Episode 115 – Talking Therapy in Tom King’s Heroes in Crisis

Hey Jedi Counsel fans! This week we had the great opportunity to stop over and chat with our friends at Paradox Comics-N-Cards! They invited us on to talk a bit about Tom King’s recent comic book series called “Heroes in Crisis“. Listen in as we chat with the comic professionals about some of the themes in the series including what kind of psychological symptoms the heroes might be experiencing, what therapy looks like in real life compared to the comic, and what predictions we have about what’ll happen next. 

It is a fantastic and meaningful discussion! We hope you enjoy it. What are your thoughts about the series so far? You can let us know by messaging us on Facebook, Twitter, or emailing us at jedicounselblog (at) gmail (dot) com. 

Jedi Counsel Episode 110 – Discussing the Opioid Crisis with Dr. Ted Bender, CEO of Turning Point at Addiction Campuses

Note: This episode includes discussion of drug use, self-harm, and overdose deaths.

 

We invited Dr. Ted Bender, the CEO of Turning Point at Addiction Campuses, to talk to us about his expertise in the treatment of substance use disorders. The episode included an overview of the risk factors and consequences associated with addiction. We discussed the opioid epidemic and the types of actions necessary to fight it effectively. We also talked about topics that are regularly in the news, such as fentanyl (a pain medication with high risk for addiction), Narcan (a nasal spray that reverses opioid overdoses) and Suboxone (used for medication-assisted therapy in harm reduction treatment models). We discussed the challenges faced by people struggling with addiction and how treatment is individually-tailored for patients at Turning Point at Addiction Campuses. Dr. Bender concluded with a message of hope and encouragement to view addiction through a non-stigmatizing lens. If you like what you hear, please consider leaving a review on iTunes or telling a friend about us. Thank you so much for listening!

 

For more information about topics discussed in this episode:

 

You can follow Dr. Ted Bender on Twitter and learn more about Turning Point at Addiction Campuses here.

 

You can read the full obituary for Madelyn Linsenmeir here.

 

You can learn more about Dialectical Behavior Therapy here.

Jedi Counsel Podcast 56 – Mr. Monk and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Part 2

Welcome, new listeners! Welcome back, loyal listeners! This episode is the sequel to our previous episode on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). We begin with a discussion of the symptoms and diagnostic criteria. Next, we talk about an evidence-based treatment for OCD (exposure and response prevention). We conclude with our analysis of fictional characters who are depicted with some OCD-like symptoms (e.g., Adrian Monk, Sheldon Cooper) and identify resources for more information about OCD here, here, and here.