podcasts & AUDIO BOOKS

 

On this page you'll find a series of mental wellbeing podcasts or audio guides you can listen to at a time and place that suits you, to help you understand your mind and emotions when your mood is low or you're feeling anxious.

 

Lost Connections

Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions

By: Johann Hari

Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety.

What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them? Award-winning journalist Johann Hari suffered from depression since he was a child and started taking antidepressants when he was a teenager. He was told that his problems were caused by a chemical imbalance in his brain. As an adult, trained in the social sciences, he began to investigate whether this was true - and he learned that almost everything we have been told about depression and anxiety is wrong.

 
 

ADAA Podcasts

ADDA podcasts are presented by ADAA professional member experts on a wide variety of subjects related to anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and other disorders. While the majority of the podcasts were recorded at past ADAA professional conferences with content geared toward mental health professionals, the information presented is highly relevant for both public and professional audiences. are presented by ADAA professional member experts on a wide variety of subjects related to anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and other disorders. While the majority of the podcasts were recorded at past ADAA professional conferences with content geared toward mental health professionals, the information presented is highly relevant for both public and professional audiences.

 

BBC RADIO FOUR - ALL IN THE MIND

A BBC 4 Radio programme exploring the limits and potential of the human mind

Claudia Hammond, a psychologist is passionate about communicating what psychological research has to teach us, whether it's through radio, writing or appearing on TV programmes.

 

The Mental Illness Happy Hour

The Mental Illness Happy Hour is a weekly online podcast that interviews comedians, artists, friends, and the occasional doctor. Each episode explores mental illness, trauma, addiction and negative thinking.

 

Strangers to Ourselves

Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious

By: Timothy D. Wilson

Summary

In an eye-opening tour of the unconscious, as contemporary psychological science has redefined it, Timothy D. Wilson introduces us to a hidden mental world of judgments, feelings, and motives that introspection may never show us. This is not your psychoanalyst's unconscious. The adaptive unconscious that empirical psychology has revealed, and that Wilson describes, is much more than a repository of primative drives and conflict-ridden memories. It is a set of pervasive, sophisticated mental processes that size up our worlds, set goals, and initiate action, all while we are consciously thinking about something else. If we don't know ourselves -- our potentials, feelings, or motives -- it is most often, Wilson tells us, because we have developed a plausible story about ourselves that is out of touch with our adaptive unconscious.

 
 

Incognito

The Secret Lives of the Brain

By: David Eagleman

Summary

Why can your foot move halfway to the brake pedal before you're consciously aware of danger? Why do you notice when your name is mentioned in a conversation that you didn't think you were listening to? Why are people whose name begins with J more likely to marry other people whose name begins with J? Why is it so difficult to keep a secret? Renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate these surprising mysteries. Taking in brain damage, drugs, beauty, infidelity, synaesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence and visual illusions.

 

How Emotions Are Made

The Secret Life of the Brain

By: Lisa Feldman Barrett

Summary

A new theory of how the brain constructs emotions that could revolutionize psychology, health care, law enforcement, and our understanding of the human mind.

Emotions feel automatic to us; that's why scientists have long assumed that emotions are hardwired in the body or the brain. Today, however, the science of emotion is in the midst of a revolution on par with the discovery of relativity in physics and natural selection in biology. This paradigm shift has far-reaching implications not only for psychology but also medicine, the legal system, airport security, child-rearing, and even meditation.

 
 

The Marshmallow Test

Mastering Self-Control

By: Walter Mischel

Summary

Renowned psychologist Walter Mischel, designer of the famous Marshmallow Test, explains what self-control is and how to master it.

A child is presented with a marshmallow and given a choice: Eat this one now, or wait and enjoy two later. What will she do? And what are the implications for her behaviour later in life?

The world's leading expert on self-control, Walter Mischel has proven that the ability to delay gratification is critical for a successful life, predicting higher SAT scores, better social and cognitive functioning, a healthier lifestyle and a greater sense of self-worth. But is willpower prewired, or can it be taught?