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Mental Maps

English, Personal health, 2 seasons, 37 episodes, 20 hours, 6 minutes
Mental Maps is a podcast about navigating the mind. Host Josh Waddell PMHNP-BC will discuss all topics related to mental health through the concepts of biology, psychology, and sociology.
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Ibogaine Treatment with Chor Boogie and Elizabeth Bast

Iboga is an African based plant holding multi-faceted medicinal properties including the psychedelic medicine ibogaine. This medicine is being shown to be effective in the treatment of numerous mental health disorders including PTSD, addiction, and depression.    Chor Boogie is an ordained Nganga and traditionally trained Iboga facilitator with over 10 years' experience with the Bwiti Iboga medicine. He is one of the founders of Soul Centro, artist, and facilitator of healing ceremonies at the center. Follow Chor at or on Instagram @gnyangou   Elizabeth Bast is a traditionally trained Iboga provider and trauma informed yogi. She has over 30 years of yoga experience and 10 years of Iboga facilitation experience. She is a founder of Soul Centro, treatment facilitator, and advocate for the use of Iboga medicine. Follow Elizabeth at or on Instagram @enectarbast   To learn more about the work of Soul Centro follow them on Instagram @soulcentro_retreats or their website at    Article: What A Shaman Sees in a Mental Hospital What a Shaman Sees in A Mental Hospital (Waking Times) | Uma (in)certa antropologia (   Mental Maps is brought to you by Arukah Well. Learn more at
2/27/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 31 seconds
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Restlessness - Lessons From Appalachia

While adventuring through Appalachia I encountered a challenge I wasn't prepared for, restlessness. In this episode I discuss the concept of restlessness, how this is a sign of something much deeper, and the lessons I learned while on this adventure.    Follow us on Instagram @mentalmapspodcast
10/26/202320 minutes, 11 seconds
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Opioid Addiction and Treatment

The opioid epidemic has been one of the most catastrophic social issues in the history of America. In this episode I discuss how the opioid epidemic began, addiction, dependence, and the current treatments that exist for helping people in the grips of these issues.    If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid addiction contact the SAMHSA hotline at 1-800-662-4357   Follow us on Instagram @mentalmapspodcast
10/6/202345 minutes, 10 seconds
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Back To School with Angela Leddy

Transitioning back to school presents challenges for kids and parents alike. In this episode I sit down with school psychologist Angela Leddy to discuss transitioning from summer break to school, warning signs of issues, and tips for parents and kids to make your school year the best yet.  Angela Leddy is a school psychologist in rural Tennessee. Her focus is children in elementary and middle school with academic or behavior issues.  Follow us on Instagram @mentalmapspodcast
8/31/202355 minutes, 52 seconds
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Why is my life not like that?

The desire to compare ourselves is a natural trait that fosters growth and identity. But why can it be so damaging? In this episode I discuss how we use comparison in our day to day lives and how this innate trait has been hijacked in our modern world.    Follow us on Instagram @mentalmapspodcast
7/10/202327 minutes, 2 seconds
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Mindset - Navigator Series

Your mindset will determine your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in any situation. In this episode I discuss how different mindsets are created, the impact they have on your life, and how to keep from falling into the negative mindset trap.    Follow us on Instagram at @mentalmapspodcast
7/7/20236 minutes, 36 seconds
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How are you living?

Do you find it difficult to be in the present? Do you feel like every move you make is focused on something from the past or striving for the future? Maybe, you are living in the now but find yourself being a bystander rather than a participant. In this episode I discuss the 4 styles of living, how they explain the behaviors you are doing, and how to live in the now.    Follow us on Instagram @mentalmapspodcast
6/20/202328 minutes, 5 seconds
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Regret - Navigator Series

Are you living a life right now that you will regret in the future? In this week's installment of the Navigator Series I discuss why we find ourselves stuck in behaviors that lead us to regret and what you can do to make a change.   Follow us on Instagram @mentalmapspodcast
5/12/20237 minutes
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The Self Pleasure Cycle

Do you find yourself constantly day dreaming or fantasizing about a change but making no progress? In this episode we discuss the self pleasure cycle and how to break out of the endless mental masturbation holding you back.    Just Thrive Probiotic Discount:   Follow us on Instagram @mentalmapspodcast
5/2/202328 minutes, 30 seconds
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Cognitive Dissonance - Navigator Series

