Different from the Other Kids – A Weekly Podcast for Parents of Challenging Children

Season One – October 2015 to January 2016

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Check out highlights from season one of the podcast!


Introduction – Different from the Other Kids (Air Date : October 5, 2015)

In the introduction to Different from the Other Kids we get to learn a little about our host, Angela Tsounis, and what motivated her to begin this effort. Angela aims to add dimension to the stories of children affected by mental illness through honest, open conversation between parents.


Episode 1 – Christina (Air Date : October 12, 2015)

In this episode Angela interviews her own daughter Christina about her experience and feelings about her initial bipolar diagnosis. The extreme struggles of this seventeen year old girl eventually forced her be hospitalized and ultimately led to her being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. They each share their perspectives, how they felt, what they went through leading up to the diagnosis, and what Christina went through during treatment.

This interview was first recorded May 2013.


Episode 2 – Christina (Part Two) (Air Date : October 19, 2015)

In this episode, Angela interviews her daughter Christina about her second big bipolar episode. She discusses the triggers that caused the episode, with both of their sides of the story and how they handled the situation. They get really in-depth into what goes on in the mind of a person with bipolar disorder during such a traumatic time.

This interview was first recorded June 2013.


Episode 3 – Christina (Part Three) (Air Date : October 26, 2015)

In this episode, we see a more personal side to Angela, as she interviews her daughter Christina about her bipolar disorder. Christina tells us about her own techniques that help her stay balanced in everyday life.

This interview was first recorded July 2013.


Episode 4 – Jacquie (Air Date : November 2, 2015)

This episode discusses the tragic loss of Jacquie’s daughter and how this affected her and her family’s life. Jacquie’s story pulls on everyone’s heart strings while she reveals her motivations for helping others and gives an honest critique of society’s lack of effort towards helping those with mental illness and addiction.

Jacquie works as a mental health youth justice social worker. She is also the mother of two adult children. Her oldest son, who is now twenty-seven, has struggled with mental health issues for most of his life. His formal diagnosis was Tourette Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disorders (LDs), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and rage disorder. He has struggled since his teens and continues to, with serious addiction issues.

This interview was first recorded August 2013.


Episode 5 – Jacquie (Part Two) (Air Date : November 9, 2015)

In this episode, we continue our talk with Jacquie about the hardships she faced, and continues to face, with her son and his mental illness. Jacquie expresses many of the issues she encountered with different support systems, and offers some great advice from a well-informed perspective.

This interview was first recorded September 2013.


Episode 6 – Jacquie (Part Three) (Air Date : November 16, 2015)

Jacquie opens up about the trouble her son had in the education system. She and Angela provide a deeper look at the emotions and mental strength it takes to care for a child with a mental illness. As well, they share some advice on how approach a school system that is failing to support your child.

This interview was first recorded September 2013.


Episode 7 – Danica (Air Date : November 23, 2015)

In this episode, we speak to an artist and a very inspiring individual, Danica. She works for Workman Arts in Toronto, where she is the membership manager and hospital liaison. She and many of her associates are creating positive changes in the area of mental health and addiction through art. The tagline of Workman Arts is ‘Artists With Extraordinary Minds’.

Workman Arts has been around since the 1980s. It􀀂s a non-profit art organization that provides training and exhibition opportunities to artists that have received services for mental health and addiction.

This interview was first recorded August 2013.


Episode 8 – Danica (Part Two) (Air Date : November 30, 2015 )

In this episode our host Angela again interviews Danica Brown, a membership and training manager for Workman Arts. Danica, through Workman Arts, is helping create positive changes in the area of mental health and addiction through art.

This interview was first recorded August 2013.


Episode 9 – Julie (Air Date : December 7, 2015)

In this episode, Angela interviews Julie, the mother of a young girl who has struggled with mental illness difficulties since the age of two. They discuss their battles and frustration with the healthcare system, getting her daughter diagnosed properly and receiving the proper treatment she needs. This episode highlights the most common problems of having a child with a mental illness and a society that hasn’t been educated about mental illness.

This interview was first recorded August 2013.


Episode 10 – Ian (Air Date : December 14, 2015)

In this episode Angela interviews Ian, the husband of Julie and father of Sophie from chapter nine. Julie talked a lot about Sophie’s struggles and history. She touched on the topic of getting lost in the system. Ian is here to tell us about both the father’s and husband’s perspective; the lack of support in our health-care system; and how it actually takes someone threatening a life to get the help they need.

This interview was first recorded August 2013.


Episode 11 – Julie and Ian (Air Date : December 21, 2015)

In this episode, we speak to Julie and Ian, a loving couple who work together to care for their daughter, who has a mood disorder. They offer some great insight into how to lead a healthy lifestyle and how to balance the needs of their daughter with the demands of everyday life.

This interview was first recorded August 2013.


Episode 12 – Liana (Air Date : December 28, 2015)

In this episode, Angela talks to Liana Palmerio-McIvor R.P., (C)OACCPP. Liana is a Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Member of the OACCPP. She has been in private practice since 1994 and enjoys working with teenagers, families and couples. Her individual work with clients is often with Bipolar, Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression and Anxiety related disorders. They discuss Liana’s suggestions as she sheds some light on the positive role that parents can play when their child is dealing with mental illness.

This interview was first recorded June 2013.


Episode 13 – Liana (Part Two) (Air Date :January 4, 2016)

In this episode, Angela interviews Liana Palmerio-McIvor, Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Member of the OACCPP. She speaks directly to parents of children with mental illness. Liana provides feedback on different parenting techniques when dealing with a child with mental illness. Her aim is to encourage parents to listen, enabling your healthcare team to refine treatment, to better support your child.

This interview was first recorded June 2013.


Episode 14 – Wendy (Air Date : January 11, 2016)

In this episode, we speak with Wendy, a psychotherapist, and mother of a young woman diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Wendy holds postgraduate degrees in psychology and education, and is currently completing her doctorate in psychology. She brings thirty years of experience in counselling, consulting and training. Wendy utilizes her expert knowledge to help us take the positive from one’s situation, no matter what your circumstance is.

This interview was first recorded June 2013.


Episode 15 – Lynn (Air Date : January 18, 2016)

In this episode we talk to Lynn, a woman who deals with mental illness day-to-day and describes to us different ways that she keeps a balanced life while also staying connected to people in the community. Lynn is a wonderful example of how people who struggle with mental illness can still contribute to our community in great ways.

This interview was first recorded August 2013.


Episode 16 – Jennifer (Air Date : January 25, 2016)

In this episode, we dive into the life journey of Jennifer Bitner, and her experiences dealing with high level anxiety. This is a moving story of a young woman trying to get help in a society where mental health is not discussed. Jennifer offers great insight into how we can start taking control of our mental health through some lifestyle changes.

This interview was first recorded July 2013.

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