Stigma Adam Episodes

Video Games as FDA Approved Medicine with Dr. Adam Gazzaley

Dr. Adam Gazzaley, founder of Akili Interactive joins us to talk about the intersection of molecular and experiential treatments for mental health conditions.  Akili is …

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Jessica Carson, Author of, “Wired This Way” on Entrepreneur Mental Health

My conversation with Jessica Carson really helped me to grow as an entrepreneur, and investor.  This is one of those conversations that you wish you …

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Eric Dresdale joins me to talk about building startups in the mental health and addiction space.  Eric was one of the earliest entrepreneurs to build …

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Behavioral Healthcare Innovation with Nicki Tessler of UHS

Today’s guest Nicki Tessler (Psy.D, MBA) is the Divisional Vice President for Behavioral Health at Universal Health Services (UHS) where she provides senior-level leadership for …

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Martin Schappell – Behavioral Health Industry Veteran

Martin Schappell spent 15 years as a leader at Universal Health Services (the largest inpatient psychiatric hospital operator in the United States) as a Senior …

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Eric Dresdale – Early Pioneer in Addiction Startups

Eric Dresdale joins me to talk about building startups in the mental health and addiction space.  Eric was one of the earliest entrepreneurs to build …

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Mental Health Market Update: Teladoc Deep Dive, Valuation, Analysis, M&A History, Stock Price, and More

Teladoc provides integrated virtual healthcare services including telehealth, mental health and expert medical services remotely In this market update, we dig into what exactly Teladoc …

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Using Tech to Stop Suicide with Amanda Johnstone

How can we use technology to stop suicide? How can we leverage technology to encourage vulnerability and connectivity to help people deal with difficult times? …

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Unwanted Sexual Behavior: What the Research Shows with Jay Stringer

Jay Stringer joins us to talk about unwanted sexual behavior (pornography, buying sex, affairs, etc.). Jay is a licensed mental health counselor, ordained minister, author, …

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Sobriety is a Superpower with VC Steve Schlafman

Steve Schlafman is a friend, mentor, a sponsor of sorts to me, and a very experienced Venture Capitalist who also has 5-years of sobriety under …

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Black Men’s Mental Health with Kevin Dedner, MPH

Kevin Dedner is co-founder and CEO of Henry Health. Henry Health is a digital community that provides self-care support and culturally sensitive teletherapy. Henry Health’s …

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KoreVoices Founder Jesse Stern

In this episode I spoke with Jesse Stern, founder of KoreVoices. KoreVoices is a community of over 200,000 people overcoming mental health issues by sharing …

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Bipolar 1 – Public Perception Versus Reality – Examples of Lived Experiences

Jason Finucan and I both live with type-1 bipolar disorder. We have had vastly different experiences with the illness. In this episode, we explore what …

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Mental Health Market Update: Mindstrong Raises $100mm Series-C From What If Ventures, General Catalyst, Foresight, 8VC and Others

On Thursday, May 21 2020, Mindstrong Health announced the completion of a $100mm Series-C investment with capital coming from What If Ventures, General Catalyst, Bezos …

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Starting a Business From Prison with Emily O’Brien

“I launched a Company While Serving Time for Coke Smuggling” – Emily O’Brien I’m so inspired by our conversation with Emily O’Brien. Emily is a …

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My Sober Compass with Arielle Dyment

Arielle Dyment is an influencer in the recovery community, and a highly sought-after sober coach. She joins us to talk about addiction, getting sober, and …

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Mental Health Market Update: How Big Is the U.S. Mental Health Market

We dig into 8 industry research reports to build up a total addressable market size for the mental health market in the U.S. based on …

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Today’s guest is Nyemade Boiwu. Nyemade recently wrote blog post on the NAMI website titled “It’s Okay If You Need Meds to Be Okay.” This …

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Meru Health Founder and CEO – Kristian Ranta

