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February 22-28 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. In honor of this week, we are bringing you a Psyche Saturday dedicated to eating disorders, namely Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. If you or someone you know needs help with an eating disorder, please contact 1-800-931-2237 or text NEDA to 741741 References: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th ed.
Alyssa Noceda was a fun-loving, beautiful 18-year-old who was taken from this earth way too soon. Her perpetrator basically got a slap on the wrist. Hear her story and why it needs to be told. References  
Florida has proposed a new law to create a system for sexual assault victims to track their sexual assault forensic examination kits! Learn about this new law and the backlog of sexual assault kits within the United States. Also, tune in to March 12-14 and 19-21 for our virtual podcast convention, Pod vCon: Spring Break! references:
Join us March 12-14 and 19-21 at for Pod vCon: Spring Break - a virtual podcast convention from around the world!
In this Valentine's Day special, Dan and Sarah discuss Emerald Fennel's film Promising Young Woman starring Carey Mulligan. Go see this movie!! It is on demand now.  We also get into a bit of an update on the Zephi Trevino case. Happy Valentine's Day!
On today's episode, we discuss brief psychotic disorder and get into the case of Sarah Henderson, a Texas woman who was sentenced to life in prison for killing her two daughters.  Our new link: Pod vCon: Spring Break - March 12-14 & 19-21, References: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th ed. American Psychiatric Association. Chowdhury, N.Z., et. al. (2019). First diagnosis of psychosis in the prison: results from a data-linkage study. Stephen, A. and Lui, F. (2020). Brief Psychotic Disorder.
In the continuation of Nicole Addimando's case, we discuss the trial and the prosecutions theory. National Sexual Assault Hotline - 1-800-656-4673 National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-SAFE References:
Today we discuss two more disorders on the schizophrenia spectrum, both of which do not have much evidence-based research surround them. We also discuss two case studies about delusional disorder. References: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th ed. American Psychiatric Association. Tamburello, A.C., Bajgier, J., and Reeves, R. (2015). The Prevalence of Delusional Disorder in Prison. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. Reid, W. H. (2005). Delusional Disorder and the Law. Journal of Psychiatric Practice.
The CDC estimates that 1 in 11 female and 1 in 15 male high school students are physically assaulted by a dating partner. In this minisode, learn what TDVAM is, where to go for help, and find out just how prevalent this issue truly is. Love Is Respect - Text LOVEIS to 22522, Call 1-866-331-9474, or go to their site for a live chat Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741 or go to National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255   Resources/References:,violence%20in%20the%20last%20year.  
In 2008 19-year-old Nicole “Nikki” Addimando met 21-year-old Christopher Grover while both worked as gymnastics teachers. The pair seemed to have the beginnings of a wonderful life together. In 2012, Nikki became pregnant with their first child and in February 2015, their second child arrived. They were living in Poughkeepsie, NY, and while they never married, they found contentment in their life as a family. But things quickly changed for the happy couple... Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or go to for a live chat References:
Schizoaffective disorder is a psychiatric disorder on the schizophrenia spectrum characterized by its schizophrenia and mood disorder behaviors and thought processes. It is often confused with schizophrenia, but is absolutely different and often misunderstood. We discuss the disorder as well as its relation to stalking, and shed some light on a famous stalking case. @lenoraclaire References: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Ed. American Psychiatric Association. Nolan, K.A., Volavka, J., Mohr, P., and Czobor, P. (1999). Psychopathy and violent behavior among patients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. Racine, C. and Billick, S. (2013). Classification systems for stalking behavior. Journal of Forensic Sciences.
