Imani State of Mind

Imani State of Mind

Get into an Imani State Of Mind with psychiatrist Dr. Imani Walker. Every week, she’ll break down mental illness and mental health through pop culture and news and in the process normalize what getting your mind right really looks like.... Show More

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October 29, 2020 62 min
Obsessive compulsive disorder is not about being a neat freak! Obsessions are intrusive thoughts that stem from anxiety - they can be about things like germs, luck, even death. Imani tells you the truth about OCD and she shares her own experience with Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder. Plus, Imani and Kam answer YOUR mental health questions in our brand new segment to Get Your Mind Right. Send your questions to askdrimani&...
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We’ve all got issues, and some of that baggage comes from our own parents. This week, sports journalist Jemele Hill joins Dr. Imani to talk about how they each dealt with their dads' absence from their lives and how it affected their mental health growing up. Follow Jemele on Twitter and Instagram @jemelehill. Keep up with Dr. Imani on Instagram @doctor.imani and on Twitter @doctor_imani. See omnystudio.com/listene...
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October 15, 2020 57 min
Do you know someone who believes that Tupac is still alive or that the government faked the moon landing? Imani dives into the psychology that attracts so many people to conspiracy theories, and how to set boundaries with people in your life who are in too deep. Plus, Imani takes a look at how Netflix's Jessica Jones depicts PTSD. (Content warning: contains discussion of emotional and physical abuse.) Keep up with Dr. Imani on ...
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Caregiver burnout is REAL— especially during a pandemic! How are you supposed to go to work, teach your kids math, make sure your parents are okay, clean your house, and get food on the table without losing it? Imani breaks down why burnout is a serious mental health issue and shares some tips to cope. Plus, we're throwing it back to the 90s for this week's Pop Culture Diagnosis about Saved By The Bell’s very special episod...
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September 10, 2020 58 min
Remember the Before Times...when you didn't throw an extra mask in your bag when you went out? When you used to go out?? Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, we're all getting used to a new normal. This week, Imani walks us through the collective grief we're feeling about losing our old way of life and how to cope. Plus, on this week’s Pop Culture Diagnosis, Imani breaks down Netflix's Bojack Horseman to find out if ...
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September 3, 2020 57 min
During a pandemic, sheltering-in-place can protect you from getting sick, but for people in abusive relationships, it can also mean being stuck isolating with your abuser. Domestic violence cases have spiked dramatically in the past few months as COVID-19 has kept people at home. Imani breaks down the signs of abuse, how to get help, and how realistic domestic violence in pop culture is with anti-violence advocate and therapist Seq...
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If you think eating disorders are just a "white girl problem", this episode is for you. The National Eating Disorder Association estimates that 30 million Americans are affected by eating disorders. Imani breaks down how eating disorders affect people across all demographics, what eating disorders are, and how you can cope if you're struggling with disordered eating. Plus, she dives deep into forensic psychiatry and psy...
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August 20, 2020 56 min
Electro convulsive therapy (ECT) sounds scary...but is it? This week, Imani talks with comedian Gary Gulman who underwent ECT to treat severe depression. Plus, Imani and Gary compare notes on the way depression has affected both of their lives over the years. Gary's hour-long comedy special, The Great Depresh, is out on HBONow and HBOGo. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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August 13, 2020 62 min
This week, Imani shares how she's been processing the end of her marriage to her partner of 11 years, how she's been coping with being alone and single parenting, and why divorce was the right move for her. Plus, she takes a close look at Spike Lee's latest movie Da 5 Bloods and how it deals with PTSD. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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August 6, 2020 60 min
Do your thoughts hit different? You're not alone. Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the United States. This week, Imani breaks down what kinds of anxiety disorders there are, what they feel like, and how to get help for them. Plus, Imani digs into how mental illness shows up on HBO's Insecure. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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July 30, 2020 54 min
Between COVID and the most recent protests against police brutality, ""how are you?"" is a loaded question right now - especially for Black folks! Imani talks with reporter Priska Neely about the cognitive dissonance of getting check-in texts from her white friends (you can read her essay in The Cut about those texts here: https://www.thecut.com/2020/06/i-dont-need-your-check-in-texts.html), plus how Priska takes ca...
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Is having bipolar disorder really  like having a "sprained brain" like Kanye said? This week Imani breaks down for you what bipolar looks and feels like and how to get help. Plus, on Pop Culture Diagnosis, Imani goes deep on how bipolar disorder shows up for everyone's favorite hype man on FX's Dave. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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July 16, 2020 56 min
Black women are twice as likely to experience a major depressive disorder compared to Black men, but Black women are less likely to seek mental health help. This week Dr. Imani talks with therapist and author of The State of Black Girls, Marline Francois Madden to talk about why therapy is an important part of mental health care, how to find a therapist, and how to truly make time for self-care. See omnystudio.com/listener for pri...
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July 9, 2020 53 min
Stigma makes it hard for so many people to even talk about their mental health, let alone get help. But among Millennials and Gen Z, there's less and less stigma about mental illness. This week, Imani talks with Tracy Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) about how she became a go-to voice for normalizing mental health conversations for Millennials on Twitter. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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July 2, 2020 53 min
Substance abuse is on the rise as we’ve been in quarantine. This week, Imani talks with addiction psychiatrist and host of the ‘In Recovery’ podcast, Dr. Nzinga Harrison about what addiction is, why recovery can be so difficult, and what you should look out for if you’re worried about your own behavior.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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June 25, 2020 56 min
We are stressed! And this isn’t just normal stress - the pandemic has disrupted every aspect of our lives, and this summer there’s already been a non-stop tide of news stories of police shootings and violence against black communities. This week Dr. Imani lays out how to process the trauma of trying to live your life in the midst of a crisis. Plus, Dr. Imani breaks down how one of her favorite TV shows depicts mental illness in Pop...
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Psychiatrist Dr. Imani Walker (Bravo's Married to Medicine LA) will give you the tools to help you on your journey to getting your mind right. She’ll use her clinical expertise to break down mental illness through pop culture, the news, and her own experience managing her mental health. So sit down, take a deep breath, and relax because we’re about to get into an Imani State Of Mind. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy inf...
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