Episodes
Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann joins Dr. Mike Friedman on the Going There with Dr. Mike podcast to share her struggle with anxiety and depression. The "Suicide Is Murder" singer explains how her obsessive thoughts can be so powerful and overwhelming, that her depression is almost a response to keep the intensity of her thoughts in check – like a “lid” that keeps her anxiety in check.  The Superego Records co-founder also discusses how just as mental illness is devastating when we experience it...
Published 09/14/21
Singer Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage joins Dr. Mike Friedman on the Going There podcast to share his struggle with anxiety and depression. Also a member of Times of Grace, the musician explains that while he faces depression, anxiety is the “beast” with which he most struggles. Despite years of success, Leach says he often experiences “impostor syndrome,” which both contributes to and worsens his anxiety. The “Far from Heavenless” singer talks about how he sees building his mental health...
Published 09/07/21
Indie rocker Samia joins the Going There with Dr. Mike podcast to share her struggle anxiety led and how it led to her dealing with an eating disordered behaviors. Throughout her life, the Scout musician experienced anxiety, where her mind would focus on scary possibilities – things that could go wrong that she could not control. This sense of loss of control was exacerbated by both her having suffered sexual abuse and the subsequent judgment and invalidation she experienced from others when...
Published 08/24/21
Indie folk artist (and former Consequence Artist of the Month) Faye Webster speaks about her struggle with isolation and depression in the latest episode of the Going There podcast with Dr. Mike Friedman. The I Know I’m Funny haha singer-songwriter shares her experience of isolation during the pandemic, something to which many of us can relate. One way Webster chose to cope during the pandemic was by connecting with herself through her songwriting. We often think of connection as something...
Published 08/17/21
Singer-songwriter Alessia Cara joins Dr. Mike Friedman on the Going There podcast to share her struggle with anxiety and insomnia. The “Scars to Your Beautiful” artist explains how she has struggled with insomnia throughout her life, and the vicious cycle by which her habitual sleeplessness is both fueled by and exacerbates her anxiety. In particular, she discusses how her catastrophic negative thoughts -- about frightening topics such as death -- will cause anxiety and keep her up at night....
Published 08/10/21
Maia, the artist known as mxmtoon, joins Dr. Mike Friedman on the Going There podcast to share her struggle with anxiety and depression. mxmtoon talks about the various coping strategies she utilizes, including medication, exercise, meditation and therapy. And one of the things that she particularly talks about is how we can challenge the stigma of mental illness within ourselves by showing ourselves basic compassion and kindness. Mental illness is part of who we are and how we understand our...
Published 07/27/21
Erick Elliott, otherwise known as Flatbush Zombies member and producer Erick the Architect, joins Dr. Mike Friedman on the Going There podcast to discuss the concept of how we can build strong mental health over the course of our lifetime.
Published 07/20/21
Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz, otherwise known as Grammy Award-winning artist Fantastic Negrito, joins Dr. Mike Friedman on the Going There Podcast to discuss how he understands and copes with narcissism.  People who struggle with narcissism often experience a profound profound sense of shame, self-loathing, and emptiness, and may cope with these feelings through a variety of protective mechanisms including grandiosity and defensiveness. The Have You Lost Your Mind Yet artist explained how...
Published 07/13/21
As part of National Day of Unplugging, which reminds us all to put away the smart devices just for a day and find healthier ways to connect, Sound Mind Live teamed with NDU to present Unwound & Unplugged, an acoustic concert and mental health panel livestream. Hosted by Dr. Mike Friedman, the panel featured Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance, Julien Baker, and DeathbyRomy, who shared stories of their own mental health battles, dealing with isolation, and how meaningful social connections...
Published 03/16/21
Mykele Deville joins the show this week to discuss how he copes with the effects of systemic racism and inter-generational trauma on mental health. In particular, the Chicago artist discusses how these stresses can result in a core belief of being unlovable. The Growing Concerns Poetry Collective artist also talks about how he addresses social justice in his music while making sure that he creates “freedoms” for himself to be able to engage in the self-care that he needs to help bolster his...
Published 03/09/21
Blockbuster singer-songwriter Jenna Andrews joins the show this week to discuss her history with anorexia nervosa. She details her harrowing experiences with weight-related bullying as an adolescent, the likes of which included verbal and physical assaults. Later, Andrews describes how she recovered from anorexia nervosa and how she continues to work on her ongoing recovery. This includes the ways she developed a healthy body image and how music is an integral part of her...
Published 03/02/21
Jilian Medford of Ian Sweet joins the show this week to discuss the effects that early trauma had on her mental health. She shares how the effects of her trauma expressed itself in different symptoms, particularly more steady anxiety, anger, or panic. The Los Angeles singer-songwriter talks about the search for the right therapy and how the COVID pandemic has complicated that already difficult process. She also revisits the years she spent struggling to find the best combination of treatment...
Published 02/23/21
Kevin Olusola of Pentatonix joins the show this week to discuss the effects stereotypes can have on mental health. He talks about the racism and anti-immigrant bias that his own parents faced and the psychological traumas he witnessed through his family. He explains how those traumas and the stereotypes he faced on his own were triggered watching the murder of George Floyd. Later in the conversation, the singer-songwriter/producer introduces the concept of “foundational healing”, a societal...
