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Episode 298

Nerdist Podcast

Paul Gilmartin

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Nerdist Podcast: Paul Gilmartin

Paul Gilmartin joins Chris, Matt and Jonah for the morning zoo to talk about feelings, making artwork out of old computers, and how he decided to start his podcast about mental illness!

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22 comments

  • Yeah I know it is old but this inspired me to get back on my meds.

    The darkness had been creeping back in. Amazing how you can get pissed off at taking a pill.

    Thanks for providing a diverse topic base.

    Great show

  • Looked up the “Mental Illness Happy Hour” podcast after hearing Pete Holmes give it a plug and listened to the “Policeman Andy” and Maria Bamford episodes (REALLY wanted to reach into my laptop and give her a hug), so I’d recommend others give it a shot. And I’m fond of the Nerdist episodes that are not only funny, but informative and even helpful. Between this interview and the ones with MB and Max Landis, I hope people are thinking AND talking about mental illness more openly because pretending the “bad thing” didn’t happen only makes it worse.

    And as for Paul Gilmartin distancing himself from his mother, yeah, sometimes you’ve gotta do that, even with family. There just comes a point when a relationship becomes so toxic you have to divorce yourself from it for sanity’s sake – and you’ll be the better for it.

  • Wow…great episode. I recently lost my alcoholic father, who I had had to cut out of my life a couple years ago, so it really resonated with me when Paul talked about having to cut his mom off and being ok with things if she passes before he’s ready to talk again. I hadn’t had contact with my father for three years when he died, and while it was a shame that he died at 66, I was sad, but overall I was ok. It’s awkward to explain to people, so it was really helpful to hear someone else talk about how sometimes your parents don’t need to be a part of your life.

  • Paul Gilmartin is not afraid of being genuine and honest in all aspects, and I have a megaton of respect for him because of it. I discovered his own podcast a couple of months ago, and have found it to be very poignan. Paul does what many could not or would not do, even when it’s not easy; and through it reaches a connection with his guests that then transfers to the podcast listeners. I was excited to see that Paul was a guest on the show, and enjoyed the episode immensely. It was inspirational and hilarious. Thanks!

  • Thanks for this episode, team. I admire the way Paul and the Nerdist podcast help take the stigma out of mental health. I’ve had a good year, and it easily could have not been one. Some of that is owed to the outlook and lessons I’ve been learning from podcast like Nerdist and Mental Illness Happy Hour.

    Keep seeking.

  • Thank you for this amazing pod cast. It hit home for me on so many levels, especially with regards to medication.

    My mom, who is bi polar and has been on meds for over 25 years, cannot function without it, and it becomes a family crisis every 2-3 years when she just abruptly stops. She told me the other day that she’s off her meds again. oh joy.

    I had a therapist suggest meds to me as the only option years ago, and refused and walked out, never went back. I’ve realized now that all my issues that were diagnosed as borderline personality disorder, really stemmed from the fact that I am Transgendered. Since I’ve stopped trying to be the girl I’m really not, and came out, and changed my name, life is much better. Not perfect, but better. I was miserable and drinking too much and abusing drugs and self injuring because I was miserable trying to be someone I’m not, not because I needed Medication.

  • I suffer with mental illness and was a heroin addict for years. This was an amazing podcast. Thank you for constantly bringing different view in on this subject. I know you are helping so so many people. The only comment that I have is that although I agree that people should understand that you aren’t a doctor, what better training could anyone have other than actually living through and surviving with this disease? Mental illness is different from any other sickness because a huge part of fighting it is learning how to change the way you think with a mind that is broken and if you haven’t lived through it I feel it almost impossible to have any idea how to do that where as you can fix a broken leg without having ever broken your own. Just my opinion of course.

  • Loved it! As a bipolar semi-artist, fullblown alcoholic self medicating comic nerd with mom issues I think i found things in every nook and cranny. like Thomas’s yummy english muffins

  • This was a delightful podcast. I have listened to the Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast for a while now. I think this is a timely episode given world events and not just because the holidays are here.

    I feel like I should say something more meaningful here. But I feel like I reveal too much of me in the comments as it is…. Ok, time to create a well placed distraction and run away.

  • I am going through a break up at the minute and can’t bring myself to do the things I love but have found the nerdist podcasts and am devouring them.

    I have also recently realised that for years I have been suffering from anxiety and this last few weeks have started seeking help for it.

    This ‘episode’ could not be more perfectly timed for me, Keep up the good work fellas!

  • I was diagnosed with depression in ’92, and I’m so down with the idea that it’s part of me and not a fucking platitude. My only issue is that please, please, please don’t tell people it’s okay to go on and off antidepressants. That’s a really good way to kick someone into suicidal spin. I lost my mom that way.

  • Great episode, wonderful for those people who struggle with depression and other issues. Definitely right up there with Maria’s episode in the de-stigmatization of legitimate mental disorders.

  • A very preachy episode. I guess it fits since a lot of people get depressed around the holidays and mental health has become a hot button issue. Anyways it’s always cool to see Chris trying to branch out the podcast. Cant wait for a new pod on friday.