Understanding the Misunderstood

Understanding the Misunderstood

Erika Tinsley, a 17-year-old high school student, aims to shed light on the misconceptions regarding mental health that foster a world of stigma. Through spreading awareness about various topics surrounding mental health conditions, Erika hopes to help others understand themselves and the misunderstood.


January 17, 2023 25 min

In this episode, Erika uncovers the effects of trauma and abuse with special guest and best-selling author Frank Leonardis.

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In this episode, Erika discusses the topic of abuse, explaining its effects and the trauma that it can cause to an individual.

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In this episode, Erika discusses bipolar disorder with one of her program friends named Ayana Chang, who dives into her personal experiences and struggles with the disorder.

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December 13, 2022 10 min

In this episode, Erika reveals the facts and myths related to bipolar disorder, its symptoms, and announces an upcoming interview with a special guest on the next episode.

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November 4, 2022 15 min

In this episode, Erika addresses how gender can have a devastating impact on how we view mental health, as seen through the lens of a woman, male, non-binary person, transgender person, agender person, or other.

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September 22, 2022 14 min


In this episode, Erika reveals the myths surrounding self-harm, provides resources to get help, and uncovers lesser-known ways that people can self-harm.

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August 27, 2022 15 min

In this episode, Erika discusses the ways in which clinical depression manifests differently for everyone, how it should not be defined, and common misconceptions.

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July 8, 2022 16 min

In this episode, Erika uncovers the different subtypes of eating disorders while also addressing the misconceptions related to body image and eating disorders.

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June 5, 2022 17 min

In this episode, Erika addresses misconceptions about anxiety, the different types, and possible treatment options available.

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May 27, 2022 14 min

In this episode, Erika talks about the importance of both physical and mental health, as well as the reasons why mental health should be just as prioritized as physical health.

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May 19, 2022 15 min

In this episode, Erika discusses OCD, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, by diving into topics such as intrusive thoughts, cleanliness, and common myths.

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