Published 02/16/21
Jason Isbell joins the show this week to discuss his struggle with alcoholism. The singer-songwriter explains how he's attained years of sobriety following his addiction, which was, in part, triggered by the stress and pain from years of touring. He shares how he's had the opportunity to engage in rehabilitation, the 12-step program, and therapy. The Grammy-winning artist also describes his thoughts on tackling the mental health crisis on a public level, including how different economic and...
Published 02/09/21
Alicia Bognanno of Bully joins the show this week to discuss her struggle with Bipolar II disorder. The singer-songwriter explains how she experiences both hypomanic episodes and depressive episodes that were marked by paranoia and anxiety. During these episodes, Bognanno says she would feel as if someone else had “taken the wheel.” The Sub Pop artist shares how she's learned to manage her Bipolar II with a range of strategies, including medication, therapy, exercise, and, of course,...
Published 02/02/21
Julien Baker joins the show this week to discuss her experience struggling with depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The singer-songwriter shares how depression often feels like a giant hole and the ways OCD manifests into perfectionism. Elsewhere, Baker talks about the various methods she uses to cope with her depression and OCD, including exercise and even substance use. She particularly discusses how music has helped her understand, experience, and express her...
Published 01/19/21
Dispatch's Brad Corrigan and Chad Urmston joins the show this week to discuss their personal experience of coping with anxiety and depression, in addition to their experiences with bandmate Pete Heimboldt’s struggle with depression. The Location 13 indie rockers also share how mental illness can cause stress on one’s social system, be it family, friends, or their professional network, and why we need a culture of empathy and humanity to get the support we need. Presented by Consequence of...
Published 01/12/21
Local Natives singer-songwriter Taylor Rice joins the show this week to discuss his experience of coping with anxiety and depression during the pandemic. Many of us have lost loved ones, the opportunity for work, and the ability to see our friends and family amidst these times. Taylor wrestles with these feelings of loss, and how these stressors have impacted his overall emotional well-being. The Sour Lemon artist goes on to talk about how we're so focused on getting through each day that we...
Published 01/05/21
Open Mike Eagle joins the show this week to discuss his experiences coping with trauma. The Chicago artist explains how trauma can occur in someone’s life through many pathways. Sometimes it's caused by a specific event (e.g. an assault or plane crash); in other cases, it's the result of an ongoing series of events (e.g. racial discrimination). Coming off his new album Anime, Trauma, and Divorce, Open Mike Eagle also explains how trauma can result in what he describes as “mental scarring.”...
Published 12/15/20
Brian “Head” Welch joins the show this week to discuss his struggle with mental illness. The Korn guitarist shares how a history of bullying resulted in extreme self-hatred and isolation that stayed with him throughout much of his early life. As time went on, this self-hatred contributed to an ongoing struggle with depression, which he describes as a “darkness." The Love and Death founding member also explains that, as a child, music was one of the only things that brought him joy, and how...
Published 12/08/20
Cherie Currie joins the show this week to discuss her experience with trauma and post-traumatic stress. The Runaways vocalist explains how she was the victim of two separate sexual assaults as a teenager, and describes how she experienced symptoms of PTSD, including anger and hostility, pervasive distrust, and emotional detachment. The Neon Angel author recalls how she initially coped with the traumatic events, including taking pills to help her escape the difficult emotions. She later...
Published 12/01/20
Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring joins the show this week to share how he fell into the very dangerous and very common cycle of depression and addiction. Herring explains how this struggle has led to suicidal thoughts, a dependency on cocaine, and self-isolation, all of which has led to further depression and disconnection. The As Long As You Are vocalist and songwriter states how he was able to explore his deepest and most frightening emotions by allowing himself to “touch the...
Published 11/24/20
311 singer-songwriter Nick Hexum joins the show this week to discuss how he copes with anxiety. In particular, Hexum explains how he often falls prey to “future tripping": an unfortunate habit that finds him getting anxious about events that may happen in the future as opposed to focusing on improving life in the here and the now. The Voyager artist also describes his intense coping regimen that includes therapy, focusing on how to understand and tolerate negative emotions, and working to...
Published 11/17/20
Shamir joins Dr. Mike Friedman on the series premiere of Going There to discuss his journey living and coping with bipolar disorder. The Las Vegas artist digresses on how bipolar often feels like he's trapped in his moods, thoughts, and behaviorisms, likening the condition to a method actor who can’t get out of character. The Accidental Popstar Records founder and owner shares how being limited creatively triggered an episode of depression and revisits a manic episode so intense that he...
Published 11/10/20
Sound Mind Live and Consequence of Sound present Going There. Hosted by licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Mike, the weekly series aims to create a safe space for musicians to have honest, healthy conversations about mental health. Each episode covers the experience of artists and creatives as it pertains to specific issues, be it depression, anxiety, addiction, whatever they bring to the table. In the end, the goal is to de-stigmatize these topics and learn from each other. So, join us at...
Published 10/28/20