The interaction of our internal and external worlds play a major factor in our day to day life. In this episode I discuss what happens when our internal views and our external environments aren't in agreement. I also discuss ways to challenge this incongruence which can alleviate uncomfortable emotions and harmful behaviors.    Follow us on Instagram @mentalmapspodcast
4/28/202310 minutes, 45 seconds
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Value - Navigator Series

Are you looking to create meaning in your life? In this episode I discuss the concept of values and how they play a crucial role in daily life.    The Navigator Series is a weekly installment discussing concepts related to mental health and how to apply these in your life.    Follow us on Instagram @mentalmapspodcast
4/21/20235 minutes, 59 seconds
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Application - Mini Pod

Trying to make a change but can't seem to make it stick? In the first episode of the mini-pod series, I discuss a few strategies on how to put knowledge into action.    Follow use on Instagram @mentalmapspodcast
4/14/20239 minutes, 39 seconds
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Personalizing Mental Health Through Community

While traveling through Finland I connected with Dr. Tomi Bergström to discuss how society impacts mental health and a community focused intervention for someone in crisis. This episode is a summary of our discussion    Dr. Tomi Bergström PhD is a postdoctoral researcher and psychotherapist in Finland. His work has focused on Open Dialogue services and psychosis.
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Creating Happiness with Dr. Outi Linnaranta

While traveling through Finland Josh sits down with Chief Physician and policy strategist Dr. Outi Linnaranta to discuss how Finland has decreased their suicide rate by over 50% and became the proclaimed "happiest country in the world."  Dr. Outi is the Chief Physician at The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. She is also a mental health policy strategist and an adjunct professor at McGill University in Canada. To follow Dr. Outi you can find her on twitter @OLinnaranta To learn more about the work being done in Finland you can check out   Just Thrive Health 15% code: "MAPS" Follow on Instagram @mentalmapspodcast
3/7/202353 minutes, 12 seconds
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When Emotions Become A Illness

The thin line between an emotional experience and a mental illness is a challenge that many people face today. In this episode Josh discusses the concept of emotions including the origin of these experiences and how they can evolve into an illness. Josh will also highlight ways to identify the difference and prevention strategies to manage emotions.   To access 15% OFF at Just Thrive Health click the link below and use the code "MAPS". Your body will be glad that you did!   Follow on Instagram @mentalmapspodcast
2/7/202325 minutes, 17 seconds
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Massive Action with Justin Crutchfield

Are you tired of being in a constant change cycle never reaching your goal? In this episode Josh sits down with Super Trainer Justin Crutchfield to discuss taking Massive Action in your life. The conversation covers motivation, self-beliefs, the pain/pleasure principle, creating change, and maintaining the results among much more.    Follow Justin on IG or Facebook @justincrutchfield   DISCLAIMER: This episode covers the topic of suicide which can be triggering. If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide reach out to the suicide hotline at 988.   Follow Mental Maps on IG @mentalmapspodcast
1/10/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 22 seconds
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Your Body Is A Rainforest with Dr. Kiran Krishnan

Is your gut the root cause of your psychological or physical problems? In this episode Josh sits down with gut microbe expert and microbiologist Dr. Kiran Krishnan to discuss the gut microbiome. The conversation covers all concepts gut microbe including how it's created, how it's being destroyed, how it causes mental illness, how to improve it, myth and truths of probiotics, how have a healthy human biome, and more.    For all things gut health follow Dr. Krishnan on Instagram @krishnanbiome or   Follow us on Instagram @mentalmapspodcast
12/14/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 22 seconds
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Environmental Based Mental Illness

What if your environment as a human is making your brain sick? What if your ability to access the basic natural resources on this earth leads to you forming a mental illness? In this episode Josh discusses how nature, sun, air, and water can make a persons brain unwell. Josh will also do an overview of the other four causes of mental illness and how this relates to you. 
12/7/202233 minutes, 26 seconds
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You Are What You Eat -Root Cause Nutrition

In episode 5 of a 6 part series Josh discusses how nutrition can be a root cause for certain mental illnesses. The episode will cover nutrients, brain health, causes of nutrient dysfunction, and how to eat for a better brain.    Follow on Instagram @mentalmapspodcast
11/15/202245 minutes, 21 seconds
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Stressed Out - PsychoSocial Mental Illness

