Optimistically Depressed

Optimistically Depressed

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Optimistically Depressed is a platform where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame.
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Abigail Lower on Freeing Yourself from Influence | Ep. 79
Freedom. Ah, doesn't that sounds especially sweet right now? We may be feeling a little caged right now since we can't go out and visit our friends, but the most effective cage in our lives is our mind. Now, I don't expect that statement to be particularly shocking. Our culture is becoming more sensitive to mental health and the influence our minds have over our lives so we mostly have this basic understanding. That is a great start, but where to go from there? Ok, our mind is holding us back. But how? What does that look like? And what do we do about it? Have a listen to my conversation with the brilliant Abigail. Her fresh insights offer a new way to break through the limits we place on ourselves.  – The youngest of four, Abigail was born in the UK to artist parents. With the backdrop of rugged Dartmoor and a home full of creativity, art came naturally and she grew up drawing, spending thousands of hours mastering realism. As a young adult, she abandoned drawing completely while she and her husband travelled together. They lived in New Zealand for several years before venturing to the East Coast of Canada where they settled and raised three children. One day about 15 years later, she picked up a piece of charcoal from the embers of a fire and started to draw again, instantly reigniting her passion for art. Charcoal was a medium she had never worked with and she had never drawn an animal, but they both took her hand and led her into the wilderness… https://abigaillower.com
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April 9, 2020
Hanging Out With Sean McMullen: The Self-Isolation Issue | Ep. 78
I think we’re starting to get to a point where we’re really starting to understand this pandemic isn’t going away soon. I know we “knew” that, but we didn’t really know that. That make sense? It’s like the five stages of grief. We’re starting to move through them and mourn our old lives while wondering what out new ones will look like. It’s kinda scary. Sean and I talk about how we’re feeling and manage to get some laughs in. Things feel so heavy lately it seems. It’s nice to have an honest talk about it while remembering how nice it is to joke around. I hope all of you enjoy it, too. This thing is just getting started, but hang on. Let’s try not to lose hope. It’s times like these where some of the best stuff comes through the human spirit.
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April 3, 2020
Marc Boudreau on Coping with Self-Isolation | Ep. 77
I hope all of you are doing well. If you are struggling, my heart goes out to you. If you have lost someone to this horrible virus, from the bottom of my heart, I am sorry. I have been thinking about those who are hurting from this. I can't imagine the pain. The best thing I know to do about that right now is staying home and creating what I can from here and then sending it out to you. We changed things up a little this time and Marc interviewed me! We talked about what I've been up to and some of the things I have been doing to try to cope while being isolated with my husband and three young kids. There were a couple challenges, which I know is the case with pretty much everyone. Some included the fact that I couldn't exercise because of some issues I have been having with my lungs (but I just got cleared to start exercising from home again yesterday which has me thrilled!). The inconvenience of not being able to exercise had me looking for other ways to cope and I found a few. One of them includes using the Calm app, which has a free seven day trial so you can see if you like it (I made a mistake in the episode and said I thought it was a 30 day free trial - sorry!). Here's a link to Calm: https://www.calm.com/ Have a listen! I hope you find it helpful and it makes you feel a little less alone in this time. Stay inside and stay healthy!
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March 26, 2020
Candyce Sellars on Mental Health in Community | Ep. 76
It's so great to have a friend that you can talk to about anything, including the stuff that we generally hate talking about, ie: confrontational stuff. Candyce is one of those people that can look at a problem and not only find a solution, but break it down in a way that is non-threatening and provides a solution before there is even a problem. Talk about the perfect recipe for a happy community. Candyce and I discuss the ways to build happy, healthy and proactive relationships and how to avoid the self-sabotage that comes along with the feeling that things are too good to be true. Listen in on this, the spoon theory and much more in this latest episode.
