0022- Divorce and Anxious Kids

0022- Divorce and Anxious Kids

Aaron, Katie and Jocelyn take on a meaty subject in the episode, where they attempt to answer a listener question of how to pick up the pieces after divorcing a narcissist. The second half covers some ways to help raise and understand kids with anxiety. Join them as they do their damnedest to help the listener glue the shattered pieces of her life back together again while still bringing Geek Therapist’s style of humor.

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Episode 0021- How to Be a Better Geek- The Sequel!

Episode 0021- How to Be a Better Geek- The Sequel!

Welcome to Geek Therapist Episode 21, where the podcast can officially buy booze! At the end of episode 20, we decided we had focused on what not to do to be a better geek, but did not focus on ways to change. So Aaron, Katie and Jocelyn seek their revenge on the list and try to take a positive take on the subject. Caffeine flowed in great quantities and Aaron struggled to be a positive person but the episode is by far one of the most entertaining NSFW episodes to date. We also talk about our upcoming event at the Watchtower Café on January 23rd at 1:00 pm and tackle a voice mail question. Download the episode, trim your neckbeard, remove your fedora and listen to Geek Therapist!

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0015- Borderline Personality Disorder

0015- Borderline Personality Disorder

Your intrepid hosts, Aaron, Katie, and Taylor delve deep into one of the most controversial and misunderstood personality disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder. We discuss the challenges facing the person who have struggled with this disorder and how to cope with a person given this diagnosis. We also discuss the recent Paris attacks by members of ISIS and share ways to cope with the tragedy. Grab a cup of coffee or a stiff drink and join us for the most recent episode!

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0011 Geek Therapist- Iron Man and Taming the Hulk

0011 Geek Therapist- Iron Man and Taming the Hulk

The Burtons are back for another late night recording of Geek Therapist! In this episode we recap briefly our Salt Lake Comic Con experiences, listen to our first official voice mail before we finally give our impressions of Tony Stark’s diagnosis. We wrap things up with a listener question regarding his anger and how it is impacting his work and his quality of life! Also available on iTunes and Stitcher!

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0010 Geek Therapist – Suicide Awareness

0010 Geek Therapist – Suicide Awareness

After a bit of a hiatus due to life circumstances, the Geek Therapist and the Real Therapist (Aaron and Katie) return to discuss suicide awareness and prevention. The first half is fairly hefty, so the last half lightens it up a bit. We discuss the upcoming Salt Lake Comic Con, our appearances at panels and how YOU can win tickets to Star Wars: The Force Awakens courtesy of the Nerd Store at the Valley Fair Mall in West Valley, Utah. Finally, our amazing Kiwi listener, Nikki, shares her experiences with suicide for the rest of the listeners of this show.

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My Story of Avery

The Impact of Suicide

Aaron here. I hate excuses. I really do. And here we are with one anyway. This past week, I received news that I had lost a close friend, one who was also a social worker. I say this because it has a lot to do with why I feel the need to post this. At first, we all assumed that we had lost this vibrant 28 year old woman to a sudden illness. Then we heard the rumors. Then we heard the truth. And then we heard that the family was refusing to admit the actual cause of death.

Depression and suicidal thoughts can hit anyone, no matter their education, their work experience, or their seemingly boundless amount of energetic optimism. The key though is talking about these feelings without shame of being judged, ostracized, or being a burden. But when you are lost in those moments, your brain becomes your worst enemy. You cannot feel anything but pain. Even the part of your brain that reminds you that you have felt joy before tells you that it will never happen again.

This past week was Suicide Prevention Week. My family and I participated in the Walk Out of Darkness event on Sunday because a dear friend lost her son to suicide two years ago. I had no idea I would also be walking for my friend who lost her battle just a few days prior.

All I ask of you all is to reach out. Talk when you are in that place that feels hopeless and endless. There are more people that love you than you could possibly ever imagine. I may not have met you, talked to you or seen you before, but I am one of those people. I will make time if I can respond. Wait until I can respond, please.

And stop hiding from the word ‘Suicide.’ The more we avoid that word, the more power it gains. The stronger its grip. IT IS NOT ABOUT A CRY FOR ATTENTION! IT IS A CRY FOR HELP! Talk frankly and openly about suicide in a respectful manner. Don’t belittle someone for having the thoughts. And don’t spend your time reminding them that they need to ignore them for the sake of everyone around them. It only reinforces the fear that they are a burden to those around them.

Hold them. Listen to them. Tell them how much they matter and that you will be there no matter what.

Thank you for reading this.