Pop Psych 101

Pop Psych 101

Pop Psych 101 is a weekly mental health podcast hosted by Therapist, Ryan Engelstad. In an effort to educate and normalize, he talks candidly about mental illness through the lens of books, movies and television. Common pop culture mental health tropes are analyzed, and the accuracy of their portrayals are in question, for better or worse. Pop Psych can be raw and real, and very serious, but it can also be very funny. If we really want to normalize the conversation on mental health, then we need to have real and normal conversations. New Episodes every week. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support... Show More

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September 8, 2020 51 min
In this episode I speak with fellow therapist and podcaster Patrice Nicole about Little Fires Everywhere. We talk about family trauma and the kind of support families need to cope. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support
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September 2, 2020 7 min

In this short episode I experiment with a new format where I open up a random image (https://rb.gy/y7d9ee) and draw some mental health related connections.  If you liked this new format let me know on Twitter (@poppsych101) or via email at poppsych101@gmail.com.  I would love to hear your thoughts!

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In this episode I had the privilege of talking with firefighter Shaun Pryor about the mental health challenges of being a firefighter.  We talked about the recent firefighting documentary Wildland and what its like to go from being a newly trained firefighter to being in the intense danger of a wildfire and what we can learn from how firefighter's cope with those challenges. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The ea...
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In this episode I got to talk with Scotty who is attempting to break the world record for most number of podcast appearances in a calendar year.  We talked about some issues coming to the surface in the world of professional wrestling and how people can control their ego and maintain appropriate boundaries in their lives. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Suppo...
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In this episode I talk with correctional nurse (and self described huge fan of Pop Psych 101) Abigail about The Shawshank Redemption.  We talk about mental health complications and treatment within correctional facilities and the reforms that have happened over the years.

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In this episode I am joined by actor and stand up comedian Tristan Miller to discuss the film Don't Think Twice. We discuss the world of improv comedy and how people cope with success, failure, and everything in between. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support
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I was lucky to join fellow mental health podcasts Capes on the Couch, Popcorn Psychology, Freudian Sips, and Guardians MH for a wide ranging discussion about the state of mental health treatment in the time of quarantine and COVID-19.  The discussion is split halfway into two areas, treatment issues and coping strategies.  Enjoy!

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In this episode I dive into the world wide phenomenon that is Netflix's Tiger King.  I invited my fellow improviser Mick Murtha on the show to talk about why we are all so fascinated with this story and how we have gotten sucked into it during this time much like the followers of Joe Exotic, Carol Baskin, and Doc Antle got sucked into their endeavors. We talk about why people are susceptible to these types of "leaders" ...

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In this week's episode I talk with my brother Brendan about a movie about brothers, Onward! We discuss Ian's social anxiety, grief, and the parallel's between the adventure the brothers are on and going through therapy. We also talk about how he and I are coping during the quarantine.  Enjoy!

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We're back! This week I'm talking to my daughter Brynn about the show Butterbean's Cafe, a funny Nick Jr show and the lessons she learns from it.  Then I talk about the quarantine situation and some insight into the most important things people can do to practice self care during this time. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: htt...
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December 17, 2019 29 min

Christmas is just around the corner. To celebrate, Mike and Ryan rapid fire Christmas "Things" at each other and have to give their opinions immediately and without thinking.


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December 10, 2019 64 min

With the holidays upon us, Ryan and Mike thought it would be a good idea to tackle family anxiety, and what better show to do that with than This Is Us.  Mike talks about his fear of passing his mental health issues down to his children and Ryan notes some interesting turn of events at his own holiday gatherings.


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November 25, 2019 12 min

This week's bonus stuff, has Ryan and Mike wishing they were funny in a Dad-Joke-Off.


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"Farting Around" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)

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November 18, 2019 80 min

This week Ryan and Mike cover the much requested, Joker. A first here at Pop Psych 101, the guys actually had to leave their houses to see this movie. There is a lot to unpack with this portrayal of mental illness in pop culture, and though, both the guys have different viewpoints, they know that portraying mental health issues as a main character trait to audiences is no laughing matter.


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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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A group of dedicated mental health podcasters unite to spread awareness and stop stigma --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support
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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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