This episode’s heavier than usual, so if hearing about depression, anxiety and mental health is a trigger for you, please skip this one.

Today we’re sharing some super personal stuff: our own stories of mental health challenges and how we’ve handled them, specifically how our mental health has been impacted by money and how we’ve let money dictate how we take care of our mental health. (Whew! What a paradox.)

We also hear from author and blogger Cait Flanders on how she finally decided that therapy was a worthwhile investment of her hard-earned money, and from psychotherapist Casey Lepper on how we can move forward in spite of money anxiety. Women may be more in touch with our emotions, but that doesn’t make any of this stuff easy. But investing in your mental health is worth it. YOU are worth it.

Here are some resources:

Suicide Prevention

Capital Area Counseling (where Kara got $10 counseling!)

Goodtherapy.org- A website to help you find what KIND of therapy and therapist are right for you. Just a good place to start your journey and education on mental health

Psychology Today- You can find a therapist here and sort by gender, age, location, etc. You can email therapists, for those who don’t like making phone calls.

Open Path Psychotherapy Collective: https://openpathcollective.org/​. It allows therapists to keep slots available for sliding scale rates and for clients to connect with those therapists and pay reduced fees for quality treatment.

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6 thoughts on “#10 – Investing in Mental Health

  1. I’m enjoying listening to your episodes and I completely agree with the comment about “bias against women’s pain in the medical community”.

    I saw this first hand, my wife ripped the outer layer of her spinal cord doing an overhead press with weights, she started having all of these weird neurological symptoms and crippling pain. The first trip to the ER had a compassionate doctor who tried to figure this out and recommended a number of things. Between then and the follow up with specialists, there was a return trip to a different ER (when we got back from vacation) and a male doctor walked in, declared “so you have a headache” in a quick and condescending way and left the room. You can imagine how well that went, especially since my wife is doctor (for animals) herself. I’m not a violent person, but the fact there was armed hospital security nearby kept me from doing what my natural reaction was…

    What happened to her was pretty rare and the stats are 80% women 20% men for the injury, we had a number of other poor experiences before getting a diagnosis, including the “its all in your head”. The horror stories from the various support groups we were in are just terrible

    1. god that’s awful! the stats and stories on doctors not beliving women’s pain are frightening, and each time i go to the doctor now i bring SO MUCH STUFF because i’m afraid they won’t believe me. when i had stomach issues for months i was dismissed out of hand, so now i track my food and bring a food journal in with me for check ups.

  2. Great episode! Did depression play a role in the decision to retire early? I’ve had depressive episodes my entire life, usually brought on by seasonal change. So I have a successful career, but I feel like I spend half the year trying to get all the balls I dropped in November, December, January back into play. Tiring. I like that in early retirement I could hibernate and do self-care from mid November through January if necessary. Thanks for for being brave and sharing your experience.

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