Podcast: Why I Gave Up on God

In this episode, Tim stays with the previous topic of mental illness and religion but shares his personal story rather than just looking at the big picture. He shares stories from his childhood all the way into adulthood when he finally let go of God.

Everything in this episode is straight from the heart/mind/mouth of Tim…no notes to offer in other words.

There will be a Part III with two of my friends sharing their thoughts/struggles with mental illness and religion.

Music credit: Lady Antebellum, “Compass”

Please help if you can…everything helps. You can do so here.

More importantly, if you know someone who needs to know that they are not alone in their struggle with anger or mental illness, please share this post/blog with them. Thank you!


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Podcast: Self Harm

Show Notes:

  • Statistics taken from: http://www.healthyplace.com/abuse/self-injury/self-injury-self-harm-statistics-and-facts/
  • Self-harm is more an act of self-preservation than self-destruction.
  • Aron Ralston: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aron_Ralston
  • Tim shares first-hand stories from 3 people’s self-harm experiences.
  • Tim discusses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dialectical_behavior_therapy 
    Friends, I need your help growing the reach of TKWANA. Its aims are to 1. encourage 2. educate and 3. connect people with mental illnesses and their supporters. Beyond blogging, podcasting, and speaking, I ultimately hope to develop a small-group model for those with mental illnesses – something not too different from what AA is for alcoholics. If you see the value in this endeavor, please consider sharing TKWANA with your Facebook friends or with someone in particular who might need it. Thank you!


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Podcast: Talking about Mental Illness at Work

In this episode, Tim discusses the pros and cons of telling people at work about your mental illness. He also welcomes two guest contributors whose experiences differ somewhat from his.

Helpful websites (the links are giving me trouble so you’ll have to copy and paste these):

Music credit: Lady Antebellum, “Compass”

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Alison Dotson Interview

In this episode, Tim interviews Alison Dotson, author of “Being Me with OCD.” They talk OCD, of course, but much more, too. They discuss how people can support those with a mental illness, how/when to seek treatment and much more.

Here’s the link to Alison’s website: https://alisondotson.com

And her book: Being Me With OCD

John Hirschfeld’s book: When a Family Member Has OCD

Music Credit: Lady Antebellum, “Compass”

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How to Tell Family and Friends about Your Mental Illness

Survey of evangelical Christians’ views on mental illness: http://blog.lifeway.com/newsroom/2013/09/17/half-of-evangelicals-believe-prayer-can-heal-mental-illness/


Tim’s goals for TKWANA non-profit:

  1. Encourage – through writing, podcasting and speaking.
  2. Educate – through writing, podcasting, and speaking.
  3. Connect (this is the big, audacious goal that might take the rest of my life) – develop an AA-like model for people with mental illnesses to meet in small groups for the purpose of knowing they are not alone and having peers who help them take the necessary steps forward.

Tips for telling someone you’re mentally ill:

  1. Pick a “sure thing”, someone you’re as safe as possible with. If you don’t have such a person, email Tim or talk to a therapist at the very least.
  2. Proceed with caution; go slowly!
  3. Point out specific behaviors or events that will illustrate to your loved one(s) how this illness affects you.
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The View From the Roller Coaster

In this podcast, Tim reflects on his past two months – a time during which he has vividly experienced the bi-polar II roller coaster. Tim shares his thoughts on self-awareness, self-care, the dangers of Facebook, gun rights, the Orlando Massacre, and even how to train a ferret. You’ll have to listen to find out which one of those is a lie.

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Feeling Misunderstood

In this episode, Tim shares stories of mentally ill folks being terribly misunderstood; he also provides some suggestions for how those who are mentally ill and those who love and support them can work toward understanding each other and working together toward healthier relationships and lives.

Show Notes:

Music by Lady Antebellum, “Compass”

Atlantic Monthly article on anxiety, by Scott Stossel, http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/01/surviving_anxiety/355741/

Please go to iTunes and give this podcast a rating…a good one, preferably. If you have something you’d like to suggest, please email Tim at toknowwearenotalone@gmail.com.

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Riley Sisson Eulogy

A eulogy I gave in honor of my friend Riley Sisson, who died in 2014 as a direct result of his mental health and addiction struggles. I challenge the audience to not simply hope they’ll “do something” in honor of Riley, but to put something on their calendar and repeat it so it actually happens. As I put it, “Do something, and keep doing it!” This challenge turned into a post on my blog which was picked up by the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation for their own blog.

Riley, I miss you every day and hope this message honors you and your memory, my friend!

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Mindfulness and Mental Illness

TKWANA – Podcast 4 Show Notes

  • The process of forming a 501(c)3 for To Know We Are Not Alone is underway thanks to a donor who is paying for the legal stuff.
  • Greatergood.berkeley.edu definition of Mindfulness:
  • Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future. http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition
  • Huffington Post: Mindfulness Meditation Benefits: 20 Reasons Why It’s Good For Your Mental And Physical Health: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/08/mindfulness-meditation-benefits-health_n_3016045.html
  • Recommended Apps:
  • Mindfulness I & II
  • Buddhify
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