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March 20, 2020
Christy Ann Conlin on Turning Life Into Your Own Story | Ep. 75
We all have a part of our pasts that we can feel the victim of, and the truth is that when we’re children, we are the victim. But what about when we become adults? Do we carry the victim status along with ourselves or do we grab the pen which has been writing our life story so far and take over? Christy Ann has quite literally grabbed that pen and started writing through her own struggles and thought patterns with fictional stories. Her witty and thoughtful tales show a reflection of herself in different quantities, and the quality of her stories resonate in your bones. We cover some of her tales in our episode together and also discuss the feeling of being an idiot and how to prove that feeling wrong. – CHRISTY ANN CONLIN is the author of three critically acclaimed books, Heave and The Memento, and most recently, Watermark, a short story collection. Heave was a national bestseller, a finalist for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and was a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book. Her short stories and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals including Best Canadian Stories, Brick, Geist, Room, Numéro Cinq and Review. Her work has also been longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and the American Short Fiction Prize. Her radio broadcast work includes co-creating and hosting CBC Fear Itself, a national summer radio series, along with documentaries for CBC The Doc Project and CBC Outfront. Christy Ann was born and raised in seaside Nova Scotia, where she still resides along with her big quirky sandwich generation family and assorted livestock. Christy Ann is also a passionate mental health advocate and motivational speaker.
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March 12, 2020
Lee Fraser on Successful Mindsets and Retaliation | Ep. 74
We’ve heard from this guy before, but I had to interview him again. Lee Fraser is one of those minds that many try to mimic, and why? Because when he sets his mind on something, he gets it done. This past weekend, I got to participate in a weekend Lee is well known for hosting: the Creatives Weekend. Over the span of either three or four days, creatives participate in workshops, socializing, creative feats and outdoor exploration. There’s something for everyone. I got to speak at this event as well as do a live podcast with the man himself. Lee gives us another peak into what drives him as well as the emotions and mental obstacles that come along with rejection or things just not going as planned. His main motto? It’s simple. F*ck it. Have a listen as this inspirational guy gives us a lesson and a laugh, and check out his own podcast, Living Life Intently.
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March 6, 2020
Wren Kelly on Owning Borderline Personality Disorder | Ep. 73
One of the mental disorders that has a lot of confusion around it is Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Many people get a little freaked out at the idea, but they don't need to be. Wren Kelly openly discusses her symptoms with BPD and what they feel like. She describes what she does to counteract her symptoms and the mental discipline needed to do so. Get ready for an open and honest discussion about the illness that Hollywood loves to take advantage of and why it doesn't necessarily need to be that scary.
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February 27, 2020
Verity Vale on Climbing Mountains and Managing Anxiety | Ep. 72
Inspiration graces us in many forms and in this case, it comes in the form of my friend Verity. I am thrilled to have her back on Optimistically Depressed. As a professional hypnotherapist, she has shared with me several helpful insights for managing my thoughts. This time Verity returns to talk about anxiety, being properly aware of danger and the mindset needed to climb mountains. Among her many talents, Verity is quite the mountaineer and will be climbing to the Everest base camp this May! Tune in to listen to how that came about and how she is preparing herself for the feat.
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February 20, 2020
Meaghan Smith on Understanding Emotion and Rebuilding Yourself | Ep. 71
I’ve been privileged to know Meaghan Smith for about six years now. She has taught me many valuable lessons involving how to interpret, understand and manage my emotions. Her unique perspective on life is what every storybook dreams of. Each conversation we share leaves me feeling brighter and more optimistic about the future. I’m honoured to be able to share with you one of those conversations. Meaghan Smith is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, and visual artist. In 2011 she won the Juno Award for Best New Artist. She's currently working on Our Song, a custom songwriting project where people tell her their stories and she writes a personalized song for them. You can listen to one of those songs at the end of this podcast episode. http://oursongmusic.com
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February 14, 2020
Veronica Gutierrez on Culture and Mental Health | Ep. 70
You know how they say you need to surround yourself with people who will tell you the truth? Veronica Gutierrez is one of those people, and that is probably how she attracts the same kinds of people as friends. This strong and fiery woman joined me last week for an open conversation about culture, honesty, and mental health.
