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Content warning: mental illness and explicit language Scream Therapy is a podcast that explores the link between punk rock and mental health. My guests are members of the underground music scene who are, like myself, living with mental health challenges. Intro/background music: Submission Hold - "Cranium Ache" Render Useless - "The Second Flight of Icarus" Artwork: Luke Ramsey - https://lukeramseystudio.com Contact host Jason Schreurs - jasonschreurs@telus.net
 
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On the fifth episode of Flex Your Head host Jason Schreurs welcomes back Mike Isacson to talk about Hüsker Dü's double theme album Zen Arcade, which explores the troubled upbringing of a young man and the effects on his mental health.Flex Your Head is a special episode series of the Scream Therapy podcast dissecting classic punk albums with my gues…
 
Host Jason Schreurs welcomes Foxx Bodies singer Bella Vanek to the podcast. Bella talks about being hospitalized and diagnosed bipolar. She also shares what led up to her mental health crisis and how she's managed her multiple diagnoses since.https://foxxbodies.bandcamp.comFeatured songs:Foxx Bodies - "Bad Kid" from Vixen (Kill Rock Stars, 2021)Bik…
 
On the fourth episode of Flex Your Head, a Scream Therapy podcast spinoff, host Jason Schreurs welcomes his dear friend Drue Swalwell to talk about The Future of What, the fourth album by Olympia post-hardcore band Unwound.Flex Your Head is a limited podcast series until Scream Therapy returns.https://unwound.bandcamp.comhttp://unwoundarchive.comFe…
 
On the third episode of Flex Your Head, a Scream Therapy podcast spinoff, host Jason Schreurs welcomes his dear friend Mike to talk about The Rebel Sound of Shit and Failure. It’s a compilation album of equally sarcastic and political songs by rabble rousers Born Against, a 90s New York hardcore band (don’t worry, not the tough guy kind of New York…
 
On the second episode of Flex Your Head, a Scream Therapy podcast spinoff, host Jason Schreurs welcomes his dear friend Mike Isacson to talk about the Canadian punk opus Wrong by Nomeansno.Flex Your Head is a limited podcast series until Scream Therapy returns.https://www.nomeanswhatever.com/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m01lPNVv90sFeatured song …
 
On the first episode of Flex Your Head, a Scream Therapy podcast spinoff, host Jason Schreurs welcomes his dear friend Greg Pratt to talk about the punk masterpiece Supporting Caste by Propagandhi.Flex Your Head is a limited podcast series until Scream Therapy returns.https://propagandhi.bandcamp.com/album/supporting-castehttps://propagandhi.comFea…
 
Host Jason Schreurs recaps episodes 31-40 of Scream Therapy. If you missed any of these episodes, it's time to catch up!About this podcast:Scream Therapy explores the link between punk rock and mental health. My guests are members of the underground music scene who are living with mental health challenges, like myself.Intro/background music:Submiss…
 
Host Jason Schreurs talks to Amyl and the Sniffers vocalist Amy Taylor about keeping mentally healthy at home and on tour. We also chat about how discovering punk helped put her endless energy into a positive place using a positive frame of mind.https://www.amylandthesniffers.comFeatured songs:Amyl and the Sniffers - "Cup of Destiny" from S/T (ATO …
 
Host Jason Schreurs is joined by Rob Rufus, author of Die Young with Me, a coming of age memoir about him being diagnosed with cancer. We talk about situational depression and the psychological effects of beating stage four cancer. Rob also plays drum in Nashville/West Virginia melodic punk band Blacklist Royals.https://www.simonandschuster.com/boo…
 
Host Jason Schreurs is joined by Megan Cadena-Fernandez, vocalist/bassist of Foxtails, to share their experiences living with complex PTSD. Megan also tackles the subject of being a non-binary person of colour in the punk scene and the discrimination they face in it, a mirror for the world outside of punk. https://fffoxtails.bandcamp.comFeatured so…
 
Host Jason Schreurs talks to Jenna Pup of The HIRS Collective about being open regarding mental health struggles. We talk about how the Philadelphia queer punk scene gave Jenna a safer place to express herself through screaming and songwriting about trans and queer rights. among other topics. https://hirs.bandcamp.comFeatured songs:The HIRS Collect…
 
