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Feelin Weird

Personal conversations with a different guest each episode about taboo and stigmatized subjects: mental health (anxiety, depression, adhd, ocd), trauma, abuse, gender, sexual orientation, addiction, etc. Hosted by Kye Plant.
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Kye Plant has 1 hour conversations with a different person every episode about taboo and stigmatized subjects (mental health [OCD, Bipolar, ADHD, BPD, Depression, Anxiety] PTSD, illness, gender, sexuality, etc) in order to make listeners feel LESS WEIRD and less alone.  

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Jul 9, 2018

Bradford (ep. 33) returns!!!  It's been one year since we talked and one year of sobriety for him.  Soon after our last talk, he moved to LA (after 13 years in Seattle) and has been rebuilding his life ever since.  He gave up his three greatest loves: his ex, alcohol and crystal meth, but now he has an overwhelming support system and the cosmos is telling him it likes him better sober.  But what's it like to be sober, single, gay and almost 39 years-old in a city like Los Angeles???  Often it seems like sobriety will solve all of our problems, but that's often not the case; the struggle is real.

We also talk about:
his drag career + why he's not performing currently; 
AA (12 step programs); 
making amends; 
fear of rejection; 
feeling invisible; 
shame; 
other people's success; 
putting up a tough exterior to avoid hurt; 
and SO much more!

Thanks so much for listening, friend!

Please rate/review/subscribe on iTunes (and subscribe/rate in whichever app you use)!  

Listen to the full episode by becoming a Patreon subscriber--donate anywhere from $1-$100 per month and help Feelin Weird expand. Thank you for your support!  Click this link:

http://www.patreon.com/feelinweird


Instagram: @feelinweirdpod  

Facebook: @feelinweird  

http://feelinweird.com

feelinweird@gmail.com

Jul 3, 2018

My ex-partner of 6 years and I haven't talked much since we broke up 5 years ago.  In this BONUS episode, we re-connect and talk about all the heavy stuff.  Plus, I get some closure??? 

For most of my life, I wasn't open about my struggles and I didn't talk about my feelings--this person had to experience emotionally void Kye.  I also identified as a cis-het male at this time...  WEIRD!  And, not surprisingly, I was unaware that I was depressed (despite being suicidal and unable to leave the house many days) and was diagnosed a year after our breakup (with G.A.D., major depression and B.P.D.

WHY AM I STILL HUNG UP ON THINGS AND WHY DO I FIND IT HARD TO BE FRIENDS AND WHY CAN'T I DATE ANYONE NOW??  Find out in this episode ;)

Thanks so much for listening, friend!

Please rate/review/subscribe on iTunes (and subscribe/rate in whichever app you use)!  

Listen to the full episode by becoming a Patreon subscriber--donate anywhere from $1-$100 per month and help Feelin Weird expand. Thank you for your support!  Click this link:

http://www.patreon.com/feelinweird


Instagram: @feelinweirdpod  

Facebook: @feelinweird  

http://feelinweird.com

feelinweird@gmail.com

 

Jun 29, 2018

Alice Sickface (Mental Health Worker; Body Positivity Influencer) spent one year with crippling depression (and some confusing health concerns).  Later she was diagnosed with an Underactive Thyroid (after her first doctor shrugged it off MANY times) which was the culprit.  She works in the mental health field yet still struggled with the stigmatization of her own mental health and the necessity for pharmaceuticals to treat her General Anxiety Disorder.  

We also talk about: 
IBS, 
panic attacks, 
mono (glandular fever), 
her greatest fear coming true (and her surviving), 
mental health related tv shows, 
dyspraxia, 
radical acceptance, 
CBT, 
"success", 
Against Me!, 
and SO much more!

Follow Alice on instagram: @alicesickface

Thanks so much for listening, friend!

Please rate/review/subscribe on iTunes (and subscribe/rate in whichever app you use)!  

Please support Feelin Weird by becoming a Patreon subscriber--donate anywhere from $1-$100 per month and help Feelin Weird expand. Thank you for your support!

http://www.patreon.com/feelinweird


Instagram: @feelinweirdpod  

Facebook: @feelinweird  

http://feelinweird.com

feelinweird@gmail.com

Jun 25, 2018

Lola (Med Student; Brazil) was psychologically and sexually abused by a trusted family member for ten years when she was young.  In her teenage years, her first romantic relationship was emotionally abusive.  To top it off, in her early 20's, she was raped (TW) by a stranger.  She lived in constant fear for over ten years until one day she decided she NEEDED to speak up about it (or else she might explode).  Lola was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder in her 20's.  She's now in medical school, soon to be a doctor, and has found healing in speaking about her experience with abuse.  This is her story.