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February 6, 2020
Brett Hartlin on Using Nature to Ease Anxiety | Ep. 69
We all know that getting outside helps with mental health, so why don’t we do it more? Perhaps we need some inspiration! Brett Hartlin joins Optimistically Depressed to talk about the benefits of getting outside and helps reignite the desire to be a part of nature.
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January 30, 2020
Sean McMullen on Exercise, Saying No and Being Meaningful | Ep. 68
Sean comes back to Optimistically Depressed to talk about making big changes in his exercise habits and saying no more often. We also discuss the frustrations associated with trying to be meaningful in a world full of noise and facing the fear of being meaningless.
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January 23, 2020
Tom Taggart on Hardship, Trauma, War Heroes and Not Diminishing Your Own Struggle | Ep. 67
Tom Taggart returns to the show to talk about not diminishing your own struggle and the importance of hardships in order to learn and grow. We also touch on Star Wars, Elon Musk and the myths of success.
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January 17, 2020
Katie MacLeod on Borderline Personality Disorder and Childhood Cancer | Ep. 66
Up for quite the story? Katie talks about her passions and what it feels like to live with borderline personality disorder. She also shares her experience with being born with cancer. Buckle up and have a listen.
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January 10, 2020
Lindsay Umlah on Being Born With a Congenital Heart Defect & Mental Health | Ep. 65
Lindsay Umlah, co-host of the popular podcast Momgasm, joins Optimistically Depressed for a juicy episode on her rebellious attitude coupled with her experience being born with a congenital heart defect and her mental health. She is a firm believer that we are all meant to shine and have the beautiful lives that we long for. Only good comes from recognizing that we aren’t meant to fit in, but we are in fact born to stand out.
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January 2, 2020
Todd Veinotte on Swearing, Getting Offended & Respectfulness | Ep. 64
Being in any kind of spotlight brings along more responsibility than you could imagine. There is a constant balancing act between different opinions and how you represent yourself. Corrections and criticisms pour in while you try to stay true to who you are while making thoughtful adjustments and grow. You thicken your skin while trying to remain soft.  Welcome to the thoughtfulness of Todd Veinotte, radio show host of The Todd Veinotte Show on News 95.7 and an experienced podcaster. Todd shares his thoughts and advice on how to function in an industry that either builds you up or tears you apart. It all depends on how you look at it.
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December 27, 2019
Joel Muise on Anxiety & Tranquility Online | Ep. 63
It's no secret that I have anxiety, so I would love for you to meet my wonderful coach & friend Joel Muise. You've heard from him before on this show, but this time we dove deeper into what Tranquility Online does, the company he co-founded. Prepare for the inside scoop on how some of his and my conversations go!
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December 20, 2019
Tom Taggart on Resilience | Ep. 62
You know that good ol' saying "life is what you make it?" Tom is living proof of that. This guy is such a kind human being whose nature involves creating safety. Tom and I sit down for the second time and discuss many aspects of life, and part of it involves resilience. I am becoming more and more fascinated with what that word means so it was great to hear what it means to Tom and how he practiced it in his own life.
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December 15, 2019
Marc Boudreau on Holidays, Work and Hating My Birthday | Ep. 61
Marc Boudreau joins Optimistically Depressed to discuss the holidays and work. I spill my guts on being worn out by trying to keep a certain image and why I generally hate my birthday. Plus I have some exciting news about the future of the show. I hope you listen in!
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November 28, 2019
Kristin Vokes and Working with Life | Ep. 60
Alright, tough times are inevitable, so how are you going to deal with it? Because even if you try to avoid it, that’s the way you choose to deal with it. Kristin Vokes comes back to talk about dealing with your life. Are you going to allow yourself to feel it and work with it or are you going to try to run screaming? We discuss some of our philosophy behind the back and forth of difficult days and how there are always different and still effective ways of working with your life.