Kristian Ranta, founder and CEO of Meru Health, lost his older brother to suicide in 2005 pushing Kristian to build a mental health solution that …

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Men’s Mental Health with EVRYMAN Founder Lucas Krump

Lucas Krump joins me on the podcast this week to talk about men’s mental health. Lucas started a company called EVRYMAN, for the sole purpose …

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Zak Williams on Sobriety and Mental Health After Father, Robin Williams’ Suicide

Zak Williams joins us to talk about how he handled the passing of his father (actor Robin Williams) and how he found his way to …

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Mental Health Market Update: 5/1/20 United Health Acquires AbleTo for $470mm

Welcome to our first weekly mental health market update.  This is a segment of the Stigma Podcast where we discuss recent news impacting the mental …

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Changing Your Brain Chemistry with Dr. Laura Murray

Did you know we can manually adjust our brain chemistry leading to increased happiness (and health)? Did you know that in countries like Zambia, people …

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Combating Loneliness and Isolation in College Students During COVID-19

Dr. Danielle Ramo, from HopeLab joined me this week to talk about the launch of the Nod app. Nod was built by HopeLab in collaboration …

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How to Fix Mental Health Care in America

Ben Miller, Chief Strategy Officer at the Well Being Trust joined me to discuss what’s broken, what works, and what the future of mental health …

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Ginger Founder, Karan Singh on Building a Mental Health Startup

Karan Singh, Co-founder and COO of mental health startup, Ginger, joins me in this episode. Ginger is one of the early pioneers within the mental …

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COVID-19, Isolation, Loneliness and Your Mental Health

In the time of COVID-19 and social distancing, it’s important to know how we can maintain our mental health. Kasley Killam, joins me for a …

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Keto Diet – A Cure For Mental Illness? (Dr. Chris Palmer)

Can the Ketogenic diet cure mental illness? Has it really been used to cure epilepsy? Is it safe? How does it work? We answer all …

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Corporate Executive Mental Health Leaderboard with Rob Stephenson

In this episode I spoke with Rob Stephenson who is moving mountains to defeat stigma around mental health. He’s one of the most active, and …

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Coming Out About Mental Illness

Coming out about having a mental illness isn’t easy. Elizabeth Horner, psychiatric nurse, mother of 4, joins us to talk about how she decided to …

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West Point Grads Talk Addiction, Rehab, and Mindfulness – With Nick Padlo

Nick Padlo joins us for a very candid conversation about addiction, rehab, recovery, relapsing, and mindfulness. Nick is a long-time friend, and he’s a West …

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What is the Role of the Church in Mental Health

Michael Perron is one of my sponsors in recovery.  He is also a minister who created and runs the Life Recovery Program at Prestonwood Baptist …

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Homeless Naval Academy Graduate Gets Back on His Feet Via Entrepreneurship – Bob Moran

Bob Moran graduated from the Naval Academy in 1983. He served honorably as a Marine officer, but as he neared retirement from the military, he didn’t make the transition into civilian life as smoothly as others do.

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Afghan Refugee – Mental Illness Startup Founder – Sophia Mahfooz

Sophia Mahfooz is a survivor, she is a role model and she is one of the most inspiring people I’ve met. She was born pre-maturely, …

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Streamlining The Pathway To Mental Health Care With Strong365 Founder, Chantel Garrett

Chantel Garrett, Founder and Executive Director of Strong365 joins me for a conversation about psychosis, schizophrenia, and how we can help people when they first …

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Making Mental Health a Priority Issue in The Election

In our latest episode, I had the chance to speak with congressional candidate Lindsey Boylan.  She is a candidate for congress in NY’s 10th district. …

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Walk and Talk Therapy in NYC with Clay Cockrell

In this episode Stephen Hays chats with Clay Cockrell.  Clay is a therapist in New York, NY and has gained quite a bit of notoriety …

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Stigma, Discrimination, Recovery, and Politics

