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The Hilarious World of Depression

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The Hilarious World of Depression

The Hilarious World of Depression

American Public Media

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A show about clinical depression...with laughs? Well, yeah. Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society. The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe. Join guests such as Maria Bamford, Paul F. Tompkins, Andy Richter, and Jen Kirkman to learn how they’ve dealt with depression and managed to laugh along the way. If you have not met the disease personally, it’s almost certain that someone you know has, whether it’s a friend, family member, colleague, or neighbor. Depression is a vicious cycle of solitude and stigma that leaves people miserable and sometimes dead. Frankly, we’re not going to put up with that anymore. The Hilarious World of Depression is not medical treatment and should not be seen as a substitute for therapy or medication. But it is a chance to gain some insight, have a few laughs, and realize that people with depression are not alone and that together, we can all feel a bit better. American Public Media and HealthPartners’ Make It Okay campaign are committed to breaking the stigma around mental health.

Latest Episodes

Movies That Get Depression Right

EIt’s easy for movies to get depression wrong, portraying a clinical disorder as equivalent to just being bummed out and, in the case of romantic comedies, curable with a magical kiss. People with actual depression know better and appreciate films that show the truth. In this episode, our listeners, the beloved THWoD-balls, give their picks, ranging from sci-fi to historical drama to comedy. We got moon men, bridesmaids, a couple of hobbits, and even a Babadook. Fill out your watch list! You can order John's book onAmazon(amzn.to/THWoDBook) orIndieBound(bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter:@THWofD. Like us on Facebook:facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today:hilariousworld.org/donate VisitMakeItOK.orgto get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach theCrisis Text Lineby texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call theSuicide Pre...

45 minMAY 25
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Movies That Get Depression Right

Steven Page Camouflages Songs About Depression

EAs co-founder and co-frontman for the band Barenaked Ladies, Steven Page belted out a lot of up-tempo pop hits. But if you look at the lyrics to songs like "One Week" or "Pinch Me," you can see a lot of darkness and that's an approach that has continued with his solo work. We hear about his bipolar diagnosis, his drug arrest, and his penchant for creating multi-layered music. You can order John's book onAmazon(amzn.to/THWoDBook) orIndieBound(bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter:@THWofD. Like us on Facebook:facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today:hilariousworld.org/donate VisitMakeItOK.orgto get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach theCrisis Text Lineby texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call theSuicide Prevention Lifelineat 1-800-273-TALK.

45 minMAY 18
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Steven Page Camouflages Songs About Depression

Mike Birbiglia Faces His Darkest Fears and Puts Them On Stage

EMonologist and comedian Mike Birbiglia has always had a mile-long dark streak. Even if he’s never been diagnosed with clinical depression, he’s recognized his own lack of capacity to feel joy and is constantly aware of a kind of existential dread that haunts him. But rather than shy away from all that, he picks at it. Mike fills us in on how he deals with that darkness and the inner meaning of a lot of his work. You can order John's book onAmazon(amzn.to/THWoDBook) orIndieBound(bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter:@THWofD. Like us on Facebook:facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today:hilariousworld.org/donate VisitMakeItOK.orgto get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach theCrisis Text Lineby texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call theSuicide Prevention Lifelineat 1-800-273-TALK.

41 minMAY 11
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Mike Birbiglia Faces His Darkest Fears and Puts Them On Stage

Free Chapters of The Hilarious World of Depression: The Book: The Audiobook

ETo celebrate the release of our book we are excited to offer you a sneak preview of the audio version, read by author and THWoD host John Moe. Hear how he started to unlock his own mental mysteries with the help of a productive relationship with a therapist, a lot of time with dogs, and some key decisions. The book is available on all platforms as of May 5, 2020. Check it out onAmazon(amzn.to/THWoDBook) orIndieBound(bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter:@THWofD. Like us on Facebook:facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today:hilariousworld.org/donate VisitMakeItOK.orgto get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach theCrisis Text Lineby texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call theSuicide Prevention Lifelineat 1-800-273-TALK.