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November 21, 2019
About Optimistically Depressed
Optimistically Depressed is a platform where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame.
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November 20, 2019
Optimistically Depressed LIVE at The Carleton! | Ep. 59
Ok everyone, so I did a live show. It was awesome. I don’t know if everyone in the room enjoyed it as much as I did, but I’m going to assume that’s the case. This is the most open I have gotten about my life on the podcast so far. In the past, I have usually glazed over what I share in this episode because I’ve been afraid, but this is a part of my story so it’s time I claim it. I’m slowly working on accepting more of my life and being who I am. Which brings me to the next piece I want to share: I swear in this episode. This may not be a huge deal to many of you, but it is for me. I go into my reasoning for it in the intro so I’ll let you listen to that and come to your own conclusions. This is scary for me, but I’m ready to step in more to who I am right now. Life is uncomfortable, convictions vary, and we just need to be here for each other. I hope you enjoy. Ruth
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November 15, 2019
Lee Fraser on How He Gets Sh*t Done | Ep. 58
Ever see a person with lots on the go and wonder how their mind works? Look no further! Lee Fraser gives us an inside peak at how he gets sh*t done. Frankly, while it highly motivated me, it also intimidated me to the point of paralyzed awe. This guy just keeps cranking it out. Lee is the founder of Live Life InTents, a unique adventure tourism company aimed at providing a turn-key adventure experience completely tailored to what you want to do - when you want to do it. Have a listen to the highly intelligent and super sweet Lee Fraser and then get your butt in gear. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
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November 15, 2019
Kristin Vokes on Cultivating the Witness | Ep. 57
Ever feel like you’re on the edge of realizing something or figuring something out but you just don’t have all the pieces yet? Then you have that one conversation that just fits it so nicely together and you walk away with this resonating “aha!” feeling. Everything makes a little more sense. It makes enough sense, anyway, that you can rest easy for a bit and gain the strength needed to make the next push into trying to further sort out how you want to function in the world. Welcome to this episode. Kristin Vokes sits down with Optimistically Depressed to dive right into the questions of how to view your life and keep moving. Enjoy the refreshment, everyone. And Happy Halloween. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
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November 1, 2019
Holly Carr on Taking Risks & Resilience | Ep. 56
Artist Holly Carr sat down with Optimistically Depressed to discuss what it really means to put yourself out there and how she developed resilience in the risks she took.  Holly has gained national acclaim for her unique style of silk painting. She has participated in numerous group and solo shows and continues to exhibit nationally.  She has designed for theatre productions and large scale public installations. Her most ambitious installation to date is a larger than life environment created out of painted silk, “Light in the Forest” for Acadia University Art Gallery.  Her work has been widely used in advertising and illustration, including her first children’s book “What is Pink”.  She presently is working on three new books and in recent years, she has branched out to performance art, where she paints large works live on stage. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
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October 24, 2019
Kevin Breen on Wrestling and Kidney Disease | Ep. 55
Any wrestling fans out there? Kevin Breen used to be a wrestler (and will be starting his own wrestling podcast soon) but recently began dealing with the physical effects of kidney disease. Kevin shares his coping techniques and new lifestyle to help him stay away from kidney dialysis longer.
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October 17, 2019
Amanda Marie on Big Changes & Ending Relationships | Ep. 54
Ever wonder what it's like to be scared and keep going? Amanda Marie spoke with Optimistically Depressed to discuss developments in her life over the past year including moving to a new province and ending a long-term relationship. 
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October 17, 2019
Sarah MacLellan on Life and Mental Health as a Podcaster | Ep. 53
Podcasting is fun. Life is fun. But neither are fun all the time. And neither are easy all the time. And a lot of the time it is not easy to talk about it, so of course, we talked about it because being open about difficult times are what both of our podcasts are about!  Sarah MacLellan is the host of InTalksicated Podcast, a weekly uncensored drinking comedy podcast, variety talk show and therapy session showcasing unfiltered conversations with friends and local comedians. The guests choose the booze and enlighten her on various topics like dating, relationships, sex, friendship, sexuality, comedy and so much more.
