The Mental Health Today Show

The Mental Health Today Show

The Mental Health Today Show encourages and inspires people to work on their mental health. John Cordray is a board-certified counselor and the host of the Mental Health Today Show, and one of the leading voices of emotionally healthy living. John talks about anxiety, anger, marriage, lifestyle, depression, and more. Listen as John talks about how to keep calm from the stress of life. Contact:


August 16, 2021 23 min

Mental health breaks are very important when you need to focus on yourself. You have probably heard that Olympic star Simone Biles dropped out of the vault and uneven bars during the 2021 Olympics for mental health reasons. And she did so without knowing what the world would think.

Knowing when to take a mental health break can be a very important part of your mental health, but many people feel like they can't take a break.

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Going back to school creates a lot of anxiety for students. From PreK to college, hundreds of students are experiencing back to school anxiety.  In this episode, I talk about what you can do to help ease back to school anxiety and how parents can help their children, and college students can help themselves. 

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Dr. Heim Ph.D. is an award-winning Psychiatrist, Music Professor, and Churchill fellow. During his 20 years as a doctor and 13 as a psychiatrist he has heard the stories of 1000s of people, so he listens a lot. He gets lots of joy out of working as a consultant psychiatrist in psychotherapy. 

He specializes in adult trauma. He speaks from a place of deep compassion and authority on Mental Health issues that are affecting us all in t...

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If you have ever thought you were bad for struggling with a mental health issue this episode is for you. I talk about four action steps that you can take right now to help you realize that your mental health does not define who you are.





Write these action steps down and remember them the next time you sta...

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Is your marriage going through a difficult stage right now? Are you feeling hopeless and alone as you struggle with your mental health? In this episode, I talk with Tiffany Lee, (AKA Plumb). Plumb gets very personal and talks about her hurt and pain, and God’s redeeming story. 

Plumb is a Christan artist and she graciously took time to talk with me before her next tour. Plum has sold more than 500,000 albums and singles worldwide, ...

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Do you have some anxiety, but you've wondered if you have an anxiety disorder? In this episode, I talk about the seven most common anxiety disorders.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5) categorizes anxiety disorders into 7 types:

Separation anxiety disorder

Selective mutism

Specific phobia

Social phobia

Panic disorder


Generalized anxiety disorder

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It's important to understand the negative thought cycle so you can be in control of your anxiety, instead of the other way around. Have you had anxious thoughts that don't seem to go away easily? The negative thoughts that kept going around and around turned into obsessive thoughts? Anxiety can take control of the mind and then it takes control of life. 

The parts of the negative thought cycle:





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June 28, 2021 22 min

How is conflict handled in your family? We're not taught how to handle conflict, and oftentimes, conflict is not dealt with at all in families. In this episode, I talk about what you can do to help rebuild conflict in your family. 

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June 21, 2021 24 min

Have you ever experienced emotional pain? Pain that's so intense that you don't know what to do. Pain from a loss or a life-altering event can cause emotional pain and suffering. In this episode, I talk about the five signs of emotional pain.

Five Signs of Emotional Pain

Behavior Change



Poor Hygiene


I hope this episode is helpful for you!

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June 14, 2021 25 min

Have you experienced more anxiety and stress this past year? Did you know that prolonged anxiety can have negative effects on your body? In this episode, I talk about the effects of anxiety on your body and what you can do to feel better. 

Anxiety can affect your central nervous system, your cardiovascular system, your digestive system, your respiratory system, and even your immune system. 

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I worked in a school district as a mental health therapist for the last three years, and have learned a lot about the struggles schools face every single day.

In this episode, I talk about a hidden problem in our school system that many people don't realize. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) affect every school in America, yet so many schools are not equipped to help the kids who need help the most. 

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May 24, 2021 26 min

Do you know someone who has a hard time forgiving others? Maybe it's you that is having a difficult time forgiving.

In this episode, I talk about forgiveness and your mental health, and why it's so important to forgive others. 

Forgiveness does not mean you will forget the offense. It does not mean that you're letting the other person off the hook. And it does not mean you are somehow weak or giving into forgiveness.


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May 17, 2021 30 min

Have you ever noticed someone who looks sad all the time? You can see it on their face, you can see it in how they respond to others, and you can just tell when a person has been living in grief for a long time. 

Prolonged grief can have negative effects in every area of your life. 

That’s what I’m going to talk about in this episode of the Mental Health Today Show, Consequences of Unresolved Grief.

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May 10, 2021 27 min

Stress in the workplace is at an all-time high, thanks to COVID-19. From budget cuts to adjusting to being remote, to going back to the office after being remote, more and more people are stressed out, and it affects their mental health.

In episode 93 of the Mental Health Today Show, I talk about Managing Workplace Stress.

Managing deadlines, dealing with a difficult boss, juggling between working from home and helping your kids wh...

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May 3, 2021 29 min

Millions of people experience anxiety nausea and it often becomes so bad that they can't go to work or school. In episode 92, I talk about what causes anxiety nausea and what you can do about it.

Have you ever felt sick to your stomach while you have anxiety? It's one of the worse feelings in the world. 

Have you ever wondered if it was nausea that caused the anxiety, or the anxiety that caused nausea?

Many times anxiety is...

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26% of Americans 18 or older have a mental disorder diagnosis, that's 1 in 4 adults that suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder in a given year. That's a lot of people!

A diagnosable mental disorder is a mental illness that has been diagnosed by a doctor or a licensed therapist.

Example diagnosable mental disorders:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Major Depre...
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    April 19, 2021 31 min

    If you're like millions of people over the last year during the COVID19 Pandemic, you have experienced signs of functional depression. You may have noticed an overall attitude of negativity, or maybe you want to not be as involved in activities as much as you used to. 

    In episode 90: Signs of Functional Depression, I talk about what the signs to look for, and what you can do to start feeling better today.

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    Three Common Mental Health Issues Among Young Adults

    If you are a young adult between the ages 18 to 25 you have likely experienced anxiety, stress, or depression. Maybe you are going through this now.

    In this episode, I talk about the single most important thing you need to do if you struggle with a mental health issue.

    You are not alone, 1 in 4 young adults struggle with anxiety, stress, or depression at some time in their life b...

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    April 5, 2021 33 min

    Does anxiety keep you up at night? Do you toss and turn, because you can't stop worrying about things you can't control?

    In episode 88, I talk about anxiety and sleepless nights, as well as answer viewer questions from YouTube Live.

    You can work on getting a better night's sleep, and you can start tonight!

    Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel here.

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    March 28, 2021 26 min

    Have you ever said something so stupid that it made you feel like a failure? 

    Have you ever messed up and were so embarrassed that you felt like something was wrong with you?

    In this episode, I talk about where feeling like a failure often comes from and what you can do to work on it. 

    I also talk about the difference between a feeling and a belief and which one is normal, and which one can lead to a problem.

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