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Optimistically Depressed | Mike Mousseau on the Mental Toll of working as a Correctional Officer | Ep. 47

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By Ruth McMullen
Optimistically Depressed is a platform where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame.
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Optimistically Depressed | 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
Optimistically Depressed | 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
Optimistically Depressed | 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
Optimistically Depressed | 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.
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August 27, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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.
1:09:47
August 23, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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?
1:47:53
August 15, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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. 
52:18
August 8, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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. 
1:02:11
July 30, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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.
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July 26, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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. 
1:02:59
July 19, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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.
1:04:44
July 17, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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. 
1:01:29
July 5, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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.
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.
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June 26, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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.
59:37
June 20, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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.
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June 13, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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.
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June 6, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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. 
1:36:49
May 31, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | Pain & Tragedy with Ruth & Sean McMullen | Ep. 32
Ruth and Sean discuss the past week and a half after receiving heartbreaking news.
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May 22, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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. 
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May 16, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | Dr. Nikole MacLellan, ND on Burnout | Ep. 30
Dr. Nikole MacLellan, ND joins Optimistically Depressed to discuss burnout and its chemical and physical effects.
1:06:40
May 9, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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/
1:42:30
May 3, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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.
1:00:48
April 25, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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
Optimistically Depressed | 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. 
1:30:41
April 18, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | Kirsten Aitken on Drug Abuse & Suicide | Ep. 25
Kirsten Aitken joins Optimistically Depressed to discuss drug abuse, depression, anxiety and suicide. 
1:11:48
April 16, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | Graeme Gillis on Anxiety | Ep. 24
Graeme Gillis joins Optimistically Depressed to discuss some of his family relationships and his experience with anxiety.
1:03:40
April 11, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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.
1:12:56
April 9, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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.
1:03:24
April 4, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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. 
1:09:59
April 3, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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. 
1:03:52
March 29, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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. Take a listen to this encouraging episode on iTunes, Spotify or wherever you find your podcasts. 
59:17
March 27, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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. 
1:11:34
March 21, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | Emma Bonang on Losing a Sibling and 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.
49:48
March 20, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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.
1:06:47
March 14, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | Adventures Growing up with Raina Khan | 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. 
1:37:29
March 12, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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. 
52:36
March 7, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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. 
1:03:43
March 5, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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.
1:22:06
March 2, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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. 
56:46
February 27, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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.
44:24
February 20, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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! 
52:36
February 12, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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.
58:43
February 10, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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.
1:01:43
February 3, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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.
53:19
January 24, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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.
53:49
January 22, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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.
16:10
January 17, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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.
1:01:00
January 13, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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.
53:04
January 9, 2019
Optimistically Depressed | 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. 
55:22
January 4, 2019
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