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Rebecca & Stephen Interviews

“Finishing my bachelor’s degree was a personal goal,” she shares. “I’m now the first college graduate in my family. Everybody either dropped out or stopped at high school, so it was definitely a personal goal to get it done.” A college degree would help her move up professionally. And something else motivated her, too. “I suffer with mental illness, and a lot of times people look at that and say that you can’t go further in life because your mental illness is going to hold you back. My degree was a way to prove to myself that, absolutely not, it’s not going to hold me back,” she affirms. Read Full PENN LPS Student Voices Article:

Living With BiPolar 2

Rebecca, A.K.A. Snowflake sits down with Megan Hall to discuss bipolar!

Faith, Hope, Love, Sex, and Bipolar

Snowflake and Chacoman from Bi-Polar podcast have a seat with me as I interview them about topics such as Faith, Hope, Love, and sex and how Bipolar effects those. 

The fuckit list

Do you have a Bucket List? What about a Fuckit list? Not sure what that actually is? Well let us help you out! Get comfy. 

Rebecca J. McDow, PENN 21, Cum Laude, Co-Creator & Co-Host of Bi-Polar Girl Podcast joins friend Megan Hall, Host of Inspired Women Podcast to discuss living with OCD.
Listen now: Living With OCD Featuring Rebecca McDow

Featured Reading & Resources

Season 4, Episode 21

Author & Artist, Lourdes Ubidia

For her  BFA thesis project, she wrote and illustrated a children’s book discussing the topic of mental health and mood disorders aimed towards children ages five to seven years old. Ms. Ubidia curated a gallery space to promote her project in which she showcased:

Director & Producer, Trish Glowacki

Trish Glowacki is a social entrepreneur and mental health advocate. Trish lost her 21-year-old son, Charlie, to an accidental Oxycontin overdose in 2011, after a five-year battle with anxiety, depression, and substance misuse. In the wake of Charlie’s passing, Trish searched for ways to both handle the incredible grief and honor the memory of her beloved son. Trish launched Glowmedia in 2016 and has created a library of short films, based on the Warning model, addressing a broad range of mental health issues. To date, five films are available with two additional coming in 2023.  The films are available free of charge through Glowmedia’s website and through educational streaming services Discovery Education and Learn360. Season 4, Episode 19 The Glow Media Project

Dr. Alexander B. Niculescu, MD, PhD, Professor, Creator of MindX Sciences

Dr. Niculescu believes patients should be treated in a personalized fashion, based on clinical interview, biomarker testing and neuropsychological testing, using low-dose rational polypharmacy to get synergistic benefits and minimize side-effects. He is also a proponent of increasing wellness and resilience, not just treating disease. Ultimately, the goal is prevention of disease episodes and increased quality of life:

Lupus Advocate, Author, Stephani E.D. McDow

Stephani E. D. McDow is published internationally in anthologies and literary journals. Formerly a contributing author and freelance writer/editor, her work has been praised by esteemed editors, authors and journalists, in addition to having garnered industry awards and recognition. Learn more and connect with Stephani:

Season 3, Episode 22 (Edited) is a thoughtful and intentional conversation around Crisis Intervention for those in our community fighting mental health issues. The Montgomery County Department of Police is a model for the world to follow. Joelle and Sarah’s work with Law Enforcement is simply top-notch. This show is to encourage these discussions so that citizens are reminded L.E.O.’s are our hero’s! Note: Season 3, Episode 21 is unedited.

Check out Season 3 Episode 12

Advocate, Author, Will Braid

Tasmanian born and bred, “Bill” has studied business at the University of Tasmania, was an elite cricket umpire and has more than 20 years media experience. A Geelong, Brumbies and Hobart Hurricanes supporters, Bill is all about telling stories and helping people get the best out of what they have got. Making it happen is what he likes to do, evidenced by raising three kids, finishing university and becoming a published author. Click to learn more about Will — Will and his wife Sarah also produce The Rumpus Room – See above! ORDER NOW

Check out Season 2 Episode 23

Author, Coach, Joanne P. McCallie

Secret Warrior is a compelling memoir following Joanne McCallie’s mental health journey through the realities and challenges within the sports world. Using the recurring theme of “faith over fear” to reduce the stigma associated with impaired mental health and encourage those suffering from mental health issues to reach out-to coaches, student-athletes, and to all people across the world-Joanne offers real direction, experiences, and personal stories to teach and reassure those adversely affected by the dynamics of the mind and body experience. Motivational and heartfelt, Secret Warrior drives home the need for more education, stories, action, and an overall change to the narrative about brain health. CLICK To Order Your Copy

Learn, Grow, and Succeed

Co-Host & Moderator of BPG Summit

Author, Therapist, Aimee Daramus, Psy.D., L.C.P.

I’m experienced in cognitive-behavioral therapy, accceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and Adlerian therapy, and often integrate techniques from other styles when it matches the needs of a client. In this way, clients can get therapy that is both evidence-based and customized, and they have a voice in their treatment. Every style of therapy has a set of values behind it, and that can also affect the treatment we choose.

I’m also competent in some techniques that are specific to certain disorders, such as interpersonal and social rhythm therapy for bipolar disorder.

I welcome clients of every race, sexual and gender orientation, and disability status. People with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism or ADD/ADHD are welcome here, as are people with physical and intellectual disabilities.

Dr. Aimee Daramus’ newest project Understanding Bipolar Disorder: The Essential Family Guide. If you need assistance, or would like to work with Dr. Daramus, please contact her at the following: Audio Therapy

Jason Schreurs

Scream Therapy By Jason Schreurs

Scream Therapy is a podcast and upcoming book about how punk rock is a catalyst for mental health. Listen to S4E17

Janet Coburn

Author, Janet Coburn

Hi. I’m a freelance writer/editor with bipolar disorder, type 2. I am also the author of Bipolar Me, a book which is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and through other outlets. My second book, Bipolar Us, is also now available. I write about mental health issues (obviously), including talk therapy, medication, books, bullying, social aspects, and public policy, but mostly my own experiences with bipolar 2. As I always say, I’m not an expert and YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary. Visit to learn about Janet’s experience coming on the show.

Guest Host Joelle Rabow Maletis

Bi-Polar Girl Support Group

What People Say

“I just started listening to you after finding out I am most likely bipolar and was miss diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I’m terrified and depressed lately due to this. I’m 46 and first got diagnosed with depression and anxiety in my early 30’s. I always wondered why I never got better but now learning more about this, it scares me. It does explain my addictions and issues a lot better, but the long road and struggle ahead – I don’t want to deal with. Thank you for this platform for me to listen to. Every little bit helps I guess.” – Jason C.

“I love that you two are doing this, in the first 20 min I could relate to so much… I’m going to get my husband to listen to it with me!” – J Weber

“I just wanted to take a few minutes to write and say thank you for the podcast. I think it’s wonderful to hear both you and your husband perspectives on each guest. It has also been incredibly helpful for me knowing that 1. I’m not alone in this. 2. that I can be successful in life ( I’m still working out the kinks in the medication department). So a huge thank you, and keep up the amazing work!” – Fullbelly Garden