You, Me, Empathy - Episode 60: Isolation and Hope in Mental Illness with Tony the Therapist

On Episode 60 of You, Me, Empathy, Tony the Therapist stops by to explore the isolation of mental disorders such as schizophrenia, respecting and validating the realities of other feely humans, and the hope there is for each of us, no matter what we’re going through.


This is a follow-up episode to Episode 59 on schizophrenia as an abusive relationship with my sweet and courageous little brother, Tannen Wels. Tony and I talk about the feelings of isolation in psychosis-based disorders and—truly—all mental illness when there’s no mirror, no vulnerability, no safe space to open our hearts. We talk about the feeling that people think we’re “crazy,” validating experiences and realities of others, no matter what, and why the medical world still doesn’t know much about schizophrenia.

How do we meet people where they are? Especially those who may be interpreting reality as different from your own? Tony and I try to answer these questions!

Plus, to honor Tannen, we also talked about recent favorite movies at the end of the episode!

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Anthony Ramynke is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences, license number LMFT47805.

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