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Extreme States of Mental Health

This week listen in to Kristin Sunanta Walker host an episode with Dr. Dan Edmunds as he speaks about extreme states of mental health and mental health reform.

Dr. Dan L. Edmunds is an existential psychoanalyst and psychotherapist in Northeastern Pennsylvania. His work has focused on drug-free, relational approaches for those undergoing extreme states of mind as well as autism and developmental differences. Dr. Edmunds is the founder of the Center for Humane Psychiatry, an emancipatory movement for human rights in the mental health system. Dr. Edmunds has advocated for psycho-social approaches for those in distress that are affordable and accessible. Dr. Edmunds developed a therapeutic community project and is involved with autism acceptance and the autistic rights movement. Dr. Edmunds is the author of BEING AUTISTIC: AN APPROACH TOWARDS UNDERSTANDING AND ACCEPTANCE; THEY SAY MY CHILD HAS ADHD: DEBUNKING THE BIO-PSYCHIATRIC PARADIGM; THE MEETING OF TWO PERSONS; and MYSTICAL METAPHORS. Dr. Edmunds is a frequent speaker on critical psychology issues. 

CEO Melt Down! True Story!

Hamilton Baiden had it all-a wonderful marriage, three healthy children, and a successful career. Or so it appeared from the outside. But this facade of having it all together began to crumble at home. Rich and Hamilton discuss his story and how he would eventually get help. Hopefully, his story will give someone in a similar situation the courage to evaluate where they are and course correct or get the help they need.
Hamilton Baiden is President at Heritage Health Solutions. Heritage CARES (Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Education & Support) is a substance misuse program that is entirely digital and proven to help individuals struggling with addiction issues and navigate recovery. The Heritage CARES Program was created under Hamilton’s leadership fueled by his desire to help others struggling with substance use disorder.
Prior to joining Heritage, Hamilton was Executive Vice President of Sales at Avella Specialty Pharmacy where he oversaw the growth of the business from a small regional pharmacy to the largest independent specialty pharmacy in the nation. His knowledge and understanding of the pharmacy industry were developed throughout his professional career, working in various roles for prominent pharmaceutical manufacturing companies, including MedImmune, Serono, Daiichi, and Sanofi.

A graduate of The Citadel in Charleston, SC, with strong ties to his community, Hamilton served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for a nonprofit organization dedicated to animal welfare, Altered Tails, and currently serves on the National Board of the American Liver Foundation Southwest Division. Hamilton is also in recovery and committed to helping others.

Autism Acceptance is not just for April

Join Dr. Holmes as she wraps up Autism Acceptance month discussing myths she has heard about autism and things clients wish people would stop saying about autism.

You can find out more about her at

She is offering a 25% discount on her DVD series Moving Beyond Surviving to Thriving and Teens on the Spectrum if you mention this podcast and reach out to her at

Dr. Holmes is a professional counselor and educator and advocate, but her real credentials come from being a mother of an exceptional young lady on the spectrum who is also interviewed on Converge Autism Radio, Sydney.

She is developing a training course for clinicians to work with NeuroDiverse couples who are also faith-based coming in 2021.

Passions Can Be Careers

What the DSM calls “restrictive interests” can actually be passions and foundations for future career possibilities. Join Dr. Holmes as she interviews Autism Advocate and Aspie, Sydney Homes, on her finding her future career and pairing her passions for her future career.

Sydney has spoken at various autism conferences as the voice of someone on the spectrum from personal experience and eager to educate others. She has been published in Autism Parent Magazine, Autism/Asperger’s Digest, and the new magazine Exceptional Needs Today. Sydney has also been published academically as a student for a peer-reviewed journal.

Photo credit: Pictures were also featured in Exceptional Needs Today, Issue 2.

Sydney resides in Georgia. She is passionate about ending human sex trafficking and makes handmade soaps to raise money for Project Rescue. If you live near Carrollton, GA her soaps are available at a local store, Re-Thread Thrift Store by Simple Suds by Syd.

Sydney is a proud Aspie and advocate for Autism acceptance. Having navigated through homeschool, Christian school, public school, and college as a person on the Autism Spectrum, she loves to educate the educators on how to best include students on the autism spectrum in both education and the church setting.

She is pursuing her Master’s in her passion, Public History with Museum Certification and serves as a graduate research assistant. Sydney is available to speak to colleges, churches, public school educators about autism acceptance and action for best inclusion practices sharing her personal experiences of those who mentored and empowered her and practices by well-intentioned professionals that were harmful and left a negative impact. She co-speaks with Dr. Holmes and serves on panels upon request.

