dan the One Armed Wonder" and self proclaimed "Pro Life Liver" as he shares what has inspired thousands of people around the world. He speaks about how being in the military has influenced him for the better and how the mindset he developed from such experiences has helped him get through life challenges. He also talks about going through depression and coming out of it. A motorist turned cyclist, today Dan is best known for his bicycle races around the world.
February 17, 2021
I Have Schizophrenia and This Is What It's Like!
Lets Break some Taboos around Schizophrenia! Join a fascinating conversation between Michelle Hammer and Serena Sun as they dive into what it means to be diagnosed with schizophrenia. You might have seen Michelle in New York, actively talking about having schizophrenia while selling her clothing line. Listen as they dispel myths and answer some questions from someone who actually experiences it. Questions such as: What is it like to live with schizophrenia on a daily basis? Schizophrenia presents itself in different ways- but who notices it first? The person with the diagnosis or their family and friends? Does it or does it not really affect personal relationships? They talk about the stereotypes that surround schizophrenia, how symptoms manifest and affect the individual, the possibility of improper diagnoses, the importance of a good therapist, and more. Listen in on this fascinating topic!
February 04, 2021
"Therapists are the Most Messed Up" , Age Group Specific Issues, and More Taboos to Break!
Join in on a fun, upbeat episode with a TON of useful information! Meet Eli Weinstein, a psychotherapist based in New York. Eli and Serena will cover topics such as: 1) Breaking down the taboo around mental health & therapy 2) Fact or Fiction: "Therapists are the most messed up" - and does it matter? 3) The amount of Men vs Women who seek therapy - Who goes to therapy more? 4) Age Groups & Therapy: Common age related issues - What are "age related issues" that people of certain ages tend to seek therapy for? 8-13 (Kids) 13- 20 (Teenagers) 20-30 year olds (young adults) 30-40 (Adults) 50 and up (Middle age) Older Seniors (70 and up)
January 13, 2021
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) aka Multiple Personality Disorder - Is It Real?
Watch the episode that just gets more and more interesting as it plays out! Multiple Personality Disorder aka Dissociative Identity Disorder- Is it a "Disorder"? Is it even real? In fact, some therapists do not recognize DID as a "real" disorder, and even more therapists won't treat it. It can be argued that DID is one of the more difficult "disorders" to treat, but it is definitely one of the most fascinating ones. This interesting characteristic has been portrayed in movies and TV shows, but did Hollywood get it right? Learn from Julie Lyons, who is a counselor for DID, and an expert because....wait for it.... tune in to watch her surprising reveal as the episode unfolds!
December 23, 2020
Part 2: Adoption Traumas & the Importance of Creativity
In Part 2 of our Adoption Therapy discussions with Moses Farrow, we talk about what exactly adoption therapy is designed to treat, including traumas such as Cross Generational Traumas- traumas being passed down from generations to generations, and Attachment Traumas- traumas that stem from childhood parenting and attachment styles. Serena and Moses also discuss the importance of creativity and "Doing it All" ; having multiple passions, as a therapist, as an entrepreneur, and as an individual in general. Finally, they end with words of advice for the many hidden adoptees who may be suffering from adoption trauma.
November 11, 2020
Adoption and Adoption Therapy- Part 1- Ever wonder about adoption?
Adoption is controversial! In part 1 of this episode focused on the world of Adoption, join Moses Farrow, an adoption trauma therapist, and Serena Sun as they uncover hidden controversies around adoption. Moses, who happens to be adopted himself, explains why there is an emerging demand for adoption related therapy. There are many traumas around adoptions, both for adoptees and their parents. There are also arguments both for and against adoption. Serena questions why the adoption process is so difficult while Moses explains the controversial rules and the conditions of foster care. Have you ever wondered why so many children are left unadopted? Find out in this episode!
November 06, 2020
A journey into Neuropsychology, ADHD, Trauma, Skin Color, Racism, Culture, Research and Controversies!
