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The Mental Health Today Show

John Cordray

The Mental Health Today Show encourages and inspires people to work on their mental health. John Cordray is a board-certified counselor and the host of the Mental Health Today Show, and one of the leading voices of emotionally healthy living. John talks about anxiety, anger, marriage, lifestyle, depression, and more. Listen as John talks about how to keep calm from the stress of life. Contact: www.mentalhealthtodayshow.com
Olympic Superstar Simone Biles Mental Health Message to the WorldBack To School AnxietyDeveloping Strength and Resilience from Childhood Sexual Abuse with Dr. Christian Heim
Dr. Heim Ph.D. is an award-winning Psychiatrist, Music Professor, and Churchill fellow. During his 20 years as a doctor and 13 as a psychiatrist he has heard the stories of 1000s of people, so he listens a lot. He gets lots of joy out of working as a consultant psychiatrist in psychotherapy. He specializes in adult trauma. He speaks from a place of deep compassion and authority on Mental Health issues that are affecting us all in this new normal: anxiety, depression, addictions, trauma, suicide, personality issues, and relationship breakdown. His latest book "The 7 Types of Love: Navigating love in a fractured world" has just been released. He lives in Australia on the beautiful Sunshine Coast with his wife Caroline and loves taking long walks on deserted Australian beaches and eating celery.Dr. Heim's Social Channels:Website: https://www.drchristianheim.com/Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-christian-heim-572777203/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtd-b5NpPAiPDzsNj41G78gInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/drchristianheim_/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drchristianheimBook: The 7 Love Types: https://www.drchristianheim.com/7-love-types Questions:How did you get involved with adult trauma?How common is child sexual abuse?Who is typically the abuser?How often is sexual abuse reported?What can happen to the adult who has been sexually abused as a child?Can someone recover from sexual abuse?Is there hope?Thanks for listening to the Mental Health Today Show. Visit www.mentalhealthtodayshow.com to subscribe to the show, leave a review, and sign up for the newsletter.Thank you,John Cordray, www.johncordray.com Please leave a rating and review of the show!
Aug 2 2021
34 mins
Your Mental Health Does Not Define Who You AreA Broken Marriage and God's Redeeming Story with PlumbThe Seven Most Common Anxiety DisordersUnderstanding the Negative Thought CycleFamily Conflict and StressFive Signs of Emotional PainThe Effects of Anxiety on Your BodyAdverse Childhood Experiences in our SchoolsForgiveness and Your Mental HealthConsequences of Unresolved Grief
Have you ever noticed someone who looks sad all the time? You can see it on their face, you can see it in how they respond to others, and you can just tell when a person has been living in grief for a long time.  Prolonged grief can have negative effects in every area of your life.  That’s what I’m going to talk about in this episode of the Mental Health Today Show, Consequences of Unresolved Grief. The Mental Health Today Show is all about encouraging and inspiring you to work on your mental health. If you desire to work on your mental health you are a champion, and I’m glad you are a part of this community.  Working on your mental health is hard work, and you have to work at it every single day - so you are a champion of your mental health. That’s why I like to call you champions.  Today I’m talking about a very difficult topic, but one that needs to be talked about - the Consequences of Unresolved Grief. Grief comes from all sorts of places, the death of a loved one, an accident that leaves you paralyzed, a broken relationship, a job loss, or an unfulfilled dream.  No matter what your loss is, it hurts, it’s lonely, and at times it’s terrifying.  Kübler-Ross Model The five stages of grief are: Denial Anger Bargaining Depression Acceptance Stage 1: Denial In this first stage, you refuse to believe the loss is real. It’s like a bad dream, or a false report, that something bad has happened. After all, tragedy can’t happen to you or your loved one.  They’re too young, you just started your job, you just got married, you just saw them yesterday. It didn’t really happen, someone must be mistaken. Denial happens when the reality of the situation has not been fully processed yet. When your mind and your heart are not in alignment. Stage 2: Anger Anger is an outward reaction of a deeper emotion not fully expressed. Anger from grief comes in many forms, and it can be a type of self-protection. You can become angry at the person you lost, you can be angry at God, you can become angry at others, but many times you are angry at yourself. Sometimes blaming yourself for the loss.  Stage 3: Bargaining Bargaining happens when you convince yourself that you could have done something to prevent the loss. If only, if I would have, I should have, become a resounding message in your thoughts.  As if you could have somehow prevented the loss.  If only I would have kept my daughter home she would be alive today. If I would have been more convincing I could have prevented my son from running away from home and becoming addicted to Meth. I should have answered the phone so I could have talked my friend out of doing something terrible.  It should have been me, instead of my husband. These bargaining thoughts that cycle in your mind eventually can lead to depression.  Stage 4: Depression
May 17 2021
30 mins
Managing Workplace Stress
Stress in the workplace is at an all-time high, thanks to COVID-19. From budget cuts to adjusting to being remote, to going back to the office after being remote, more and more people are stressed out, and it affects their mental health. In episode 93 of the Mental Health Today Show, I talk about Managing Workplace Stress. Managing deadlines, dealing with a difficult boss, juggling between working from home and helping your kids who are also remote, job layoffs, and worrying how to pay this month's rent or mortgage takes a toll on your mental health. Stress affects sleep, mood, energy levels, and relationships, and can be harmful to your body. A tiny place in our brains called the Amygdala activates our limbic system and creates a stress hormone called cortisol. But, when the cortisol levels are too high for too long, our body will feel the negative effects of stress. Negative effects of stress = rapid heart rate, blood pressure increase, blood sugar rises, muscles tense up, pupils dilate, and perspiration increases.  Three stages of the stress response: Activation: We first perceive a threat, and our Amygdala goes into a fight, flight, or freeze mode. Reaction: Our body stays activated with a high level of metabolic levels in an effort to stay alert.Exhaustion: Prolong exposure to the stressor will eventually deplete our body's immune system. Ways to Manage Workplace Stress: Take micro-breaks throughout the day.Do something you enjoy.Spend time with people who fill you up.Get a pet.Make intentional downtime for yourself.Practice controlled breathing. Close your lips, inhale deeply, hold your breath for 4 seconds, blow air out of your mouth for 5-8 seconds, repeat slowly 8 times.  Be sure to visit the show's website at mentalhealthtodayshow.com. Please leave a review of the show! I appreciate you, John Cordray, Board Certified Counselor
