Episode 36: Facing Mortality.

This week Dan and P talk about facing their mortality. We've lost count of the friends and family who have died over the last decade or so. Like most teenagers we felt almost invincible and didn't really start accepting our own mortality until our late 20s - early 30s.

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Welcome to A Few Screws Loose: The Podcast!

Dan and Paul are both men of color who suffer from, and openly talk about their mental illnesses. The goal of this podcast is to help further destigmatize mental illness in minority communities where we’re traditionally taught to suffer in silence. We have suffered in silence for far too long. It’s our hope that listeners walk away knowing that it is ok to talk about it, it’s ok to feel, it’s ok to seek help, and most importantly you’re not alone. Join us bi-weekly as we discuss our experiences, tips, and have conversations with occasional guests about all things mental health related.

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  • Episode 36: Facing Mortality.

    This week Dan and P talk about facing their mortality. We've lost count of the friends and family who have died over the last decade or so. Like most teenagers we felt almost invincible and didn't really start accepting our own mortality until our late 20s - early 30s.

  • Episode 35: Shower Thoughts.

    Dan shares some of his shower thoughts about dating with an anxiety disorder. The last "date" he can remember being on was in the early 2000s before social media played such a major role in our lives. Dan speculates that if he were dating in 2019 he'd probably not be able to keep a woman's interest because he's essentially a recluse who doesn't want to go anywhere or do anything.

  • Episode 34: Arrogant But Humble?

    Dan talks about how he doesn't accept unsolicited advice because in his experience, people who offer unsolicited advice aren't capable of executing the advice that they give. He also talks about how he's arrogant but humble and whether or not having control is an illusion.

  • Episode 33: Feeling Alone.

    In response to the question “do y’all have any friends?” Dan talks about how he keeps most of his small group of friends at a distance. He also discusses always feeling alone no matter where he is or who he’s with.

  • Episode 32: Just One Bad Day.

    Paul rejoins the show after a hiatus to discuss wearing "masks" and the movie "Joker" with Dan. We discuss having to wear masks in public to hide who we really are.

  • Episode 31: An Honest Liar.

    In response to his transparency, Dan recently said "I have to be honest with myself because if I'm not I can't trust myself." On a ride home from work he realized that he in fact is a liar. This episode Dan explains how he lies to people, as well as himself. This episode is Dan thinking out loud and hasn't fully been thought all the way through so he'd definitely like some input.

  • Episode 30: Fuck Your Feelings.

    This week Dan talks about how he doesn't currently have the capacity to consider or care about the mental health or feelings of the people in his life. This is mainly because he has a hard enough time dealing with his own deteriorating mental health. He explains how he masks much of his pain with humor, no matter how bad he's truly feeling.

  • Episode 29: Room Full Of Vultures.

    Dan discusses how he feels about (and in) social social situations. From considering everyone as threats, to assessing their threat level, heightened senses and disappearing without notice. Dan talks about some social situations that he was pretty much forced to be in and how he reacted to them. In some instances he would pick up his cell phone and act like he's getting a phone call in order to excuse himself only to go sit in the car.

  • Episode 28: Anxiously Black.

    This week Dan and P talk about how being Black in America causes anxiety in almost all of us. We share some of our experiences that not only validate, but explain why we Black people are inherently anxious. We also talk about how there are unwritten rules that we have to follow just moving through society. There are also subsets of those rules that affect Black men and Black women differently. In addition to those rules there are even more rules that we have to follow to maneuver among our own people.

  • Episode 27: No New Friends.

    Dan and P talk about how they've always disliked new people, making it hard for them to make friends. We also discuss men who don't work but feel the need to sit on their girlfriend's job all day as a form of control. Also WWYD if you were with your family in public and saw a man beating a woman?