Flow to You is bringing balance to the workforce

Due to the pandemic, the stigma surrounding mental health is changing. We, as a society, can no longer ignore the growing epidemic of stress, anxiety, and depression. Employers have an incredible opportunity to make a difference by offering mindfulness programs like Flow To You to their employees.

youturn had the pleasure of talking with Kelly Baird, CEO and Co-Founder of Flow to You.

Flow to You is a team of coaches, teachers, and leaders that develop mindfulness programs that support and enhance your organization’s productivity, culture and success.

Kelly Baird is a seasoned entrepreneur, certified Holistic Health Coach, yoga teacher, passionate practitioner, and dedicated mother of three who relishes the transformative journey of mindfulness practices through her work with Flow to You.

It's Simple, yet SO, complicated

Join Dr, Holmes as she discussed autism acceptance and breaking stigmas about autism with podcaster, Sam Mitchell. Sam’s mother Gina joins the discussion and provides insight into their autism journey sharing insight about the importance of moving beyond autism awareness to autism acceptance.

Sam runs his own podcast/ business called, Autism Rocks and Rolls. It has grown over the last year and has become very, very successful. He now has over 4K downloads. He has had some big names on his show: Armani Williams, the first NASCAR driver open about having autism, and Simon Majumbar, chef and judge on Cutthroat Kitchen who plays for autism charities. He has also had American Idol Rocker James Durbin who has autism and Tourette’s and his upcoming AGT 4th runner-up in 2017, Mandy Harvey. His biggest guest of all was Dr. Temple Grandin, professor in Animal Science at Colorado State University and autism activist. Sam also made it into the Top 10 of the People’s Choice Podcast Awards. He has also had lots of news coverage about his adventure. Sam is a regular on lots of podcasts regarding positivity, mental health, and other subject matters. Lastly, Sam has launched his own merchandise line, selling t-shirts, autism awareness bracelets, masks, and car decals.

Sam has created, hosts, and runs his own podcast, Autism Rocks and Rolls. His official website is
You can follow his story on Sam’s Stories on Facebook, Facebook, TIK TOK, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.

Sam has a mission: To take the stigma off of autism and show people that he is not broken, therefore, embracing autism. Sam is not ashamed and wants to be the voice of those with autism or other disabilities. His podcast is helping him change the world just a little bit at a time.

Sam has become a natural entrepreneur. He is offering the following services:

He is looking to get his podcast out there in magazines and publications to help families or promote it in other ways, shown interest in doing autism consulting, is creating merchandise with his podcast, offering ad space on his podcast, guest blogging, exploring public speaking, encouraging teachers to use his podcast for curriculum in their classrooms, looking into doing one on one coaching with beginner podcasters, and is always looking for guests for his podcast or always willing to be a guest.

Celebrating the Spectrum with Lemons

During Autism Acceptance Month, we are taking a look at celebrating the spectrum for the unique wiring that is part of the autism spectrum. Dr. Frank Gaskill will share his own story of specializing with individuals on the spectrum as well as his own discovery later in life about himself.

Dr. Frank Gaskill is an American psychologist and author who specializes in Asperger Syndrome, effective parenting, and how technology and children can interface safely and successfully. Gaskill is the co-author of a graphic novel about the Autism Spectrum. In addition to having a comic based on Asperger’s, he is also the host of an online video series dedicated to promoting the idea that Asperger’s is a more highly evolved brain.

You can find him via email at or via his website at

He offers teletherapy in NC and FL.

Nick McGrory Part One

Nick is the founder of Otter House in Asheville, NC. Otter House Recovery is a sober living program for those recovering from Substance Use Disorder. Each client is able to build a recovery program based on setting healthy boundaries, coping skills, humility, and confidence.

Intuitive Eating: The Path to Better Physical and Mental Health

Join Kristin and Kathleen (Kat) for a discussion about how the pandemic has brought on an uptick in eating disorder issues.

Kathleen (or Kat) Schwarz is a physical therapist, yoga teacher, energy healer, spiritual channel and passionate anti-diet educator. Her company Compassionate Healing Services aims to make high-quality physical and mental wellness services accessible to those most in need, regardless of their ability to pay. Her podcast “Trauma Redefined with Kat and Joe” will be released on the Mental Health News Radio Network in early 2021 and will explore the relationship between childhood trauma and physical and mental health problems in adulthood. Kat and her partner Joe Mitsch will offer a fresh perspective on difficult problems such as self-harm, suicidality, substance abuse, and eating disorders. Photo of Kat Schwarz is thanks to Gaia Dawn Studios.

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