Pop Psych 101 | Mental Health in Pop Culture

Pop Psych 101 | Mental Health in Pop Culture

In a world where Mental Health is used as a common trope in various forms of storytelling, Therapist, Ryan Engelstad, and Producer, Mike Graham try to determine what's real life, and what's just exaggerated fantasy. Listen as they delve into the fantastical tales told about Mental Health in books, movies and television. 1 Therapist. 1 Advocate. 2 Perspectives. New Episode every Monday at 6am CST. ... Show More

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Happy Monday! This week, in a short episode, Mike and Ryan talk about the rise of the Therapist Meme.  How does that make you feel?


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November 4, 2019 69 min

Today's episode is an important one. Comedians are in a singular place to tell true to life stories that can break barriers and transcend stigmas. Ryan and Mike's hearts are full with the masterpiece of stand up from Comedian Gary Gulman that is, The Great Depresh. A recommended watch for anyone interested in learning about a true story of depression in an incredibly accessible way.


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Ryan is back with a twist on Mike Reacts. This season, Ryan wants to teach us some unconventional coping skills. This week, Ryan introduces Mike to "Forest Bathing", a coping skill so obscure, Mike gets confused and starts planning a trip to the forest for a literal bath. - Title quote by John Muir


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It's the start of a whole new season and Mike and Ryan are pumped to be reunited! Back this week with a look at what some may know of as munchausen by proxy, or factitious disorder, the guys look at the sad and bizarre true life events surrounding a mother and daughter in the documentary, Mommy Dead and Dearest.


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Do creative genius and mental illness go hand-in-hand? That's a burning question on Mike's mind this week and he looks to the 2005 documentary "The Devil And Daniel Johnston" for answers. A huge thanks goes out to Steve Reichert for co-hosting this episode, and for recording a cover of Hey Joe" by Daniel Johnston with Mike. 

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September 29, 2019 65 min

With Mike out on hiatus, Ryan gets a little help from our friends. Dean, Host of the podcasts Podscure and How Are Ya Now?, sits down and talks grief and family dysfunction in the series Fleabag. 

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August 22, 2019 17 min

Closing out Big Little Lies week, Mike and Ryan focus on Dr Little Bo Peep and her questionable methods of getting her young patients . They turn the lies we tell our kids into a game of rapid fire. Find Us: Mental Health Podcast | Pop Psych 101 We have a Blog! Ryan always had a Blog! Join our support group Facebook Twitter Instagram Music: "Too Cool" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creat... Read more

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Based on the same-titled bestseller by Liane Moriarty, "Big Little Lies" weaves a darkly comedic tale of murder and mischief in the tranquil beachfront town of Monterey, Calif. Amidst doting moms, successful husbands, beautiful children, and stunning homes exists a community fueled by rumors and divided into haves and have-nots, exposing fractured relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and friend... Read more

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It's The Aviator week, and what better way to end it than by over-analyzing mental health via airplane metephor. Ryan and Mike, go way to deep on this episode of Over-Analyzing with Ryan. 


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August 12, 2019 66 min

Howard Hughes Jr. was an American business magnate, investor, record-setting pilot, engineer, film director, and philanthropist, known during his lifetime as one of the most financially successful individuals in the world. He first became prominent as a film producer, and then as an influential figure in the aviation industry. Later in life, he became known for his eccentric behavior and reclusive lifestyle—oddities that were ca... Read more

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August 5, 2019 61 min

Fourteen-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry -- a housewife and a golf pro -- in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job -- and his sense of purpose -- he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother'... Read more

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In this episode Ryan announces that on Monday, July 29th, 2019 at approximately 9:30pm EST we will be doing a live show on Twitter covering Friends! Ryan also goes through the archive sharing some of Mike and Ryan's favorite episodes through our first 40.  Please check out our Twitter page @Poppsych101 to watch the live episode and we will be back to our regularly scheduled programming next week! --- Support this podcast... Read more

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Covering the podcast The Shrink Next Door and questioning the ethics of the real life psychiatrist, Ike Herschkopf, had us wondering what Ike and Marty's sessions looked like. So, this week's bonus episode, Ryan and Mike role play a therapy session, and Ryan tries to infiltrate Mike's life.


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When Journalist, Joe Nocera, realized that his Hampton's neighbor, Ike, had suddenly moved, he knew things were off. However, there was no way he could prepare himself for the story he was about to uncover. The man that Joe thought was his neighbor's maintenance man, Marty, actually turned out to be the owner of the property, and Ike, had been Marty's Psychiatrist for 30 years.  This week we look into the ethical vio... Read more

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July 19, 2019 9 min

Ryan has an example of how to handle yourself if a bully is making fun of you. He offers two examples: How to, and, how not to. Mike wasn't the best person to do this exercise with.


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Up Top: Ryan challenges Mike with a news story about mystics and psychics. A larger percentage of people are seeking out this kind of "Magick" than are going to therapy or to a psychiatrist. Mike offers that if it finds the person peace or healing, then he has no problem with it, but Ryan argues that some people are being swindled for money and should go the route that has science to back it up.  The Show: Bullying: The ... Read more

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Bonus Episode: This week's main episode talked about a time-traveling alien, and that got us thinking. How was mental-illness, especially diagnosis that present symptoms of hallucinations, looked at throughout history as compared to the present. Was it ignored? Accepted? Ridiculed? Met with fear? Ryan does some major over-analyzing and we make some guesses at those questions.  Find Us: See our website We have a Blog! Ryan alwa... Read more

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Trigger Warning: Conversations About Suicide We had a member post a beautiful clip from, of all things, the TV show Doctor Who. The episode is called "Vincent And The Doctor", and features heavy themes of Vincent and his battle with Mental Illness. We took a long look at Vincent and the era he found himself in. The people of his time weren't equipped with the knowledge of what he was going through mentally, instead o... Read more

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After being hit with a wall of nostalgia while watching the movie Mid90s, written and directed by Jonah Hill, Mike and Ryan take a long, and very embarrassing look at their youth in the 90s. 


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