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The Psych Central Show Podcast

The Psych Central Show

Hosted by Gabe Howard & Vincent M. Wales

The Psych Central Show is an award-winning weekly iTunes top podcast offering candid, interesting, and in-depth looks into all things mental health and psychology. Listen in and have fun. Plus, you just might learn something! If you have 20 minutes to eavesdrop on entertaining discussions about mental health and psychology, this podcast is for you!

The Psych Central Show is hosted by Associate Editor & blogger Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales. Learn more about them here.

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Episodes of the Psych Central Show


Podcast: Do Suicides Increase During the Holidays?

In this episode of the Psych Central Show, Gabe and Vincent address the persistent and widespread myth that suicides increase during the holiday season. They discuss which seasons see the highest suicide rates, what month has the lowest rate, and what we as a society can do to educate ourselves about, and ultimately prevent, suicide.

Vincent, a former suicide hotline counselor, covers some common warning signs that indicate possible suicidal thoughts and what a person can expect when calling a suicide hotline. The conversation includes a brief history of American automobile safety standards, as well as some surprising statistics about death in in the U.S.



Podcast: Does Person-First Language Reduce Mental Illness Stigma?

In this episode of the Psych Central Show, Gabe and Vincent discuss the use of person-first language in mental health advocacy. Person-First refers to a form of etiquette that calls for language to be structured “person” first, “disability” second. For example: “people with diabetes” versus “diabetic.” It changes language to replace “to be” (mentally ill) with “to have” (mental illness).

Our hosts discuss the relative merits and disadvantages of this supposedly empowering strategy. They question whether this is needed, whether it’s helping, or whether it is just one more way to stigmatize people who have been diagnosed with mental illness.



Podcast: My Mental Illness vs. Yours – Whose Is Worse?

In this episode of the Psych Central Show, our hosts discuss how society sees different mental health diagnoses. Gabe Howard has bipolar disorder and Vincent M. Wales has persistent depressive disorder (also known as dysthymia). In addition to each discussing his diagnosis, they compare how the conditions are similar and how are they different, and what each thinks of the other’s diagnosis. Ultimately, they ask the question: Is one worse than the other? And if so, in what ways?



Podcast: Interview with Psych Central Founder Dr. John Grohol

The Psych Central Show is our newest offering -- an interesting, in-depth weekly podcast that looks into all things mental health and psychology. Hosted by Gabe Howard and featuring Vincent M. Wales.

Our Inaugural Episode Features Guest Dr. John Grohol

This week’s episode features an interview with Psych Central founder, Dr. John Grohol. Dr. Grohol was gracious enough to answer questions about how Psych Central got started, the motivation behind the site, and how this resource has survived and grown for over 20 years -- and his thoughts about the next 20.