In this episode Stephen Hays chats with Ryan Hampton about Ryan’s personal addiction journey that has led Ryan to the forefront of our national conversation …

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PsyberGuide – ‘Consumer Reports’ for Mental Health Apps

In this episode I chat with Dr. Stephen Schueller about the role of technology in treating people for mental health conditions as well as the …

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Let’s Talk About Sex (Addiction)

Dr. Alexandra Katehakis is a pioneer in the area of sex addiction, and healthy sexual behavior. In this episode we talk about what sex addiction …

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Getting Sober with Alex Wilhelm of TechCrunch

In this episode, my friend Alex Wilhelm joins me to talk about our shared experiences in recovering from addiction.  Alex was most recently, the editor …

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Suicidal Ideation and Self Harm – What to do When it’s Your Child

I had a raw, personal, and honest conversation with Robbie Millward about mental health, suicidal ideation, self-harm and how he struggled with these things in …

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Opioid Addiction Prevention – with Yossuf Albanawi Founder of Pilleve

In this episode I speak with Yossuf Albanawi, co-founder of Opioid addiction solution, Pilleve.  Yossuf is a graduate of Wake Forest University, he is a …

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Children’s Mental Health and the Role of Educators

In this episode of the Stigma Podcast, I had a chance to speak with Mandy Froehlich.  Mandy is an educator, and personally, opens with us …

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Heart Rate Variability – Learning to Self Regulate Using Biomarker Feedback

What do monks, startup founders, and Ph.Ds in cognitive neuroscience have in common?  They all have a heartbeat.  Today’s guest, Rohan Dixit, founder of Lief …

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How Psychotherapy Can Become Mainstream

I had the most educational, and enlightening conversation with Dr. Cameron Sepah and I’m lucky that I captured it digitally and can share it with …

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You Are Not Alone with Mxiety

Marie “Mxiety” Shanley joined me for a conversation about mental health, depression, streaming on Twitch/Mixer, and how to get help when you are struggling.  She …

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Automated Mood Tracking with Dan Seider, CEO of Misu

In episode 10, we have a conversation with Dan Seider, founder and CEO of Misü.  Dan talks to us about his experience living with bipolar …

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Cornbread Hustle – Recovery & Second Chances with Cheri Garcia

In this episode I had the chance to speak with a friend of mine, and someone who was very compassionate toward me in my early …

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Stigma is a Squirrel. Run at it Shouting!

I’m excited to share my conversation with Mark Freeman. Mark is an author (Book: “You are Not a Rock”), mental health coach, workshop facilitator and …

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Bea The Difference

Bea Arthur is a Columbia University trained psychotherapist, founder and CEO of The Difference, and an author who works with high performance individuals.  Bea was …

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Mental Health, Stigma, and Vulnerability with Jordan Brown of AnswersNow

In this episode of the Stigma Podcast, I spoke with Jordan Brown, an advocate for mental health, a social worker in the mental health field, …

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‘Asking for help’ is not weakness. It is strength!

Micah Baldwin is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Graphicly which was acquired by Blurb in 2014. We are very fortunate to have him come on the show …

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Video Games, Esports and Mental Health – Scotty Tidwell

In this episode we talk with Scotty Tidwell, Chief Community Officer at GFuel, the official energy drink of esports.   We dive into the intersection of mental …

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Kunal Gupta – How Mindfulness and Meditation Make Him a Better Founder and CEO. The Growth of MindTech.

I had the chance to sit down with Kunal Gupta, founder and CEO of Polar, a trusted-web platform provider for global media publishers. He is a member …

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Dr. Michael Freeman on Entrepreneur Mental Health

In our first interview on “Stigma” we talk with Dr. Michael Freeman.  Dr. Freeman is a practicing psychiatrist and psychologist in San Francisco. He has …

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Welcome to the Stigma Podcast

Welcome to the Stigma Podcast, a collection of conversations about mental health, addiction and recovery. Our intent, is to share stories of experience, strength and …

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