42 minMAY 4
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Free Chapters of The Hilarious World of Depression: The Book: The Audiobook

Emmy Blotnick Once Ate a Whole Head of Cabbage. Alone. In Silence.

EStandup comedian and writer Emmy Blotnick is a rising star in the comedy world. But along the path to success, she’s had to navigate a depression that manifested in some pretty unexpected ways, including culinary disasters involving pumpkin puree, kidney beans, and butternut squash soup. Thanks to some hard work, EMDR therapy, and more nutritious choices, she’s on the right track. You can pre-order John's book onAmazon(amzn.to/THWoDBook) orIndieBound(bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter:@THWofD. Like us on Facebook:facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today:hilariousworld.org/donate VisitMakeItOK.orgto get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach theCrisis Text Lineby texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call theSuicide Prevention Lifelineat 1-800-273-TALK.

47 minAPR 27
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Emmy Blotnick Once Ate a Whole Head of Cabbage. Alone. In Silence.

Lulu Miller Treats Her Depression With Fish Research, Finds Fish Don’t Exist

EPublic radio and podcast audiences have been listening to Lulu Miller’s storytelling for years on Radiolab and on Invisibilia, a show she co-founded. Her work is generally about other people but on this episode, she shares her own story, which is by turns harrowing and triumphant. Lulu’s new book is “Why Fish Don’t Exist” (Link: https://bit.ly/2XNTnq4) and it’s about her history with depression, the scientific curiosity that helped get her back on track, and, yeah, why fish don’t exist. You can pre-order John's book on Amazon (amzn.to/THWoDBook) or IndieBound (bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter: @THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate Visit MakeItOK.org to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting the word HOME to 741-741, o...

47 minAPR 20
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Lulu Miller Treats Her Depression With Fish Research, Finds Fish Don’t Exist

Dave Holmes Puts the ADHD in Dave Holmes

ESome people don’t have short job titles. Dave Holmes is, among other things, a writer, MTV VJ (despite losing the contest that landed him the job), TV host, actor, and even a former advertising executive. He has dealt with anxiety, depression, and a thorny time coming out as a gay man. Just before our conversation, he received a new diagnosis of ADHD and suddenly a lot of things made a lot more sense. You can pre-order John's book on Amazon (amzn.to/THWoDBook) or IndieBound (bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter: @THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate Visit MakeItOK.org to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

42 minAPR 13
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Dave Holmes Puts the ADHD in Dave Holmes

Call A Friend, Find Out How They’re Doing

EDuring this long stretch of just staying home, we decided to reach out to some friends of THWoD, hear their voices, and find out how they're holding up. Writer Ana Marie Cox is drawing strength from her sobriety, actor John Ross Bowie is balancing work and fatherhood, and comedian Solomon Georgio has found a soothing new hobby of driving to the airport and then turning around and going home again. You can pre-order John's book on Amazon (amzn.to/THWoDBook) or IndieBound (bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter: @THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate Visit MakeItOK.org to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

33 minAPR 6
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Call A Friend, Find Out How They’re Doing

Lori Gottlieb Has Seen All Possible Sides of Therapy

EHaving experienced therapy as a patient, a student, and an actual therapist, Lori Gottlieb has a lot of insight into what therapy is, what it isn't, and how to get the most out of it. We hear how she ended up in the profession after repeatedly putting a UPS guy in an uncomfortable spot and how, years later, she needed more therapy herself when her world fell out from under her. You can pre-order John's book on Amazon (amzn.to/THWoDBook) or IndieBound (bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter: @THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate Visit MakeItOK.org to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

50 minMAR 30
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Lori Gottlieb Has Seen All Possible Sides of Therapy

