[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 is an award-winning film & television editor (Burn Notice, Empire, Shooter, Glee), member of the American Cinema Editors, a documentary director (GO FAR: The Christopher Rush Story), and creator of the Optimize Yourself program (formerly ‘Fitness In Post’). He helps ambitious creative professionals like you learn how to more efficiently manage your time, energy, and attention so you can maximize your creative focus and minimize procrastination, depression, and burnout. After all, what’s the point of killing yourself for the sake of your career if you don’t have energy to spare for the most important people in your life?