1:40:46
October 11, 2019
Julya Lynass on What Anxiety and Depression Feels Like | Ep. 52
So you hear someone has anxiety or depression. What pops into your head? Someone who's down a lot or really tense? Those may be some of the symptoms, but it is way more complex than that. Since each of us are unique individuals, we feel depression and anxiety in unique ways. That's why it's important to talk about what it actually feels like; it can help each of us empathize with what is actually happening and it can help others of us identify similarities in ourselves and maybe discover that some of those feelings we have aren't something we should just be "powering through." Maybe they are something that should be addressed and repaired. Imagine that!  Julya talks about what her depression and anxiety actually feels like and adds her own twist on how she views it in order to take charge and effectively live with it. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed  Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
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October 3, 2019
Verity Vale on the Misconceptions of Hypnotherapy | Ep. 51
Hypnotherapy? I don't believe in hypnotherapy! *bark* *bark* *bark* Just kidding! But seriously, how many of us raise an eyebrow when we hear of someone going to a session of hypnotherapy? We automatically think back to that time in high school when the hypnotist visited and made people cluck when they heard a bell ring. But that actually isn't what hypnotherapy is about, and Verity is going to tell you why. So sit back, relax and watch the pocket watch swing back and forth while we bust some of those misconceptions wide open. Verity qualified in 2017 from the Clifton Practice of Hypnotherapy with a Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. She then ran a Hypnotherapy practice in the Hampshire prior to moving to Halifax, Nova Scotia in July 2018. Prior to becoming a Hypnotherapist, she was a Detective within Hampshire Constabulary, latterly working on Serious and Organized Crime and alongside the Major Investigation Team. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed  Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
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September 26, 2019
Micaela Greener on Experiencing Emotions | Ep. 50
Episode 50! Micaela joins Optimistically Depressed to talk about some of her darker thoughts and express how it's ok to talk about them and experience your emotions. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed  Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
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September 20, 2019
Chelsea Rose in Telling Your Parents You Have Depression | Ep. 49
Chelsea Rose joins Optimistically Depressed again to give us an update on how she’s doing and tells us about how it went when she told her parents she’s depressed and pansexual. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed  Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
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September 12, 2019
Amy Lai on Healthy Anxiety and Taking Responsibility | Ep. 48
Amy Lai joins Optimistically Depressed to discuss her encounter with anxiety, the difference between good anxiety and bad anxiety, and taking responsibility for the life you want to have. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed  Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
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September 7, 2019
Mike Mousseau on the Mental Toll of working as a Correctional Officer | Ep. 47
Mike returns to Optimistically Depressed to talk about the mental toll that working in a stressful field takes on you as well as the little known facts of what a correctional officer faces in day to day life on the job. Listen:    Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN  Connect with Optimistically Depressed Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed  Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed   About Ruth:    Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
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August 30, 2019
Harry De Rose On Losing an Estranged Father and Sensory Overload | Ep. 46
Harry joins Optimistically Depressed to discuss his journey with emotions. We peer into his experience with letting them in after a lifetime of shutting them out due to sensory overload and the need to take care of his family. Listen:  Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed:  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed  Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed  About Ruth:  Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
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August 27, 2019
Kirsten Aitken on the Effects of PTSD from Unhealthy Relationships | Ep. 45
Kirsten joins Optimistically Depressed again to discuss her progress over the months since her last episode as well as the link between physical and mental health and the effects of PTSD from unhealthy relationships. Listen:  Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed:  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed  Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed  About Ruth:  Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
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August 23, 2019
Marc Boudreau on Finding Life's Path, Anxiety Sweats and Flipping Burgers | Ep. 44
Marc Boudreau of Brand New View Podcast joins Optimistically Depressed to discuss the last decade of his life and how he got to where he is. We also spoke about how we both get anxiety sweat, flipping burgers and even managed to get a Just Friends reference in. Need I say more? Listen:  Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed:  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed  Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed  About Ruth:  Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
