Mental Illness Happy Hour


A weekly hour-long conversation between host Paul Gilmartin and a guest (often a fellow artist) about their mental and emotional struggles, large and small. Listeners describe it as " entertaining, comforting, honest, helpful and funny".


  • Episode 102: Peter T

    Episode 102: Peter T

    22/02/2013 Duration: 01h38min

    Paul's friend opens up about being adopted by a physically and sexually abusive paranoid schizophrenic mother, being a child actor and almost dying from AIDS.  They talk about spirituality, Peter's Christianity, and the importance of surrender.

  • Episode 101: Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

    Episode 101: Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

    15/02/2013 Duration: 02h02min

    The writer (I'm Kind of a Big Deal) podcaster (For Cryin' Out Loud) and tv host (Parental Discretion on Nick Mom) opens up about her alcoholism, bulimia, post partum depression, childhood and marriage.  Phew!!

  • Episode 100: Brody Stevens

    Episode 100: Brody Stevens

    08/02/2013 Duration: 01h45min

    The actor (The Hangover, The Hangover 2) and standup comedian (Comedy Central Presents, Chelsea Lately, TMZ) talks about his very public manic episode in 2011, the blurry line between his onstage persona and his real life demons and how he is learned to live with his diagnosis of Bipolar I. 

  • Episode 099: Jess

    Episode 099: Jess

    01/02/2013 Duration: 01h44min

    Paul's friend opens about her chaotic childhood, her abandonment issues, and the struggling to find words to categorize the sex she wanted and got at 12, from a 27 year-old man.  She also talk about the self-doubt of giving up her fledgling comedy career to become a therapist. 

  • Episode 98: Ed Crasnick

    Episode 98: Ed Crasnick

    25/01/2013 Duration: 01h22min

    The actor (The Sopranos), standup and podcaster (The Self-Help Comedy Hour) talks with Paul about his lifelong battle with anxiety and low self-esteem and the importance of welcoming fear instead of fighting it.

  • Episode 097: Elizabeth Laime

    Episode 097: Elizabeth Laime

    19/01/2013 Duration: 01h29min

    The podcaster (Totally Laime and Totally Married) and aspiring writer chats with Paul about her idyllic upbringing, tragedy, loss, Xmas, porn, grieving and the sexualizing of today's youth.

  • Episode 96: Escort/Prostitute Lillith

    Episode 96: Escort/Prostitute Lillith

    11/01/2013 Duration: 01h43min

    "Lillith" (not her real name) opens up to Paul about why she chooses to moonlight as an escort/prostitute, even though her day job pays the bills.  She talks about living with a rapid cycling form of BiPolar type I, childhood sexual trauma, how her mania helped her excel academically, and the myths and truths about having sex for money.

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