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"Eavesdrop" on musicians, authors, researchers, artists and other experts as they talk about the creative process. A new podcast will be posted every two months, so be sure to visit frequently! (View our featured guest and/or presenter biographies.)

After the podcast, tune in to hear all of the contest finalists in the Radio section of the Media Room, create a playlist on Facing Us Radio, or purchase a digital album so you can listen anywhere.

Drawing Strength

How a cartoonist and visual journalist finds solace and strength creating an illustrated book to share his personal story

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At the end of the podcast interview, continue listening as Scott Nychay reads excerpts from his book. To view a selection of his book's powerful illustrations, please visit www.nychay.com/author.

Writing Towards Wellness with Memoir

How writing a memoir can be an empowering step toward self-knowledge and wellness.

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A college-level creative writing and composition instructor, Paula Lambert discusses how writing a memoir - a narrative about a specific experience in your life - can be an empowering step toward self-knowledge and wellness. Putting a challenging or difficult experience on paper gives us back some control over the negative or painful emotions we have about it. As an example, Paula shares excerpts from her own memoir, "Fruit of My Wound," which she wrote as a way to understand two very dark episodes in her life.

Please Note: If you feel that this podcast could be a possible trigger for you, please speak about your concerns with your mental health professional before listening. The memoir excerpts shared in part of this podcast are very raw and, at times, stark reflections on the writer's two overdose attempts. Her writing led her to a healing understanding of those times in her life and reflects the authentic, uncensored darkness experienced by those living with severe depression.

Comedy Rx

How Stand-Up Comedy Helps Individuals Stand Up for Themselves

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Click on Entertainment in the "Look" section of the Media Room to see video clips of author, counselor and stand-up comic David Granirer and some of his students' comedic debuts at the DBSA 2008 National Conference.

Music Can Soothe the Soul

An Interview with the Facing Us 2008 Music Contest Winners

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After the podcast, tune in to hear all of the contest finalists in the Radio section of the Media Room, create a playlist on Facing Us Radio, or purchase a digital album so you can listen anywhere.

Tip Appointment Confusion

I scheduled an appointment with my psychologist and my psychiatrist on the same day at the same time. To make this a little funnier, they aren't under the same shingle, but they are right next door to each other (very handy). I just can't keep up with those little appointment cards. So I got out a promise journal I had bought a year ago. I put the psychologist name on one page and the psychiatrist name on the next page. I carry it to each appointment. When the next appointment is scheduled, instead of them writing it on an appt. card, I give them my promise journal turned to the appropriate page. I also let them know to look at the other doctor's page to make sure I'm not doubled up again. It has been a miracle. The remainder of the pages in the promise journal I date and write down the things I need to discus with whomever I am seeing that day and instructions they give me to follow.