Where's My Mind

Where's My Mind

By Where's My Mind
Where’s My Mind is a podcast where mental illness is discussed with the same candor as sex during a Sex and the City brunch scene, but with more diverse and inclusive participants. Kimberly Rolfs and Rena Barch met while learning to make coffee, not realizing that latte art would become the pathway to frank discussions about everything from depressive episodes to avoiding talking truth to their therapists. In this long-form podcast, we discuss the the highs, the lows, and the very real in-between.
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7. Where's My Paycheck? - Mental Health In the Workplace, How to Tell Your Boss About Your Mental Illness, Using Your Sick Days, Creating a Supportive Environment, and Standing Up For Yourself
In this episode, Rena and Kim discuss one of their favorite topics: mental health at work! We discuss how to talk about your mental illness to your boss, when in the hiring process to talk about it, how to create a supportive work environment, coping with panic attacks at work, and using sick days to take care of your mental health. We also talk about bad bosses we've had, how working in the service industry can hurt people's mental health, being mistreated because of our mental illnesses, unconscious bias, not wanting to confirm stereotypes, how stigma about working with mentally ill people can influence the hiring process, and standing up for yourself. This is an important discussion to both of us, and we think you'll get a lot of value out of it too!! This is going to be our last episode for a couple weeks as we take a little break from recording, but we'll be back and better than ever very soon with lots of amazing new guests! Connect with us: Where's My Mind FB: facebook.com/wheresmymindpod IG: @wheresmymindpod Twitter: @wheresmymindpod Connect with Rena: rbarch.com IG: @rbarch Connect with Kim: kimberlyrolfs.com IG: @kimberlyrolfs
1:14:44
July 9, 2019
6. Where's Zoey's Mind? - Zoey Michaels on ADHD, Misdiagnosis, Hospitalization, Fearing Addiction, Dating In Treatment, and Why Her ADHD Is a Superpower
This week's guest episode features artist and musician Zoey Michaels! We talk about Zoey's ADHD diagnosis, how her diagnosis and view of mental illness has evolved, her experience being hospitalized and in treatment programs, growing up as the child of addicts, having an addictive personality, taking Adderall, and dating someone she met in treatment. We also discuss coping with trauma, toxic relationships, being a "therapist teacher's pet," how ADHD influences Zoey's creativity, and how family dynamics shape the way we behave in adult life. Rena and Kim also talk about taking a break from therapy, considering your therapist's feelings, thinking about death, appreciating the small things, and finding a job you're passionate about. This is a LONG episode, but it's packed with so much amazing content. Enjoy, and don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe!  Connect with Zoey: IG: @zoeymichaels Connect with us:  Where's My Mind wheresmymindpod@gmail.com  Facebook: facebook.com/wheresmymindpod IG: @wheresmymindpod Twitter: @wheresmymindpod Rena: @rbarch renabarch.com Kim: @kimberlyrolfs kimberlyrolfs.com
1:43:18
July 2, 2019
5. Where's My Self-Control? - Impulsive Behavior, Self-Harm, Alcohol, Hypersexuality, Emotional Eating, Why We Self-Destruct, and What We Do About It
In this episode, Rena and Kim are talking SELF-DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR.  We hit on all kinds of self-destruction and self-sabotage, from binge drinking to emotional eating to sex to smoking, and we talk about where these behaviors come from for us and get to the root of why we've used them to cope.  We talk about the difference between self-destruction and self-sabotage, why we're more comfortable being unhappy, how impulsive behavior influences creativity, when to embrace destructive impulses, how to avoid getting into patterns of self-sabotage, and what we do in the moment when we feel triggered. We also discuss what it feels like to be in the middle of a depressive episode, getting back into good habits and routines, and the mind-body connection.   Connect with us:  Where's My Mind  Facebook: facebook.com/wheresmymindpod   IG: @wheresmymindpod  Twitter: @wheresmymindpod  Follow Rena: @rbarch  renabarch.com   Follow Kim: @kimberlyrolfs  kimberlyrolfs.com