Is stress a cause of mental illness? In this episode Josh discusses the impact of stress on the brain and how the chronic stress response can lead to mental illness. The episode also covers ways to manage stress and how to possibly prevent the progression into pathological illness. 
11/2/202225 minutes, 23 seconds
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Category 2 - Genetic Mental Illness

In the third episode of a six part series Josh discusses how mental illness can be based on someones genes. The episode covers an overview of genes, how they can be a cause of mental illness, and how lifestyle and environment factor in. 
10/19/202220 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Brain Body Connection - Biological Mental Illness

In the second episode of a six part series Josh discusses the biological causes of mental illness including viruses, inflammation, physiological illnesses, and the gut microbiome. 
10/4/202221 minutes, 3 seconds
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Why Do Brains Get Sick - A New Perspective On Mental Illness

Have you every wondered why brains get sick? In episode one of a six part series Josh discusses a new way to understand mental illness. This episode is an overview of his model identifying the causes of mental health issues and how to better understand these illnesses.    Follow us on Instagram @mentalmapspodcast
9/13/202232 minutes, 50 seconds
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E.13 Living life with a like button - Accepting v. Approving

Does everything in your life have a like or dislike button? What if there was another way to interact in the world? In this episode Josh discusses the challenges of living life based on approval and how to overcome this with the self-regulation skill of acceptance. 
6/28/202223 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 12 - People Problems with Dr. Alan Godwin

We all find ourselves in conflict with someone; spouse, roommate, co-worker, friend, parent, etc. In this episode Josh is joined by clinical psychologist and author Dr. Alan Godwin to discuss how to solve people conflict. Dr. Godwin will share an understanding of conflict and tips that he has used to helps 100's of couples over his career.    To learn more about Dr. Godwins work including his books check out his website:   Follow Mental Maps on Instagram @mentalmapspodcast
6/14/202256 minutes, 53 seconds
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Do You Have Control?

Do you find yourself falling into unhelpful or unhealthy behaviors no matter how hard you try to avoid them? In this episode Josh will discuss how to create self control and what you can do to maintain this in a pleasure based world.    Follow us on Instagram @mentalmapspodcast
5/25/202232 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Myths of Motivation

In this episode Josh discusses the pitfalls of not using motivation properly and how to build long lasting change on self-discipline.   Mental Maps is NOW on Instagram. Stay up to date and connect @mentalmapspodcast
4/20/202224 minutes, 50 seconds
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Are you achieving your goals? -S2. E3

Do you have goals? If so, do you feel like these goals are possible; or do you find yourself getting stuck in the process? In this episode Josh discusses self based goals. Throughout the discussion you will learn how the brain makes goals, how to make goals achievable, and what to do if you feel like you can't achieve these goals. 
1/7/202231 minutes, 37 seconds
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Expectation S2. E2

Are your expectations true? In this episode Josh discusses what are expectations, how they impact our daily life, and how they could be wrong. 
12/20/202130 minutes, 23 seconds
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Mental Wellness S2. E1

In the first episode of season 2 Josh discusses the concept of mental wellness. The episode focuses on explaining what is mental wellness, how it differentiates from mental health, and how to promote it in your life. 
12/6/202133 minutes, 17 seconds
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Coping (Part 2) - The Coping Skill Tool Box

In the second episode of a two part series, Josh discusses coping in the moment and how to prepare for future stressors. 
1/23/202127 minutes, 54 seconds
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Coping (Part 1) - The Brain Gas Tank

Do you have enough brain fuel to cope with life? In the first episode of a two part series Josh discusses the concept of coping and how your brain manages the stresses of life. 
12/3/202027 minutes, 5 seconds
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In honor of suicide awareness month Josh discusses the concept of hopelessness, its connection to suicide, and how you can help yourself or someone you know.  National Suicide Hotline: (800)-273-8255   Disclaimer: This episode can be emotionally heavy. 
9/15/202036 minutes, 58 seconds
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Where are you?

Where is your mind? In episode 3 Josh discuses the concept of being present including why it's so difficult and how you can stay in the moment. 
8/22/202031 minutes, 58 seconds
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Why do we do what we do?

Have you ever wonder why you do the behaviors that you do? In episode 2 of Mental Maps Josh discusses the question "why do people act the way they act?" 
7/14/202020 minutes, 33 seconds
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The pilot episode of mental maps focuses on the concept of brain improvement and the opportunities 2020 has created for us to better our minds.    [Please excuse the sound quality, this will be improved on further episodes]
6/11/202017 minutes, 52 seconds