Healing From PTSD And The Trauma of Sexual Assault, Lauren’s Story

According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in five women will be a victim of rape at some point in their lives. If that number shocks you, it’s because many victims of sexual assault and rape cope with their trauma in silence. In 2017, the silence broke as women started speaking out on social media through the #metoo movement.

In this episode of Silent Superheroes, we meet Lauren, a software engineer from Australia who was a victim of rape as a teenager, leaving her with PTSD. Unable to tell anyone for more than a year, Lauren dropped out of high-school and struggled with panic attacks. Eventually, her journey of healing from PTSD began by writing a letter about her experience to her mum. Lauren has come to terms with her trauma through psychologists offices, medication, and with the support of family, friends and now colleagues. While coming to terms with her trauma, she studied to be a software engineer, and is now forging a successful career in technology.

Links

  • Finding a psychiatrist in Australia and New Zealand (resource)
  • National Sexual Violence Research Center (resource )

Getting Support

Remember, the people you hear on Silent Superheroes are talking about their personal experience with mental illness. Because they are not trained medical professionals, please consult your care provider before making a change to your treatment plan.

Take your mental health seriously. If you need help healing from PTSD, you can call 1-800-273-8255, or text crisistextline.org on 741741. Both provide 24×7 confidential counseling to people in the United States. Worldwide visit http://iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

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Accepting Yourself and Accommodating Employees with ADHD – Scott’s Journey

“I don’t want to be anybody else, I want to be me.” – Scott

Scott is part of an active ADHD community on Twitter, focusing on ADHD advocacy in the UK.  It was while working as an online bingo presenter a colleague suggested he might be on the autistic spectrum, and that suggestion put Scott on his path to his ADHD diagnosis.  Now, Scott is no longer content with “fitting in” and isn’t going to apologize for his ADHD. Because of this, Scott advocates on behalf of the ADHD community for greater acceptance of the condition and the people who live with it.

In this episode, Scott walks us through his journey from disruptive kid, through cruise host, online bingo caller and customer service in a call center. We also talk about the US and UK mental health care systems, concluding that they’re different and neither is good.  Scott tells us about his movie “Misunderstood”, currently in development, about a character with ADHD. Finally, Scott and I discuss his communities answer to the question “How could employers do a better job of accommodating employees with ADHD?”

Links

Getting Support

Remember, the people you hear on Silent Superheroes are people talking about their personal experience with mental illness. They are not trained medical professionals.  If you are considering making a change to your treatment plan, please contact a medical professional.

Take your mental health seriously. If you need to speak to someone you can call 1-800-273-8255, or text crisistextline.org on 741741. Both provide 24×7 confidential counseling to people in the United States. Worldwide visit http://iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

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Getting Men’s Mental Health Out of The Shadows

Competitive, adventurous, life of the party, a rock.

All things friends might have said about Reid before, through the course of a year, he experienced a series of setbacks: a close friend died, he was laid off and he broke his arm while snowboarding.  Those setbacks put him in a depression that robbed him of his interest in family, friends and getting up into the mountains. Armed with a diagnosis, Reid tackled depression like any injury: repair, rehab and build the muscle that reduces the risk of further injury.  Now, as a result of directing the video “Shadows : A Conversation About Men’s Mental Health”, Reid has become a mental health advocate. He encourages men to share their experience of struggling with mental health.

In this episode of Silent Superheroes, Reid and I discuss why men aren’t good at talking about their feelings.  We make the case that mental and physical health are the same. Reid shares the support he got for mental health at the tech company he works for, and gives a template for the experience everyone should have managing mental health at work.

Links

Getting Support

Remember, the people you hear on Silent Superheroes are people talking about their personal experience with mental illness.  They are not trained medical professionals.  If you are considering making a change to your treatment plan, please contact a medical professional.

Take your mental health seriously. If you need to speak to someone you can call 1-800-273-8255, or text crisistextline.org on 741741. Both provide 24×7 confidential counseling to people in the United States. Worldwide visit http://iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

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Rachel’s Resoul Revolution, Anorexia and Working With Depression

Meet Rachel. She’s a coach and the founder of the Resoul Revolution, a transformational retreat for women in leadership.  In this episode, Rachel tells us about the dark force she experienced as a child. She describes it as a curse that followed her into her adult life, but because the dark force came and went without obvious cause, she didn’t know what it was . The dark force showed itself in different ways, for example anorexia, bad relationships and getting laid off from work. Rachel tried to escape the dark force by making jewelry and becoming a coach, but when it didn’t go away she turned to face it. She now calls it by a different name, depression. In this episode of Silent Superheroes, we follow Rachel’s journey and find out how she manages her depression without medication. She tells us how working with depression influences her as a coach, and introduces her new project, the Resoul Revolution.

Links

Getting Support

Remember, the people you hear on Silent Superheroes are people talking about their personal experience with mental illness.  They are not trained medical professionals.  If you are considering making a change to your treatment plan, please contact a medical professional.

Take your mental health seriously. If you need to speak to someone you can call 1-800-273-8255, or text crisistextline.org on 741741. Both provide 24×7 confidential counseling to people in the United States. Worldwide visit http://iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

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Kent – Depression and living in the time of not enoughness

Throughout his career, Kent always tried to help people understand the “why” for their work. That desire lead him to be a recruiter and then an HR leader. It was while leading an HR team that the competing demands of “the system” of work and his own “why” came into conflict. Frozen by the side of the road on his way to work, Kent found himself at the edge of oblivion.  He reinvented himself as an Agent of Evolutionary Change. Now he works with individuals, leaders and organizations, helping them navigate the increasing speed and complexity of modern work through continued personal and professional development. And, while the depression hasn’t left him, he’s learned how to manage depression at work by treating every moment of joy or sadness as a workout. That workout is helping him build the muscle that keeps depression at bay.