Jameela Jamil Has an Ambitious Goal: To Feel Things

EShe was one of the stars of NBC’s The Good Place, a tv and radio host in England, and she’s created a popular movement aimed at celebrating body positivity, all within the past few years. But Jameela Jamil has been through enough trauma, eating disorders, depression, and other calamities that she can’t feel much of anything. She’s working to change that. You can pre-order John's book on Amazon or IndieBound. Follow us on Twitter: @THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate Visit MakeItOK.org to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

45 minMAR 23
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Jameela Jamil Has an Ambitious Goal: To Feel Things

Latest Episodes

Movies That Get Depression Right

EIt’s easy for movies to get depression wrong, portraying a clinical disorder as equivalent to just being bummed out and, in the case of romantic comedies, curable with a magical kiss. People with actual depression know better and appreciate films that show the truth. In this episode, our listeners, the beloved THWoD-balls, give their picks, ranging from sci-fi to historical drama to comedy. We got moon men, bridesmaids, a couple of hobbits, and even a Babadook. Fill out your watch list! You can order John's book onAmazon(amzn.to/THWoDBook) orIndieBound(bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter:@THWofD. Like us on Facebook:facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today:hilariousworld.org/donate VisitMakeItOK.orgto get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach theCrisis Text Lineby texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call theSuicide Pre...

45 minMAY 25
Comments
Movies That Get Depression Right

Steven Page Camouflages Songs About Depression

EAs co-founder and co-frontman for the band Barenaked Ladies, Steven Page belted out a lot of up-tempo pop hits. But if you look at the lyrics to songs like "One Week" or "Pinch Me," you can see a lot of darkness and that's an approach that has continued with his solo work. We hear about his bipolar diagnosis, his drug arrest, and his penchant for creating multi-layered music. You can order John's book onAmazon(amzn.to/THWoDBook) orIndieBound(bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter:@THWofD. Like us on Facebook:facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today:hilariousworld.org/donate VisitMakeItOK.orgto get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach theCrisis Text Lineby texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call theSuicide Prevention Lifelineat 1-800-273-TALK.

45 minMAY 18
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Steven Page Camouflages Songs About Depression

Mike Birbiglia Faces His Darkest Fears and Puts Them On Stage

EMonologist and comedian Mike Birbiglia has always had a mile-long dark streak. Even if he’s never been diagnosed with clinical depression, he’s recognized his own lack of capacity to feel joy and is constantly aware of a kind of existential dread that haunts him. But rather than shy away from all that, he picks at it. Mike fills us in on how he deals with that darkness and the inner meaning of a lot of his work. You can order John's book onAmazon(amzn.to/THWoDBook) orIndieBound(bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter:@THWofD. Like us on Facebook:facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today:hilariousworld.org/donate VisitMakeItOK.orgto get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach theCrisis Text Lineby texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call theSuicide Prevention Lifelineat 1-800-273-TALK.

41 minMAY 11
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Mike Birbiglia Faces His Darkest Fears and Puts Them On Stage

Free Chapters of The Hilarious World of Depression: The Book: The Audiobook

ETo celebrate the release of our book we are excited to offer you a sneak preview of the audio version, read by author and THWoD host John Moe. Hear how he started to unlock his own mental mysteries with the help of a productive relationship with a therapist, a lot of time with dogs, and some key decisions. The book is available on all platforms as of May 5, 2020. Check it out onAmazon(amzn.to/THWoDBook) orIndieBound(bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter:@THWofD. Like us on Facebook:facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today:hilariousworld.org/donate VisitMakeItOK.orgto get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach theCrisis Text Lineby texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call theSuicide Prevention Lifelineat 1-800-273-TALK.

42 minMAY 4
Comments
Free Chapters of The Hilarious World of Depression: The Book: The Audiobook

Emmy Blotnick Once Ate a Whole Head of Cabbage. Alone. In Silence.

