Inside Mental Health: A Psych Central Podcast is an award-winning weekly podcast that approaches psychology and mental health in an accessible way. Listen as our host Gabe Howard speaks candidly with experts to break down complex topics into simpler terms.

Trauma’s Impact on Police Officers

Police officers are much more likely to die by suicide than they are to be killed in the line of duty — however, that isn’t the common understanding. While society works hard to prevent law enforcement fatalities, mental health and suicide often remain overlooked. Why is that?

What Are Boundaries and Why Do They Matter?

Most people think they have good boundaries. But when pressed, they can’t often explain what their boundaries are — let alone maintain positive ones. Today’s guest, Nancy Kalina Gomez, explains that boundaries aren’t about being defensive or hostile. Healthy boundaries strengthen our ability to honor our needs and wants, showing the world how we expect to be treated. Gomez also discusses how to communicate those boundaries without offending our loved ones.

Is Grieving a Lifelong Process?

When Hope Edelman was 17, her mother died. Like many families in the 1980s, Hope’s family soldiered on by grieving her mother’s death in silence. This climate of silence around death caused her to feel shame around the topic and disconnected from her mother. This spurred the beginning of Edelman’s career as a community educator surrounding death and grieving. In this episode, she answers the question “Is grieving a lifelong process?”

Understanding Self-Injury

Finding out that someone you know is self-harming can be confusing and unsettling. In today’s episode we learn more about this behavior and what causes people to self-injure. How common is it? What type of person self-injures? Most importantly, is this something people can overcome? If so, what steps can we take to move past self-injury?

Recognizing Suicidal Behavior

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and over three times more people will die by suicide than will be murdered every year. Yet myths about suicide and those who die by it abound. Join today’s guest, Dr. Doreen Marshall, vice-president of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to learn about some of these damaging myths.

Stigma of Borderline Personality Disorder

The stigma associated with borderline personality disorder (BPD) is well documented among the general public and within the treatment community. In this week’s episode, we discuss specifically why this disorder, and the people who are diagnosed with it, are so often stigmatized?

Inside Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a common, yet often misunderstood psychiatric disorder. In this episode, Dr. Joseph W. Shannon describes the hallmarks of BPD, what is required for a formal diagnosis, and explains the best practices for treatment.