Lola also talks about: 
support groups, 
medication, 
bulimia, 
cutting (TW), 
suicidal ideation (TW), 
victim blaming, 
internet support communities (instagram), 
getting the wrong diagnosis, 
and SO much more!

*Take head to the keywords in this description so you understand what may be a trigger for you!  This is a difficult topic for most people but it is of the UTMOST importance that we listen to survivors of sexual and emotional abuse!*

Thanks so much for listening, friend!

Please rate/review/subscribe on iTunes (and subscribe/rate in whichever app you use)!  

Please support Feelin Weird by becoming a Patreon subscriber--donate anywhere from $1-$100 per month and help Feelin Weird expand. Thank you for your support!

http://www.patreon.com/feelinweird


Instagram: @feelinweirdpod  

Facebook: @feelinweird  

http://feelinweird.com

feelinweird@gmail.com

Jun 18, 2018

Lady Lucia (Activist, Performer, Sex Worker) was raised Buddhist and majored in Gender and Women's studies.  Her identity was defined by activism, particularly Climate Justice, and to fund a trip to Germany (as a delegate at the UN Climate Talks) she started exotic dancing--though she had never been in a strip club previously.  At the same time, she was burning out from her activism work and experienced a mental breakdown.  How did she found empowerment in sex work and burlesque dancing?  Listen to this episode!  It's a GREAT one and sex work NEEDS to be talked about!

We also discuss 
her first time having sex for money, 
idealism + disillusionment, 
spirituality + witchcraft, 
sugar-daddying, 
animal liberation, 
FOSTA, 
sex work stigma and decriminalization, 
existential depression, 
eating disorders, 
general anxiety disorder, 
looking outside of capitalism for liberation, 
and SO much more!

Thanks so much for listening, friend!

Please rate/review/subscribe on iTunes (and subscribe/rate in whichever app you use)!  

 

Please support Feelin Weird by becoming a Patreon subscriber--donate anywhere from $1-$100 per month and help Feelin Weird expand. Thank you for your support!

http://www.patreon.com/feelinweird


Instagram: @feelinweirdpod  

Facebook: @feelinweird  

http://feelinweird.com

feelinweird@gmail.com

 

Jun 11, 2018

Sabrina Benaim (poet/writer) explains how finding a squash-ball-sized tumor in her twenties led to her vocalizing her feelings and mental health struggles through slam poetry.  Her first mental breakdown was in tenth grade, but she wasn't diagnosed until she was 24.  When she was a kid, she felt like a weirdo, and learned to not talk about her feelings, but now she tours the world, sharing her poems with audiences, breaking down stigma and spreading awareness of mental health.  Sabrina and I alternate between laughter and seriousness in this wonderful episode!

We also talk about: 
writing as catharsis/therapy, 
travelling with mental illness, 
depression + anxiety, 
panic attacks, 
isolation, 
positive social media, 
dance as therapy, 
spirituality + meditation + tarot cards, 
synchronicities, 
John Mayer, 
powerful films, 
and MUCH more!

Sabrina is the author of Depression and Other Magic Tricks and can be found on instagram @badass_sab

Thanks so much for listening, friend!

Please rate/review/subscribe on iTunes (and subscribe/rate in whichever app you use)!  

 

Please support Feelin Weird by becoming a Patreon subscriber--donate anywhere from $1-$100 per month and help Feelin Weird expand. Thank you for your support!

http://www.patreon.com/feelinweird


Instagram: @feelinweirdpod  

Facebook: @feelinweird  

http://feelinweird.com

feelinweird@gmail.com

 

Jun 4, 2018

BONUS episode!  I talk about my tumultuous + toxic love affair with cocaine and what eventually led to a suicide attempt last September.  Though suicide is often seen as purely negative, I found this experience to be life-changing and I think it needed to happen to me.

This is not a 'typical' episode because, as you see in the title, I interviewed myself.  I thought it would be a funny way to talk about something fairly "heavy".  I don't know if it ended up being funny at all...  But I think the episode is still very interesting--though I'm very nervous to share it.  People open up to me (and thousands of strangers who listen to Feelin Weird) every week about things that scare them, and 75% of guests (not a mathematician...) feel VERY nervous about doing it and are often hesitant to even share their stories, so I think it's important for me to share my WEIRD things as well (so I know what it's like).  In my opinion, it's VERY important to talk about suicide (ideations, attempts, and just suicide in general) and I'm happy to share my experience.

TRIGGER WARNING: I talk about suicide, drugs and cutting myself--also, there is mention of blood.  Please be cautious if any of those things trigger you!  I honestly don't find these things hard to listen to--I LOVE HEARING THESE STORIES--but I know everyone is different.