Host Jason Schreurs is joined by Marisa Dabice from Philadelphia alt-punk band Mannequin Pussy. Marisa talks about how a cancer scare when she was a teen affected her mental health and exasperated her depression. She also talks about how toxic relationships have affected her life through the years.https://mannequinpussy.bandcamp.comhttps://epitaph.…
 
Host Jason Schreurs talks to Geoff Rickly of Thursday and United Nations about his depression and how he became addicted to heroin after the breakup of his main band. Geoff talks about what music meant to him growing up and through his adulthood. Clean and sober for the past few years, Geoff now helps others both publicly and privately.https://thur…
 
Host Jason Schreurs is joined by Dr. Blythe TwoSisters of Tabula Rasa Psychology. Blythe talks about warning signs for mental health conditions and the supportive relationship she has with her clients. She also talks about her approach when clients want to run away from their problems or have suicidal ideation. Blythe's grew up in the Houston, Texa…
 
Host Jason Schreurs welcomes Jonah Bayer to the podcast. Jonah plays guitar in United Nations and is the former music editor at Alternative Press. Jonah is pursuing a career in mental health counselling and, in 2019, enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counselling Program at Antioch University in New England. Jonah's longterm goal is to provide …
 
Host Jason Schreurs has graphic artist and mental health coach Ellen Forney on the podcast to talk about mental health plans and her own history living with bipolar. Ellen's graphic novels, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me, and Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life, have proven to be incredibly useful for many people's …
 
Host Jason Schreurs talks to Caithlin De Marrais, vocalist/bassist of Rainer Maria and solo artist, about how close friendships can provide therapy and foster mental health. Caithlin met Rainer Maria guitarist Kaia Fischer soon after she discovered punk rock and they formed a bond of more than 25 years creating music together. Through their songs t…
 
Host Jason Schreurs recaps episodes 21-30 of Scream Therapy. If you missed any of these episodes, this will give you a taste of what you need to catch up on.This episode also features a reading of my essay, A Fractured Journey, published at OC87 Recovery Diaries.https://oc87recoverydiaries.org/bipolar-disorder-before-diagnosisAbout this podcast:Scr…
 
Host Jason Schreurs talks to therapist Simon Forsyth of Nozomi Counselling about how punk rock is a model for mental health. Simon lives in Dublin, Ireland, and came out as gay a year after he discovered punk rock. He encourages his clients to use the ethos of punk rock to reclaim their lives as an act of resistance and has created a punk workbook …
 
Host Jason Schreurs welcomes Feed the Scene founder Rachel Taft who has been feeding and housing bands since 2011. Rachel lives with depression and ADHD and started the "band and breakfast" as a way to deal with the death of her mother. Since then, she has hosted more than 1,200 touring bands at her Baltimore house.https://feedthescene.comFeatured …
 
Host Jason Schreurs has a lively conversation with Sascha Altman DuBrul, a mental health activist with a punk background. Sasha runs a private practice in Oakland, CA providing transformative mental health services. He was also a member of New York ska-punk band Choking Victim in the '90s, and part of the band's reunion shows in the mid '00s.http:/…
 
Host Jason Schreurs brings Deanna Belos from Sincere Engineer on the podcast to talk about Generalized Anxiety Disorder, an illness characterized by chronic worrying, nervousness, and tension. Deanna talks about some of the methods she has used to manage her anxiety symptoms, including writing and playing music as a creative outlet. http://sinceree…
 
Regan Ashton, bassist in Problem Daughter and solo country punk artist, talks to Scream Therapy host Jason Schreurs about living with bipolar and managing his symptoms. He also opens up about his addiction issues through the years, including a heroin addiction when he was in his 20s.https://problemdaughter.bandcamp.comhttps://reganashton.bandcamp.c…
 
Host Jason Schreurs welcomes Rosie Richeson, screamer in Night Witch, a hardcore/punk band from Tallahassee, Florida. Rosie talks about the mental health advocacy work she's done and how to take care of yourself to avoid burnout. She also addresses sexual predators in the punk scene and her zero tolerance policy on dudes who use the punk scene to a…
 
