We're All Mad Here



The history of mental illness is insane.


  • 145: The Cellar

    145: The Cellar

    18/02/2021 Duração: 14min

    When America was born, founding father Patrick Henry was newly married to his much younger new wife. But what happened to his first wife, Sarah Shelton? Why did she spend the last four years of her life locked in the family cellar? www.patreon.com/allmadpodcast SOURCES: Sarah Shelton Henry: The Wife Patrick Henry Kept in the Cellar […]

  • 144: Gambit

    144: Gambit

    03/02/2021 Duração: 21min

    Quite a few accomplished chess players ended up becoming mentally ill later in their careers- but is chess itself responsible for its players’ problems? www.patreon.com/allmadpod SOURCES https://members.tripod.com/HSK_Chess/steinitz.html https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/five-myths/five-myths-about-chess/2020/11/20/529fb63a-2a79-11eb-9b14-ad872157ebc9_story.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_Steinitz https://www.chess.com/article/view/can-anyone-be-an-im-or-gm Chess and Mental Illness: 12 Chess Player Who Suffered From Severe Mental Problems http://tartajubow.blogspot.com/2018/12/the-tragic-story-of-brilliant-alvis.html https://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0004-282X2020000300169 https://bleeckerstreetmedia.com/editorial/the-most-dangerous-game#:~:text=After%20he%20lost%20his%20championship,inmate%20up%20for%20a%20game.



    25/01/2021 Duração: 21min

    It’s the first episode of Rachel’s new podcast HOOKED! On May 15 2001, one of the most beloved bloggers of the early internet died from a brain aneurysm after battling leukemia.  On May 19, 2001, the internet learned that Kaycee Nicole Swenson had not, in fact, died. She had never existed.   www.patreon.com/hookedthepod SOURCES: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaycee_Nicole  […]

  • 142: Cute Aggression

    142: Cute Aggression

    20/01/2021 Duração: 09min

    Why do we want to squeeze or nibble on things we find overwhelmingly adorable? It’s called “cute aggression!” www.patreon.com/allmadpodcast “Tears of Joy” May Help Us Maintain Emotional Balance https://www.brainfacts.org/thinking-sensing-and-behaving/emotions-stress-and-anxiety/2019/cute-aggression-why-you-want-to-squeeze-adorable-creatures–091019 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/271503312_Dimorphous_Expressions_of_Positive_Emotion_Displays_of_Both_Care_and_Aggression_in_Response_to_Cute_Stimuli https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cute_aggression https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/12/31/679832549/when-too-cute-is-too-much-the-brain-can-get-aggressive https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/12/181204143857.htm

  • 141: The Cornflakes Cure

    141: The Cornflakes Cure

    07/01/2021 Duração: 18min

    Did you know that in addition to creating a cereal empire, John Harvey Kellogg was a doctor AND ran a sanitarium for most of his life? Obsessed with purity of mind and body, Kellogg created a home-away-from-home resort where people with all kinds of illness could relax, eat his food inventions, and get all the […]



    22/12/2020 Duração: 01min

    Happy holidays and a merry New Year!

  • 140: A Clean Bill of Poor Mental Health

    140: A Clean Bill of Poor Mental Health

    17/12/2020 Duração: 21min

    James Taylor is one of the most successful American musicians alive today. Coming from a musical family, James wrote his first song on guitar at 14. By the time he was 22, he was being called “the new voice of rock.” But as he’d risen in his career, James’ family history of depression and addiction […]

  • 139: On Being Ill

    139: On Being Ill

    04/12/2020 Duração: 28min

    It’s been awhile since I gave voice to a piece of writing: this week, I read Virginia Woolf’s ON BEING ILL. www.patreon.com/allmadpodcast

  • 137: Between the Acts

    137: Between the Acts

    26/11/2020 Duração: 27min

    CW/TW: Suicide/ suicidal ideation, childhood sexual abuse Virginia Woolf is as famous for her suicide as she is for her writing. Born into a family with a history of mental health and being a victim of sexual abuse, Virginia never stood a chance. Even so, she produced some of the most famous English literature in […]