Thanks so much for listening, friend!

Please rate/review/subscribe on iTunes (and subscribe/rate in whichever app you use)!  

 

Please support Feelin Weird by becoming a Patreon subscriber--donate anywhere from $1-$100 per month and help Feelin Weird expand. Thank you for your support!

http://www.patreon.com/feelinweird


Instagram: @feelinweirdpod  

Facebook: @feelinweird  

http://feelinweird.com

feelinweird@gmail.com

May 29, 2018

Part two of Raj's story.  This episode features Raj's journey back to India where his grandfather left in the 1940s (to come to Canada for a better life for him and his children) in order to stop using heroin and find peace in his life.  HE traveled to a place called Rishikesh, a place where pilgrims and people from all over the world have been going to for thousands of years for spiritual clarity.  When Raj was younger, he was told by a doctor that he'd be on anti-depressants for the rest of his life, but hear how eastern spirituality, philosophy and embracing his familial culture proved that wrong.  In the last half of the interview, he also talks about the documentary he's currently making regarding his addiction, relapse, and recovery.

Raj also talks about 
the importance of relapse in his journey; 
yoga (but not the western lululemon type); 
life, death and the illusion of time; 
the importance of suboxone for his recovery; 
stigma of drug users in the south-asian community; 
what 'success' means 
and so much more!

Thanks so much for listening, friend!

Please rate/review/subscribe on iTunes (and subscribe/rate in whichever app you use)!  

 

Please support Feelin Weird by becoming a Patreon subscriber--donate anywhere from $1-$100 per month and help Feelin Weird expand. Thank you for your support!

http://www.patreon.com/feelinweird


Instagram: @feelinweirdpod  

Facebook: @feelinweird  

http://feelinweird.com

feelinweird@gmail.com

May 20, 2018

Raj (artist/activist) grew up with his grandparents who immersed him in Sikh culture but went to a school where he was the only person of colour.  9/11 happened and suddenly he realized how different he was--he tried to change himself to blend in, but depression and anxiety took over.  Racism, indirectly and directly, shaped his childhood, but then he found an artist who turned it all around for him.  Fast-forward many years and suddenly his grandparents were gone--he was left with his grief.  Oxycodone, which started as a fun time, led to him becoming a full-time heroin user in the Downtown East-Side of Vancouver.  This is the story of Raj's heart-breaks and reclamation of self.

We also talk about 
'brownphobia', 
MIA, 
DTES, 
safe sites, 
fentanyl, 
the opiate crisis, 
hydromorphone & dilaudid, 
opiate replacement therapy, 
suboxone, 
opiate withdrawal, 
And MUCH more.

This is part one of a two-part interview with Raj.  Next week I will release the second installment which includes his journeys in India.

Thanks so much for listening, friend!

Please rate/review/subscribe on iTunes (and subscribe/rate in whichever app you use)!  

 

Please support Feelin Weird by becoming a Patreon subscriber--donate anywhere from $1-$100 per month and help Feelin Weird expand. Thank you for your support!

http://www.patreon.com/feelinweird


Instagram: @feelinweirdpod  

Facebook: @feelinweird  

http://feelinweird.com

feelinweird@gmail.com

May 13, 2018

Stuart Ralph (host of The OCD Stories podcast) had his first OCD symptom at age 7 but didn't start treating it until age 26.  This is a very typical story for those with OCD because of misconceptions about the disorder.  Stuart breaks down those misconceptions in this hour long talk.  He shares his experiences with the disorder but also shares his WEALTH of knowledge!  I guarantee you know someone who has OCD and probably 80% of listeners won't actually be able to say what the disorder is (okay, i made that stat up...)

Stuart ALSO talks about 
ERP and ACT, 
OCD vs. OCPD, 
Pure O, 
Different types of OCD, 
private vs. public healthcare, 
fear of how others will react to your diagnosis, 
relapse, 
meditation & mindfulness, 
and SO much more!

It's been two years since I started this podcast and I want to thank you for listening--Feelin Weird is the best part of my life (though it's a struggle a lot of the time too). <3

Thanks so much for listening, friend!

Please rate/review/subscribe on iTunes (and subscribe/rate in whichever app you use)!  

 

Please support Feelin Weird by becoming a Patreon subscriber--donate anywhere from $1-$100 per month and help Feelin Weird expand. Thank you for your support!

http://www.patreon.com/feelinweird


Instagram: @feelinweirdpod  

Facebook: @feelinweird  

http://feelinweird.com

feelinweird@gmail.com

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