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August 15, 2019
Jessica Wypper on Managing Chronic Illnesses & Mental Health | Ep. 43
Jessica Wypper joins Optimistically Depressed to discuss the nature of her life-changing chronic illnesses and how she manages them and combats their effect on her mental health.  Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
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August 8, 2019
Sid Kosatsky and Emma Vaasjo on Marriage, Amicable Separation and Polyamory | Ep. 42
Sid and Emma join Optimistically Depressed to talk about their relationship, marriage, changes of lifestyle, separation, and how they remained loving friends through it all.  Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
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July 30, 2019
Tracey Hackett on Grief and Living On | Ep. 41
Tracey Hackett joins Optimistically Depressed to discuss the loss of her mother and how she chose to let it change her life for the better. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
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July 26, 2019
Thomas Taggart on Medication and Meaning | Ep. 40
Thomas Taggart joins Optimistically Depressed to discuss the process of adjusting medication for depression and how it affects day to day life while pursuing more meaning in our existence.  Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
1:02:59
July 19, 2019
Emma Jane Morris on Trauma | Ep. 39
Emma Jane Morris joins Optimistically Depressed to discuss trauma and how it affects us at different stages in our lives. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
1:04:44
July 17, 2019
Diana Jean Lewis on Leaning Into Discomfort | Ep. 38
Diana Jean Lewis joins Optimistically Depressed to talk about taking control of your life and leaning into discomfort.  Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
1:01:29
July 5, 2019
Brock Jorgensen on Anxiety, Depression and Overcoming Life's Obstacles | Ep. 37
New Brunswick photographer Brock Jorgensen joins Optimistically Depressed to speak about anxiety, depression and overcoming life's obstacles. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
1:16:29
June 28, 2019
Ruthy's Rumination: Prenatal and Postpartum Depression
Optimistically is starting a new segment called Ruthy's Rumination, where Ruth talks about anything from personal experiences to her ever-developing and changing views and thoughts on different subjects. In this episode, Ruth talks about her personal encounter with prenatal and postpartum depression.
20:06
June 26, 2019
Harry De Rose on Life Challenges and Change | Ep. 36
Harry De Rose joins Optimistically Depressed to discuss events in his life which led him to conclude he needed to make changes in his outlook and behaviour. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
59:37
June 20, 2019
Michael Williston and Pushing Through Mental Illness | Ep. 35
Michael joins Optimistically Depressed for round two and discusses the importance of pushing through hard days but also balancing those with the dangers of acting like you're ok when you aren't. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
56:37
June 13, 2019
Natalie Parsons on Assault & Soul Coaching | Ep. 34
Natalie Parsons joins Optimistically Depressed to discuss past traumatic events and how she found spirituality for healing. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
57:11
June 6, 2019
Raina Kahn on Rough Childhoods, Depression and Complicated Relationships | Ep. 33
Raina Kahn joins Optimistically Depressed for round two where we discuss rough childhoods, the effects of depression on relationships and much more.  Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
1:36:49
May 31, 2019
Pain & Tragedy with Ruth & Sean McMullen | Ep. 32
Ruth and Sean discuss the past week and a half after receiving heartbreaking news. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
27:05
May 22, 2019
Ryan McMullen on Social Anxiety, Family and Self-Motivation | Ep. 31
Ryan McMullen joins Optimistically Depressed to talk about his experiences with social anxiety back in high school, the importance of family, motivating himself and what mental health looks like to him. Special guest introduction to the episode from Ruth's husband Sean as she is away this week in Ontario.  Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
31:37
May 16, 2019
Dr. Nikole MacLellan, ND on Burnout | Ep. 30
Dr. Nikole MacLellan, ND joins Optimistically Depressed to discuss burnout and its chemical and physical effects. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
1:06:40
May 9, 2019
Joel Muise and Anxiety, Depression and Therapy | Ep. 29
Joel Muise joined Optimistically Depressed to talk about anxiety and depression and effective ways to deal with each. Joel founded Tranquility Online, where their mission is to help those who are living with anxiety get access to adequate help in a way that is: Affordable, Timely, Stigma-free, Personal and Accessible. Check them out at https://www.tranquility.app/ Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
1:42:30
May 3, 2019
Nadia LaCroix and Acupuncture, Anxiety & Near Death Experiences | Ep. 28
Nadia LaCroix joins Optimistically Depressed to discuss acupuncture and how it is connected to the mind and body. She also discusses her brush with death and how she made it through the mental hurdles of dealing with it. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
1:00:48
April 25, 2019
Michael Williston on Happiness, Drugs & Religion | Ep. 27
Michael Williston joins Optimistically Depressed to discuss happiness, drugs, toxic masculinity and religion. 