  • 136: The Contributing Factor

    136: The Contributing Factor

    12/11/2020 Duração: 22min

    Many true crime podcasts have covered the death of Elisa Lam, a Canadian college student. But few have covered what was considered a large factor in her death: her bipolar disorder. This is a different look into the mysterious Elisa Lam case. www.patreon.com/allmadpodcast

  • 135: Fast Girl Part 2

    135: Fast Girl Part 2

    22/10/2020 Duração: 27min

    TW: Eating disorders, suicide Happily retired from her running career, Suzy Favor Hamilton was looking forward to leading a more normal life. But soon, Suzy found quiet life in Wisconsin unbearable; she needed something exciting to fill the space running had left. Hoping to satisfy her insatiable sex drive, Suzy signed up to be a […]

  • 134: Fast Girl, Part One

    134: Fast Girl, Part One

    14/10/2020 Duração: 20min

    TW: Eating disorders, suicide, adult language Suzy Favor Hamilton went to the Olympics three times. She was one of the fastest runners in the world. But her undiagnosed bipolar disorder gave her performance anxiety that showed itself in panic attacks and depression. Suzy felt that, even as an Olympian, she was never good enough, and […]

  • 133: Of Two Minds

    133: Of Two Minds

    01/10/2020 Duração: 13min

    We’re talking about bipolar disorder this week!   www.patreon.com/allmadpodcast

  • 132: The Insanity of Mary Girard

    132: The Insanity of Mary Girard

    16/09/2020 Duração: 27min

    Philadelphia, one of the oldest cities in the United States, prides itself on preserving and remembering its history. So why is it that the story of Mary Lum Girard, business assistant and wife to one of the richest men in American history, has been swept under the rug? Her husband, Stephen Girard, has several locations […]

  • 131: Immoral But Not Illegal

    131: Immoral But Not Illegal

    02/09/2020 Duração: 22min

    CW: This episode contains discussion of suicide Mark Drybrough and Nadia Kajouji both completed suicide after being sent instructions on how by a friend on the internet. But who was this friend really, and why did they encourage dozens of people online to kill themselves? www.patreon.com/allmadpodcast    

  • 129: The Comedienne

    129: The Comedienne

    06/08/2020 Duração: 16min

    Everyone knows Charlie Chaplin, but few people know about his mother Hannah. The daughter of a mentally ill mother, and who developed syphilis-related psychosis, Hannah still managed to impart her performing skills to her son Charlie. While Hannah never reached the level of fame that her husband or sons, grandchildren, and great grandchildren did, her […]

  • 128: Dr. Patrick

    128: Dr. Patrick

    22/07/2020 Duração: 22min

    Dr. Teleka Patrick suspected she was schizophrenic. But she was worried that if she got an official diagnosis, she’d lose her psychiatry license, so she kept her suspicions quiet and tried to get on with her life. But her mental illness ended her marriage. It earned her a restraining order from her pastor. And eventually, […]

  • 127: The Harts Part 2

    127: The Harts Part 2

    08/07/2020 Duração: 36min

    What happened in the months and days leading up to the murder-suicide of the Hart family? What was the trigger? Mental illness? Marital problems? Or just the Hart mothers being unable to see a future for their kids?   www.patreon.com/allmadpod

  • 126: The Harts Part 1

    126: The Harts Part 1

    01/07/2020 Duração: 26min

    On March 25, 2018, Jennifer Hart killed her family of 8 in a shocking murder-suicide. No one who knew the Harts could believe that this perfect, happy blended family met such a tragic end. Jennifer had kept everyone at arm’s length while crafting the picture of perfect family online. Behind the scenes was abuse, neglect, […]

  • 125: The Black Don Quixote

    125: The Black Don Quixote

    17/06/2020 Duração: 26min

    Clennon King Jr. was the first black man to run for president. But before blazing that trail, the professor at an all-black college tried to enroll in the University of Mississippi to earn his doctorate. The school, also known as Ole Miss, was whites only, and it was declared that any black man who pursued […]

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