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42: How Can I Actually Help People?

In this episode, I ask existential questions about why I do what I do, how this podcast can help people and how I can reach more people outside of the podcast. People deal with too many mental health struggles alone and I want to help, but deciding if I'm the type of person to help …

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Copycat

This is one of the more degenerate things that I've written, but I'm pretty proud of the detail. It's not necessarily for the weakest of stomachs, so proceed as you wish, but you've been warned.Scott McMarsh Photo by Jeswin Thomas on Pexels.com “She gets home from the gym every night at 7:30, preheats the oven …

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28: BetterHelp feat. Haesue Jo

This week, I talked with Haesue Jo, a Clinical Support Lead from BetterHelp, the popular online therapy platform. We talked about how she got into therapy, what her favorite thing about helping people is and how BetterHelp is transforming the therapy industry.Scott McOnlineTherapy episode-28-betterhelp-w-naesue-jo_mixdown

44: The Anniversary of a Lifetime

After years of me putting up emotional barriers, subconsciously sabotaging our friendship and generally being terrible, I can officially say that my girlfriend Alex and I have just celebrated out two year anniversary! In this episode, I talk about how Alex and I have gotten to where we are, and how unsexy a story the …

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43: Whale Penises and Taking it Easy

The title says it all. What more do you want from me? Oh... you want a proper description. Fine. This week I talk about a feeling of existential dread and numbness that's been overtaking my life. It's not all depressing as there is whale penis talk, but it isn't the most upbeat episode. I just …

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41: Humor

A lot of people use humor to cope with different situations, and because of that, some people have developed a range of darkness in their jokes. In this episode, I dive into why people might feel the way that they do when it comes to jokes, and reference prominent stand-up comedians and how they can …

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Suicide Watch

I wrote this a few weeks ago. It's a near and dear story for me for personal reasons and I think it appropriately conveys the confusing feelings that each party involved would feel.Scott McKinney Jonathan’s phone dinged once. He picked it up to see a text from someone that he hadn’t talked to since his …

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40: Current Events

Staying up to date on what's happening in the world is important, but so is your own mental health. This week, I talk about how sometimes being up to date can be put on the back burner for a little bit if you need to focus on yourself.Scott McCultured

39: Finding Joy in Everyday Tasks

Welcome to another episode of Acceptable Madness. Thanks for tuning in as I talk about random shit and how it makes me less suicidal. This week, I talk about how I've been finding happiness in everyday things. I know you could tell that from the title, but that's fine. I told you here too and …

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38: Making Mistakes

This week, I talk about my long history of mistakes, mostly with people, and how I have learned from them to work on future relationships. The short and sweet lesson is, learn from your mistakes, even if that's as cliché as cliché 's come.

37: Emotional Outlets

Sorry for this episode being a few days late. I just moved into a new place and didn't have internet until today. For this episode, I talk about how I discovered my emotional outlets, along with how important they have become in helping me truly discover who I am.

36: Complacency

Life is a real jerk. It'll kick you, then spit on you, then kick you again, then steal yo girl and skip away while laughing like a toddler who just saw a cartoon cat get outsmarted by a mouse. It's easy to let life get you down so that you lose ambition and become complacent …

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35: Balancing Work and Play

Figuring out how to exist as a barely functioning adult in society is as hard as anything you'll ever deal with in your life. Trying to figure out how to do it effectively is even harder. And trying to figure out how to do it, and have a good work/play/family/friend/hobby/exercise balance is like defusing a …

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34: Being Cynical

Throughout my life, I've been told that being too cynical, negative or jaded is "bad" or that I should be "more happy." All of that is bullsh*t. I've struggled with being a cynic for my entire life and I think it's finally time to accept that it's okay, and that I, like many of you, …

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33: Doing Things For Yourself

In this episode, I talk about how I feel with changing Acceptable Madness a little bit, the growth that I've had over the past year, and how important it is to make yourself happy before you try to conquer the world. Scott McAcceptedMadness Episode 33: Doing Things For Yourself

32: Creativity

This week, I crack my voice through an episode about creativity and how it makes me a happier person. Being creative helps me clear my mind when I'm thinking of some of the most terrible thoughts that a person could possibly have and doubles as a way to see achievement and improvement in your everyday …

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Truck Stop

The air wedge slid silently into the space between the truck door and the window weather stripping. Jonas pumped up the wedge just enough to fit a five-foot bendable rod through the narrow opening and into the cabin of the semi. With some finesse, the hook at the end of the rod grabbed the truck’s …

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30: Prescription Drugs feat. Danny

This week, I had my friend Danny on and we talked about his use with Lexapro and anti-depressants and how they have affected him. We also dive into some conversations about the world and how mental illness has helped to shape our views of life and death.

I Love Lamp

Art can come from the most unlikely of places, and from the most unlikely of people.Scott McLampshade Photo by Dmitry Zvolskiy on Pexels.com At the thrift store, Marie got an old lamp with a vintage gold finish. The lampshade was mostly purple and beige, with large roses of red and white scattered throughout. Green stems …

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