1:04:35
April 24, 2019
Robin Vargas on Divorce, Self-Confidence and Growing Up With Little | Ep. 26
Robin Vargas joins Optimistically Depressed to discuss divorce and self-confidence and we both share some of our childhoods and their similarities.  Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
1:30:41
April 18, 2019
Kirsten Aitken on Drug Abuse & Suicide | Ep. 25
Kirsten Aitken joins Optimistically Depressed to discuss drug abuse, depression, anxiety and suicide.  Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
1:11:48
April 16, 2019
Graeme Gillis on Family Relationships & Anxiety | Ep. 24
Graeme Gillis joins Optimistically Depressed to discuss some of his family relationships and his experience with anxiety. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
1:03:40
April 11, 2019
Mohammed Najim on Culture & Respect | Ep. 23
Mo joins Optimistically Depressed to discuss the importance of respect, his experiences with different cultures, and being on his own. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
1:12:56
April 9, 2019
Tyler Simmonds on Depression & Inspiration | Ep. 22
Tyler Simmonds joins Optimistically Depressed to discuss his battle with depression and rising up through social constructs to achieve his dreams. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
1:03:24
April 4, 2019
Emma Jane Morris and Anorexia | Ep. 21
Emma returns to Optimistically Depressed to talk about her personal experience with anorexia and also share the medical side of the eating disorder.  Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
1:09:59
April 3, 2019
Kate Shaw & the Glorification of Alcohol | Ep. 20
Kate Shaw joins Optimistically Depressed to discuss the glorification of alcohol and how easily we can slip into its dangers.  Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
1:03:52
March 29, 2019
Grace MacMillan & Borderline Personality Disorder | Ep. 19
Optimistically Depressed gets to talk to Grace MacMillan about Borderline Personality Disorder, depression and the stuff Optimistically Depressed is up to.  Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
59:17
March 27, 2019
Quirky and/or Queer & Coping Insights with TeeJohnny | Ep. 18
TeeJohny of Quirky and/or Queer joins Optimistically Depressed to discuss journalling, do some joking and explore other coping mechanisms for depression and anxiety.  Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
1:11:34
March 21, 2019
Emma Bonang on Losing a Sibling, Grief and the Importance of Being Kind | Ep. 17
Emma Bonang joins Optimistically Depressed to talk about her experience with losing a sibling and grieving at a young age. She also talks about the importance of being kind because, after all, we don't know the battles someone else is facing. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
49:48
March 20, 2019
Fawn Logan-Young: Questions on Parenthood and Self-Identity | Ep. 16
Fawn discusses the questions she has regarding parenthood with Optimistically Depressed and shares her struggles with self-identity while growing up. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
1:06:47
March 14, 2019
Raina Khan on an Eventful Childhood & Mental Health | Ep. 15
Raina Khan joins Optimistically Depressed and shares her eventful childhood along with the events leading up to the realization that her mental health wasn't where it needed to be.  Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
1:37:29
March 12, 2019
Emily Baltzer on Yoga, Mental Health & Abuse | Ep. 14
Emily Baltzer talks to Optimistically Depressed about her journey with mental health, abuse and how yoga has helped her process her experiences.  Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
52:36
March 7, 2019
Spencer McIver on Self-Loathing, Men's Fashion & Inaccurate Views of Ourselves | Ep. 13
Spencer and Optimistically Depressed talk about self-loathing, men's fashion, and inaccurate views of ourselves.  Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
1:03:43
March 5, 2019
Angeline Francis on Relationships & Grief | Ep. 12
