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February 23, 2021 49 min
Dr. Judy is thrilled to launch her exclusive new special edition podcast series “Forensics: Dr. Judy Investigates” where she uses her expertise as a forensic psychologist to uncover the psychology behind some of the most talked-about cases in the nation.   On this episode of Supercharged Life, Dr. Judy launches her first 3-episode installment of this special edition series, which focuses on the case explored in the hugely popular Netflix series “Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel.” This amazing docuseries highlights the history and cultural relevance of the Cecil Hotel in the skid row area of Los Angeles, where a young Canadian woman disappeared – and details the fascinating events that unfolded as people tried to make sense of what happened.   Dr. Judy uses her expertise as a clinical and forensic neuropsychologist to explore the psychology behind the events, from the intense reactions on the internet and the conspiracy theories that abound, to why people refused to accept what the facts bore out, and how the evidence from Elisa Lam’s Tumblr, the results of the police investigation, and the findings from her autopsy report all point to one clear explanation that was largely ignored by the media frenzy. All of this connects back to the misunderstandings that still abound about mental illness, the impact of self-stigma and community stigma, and how we can empower individuals who are struggling to get the help they need to live meaningful lives. Dr. Judy is so passionate about this story as she discusses the lessons it can teach us all.  In next week’s episode, Dr. Judy welcomes the amazing director of the Netflix docu-series Joe Berlinger and in the final episode, Dr. Judy answers all of your burning questions that have been pouring in about this case and offers her Supercharged Tips about how to take care of yourself and your loved ones who are struggling with mental illness.   In this episode, we discuss:  Crucial themes explored in Netflix’s Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel (1:35)  Dr. Judy’s three objectives for this episode and what you’ll learn from listening to this episode (3:35)  Self- and community-stigma and Dr. Judy’s personal experiences in BIPOC communities (4:30)  Our unprecedented times: surprising statistics you need to know (10:20)  A note of respect and appreciation for Elisa’s family and others who experience mental illness and grief in their inner circles (12:00)  Dr. Judy’s overview of Netflix’s docuseries (14:30)  The little known psychology behind conspiracy theories (17:30)  What we can learn from Elisa’s blogs: Excerpts and Dr. Judy’s analysis (24:30)  The Bipolar high and crash: What the symptoms really feel like (28:50)  “Cocktail of prescriptions” and what we know about evidence-based treatments (33:20)  Toxicology and pharmacology: Dr. Judy examines the autopsy report and how it reveals the truth (38:25)  A look ahead and why Dr. Judy is so passionate about this series (41:40)  Netflix’s Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel  Crime Scene Trailer Elisa Lam’s tumblr Elisa Lam’s autopsy report A select sample of Dr. Judy’s published research studies on BIPOC mental health Perceptions of treatment acceptability among Chinese immigrant parents Evidence-based treatments for conduct problems among ethnic minorities Parental Cultural Affiliation and Youth Mental Health Service Use Parental Etiological Explanations and youth ADHD medication use Disproportionate racial/ethnic representation in youth special education Resources Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity APA Stress Survey National Alliance on Mental Illness Dr. Judy Website Dr. Judy Instagram Dr. Judy Twitter Dr. Judy Facebook Stage 29 Podcasts Instagram Stage 29 Podcasts Twitter Stage 29 Podcasts Facebook Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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