EStandup comedian and writer Emmy Blotnick is a rising star in the comedy world. But along the path to success, she’s had to navigate a depression that manifested in some pretty unexpected ways, including culinary disasters involving pumpkin puree, kidney beans, and butternut squash soup. Thanks to some hard work, EMDR therapy, and more nutritious choices, she’s on the right track. You can pre-order John's book onAmazon(amzn.to/THWoDBook) orIndieBound(bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter:@THWofD. Like us on Facebook:facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today:hilariousworld.org/donate VisitMakeItOK.orgto get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach theCrisis Text Lineby texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call theSuicide Prevention Lifelineat 1-800-273-TALK.

47 minAPR 27
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Emmy Blotnick Once Ate a Whole Head of Cabbage. Alone. In Silence.

Lulu Miller Treats Her Depression With Fish Research, Finds Fish Don’t Exist

EPublic radio and podcast audiences have been listening to Lulu Miller’s storytelling for years on Radiolab and on Invisibilia, a show she co-founded. Her work is generally about other people but on this episode, she shares her own story, which is by turns harrowing and triumphant. Lulu’s new book is “Why Fish Don’t Exist” (Link: https://bit.ly/2XNTnq4) and it’s about her history with depression, the scientific curiosity that helped get her back on track, and, yeah, why fish don’t exist. You can pre-order John's book on Amazon (amzn.to/THWoDBook) or IndieBound (bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter: @THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate Visit MakeItOK.org to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting the word HOME to 741-741, o...

47 minAPR 20
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Lulu Miller Treats Her Depression With Fish Research, Finds Fish Don’t Exist

Dave Holmes Puts the ADHD in Dave Holmes

ESome people don’t have short job titles. Dave Holmes is, among other things, a writer, MTV VJ (despite losing the contest that landed him the job), TV host, actor, and even a former advertising executive. He has dealt with anxiety, depression, and a thorny time coming out as a gay man. Just before our conversation, he received a new diagnosis of ADHD and suddenly a lot of things made a lot more sense. You can pre-order John's book on Amazon (amzn.to/THWoDBook) or IndieBound (bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter: @THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate Visit MakeItOK.org to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

42 minAPR 13
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Dave Holmes Puts the ADHD in Dave Holmes

Call A Friend, Find Out How They’re Doing

EDuring this long stretch of just staying home, we decided to reach out to some friends of THWoD, hear their voices, and find out how they're holding up. Writer Ana Marie Cox is drawing strength from her sobriety, actor John Ross Bowie is balancing work and fatherhood, and comedian Solomon Georgio has found a soothing new hobby of driving to the airport and then turning around and going home again. You can pre-order John's book on Amazon (amzn.to/THWoDBook) or IndieBound (bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter: @THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate Visit MakeItOK.org to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

33 minAPR 6
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Call A Friend, Find Out How They’re Doing

Lori Gottlieb Has Seen All Possible Sides of Therapy

EHaving experienced therapy as a patient, a student, and an actual therapist, Lori Gottlieb has a lot of insight into what therapy is, what it isn't, and how to get the most out of it. We hear how she ended up in the profession after repeatedly putting a UPS guy in an uncomfortable spot and how, years later, she needed more therapy herself when her world fell out from under her. You can pre-order John's book on Amazon (amzn.to/THWoDBook) or IndieBound (bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter: @THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate Visit MakeItOK.org to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

50 minMAR 30
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Lori Gottlieb Has Seen All Possible Sides of Therapy

Jameela Jamil Has an Ambitious Goal: To Feel Things

EShe was one of the stars of NBC’s The Good Place, a tv and radio host in England, and she’s created a popular movement aimed at celebrating body positivity, all within the past few years. But Jameela Jamil has been through enough trauma, eating disorders, depression, and other calamities that she can’t feel much of anything. She’s working to change that. You can pre-order John's book on Amazon or IndieBound. Follow us on Twitter: @THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate Visit MakeItOK.org to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

45 minMAR 23
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Jameela Jamil Has an Ambitious Goal: To Feel Things
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