Journey with Dr. Sam, Clinical Psychology, PsyD and Neuropsychology fellow, and Serena Sun through a wide variety of topics. Research based, controversial, or rhetorical, they explore them all. Join them as they tap into ADHD and coping mechanisms. Listen as they explore socio-cultural differences in parenting styles. Hear them discuss the meaning of "intrinsic racism". Ponder with them on rhetorical questions whilst sharing the latest psychological and neurological research. Learn about famous studies on skin color in children such as the Bobo doll studies. Also in this episode, Serena herself opens up and shares about her own struggles growing up.
October 08, 2020
1970s- A Generation of Taboos: Abortion, Rape, Suicide, and Seeking Therapy
Come on a journey with Serena Sun and Julie Nunn's as she shares her story on growing up in the 1970s and having to deal with epic taboos around abortion, rape, suicide, and seeking therapy. These taboos, while still relevant in 2020, were even more hush-hushed in past generations. Also hear about Julie's journey of loosing her brother to his suicide jump off of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge. Find out how Julie eventually sought counseling to deal with her traumas, and how her family reacted to it. Witness how, despite past experiences, Julie is able to live a wonderfully fulfilling life with her husband, children, and grandchildren. ✨Visit http://www.breaking-taboo.org for more mental health resources and information✨ FOLLOW US🌷: 💕Instagram: @breakingtaboo 💕Twitter: @Breaking_Taboo 💕Facebook: Breaking Taboo 💕Pinterest: Breaking Taboo 💕LinkedIn: Breaking Taboo
September 25, 2020
Ketamine Therapy, Brain Stimulation, Bizarre OCDs
Join a fascinating conversation between psychiatrist Dr. Ryan Vidrine and Serena Sun as they discover Ketamine Assisted Therapy, the newest Brain Stimulation Therapies, and what exactly it's like to undergo those processes in therapy for depression, OCD, and anxiety disorders. They also uncover a wide range of bizarre- yet very common- OCDs including Sexual OCD, Frozen OCD, Pregnant OCD, "Me Too" OCD, Rape OCD, Perfect OCD, and more! Listen in on these fascinating topics!
September 16, 2020
Raised by a Narcissist & an Alcoholic
In this engaging story, listen to Serena and Gavriella Powers chat about what it's like to be raised by a narcissistic parent who was also an alcoholic. Find out what it was like, how she broke the cycle of abuse, and what tools helped her. Discover what narcissism and alcoholism looks like in family dynamics, and discover the mindset behind narcissm!
September 10, 2020
Somatic Sexology: Sex BDSM Body and More Sex!
Sex, orgasms, BDSM, shame, religion and more! Join Serena as she breaks taboo with Julianne Vacarro, Somatic Sexologist. Somatic means of the body. Listen to a fun conversation as they dive into all sorts of taboos having to do with sex and the body, including what sexology clients need help with and how overcome sexual blockages. ✨Visit http://www.breaking-taboo.org for more mental health resources and information✨
September 04, 2020
Influencer & Multicultural Counselor/ Psychotherapist Specializing in Gay Males
Join Serena as she has a fun chat with Matt Dempsey, an influencer and a multicultural counselor & psychotherapist who specializes in gay males. They discuss all sorts of topics from shame to prejudice to identity to gratitude- and have a lot of fun doing so! Website: breaking-taboo.org
August 27, 2020
OCD & Anxiety elevation during COVID & Serena gets diagnosed! (Kinda)
Join Serena and therapist Dr. Regine Galanti as they uncover questions such as: How does OCD manifest? How does it relate to anxiety? What are examples of OCD? How is it similar or different from phobias? How do we treat it? Join us as we explore these topics and discover how COVID has elevated symptoms of both. Also hear Serena share her personal experience and watch her get diagnosed...kinda :)
August 19, 2020
Ep 2: I'm a Breaking Taboo team member living with Bipolar 1 & What it's like inside a psych ward
Crystal Lancaster- a Breaking Taboo team member- speaks about what it's like behind the scenes at Breaking Taboo. Crystal also lives with bipolar 1, and shares what it's like, how she first discovered it, how it affects her relationship with her boyfriend, and her experiences being committed into a psych institution.
August 12, 2020
Episode 1: Introduction
Welcome to our introduction episode to launch our Breaking Taboo audio & visual podcast episode! In this brief episode you will find out what we do, why we do it, and what types of conversations around health we will be having with our founder, Serena Sun!
August 06, 2020