[Podcast] Ep14: Let’s Talk About Mental Illness

In this episode I speak with Brian LaBelle and Kylee Wall, two members of my initial test group. This conversation was inspired by a blog that Kylee wrote for Creative Cow back in February entitled “How Are You Doing? Really…” that discusses the darker side of our business…mental illness. Brian, a post-production supervisor by trade, has firsthand experience with bipolar disorder as two of his brothers committed suicide because of the disease.

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Topics of Conversation:

• Our personal experiences and exposure to mental illness

• Manic depression and bipolar disorder

• Warning signs of depression vs. “having a bad day”

• How to communicate with people who suffer from depression

• The tendency towards mental illness in creative fields

• Using better health to prevent the tendency towards depression

Neurofeedback for treating traumatic brain injuries and depression

Tom Cruise vs. Brook Shields and postpartum depression

• Proper diet to prevent depression

• Brian & Kylee’s results from the test group

• Daily activity to balance stress

• The placebo effect of choosing to be healthy

• The Fitness In Post Spartan Race team!

Useful Links:

• Zack’s blog post for American Cinema Editors

• The Akasha Center

• Podcast with Dr. Edison de Mello pt 1

• Podcast with Dr. Edison de Mello pt 2

• Podcast with Dr. Michael Mark about Neurofeedback

• Replacing a lost Fitbit

 Bulletproof Coffee

 Upgraded Brain Octane Oil


 The Sacramento Spartan Super

 The Malibu Spartan Sprint

Our Guests:

 Kylee Wall

• Brian LaBelle

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Kristin Martin, show notes were prepped by Maciek Kaliskiand the show was executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

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Zack Arnold (ACE) is an award-winning Hollywood film editor (Cobra Kai, Empire, Burn Notice, Unsolved, Glee), a documentary director, father of 2, and the creator of the Optimize Yourself program. Zack helps ambitious creative professionals and entrepreneurs overcome procrastination, depression, and creative burnout so they can get sh*t done and achieve the most meaningful goals in their lives...without sacrificing their sanity in the process. If you’re interested in learning how to better manage your time, your energy, and develop ninja-like focus, download Zack’s “Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Creativity (And Avoiding Burnout).”

Comments 3

  1. I just had a chance to listen to your podcast on depression and I have to say that this is by far the most interesting one yet. So much openness. So much information. So much great emotion.

    Thanks so much for this.

  2. I just wanted to say that I thought your podcast on mental illness was a fantastic discussion. Not only because it’s hard to talk about those issues in light of the stigma attached, but also, because I feel you discussed treatment much better than I have heard anywhere else. It seems everyone thinks you need to go to therapy and get your drugs to get better. In most, if not all cases, it’s true, you do need to get a professional to help you. But what is so often missing from the conversation is that there are a number of other factors including proper nutrition, community, and nature to name a few. It’s really sad that we never hear anyone talk about that aspect of treatment. I feel that the therapy and drugs are what help stabilize a person, and to reverse symptoms, you need to take into account all the other stuff of life: nutrition, exercise, getting in nature, learning to properly deal with stress, etc.

    There is so much more to this issue than only that, but I wanted to give you guys a kudos for how you covered the subject.

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