Angeline Francis joins Optimistically Depressed to talk about the dynamics of relationships in many of their forms. We cover our relationship with grief and grieving people, our relationship with our children and ourselves, and healthy and unhealthy relationships with spouses. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
1:22:06
March 2, 2019
Mike Mousseau on Losing Loved Ones & Dealing with Grief | Ep. 11
Mike Mousseau is back on Optimistically Depressed! Mike dives into the discussion of losing loved ones and dealing with grief.  Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
56:46
February 27, 2019
Sean McMullen on Social Judgment, Depression & Anxiety | Ep. 10
Our tenth episode features Halifax photographer Sean McMullen. He talks about depression, anxiety, social judgement and the need for grace. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
44:24
February 20, 2019
Akshay Gupta on Achieving Bliss, Happiness and Managing Thoughts | Ep. 9
Akshay and Optimistically Depressed talk about achieving bliss, happiness and managing your thoughts. He even gave me a little therapy session!  Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
52:36
February 12, 2019
Chelsea Rose on Depression, Suicide and Handling Emotion | Ep. 8
In our eighth episode, Chelsea joins us to talk about vomit, depression, suicide, "being strong" and handling our emotions. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
58:43
February 10, 2019
Spencer McIver on Military School, Depression and Self-Deprecating Humour | Ep. 7
In our seventh episode, Spencer McIver talks about his experiences with military school, depression, his self-deprecating humour and how all those mix together. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
1:01:43
February 3, 2019
Jennifer Barry on Brain Cancer, Self-Harm and Life's Amusements | Ep. 6
In this episode, Jennifer Barry talks about her experiences growing up with a mother diagnosed with brain cancer, self-harm, and finding the amusing aspects of life. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
53:19
January 24, 2019
Emma Jane Morris on Depression, Anxiety and Elective Mutism | Ep. 5
Emma Jane joins Optimistically Depressed to discuss depression, anxiety, self-harm, elective mutism and much more. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
53:49
January 22, 2019
Zoey McMullen on Anxiety | Ep. 4
Zoey McMullen joins Optimistically Depressed to give her advice on anxiety and to talk about depression from the point of view of an eight-year-old. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
16:10
January 17, 2019
Alexa Goodman on the Ocean, Body Image and Loving Yourself | Ep. 3
Alexa Goodman joins Optimistically Depressed to discuss the ocean and reducing single-use plastics, body image, and loving yourself. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
1:01:00
January 13, 2019
Rachael & Emily Shrum on a Near Death Experience & Mental Health | Ep. 2
Rachael and Emily talk about Rachael's first encounter with depression, her near death experience and the ebbs and flows of mental health. Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
53:04
January 9, 2019
Mike Mousseau on Depression, Abuse & Shame | Ep. 1
In Optimistically Depressed's first podcast, Mike Mousseau speaks about depression, abuse, shame and forgiveness in raw honesty. It was a privilege to talk with him and hear some of his story. Please be advised, this is sensitive subject matter, so maybe don't listen to it with your kids in the car.  Listen: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Yi8bhw iTunes: https://apple.co/2J3WFhN Connect with Optimistically Depressed: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticallydepressed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optimisticallydepressed Twitter: https://twitter.com/optmlydepressed About Ruth: Ruth McMullen is the creator and host of Optimistically Depressed, a podcast where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame. Ruth is an advocate for mental health and has openly shared her journey with depression.
55:22
January 4, 2019