Links

  • WHO Report “Depression Is The Leading Cause of Disability” (article)
  • David White “The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self and Relationship” (book)
  • Deloitte 2018 Human Capital Report “The Symphonic C-suite” (article)
  • Lenny Kravitz – Dream (song)

Getting Support

Remember, the people you hear on Silent Superheroes are people talking about their personal experience with mental illness.  They are not trained medical professionals.  If you are considering making a change to your treatment plan, please contact a medical professional.

Take your mental health seriously. If you need to speak to someone you can call 1-800-273-8255, or text crisistextline.org on 741741. Both provide 24×7 confidential counseling to people in the United States. Worldwide visit http://iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

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Getting OK With Being Good Enough, Richard’s journey with ADD and Depression

Richard is a Program Manager living with ADD and depression.  In this episode, Richard walks us through half a lifetime with undiagnosed ADD at work.  His journey to diagnosis starts out as the smart kid who could finish his homework in five minutes and ends as an adult taking on too much responsibility to get the rush of feeling valued.  After “acing” the lab test for ADD, Richard is on a different journey. The journey to getting OK with being good enough.

Links

Getting Support

Remember, the people you hear on Silent Superheroes are people talking about their personal experience with mental illness.  They are not trained medical professionals.  If you are considering making a change to your treatment plan, please contact a medical professional.

Take your mental health seriously. If you need to speak to someone you can call 1-800-273-8255, or text crisistextline.org on 741741. Both provide 24×7 confidential counseling to people in the United States. Worldwide visit http://iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

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Feeling sad or feeling nothing, Jared’s journey with ADHD & Depression

Jared is a Systems Engineer working in the technology sector. In this episode of Silent Superheroes, we learn that depression distorts Jared’s visual perception of the world and how ADHD is a problem of time management not attention. Jared’s long inventory of medication leads to a discussion of side effects and the complexity of self-monitoring. We discuss how Jared’s interrupt-driven job dictates his priorities and helps him manage ADHD at work, and how keeping busy distracts him from depression. But with systems engineering comes night shifts, and being disconnected from people let his darker thoughts and depression creep in.

Getting Help

Remember, the people you hear on Silent Superheroes are people talking about their personal experience with mental illness.  They are not trained medical professionals.  If you are considering making a change to your treatment plan, please contact a medical professional.

Take your mental health seriously. If you need to speak to someone you can call 1-800-273-8255, or text crisistextline.org on 741741. Both provide 24×7 confidential counseling to people in the United States. Worldwide visit http://iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

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Travel and Talking About It, Will’s journey with anxiety and depression

Will is an award winning, independent video producer living with anxiety and depression.  In this episode of Silent Superheroes, Will talks about the benefits and drawbacks of being self-employed, and the pressures of the work environment that drove him to go out on his own. He shares how anxiety distorts his ability to be confident in his work.  We discuss the importance of finding the right therapist and by looking through Will’s eyes I see business travel in a new light.

Links

  • The theory of optimum stress (article)
  • Idiot Brain by Dean Burnett (book)

Getting Help

Remember, the people you hear on Silent Superheroes are people talking about their personal experience with mental illness.  They are not trained medical professionals.  If you are considering making a change to your treatment plan, please contact a medical professional.

Take your mental health seriously. If you need to speak to someone you can call 1-800-273-8255, or text crisistextline.org on 741741. Both provide 24×7 confidential counseling to people in the United States. Worldwide visit http://iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

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Heartbreak to Hope, Alok’s Journey With Double Depression

Alok lives with double depression while having a career in Software Quality Assurance.  In this episode of Silent Superheroes, Alok talks about the simple middle school heartbreak that introduced him to depression and his long journey with therapy and medication.  We discuss the mundane nature of suicidal ideation and the perceived difference between physical and mental health.  Alok successfully manages his mental health at work and offers words of cautious hope to those just starting their journey with depression.

Alok is the host of the Race Invaders podcast, an ongoing dialogue about race, politics, and the search for a universal response to oppression.

Links

  • The Race Invaders Podcast (podcast)
  • Robert Sopolsky depression lecture (video)
  • Beck Depression Inventory (resource)

Getting Support

Remember, the people you hear on Silent Superheroes are people talking about their personal experience with mental illness.  They are not trained medical professionals.  If you are considering making a change to your treatment plan, please contact a medical professional.

Take your mental health seriously. If you need to speak to someone you can call 1-800-273-8255, or text crisistextline.org on 741741. Both provide 24×7 confidential counseling to people in the United States. Worldwide visit http://iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

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From dean’s list to desperation and a workable plan, Amanda’s journey with bipolar type 1

Meet Amanda, a mom working as a pharmacy technician while managing bipolar type 1. In this episode of Silent Superheroes, Amanda talks about her experience living with undiagnosed bipolar disorder.  Experiences that range from making dean’s list during a manic semester, to considering suicide while the rest of New York celebrated the New York Giants winning the Super Bowl.  Hospitalization put Amanda on the road to recovery, but despite knowing her bipolar type 1 intimately and having a plan to manage it, the  structure of her work  makes maintaining her mental health difficult.

Links

Getting Help

Remember, the people you hear on Silent Superheroes are people talking about their personal experience with mental illness.  They are not trained medical professionals.  If you are considering making a change to your treatment plan, please contact a medical professional.

Take your mental health seriously. If you need to speak to someone you can call 1-800-273-8255, or text crisistextline.org on 741741. Both provide 24×7 confidential counseling to people in the United States. Worldwide visit http://iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

To help others find the Silent Superheroes podcast please leave us a review on iTunes or your favorite podcasting service.