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Verity Vale on the Misconceptions of Hypnotherapy | Ep. 51

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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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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.
1:06:13
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.
1:13:09
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.
1:07:22
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.
1:10:29
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.
1:03:43
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.
1:09:47
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.
1:47:53
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.
52:18
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.
1:02:11
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.
1:01:41
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
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