Episode 263 LIVE: Women and Mental Health – A History of Hysteria

Everyone knows b*tches be crazy, right? Yeah, maybe not so much. For centuries, mental health for women was…um, a little less than ideal. From the views of ancient Greece and Rome, which saw all women’s problems as stemming from their wandering wombs, to the medieval religious views of women as more willing vessels for demonic possession and witchcraft, to the Victorian “weaker sex” narrative that saw countless women confined in asylums and later even lobotomized because of their “un-feminine” behavior, Tom and Jenny go on a whirlwind tour through the history of women’s “hysteria,” pausing to discuss a few tragic individual cases, such as those of Elizabeth Packard, Rosemary Kennedy, and Frances Farmer, as well as the story of the pioneering journalist Nellie Bly, who committed herself to an asylum in the 19th century in order to expose the conditions there. Buckle into your straight jacket and lock up your uteri, it’s about to get hysterical on a LIVE episode 263.

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Episode 212 LIVE: The Mysterious Howard Hughes

On this eccentric installment, Tom and Jenny discuss the fascinating life of billionaire aviator, inventor, movie producer, real estate tycoon, ladies’ man, and reclusive OCD sufferer Howard Hughes. Born into a wealthy family in the early twentieth century, Howard would go on to realize many of his fantastical dreams, including setting several speed records in his specially designed aircraft, producing blockbuster films during Hollywood’s golden age, and dating some of the most beautiful and accomplished actresses of the era. But a series of head injuries and a genetic predisposition toward mental illness meant that his final years were spent in a drastic spiral downwards, as Howard succumbed to paranoia and phobias that spurred him to withdraw from the world at large and become imprisoned in a hell of his own making. Slap on your flying goggles and don’t touch the doorknobs as we delve deeply into intrigue and tragedy on episode 212.

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Episode Twenty-Three: Sybil and the Multiple Personality Controversy

The book and TV movie called Sybil told the extraordinary story of a woman who manifested sixteen different personalities, allegedly triggered by the horrific abuse she had suffered as a child. In the 1970s and 80s, the case was a cultural phenomenon, and became the flash point in a psychiatric debate that to some extent is still raging today. Is multiple personality disorder (now called dissociative identity disorder) a real illness or simply a misdiagnosed aspect of something else? Did Sybil (whose real name was Shirley Ardell Mason) really have sixteen personalities, or was she coaxed into displaying these symptoms by her ambitious therapist and the author of the best-selling book? Was Sybil truly a victim of her mother’s extreme cruelty, or were these memories implanted under hypnosis? Tom and Jenny discuss the fascinating aspects of this troubling case and try to sort out the fact from the fiction.