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The Best Medicine

The Best Medicine

By Ryan Engelstad
Join Ryan Engelstad, licensed therapist and writer, as he explores ways to normalize the struggles with mental health. Topics range from mental health and behavior change to parenting to the best apps for mental health support. Follow along or leave messages if you'd like to join the conversation!
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Episode 9-Therapist Justin Lioi on men seeking support

The Best Medicine

Comedy and Bipolar Disorder with Tristan Miller
I had a great conversation with Tristan Miller, award winning actor and writer/comedian. We talked about his struggles with Bipolar Disorder and how he has channeled his experiences into his new one man show called Manic Impressive.
October 05, 2018
Social Media as Group Therapy with Ram Reyes
In this episode I talk to Ram Reyes, half of the duo from the Boyz Do Cry podcast. Ram talks about dealing with mental health issues in today's social media influenced world and how that makes things both easier and harder sometimes. Check out for more info.
September 13, 2018
Using Stoicism to Improve Mental Fitness w/ Bill Ferraiolo
In this episode I talk with author/professor Dr. Bill Ferraiolo, author of Meditations on Self Discipline and Failure: Stoic Exercise for Mental Fitness (available on Amazon). We go into his personal struggles with mental health and how stoicism has helped him and can help other build a framework of focusing on what they can control.
September 06, 2018
Stephanie Taylor on Emotional Support Animals
In this episode I talk with Stephanie Taylor, author of Animals That Heal, about the differences between emotional support animals and psychiatric service animals, and the benefits they can offer people struggling with mental health issues.
August 30, 2018
Episode 10-Solo on My Best Medicine and an App Review
In this solo episode of The Best Medicine, I talk about one activity that has been part of my Best Medicine over the years. I also give a review on the mental health AI app Wysa. If you like this episode please subscribe or rate us 5 stars! We are planning on doing an upcoming listener questions episode so send all questions you want answered to @engelsry on Twitter or leave a voice message on the Anchor app.
August 05, 2018
Episode 9-Therapist Justin Lioi on men seeking support
On this episode I talk with Brooklyn based therapist Justin Lioi about working with men in therapy and what gets in the way for them. We touch on the language that men avoid in seeking help versus language they are comfortable with, cultural issues, stigma, and what being in therapy can do for men in their relationships.
July 28, 2018
Episode 8-A Conversation with Mike Graham about Bipolar 2
In this episode I talk with Mike Graham, host of the Game Socket show and podcast, about his experience with Bipolar 2 and the decisions he has made to help himself cope. We had a great conversation about the importance of validation in therapy and finding support. Please like and subscribe!
July 20, 2018
Episode 7- Richard Kaufman on Addiction Recovery
In this episode I talk to Richard Kaufman, host of the Mind Body and Soul podcast. Richard and I talk about his journey through the rooms of AA and learning to accept the help and support of those around him to build sobriety.
July 13, 2018
Episode 6-A conversation with a helper
In this episode I talk with an anonymous guest about supporting loved ones going through mental health struggles. We talk about how to practice self care while also caring for the needs of loved ones. If you'd like to come on as an anonymous guest please reach out to me @engelsry or leave me a voice message on the Anchor app. Enjoy!
July 05, 2018
Episode 5-A Conversation with Tam Spires about recovery
In this episode I talk with Tam Spires of the Tam's World podcast about the why's and how's of keeping things light in recovery . Tam was generous enough to share some of her recovery process and the lessons she has learned along the way.
June 26, 2018
Episode 4-More than "fine"
In this episode I talk with Mia Andrea of the Visdom from the heart podcast about emotional honesty and opening up inside or outside of therapy.
June 14, 2018
Episode 3.5-Thoughts about suicide in the news
In this brief episode I talk about the recent suicides in the news and why making conversations about mental health normal is more important than ever.
June 14, 2018
Episode 3-A conversation with J. Sparks about motivation and behavior change.
In this episode I talk with J. Sparks of the Ignite the Sparxkx podcast. We go deep on motivation and changing problematic behaviors. Enjoy!
June 07, 2018
Episode 2- A conversation with Asiyah about coping skills
Today I talk to Asiyah from the Asiyah Thinking podcast about coping skills and how what we think helps us feel better often hurts us in the long run. Enjoy!
May 31, 2018
Episode 1-A conversation with Marc White about mental health
The very first episode of The Best Medicine Podcast. In this episode I talk with Coach Marc White about anxiety, PTSD, and some strategies that can help. Feel free to leave me a message and I may respond to it next week, here or on Twitter @engelsry. Enjoy!
April 19, 2018