Host Jason Schreurs and Craig Shay of Cold Wrecks and Answering Machine talk about his anxiety and how he manages it as a productive member of the punk scene. Whether it's trying to keep his anxiety symptoms under control while on tour, or working with his counsellor on therapy techniques, Craig has always been able to contribute to the punk scene …
 
Host Jason Schreurs welcomes Dr. Mike Friedman of Hardcore Humanism to the podcast. Providing therapy and coaching, as well as hosting a podcast, Dr. Mike has used Hardcore Humanism to help people find a more holistic, humanist way of life. In this episode, Dr. Mike talks about how punk rock can be therapy, and how different forms of it can help pe…
 
Host Jason Schreurs has a conversation with Alicia Bognanno of Bully, tackling the many intricacies of bipolar. The mood disorder has many ups and downs, with different symptoms to manage. Alicia explains her experiences with bipolar and how she uses screaming and playing guitar as therapy.http://bullythemusic.comFeatured song:Bully - "Where to Sta…
 
Host Jason Schreurs talks to clinical psychologist Dr. Stephen Dansiger about trauma and how punk rock and the punk scene can help to process it. Stephen is a specialist in trauma and addiction treatment, as well as EMDR therapy. From his experience in the New York punk scene in the late '70s, he knows firsthand that punk rock is a form of therapy.…
 
Host Jason Schreurs recaps episodes 11-20 of Scream Therapy. If you missed any of those episodes, this will give you a taste of what you need to catch up on.About this podcast:Scream Therapy explores the link between punk rock and mental health. My guests are members of the underground music scene who are living with mental health challenges, like …
 
Host Jason Schreurs brings Dikembe singer/guitarist Steven Gray on the podcast to talk about coping with grief after the sudden death of his mother. He explains how her passing affected his depression, anxiety, and manic behaviour. Steven also echoes most of the podcast's guests in that playing music has been a huge help in his healing.https://dike…
 
Host Jason Schreurs talks to musician, artist, and writer Cristy C. Road about her journey of healing from sexual abuse and trauma. Cristy is the vocalist of New York pop-punk band Choked Up and has written three graphic novels about trauma, survival, sex, and love.http://chokedup.bandcamp.comFeatured song:Choked Up - "Water Signs" from Dichoso Cor…
 
Host Jason Schreurs chats with Hope for the Day founder Jonny Boucher. The non-profit organization, based in Chicago, does suicide prevention work worldwide, including setting up information booths at punk festivals. Jonny started the group when his mentor and good friend took his own life. Jonny had to speak out about suicide and Hope for the Day …
 
Host Jason Schreurs talks to Stacey Dee, guitarist/vocalist of Bad Cop/Bad Cop. Stacey opens up about her life with mental illness, an addiction to Xanax that lasted several years, three major health scares, and how a positive mindset and healthy lifestyle helps her stay well. https://badcopbadcopband.comFeatured song:Bad Cop/Bad Cop - "Community" …
 
Host Jason Schreurs has a discussion with Brian McTernan, vocalist of Be Well and owner of Salad Days Studio, where he has recorded Hot Water Music, Thrice, Converge and Bane, to name a few. Brian and I talked about his lifelong battle with depression, being hospitalized when he was 13 and finding a home in punk rock. His new band looks back at his…
 
Host Jason Schreurs brings two guests on the show. Neal Page is the guitarist/vocalist of Panic Problem, a Baltimore, Maryland pop punk band. Neal lives with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). He has found a way to balance his symptoms with a family life and being part of the punk scene, two thin…
 
Host Jason Schreurs chats with another Jason, Jason Hall of Western Addiction. The singer of the San Francisco punk/hardcore band talked about how his collapse while jogging changed his life, the importance of focusing on mental wellness and the concept of emotional intelligence. We both agree that Todd Kowalski (Propagandhi), Chuck Ragan (Hot Wate…
 
Host Jason Schreurs welcomes Jacob Bannon to the podcast. Jacob is the singer of Converge and Umbra Vitae and is the person behind Wear Your Wounds. He is also a co-owner of longtime hardcore/punk/metal label Deathwish Inc. Jacob talks about how he uses his music and art to express his internal struggles. Rather than detail those struggles, he pref…
 
