91: Fighting The Funk

Today we discuss mental health issues and how to deal with them. We touch upon suicide prevention, anxiety, depression, seeking professional help when experiencing these issues, and talking to others when something is disturbing you deep within.

Finding Subjects Podcast: 91: Fighting The Funk (libsyn.com)

4 thoughts on “91: Fighting The Funk”

  1. Thanks for having the courage to openly talk about mental health issues, Tony. We have so stigmatized these issues that most folks prefer to say “Fine” when you ask them how they are doing. You often can’t tell from the outside the intensity of the inner struggles that others may be dealing with. I learned early this morning, Christmas morning, that a friend passed away earlier this week and I suspect that his death was self-inflicted. He had just broken off a really toxic relationship and was forced from California back to Montana, a place that is inhospitable to young gay activists and he felt rejected by his family. He was in his late 20’s or maybe his early 30’s. Yeah, mental health and suicide prevention are hugely important issues. That’s a message we need to hear over and over again. It seems to me that this pandemic has caused some people to feel more alone, depressed, and isolated.

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    1. Yes, Mike. It needs to be talked about. Depression and anxiety for me was/is a real battle. Doing much better now than when I was first diagnosed with the heart problem but I realized anxiety was always present with me since my home growing up was pretty hectic. Now…it’s really nice to be able to relax and enjoy life instead of going 300 mph in everything and catastrophizing. Talking to someone helped greatly. Everything has completely changed now with me being much more relaxed. My wife and kids notice the huge difference. It’s like learning to be normal 🤷🏻‍♂️😂. Have a friend who’s daughter took her own life, National news it was, made me realize this needs to be talked about and as you probably figured out by now, I tell it like it is, I don’t mind sharing, and if that inspires someone to seek help in their own lives…mission accomplished. The only normal perfect/perfect person, is the person you don’t know anything about, we all have baggage. I don’t mind sharing mine. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 thanks again, Mike. Very sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, it’s never easy. And yes, this pandemic has caused much more depression and anxiety and awareness is key. Had a buddy I played hockey with make an online comment yesterday, I got right on the phone and checked in with him. He’s good, thank God. Merry Christmas, Mike!!

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