58:19
June 25, 2019
4. Where's Haley's Mind? - Haley Jakobson on Depression, Stigma in the Mindfulness Community, Trauma, Being Creative on Meds, and Starting Conversations With Art
We're back with another guest episode! Writer, artistic director, yoga teacher, and photographer Haley Jakobson joins us to discuss depression, mood disorders, stigma in the mindfulness community and why it almost prevented her from getting help, forced unpacking of trauma in acting school, why medication is the best thing that happened to her creativity, writing to heal, the importance of art to the conversation about mental health, why she doesn't date people also dealing with mental illness, and... outsourcing your nudes? Also, Rena and Kim talk about repressing emotions to function, breakups, NOT embracing the present moment, "depression face," journaling, and if mindset is really everything.  Follow Haley: @haleyjakobson @haleyjakobsonphoto @brunchtheatre Follow Us:  www.wheresmymindpod.com  Where's My Mind Facebook IG: @wheresmymindpod Twitter: @wheresmymindpod Follow Rena and Kim:  Rena: @rbarch www.renabarch.com Kim: @kimberlyrolfs www.kimberlyrolfs.com
1:17:12
June 18, 2019
3. Where's My Serotonin? - Finding the Right Medication, Dealing With Side Effects, and When to Break Up With Your Meds
We discuss the trials and tribulations of finding the right medication for your diagnoses, and why we decided to go on medication. We decide which side effects are worth living with in exchange for being able to function every day and how to decide when to go on or off anti-depressants. Reading List and References: The Collected Schizophrenias - Esme Weijun Wang "Psychiatry's Incurable Hubris", The Atlantic Mind Fixers: Psychiatry’s Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness - Anne Harrington Follow Us:  www.wheresmymindpod.com  Where's My Mind Facebook IG: @wheresmymindpod Twitter: @wheresmymindpod Follow Rena and Kim:  Rena:  @rbarch www.renabarch.com Kim: @kimberlyrolfs www.kimberlyrolfs.com
1:00:17
June 11, 2019
2. Where's Alex's Mind? - Alex Hughes on Bipolar Disorder, Manic Episodes, Being Hospitalized, Healthy Coping Mechanisms, and Dealing With Mental Illness In Relationships
Actor, writer, and director Alex Hughes joins us for our first guest episode (!!) to talk about his bipolar II diagnosis, how hypomania and mania differ, what it was like spending a night in the psych ward, finding healthy coping mechanisms, how the way you act in therapy mirrors how you act in life, and his hesitation around going on medication. Also, Rena talks to Alex and Kim about their friendship and creative partnership, how dealing with mental illness helped their friendship evolve, and how they went from a toxic and codependent relationship to one in which they both support each other's mental health (spoiler alert: a LOT of communication).  Follow Alex: @ahughes1313  alexarjunahughes.com Follow Us:  www.wheresmymindpod.com  Where's My Mind Facebook IG: @wheresmymindpod Twitter: @wheresmymindpod Follow Rena and Kim:  Rena:  @rbarch www.renabarch.com Kim: @kimberlyrolfs www.kimberlyrolfs.com
1:24:41
June 4, 2019
1. Where's My Mind? - OUR FIRST EPISODE! Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Being Diagnosed & Where We Are Now
Meet Where's My Mind hosts Rena and Kim! Hear about how they met, why they’re doing the podcast, and dig into their mental health journeys.  This episode is packed with info - we talk all about our diagnoses and how we got them, when we knew we had mental health issues, family, grief, dating, being impulsive, maintaining friendships, what we wish people understood about our respective mental illnesses, and what we're doing to cope these days.  We’re still working on being brief, but we’ve already nailed being open and unreserved!  Kim’s web series featuring a protagonist with BPD: Life or Death, Basically (@lifeordeathbasically, www.lifeordeathbasically.com).  Follow Where's My Mind:  www.wheresmymindpod.com  www.facebook.com/wheresmymindpod www.instagram.com/wheresmymindpod  Follow Rena and Kim:  Rena:  www.instagram.com/rbarch www.renabarch.com Kim: www.instagram.com/kimberlyrolfs www.kimberlyrolfs.com
1:11:38
May 29, 2019
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