Host Jason Schreurs talks to Devon Carson, vocalist of Chicago emo punk band Airstream Futures, about living with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and the depression and suicidal ideation connected to it. PMDD, a severe form of premenstrual syndrome, causes symptoms that are very difficult to manage. Devon and I also talk about the importance…
 
Host Jason Schreurs talks to Buzz Osborne of legendary sludge metal band Melvins. Buzz opens up about the nightmare of all trips where he and his bandmates experienced two major earthquakes and a terrifying flight home that caused him severe flight anxiety. Buzz also discusses a technique he uses for his anxiety called psychological acupressure.htt…
 
Host Jason Schreurs recaps the first 10 episodes of Scream Therapy. He also announces a very special guest for episode 11. Hint: He has the best hairdo in underground music! About this podcast:Scream Therapy explores the link between punk rock and mental health. My guests are members of the underground music scene who are living with mental health …
 
Host Jason Schreurs talks to Justin Pearson, owner of Three One G Records and member of a bunch of amazing punk bands. Retox, The Locust, Dead Cross, Head Wound City, Some Girls, Swing Kids and Struggle immediately come to mind. Justin explains how punk rock has helped him get through tough times in his life. He details his struggles with post trau…
 
Host Jason Schreurs talks to Johan Svanberg about independent musicians and mental heath. Johan is the CEO of Record Union, a music distribution company that undertook a revealing study on musical artists and mental health. With the results, Johan's crew have developed a wellness starter pack for those looking to have a healthier mind.https://thewe…
 
Host Jason Schreurs talks to Nikki Nalbone a.k.a. Nikki Nailbomb, former vocalist of the recently broken up 8-piece party punk band Molly Rhythm. Nikki and I talk about taking care of your mental health when a band breaks up and finding a way to move forward. We also touch on supporting friends with mental health conditions as well as her previous …
 
Host Jason Schreurs talks to Todd Kowalski, bass player, sometimes vocalist, and hype man for Propagandhi, one of Canada's all-time great punk/metal bands. Todd and I talk about staying positive in a negative world, the importance of believing in yourself, and how awesome the crossover hardcore bands were in the '80s.https://propagandhi.bandcamp.co…
 
Host Jason Schreurs talks to Ryan Patterson of musical entity Fotocrime and ex-guitarist/vocalist of the now-defunct Coliseum. Ryan and I discuss the effects of negative body image and how it can lead to other forms of mental illness, including eating disorders and anxiety.https://fotocrime.bandcamp.comhttps://coliseum.bandcamp.comFeatured songs:Co…
 
Host Jason Schreurs talks to Shawna Potter, frontperson of political feminist hardcore/punk band War on Women and author of Making Spaces Safer: A Guide to Giving Harassment the Boot Wherever You Work, Play and Gather (https://akpress.org). Shawna and I talk about the need to provide safer spaces for those with mental illness, and what venue staff …
 
Host Jason Schreurs talks to Gared O'Donnell of emotional hardcore band Planes Mistaken for Stars about his history with mental illness and addiction. We talk about panic attacks and how he has dealt with them over the years.https://planesmistakenforstars.bandcamp.comFeatured song:Planes Mistaken for Stars - "To Spit a Sparrow" from Mercy (Abacus R…
 
Host Jason Schreurs talks to Dylan Slocum of Los Angeles-based emo punk band Spanish Love Songs. Dylan is very open about living with depression and his battles along the way.https://spanishlovesongs.bandcamp.comFeatured songs:Spanish Love Songs - "The Boy Considers His Haircut" from Schmaltz (A-F Records, 2018)Spanish Love Songs - "Kick" from Brav…
 
Host Jason Schreurs talks to Lauren Denitzio of Los Angeles/Brooklyn melodic punk band Worriers. We talk about them discovering the punk scene, living with anxiety and finding the right kind of self-care program, including medications.https://worriers.bandcamp.comFeatured song:Worriers - "WTF Is Sleep?" from Survival Pop (SideOneDummy Records/6131 …
 
Host Jason Schreurs has a conversation with Bianca Cruz of San Antonio, Texas punk/metal band Amygdala. We talk about punk, living with borderline personality disorder, trauma and being in a band while dealing with mental health issues.https://amygdalatx.bandcamp.comFeatured song: Amygdala - "Born into Abuse" from Our Voices Will Soar Forever (Pros…
 
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