May 10 2021
27 mins
What Causes Anxiety Nausea?
Millions of people experience anxiety nausea and it often becomes so bad that they can't go to work or school. In episode 92, I talk about what causes anxiety nausea and what you can do about it. Have you ever felt sick to your stomach while you have anxiety? It's one of the worse feelings in the world.  Have you ever wondered if it was nausea that caused the anxiety, or the anxiety that caused nausea? Many times anxiety is an emotional reaction to fear, and it can be triggered by a person's perception (thinking something bad is going to happen), or it can be triggered by an actual event, such as getting into a car wreck, or abuse.  When your mind is in overdrive with fear and anxious thoughts it releases an excess amount of the stress hormone called Cortisol and causes neurotransmitters to be released. Neurotransmitters are natural chemical substances that our brain produces at the end of nerve fibers to many areas of our bodies to keep us healthy. When a neurotransmitter is released it causes a transfer of the impulse to another nerve fiber or muscle fiber and can enter the digestive tract, and can cause the feeling of nausea. There are seven major neurotransmitters: AcetylcholineGamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA)HistamineGlutamateDopamineNorepinephrineSerotonin When you become anxious, your brain goes into a fright, flight or freeze mode. This is your body telling you that something is not right. Gastrointestinal Problems Caused by Anxiety ConstipationDiarrheaIndigestionLoss of appetiteStomach crampsFeeling like throwing upIrritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Here are many strategies you can try if you have anxiety nausea: Diaphragmatic BreathingDrinking sips of mint teaClosing your eyes and listening to calming musicGoing for a slow walk in the sunshineEating some gingerSuck on a peppermintChewing mint-flavored gumTalking to a friend about how you are feelingLimit caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol Get plenty of sleepYoga Choose one or two of these strategies for 30 days and let me know if they have helped. What have you tried? Let me know and I can include them in the list. Thanks for listening to the Mental Health Today Show, John Cordray, Board Certified Counselor
May 3 2021
29 mins
Five Mental Disorder Early Warning Signs to Watch Out ForSigns of Functional Depression
If you're like millions of people over the last year during the COVID19 Pandemic, you have experienced signs of functional depression. You may have noticed an overall attitude of negativity, or maybe you want to not be as involved in activities as much as you used to.  In episode 90: Signs of Functional Depression, I talk about what the signs to look for, and what you can do to start feeling better today. Thanks for listening to the Mental Health Today Show. John Cordray, Board Certified Counselor   Transcript: Have you noticed a decrease in your attitude, maybe you're more negative, maybe you're feeling a little bit more numb to the world since the pandemic started over a year ago? And you just noticed that something is not quite right with how you're feeling. That's what we're going to talk about in episode 90: Signs of Functional Depression.  And welcome back to the mental health show today. My name is John Cordray, I am a board-certified counselor. And I am so glad that you're here with me today. And it's been an amazing time as I'm actually getting back into my podcasts. I know some of you have listened for a long time, and that you've noticed I had a break. And so sometimes we need a break. I know, for me, over the past several years, a lot of change, including my daughter getting married and my son recently moving out, and my wife and I are now empty-nesters, had job change move across the country. And more James is on the way. And so you know what that's like. And all these changes, kind of just disrupted my life a little bit, especially my head in my new job, and took a lot of time in the counseling world working with kids in the school. But now I'm back.  And I'm really excited. And I appreciate you, the longtime listeners, I really appreciate you who are just tuning in. If you are new to the show, I would love for you to subscribe, whatever podcast station that you listen to please subscribe to, and I want you to be a part of this community. And so, you know, life is just mentioned in my life. But life is funny sometimes when you think things are going to go a certain way, a way that you want them to go. And then something happens, it could be good, something really good happens in your life or something really bad happens in your life. And I talked a little bit. I alluded to it earlier, in this episode, the beginning COVID hit. And that's something that all of us have been affected by whether indirectly or directly, indirectly, meaning maybe you didn't catch COVID maybe you've had friends or maybe even a family member who's who tested positive. And that really made things difficult for you emotionally.  Or directly, maybe you actually were diagnosed with COVID. Or maybe you had a family member or a loved one that passed away. Because of COVID. Maybe you lost your job or had to stay at home. I know 1000s of kids had to stay home from school. And then that means at least one parent has to stay home from work and work from home and try to get their child to pay attention on the computer. It's hard enough for the kids to pay attention in class. But it's really hard for them to pay attention to the computer. And it's hard for the teachers and some of you are teachers. And on the flip side, you're trying to get all the lesson plans and get the kid's attention and try to teach. Some teachers are doing it in person and on the computer virtually at the same time. And that's been difficult. Some of you have actually lost your job because of or at le
Apr 19 2021
31 mins
Three Common Mental Health Issues Among Young AdultsAnxiety and Sleepless NightsFeeling Like A Failure

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