January 2021 marks the 17th annual National Stalking Awareness Month. Learn about what stalking is, statistics about stalking, and resources for those who may be a victim of stalking. Victim Connect - 1-855-4-VICTIM National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-7233 National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN) - 1-800-656-HOPE
As mentioned in our latest minisode, January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. So, today’s episode is about a recent case that has not even gone to trial yet. We want to bring more attention to this case and make everyone aware of the injustices that trafficking victims still face in the legal system. – human trafficking hotline: 1 (888) 373-7888 References:
Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally. Schizophrenia may result in some combination of hallucinations, delusions, and extremely disordered thinking and behavior that impairs daily functioning, and can be disabling. - References: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th edition, American Psychiatric Association.,percent%20suffer%20from%20bipolar%20disorder.,_Fullerton,_massacre,_conviction_and_incarceration
We discuss the myths and misconceptions surrounding human trafficking as well as what it is and how to look out for it. To report, please call 911 or the Polaris Project at 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree to 233733 or chat live at References and resources:
Because it’s the holidays, and we brought you a really heavy case last weekend, we figured we would be a little nicer this weekend and do something light. So, today’s episode is all about bizarre and/or funny crimes that took place around the holidays. We have lots of naked people, some drugs, and lots of Frosty massacres. Happy Holidays! Don't forget about our giveaway - you can find out all about it beginning Monday, 12/21/20 at Petition for Mariska Hargitay on Blackbird:   References:
Today we will be discussing Dependent Personality Disorder. According to the DSM-5, Dependent Personality Disorder is defined as a pervasive and excessive need to be taken care of that leads to submissive and clinging behavior and fears of separation. Petition for Mariska Hargitay on Blackbird:     References: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, American Psychiatric Association Davison, S and Janca, A. (2012). Personality disorder and criminal behaviour: what is the nature of the relationship? Retrieved from: Douglas, K.S. and Dutton, D.G. (2001). Assessing the link between stalking and domestic violence. Retrieved from: Disney, K.L. (2013). Dependent personality disorder: A critical review. Retrieved from: Loas, G., Cormier, J., and Perez-Diaz, F. (2011). Dependent personality disorder and physical abuse. Retrieved from:  
We get a lot of questions regarding what sexual assault is and who are victims of sexual assault. This minisode is dedicated to answering the most common questions about sexual violence. Resources: - 1-800-656-HOPE - text HOME to 741741 References:
Daisy was able to find some light within the darkness, though. She and her older brother, Charlie, became sexual assault survivor advocates and HuffPost named Daisy one of their “13 Most Fearless Teens of 2013.” Netflix even caught wind of Daisy’s incredible story and the lack of justice she received and produced the documentary Audrie & Daisy in 2016. Audrie Pott was another sexual assault survivor documented in the film who took her own life in 2012 due to the trauma and persistent bullying – the same ordeal Daisy had gone through. But soon, tragedy would strike the Coleman family again. We send so much love and light to Daisy’s surviving brothers, Melinda’s sons, Logan and Charlie, and the rest of the Coleman family as well as everyone at SafeBAE. This episode is in Daisy and Melinda’s honor. Link for Coleman Family GoFundMe:     References:  
Catherine Daisy Coleman was born March 30, 1997 in Albany, Missouri to Melinda Moeller, a veterinarian, and Michael Coleman, a physician. Her family gravitated towards calling her by her middle name, Daisy, and rarely used her first name. She was a bright little girl, so it was only appropriate that the name Daisy stuck. 14-year-old Daisy was a varsity cheerleader and competitive dancer. She was a popular girl who loved to entertain and be a social butterfly. However, that all changed on the night of January 8, 2012. If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network – RAINN – at 1-800-656-HOPE or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or you can text HOME to 741741 to text with a volunteer from the Crisis Text Line. No one should suffer in silence. We are here to help. You may also reach out to us here at Blackbird for resources, information, as well as support. References:
Daisy Coleman was sexually assaulted at the age of 14 and the aftermath documented what rape culture is like in a small town. Years later, Daisy would grow up to co-found a non-profit organization called Safe BAE to raise awareness of sexual violence among youth. Unfortunately, the trauma of Daisy's past could not cease, and she took her own life. Then, just four months later, her mother, Melinda, also died by suicide. This Sunday we discuss Daisy and Melinda's story and why it is so important to open the discussion about trauma, mental health, and suicide. Sunday, Dec 13, only on Blackbird.
On December 24, 2008, a frantic 911 call came in to Covina, California dispatch. The caller begged for emergency services stating “he’s still shooting out there. He’s shooting my whole family. My mom’s house is on fire!” Just before the attack, neighbors saw a man dressed as Santa Claus approach the house on Knollcrest Drive carrying what looked like gifts. References:
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On this Psyche Saturday, we begin our journey into the Cluster C personality disorders. These are the personality disorders described as anxious and fearful. Today we are discussing Avoidant Personality Disorder. According to the DSM-5, Avoidant Personality Disorder, or AVPD, is characterized by a pervasive pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, and hypersensitivity to negative evaluation.     References: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition, American Psychiatric Association Reichborn-Kjennerud T; Czajkowski N; Neale MC; Ørstavik RE; Torgersen S; Tambs K; Røysamb E; Harris JR; Kendler KS, Genetic and environmental influences on dimensional representations of DSM-IV cluster C personality disorders: a population-based multivariate twin study. Davison & Janca, Personality Disorder and Criminal Behaviour What Is the Nature of the Relationship? Richard, Firstman; Talan, Jamie (1997). The Death of Innocents: A True Story of Murder, Medicine, and High-Stakes Science. Bantam Books. p. 557–558. Lynn E. Alden, PhD, Judith M. Laposa, MA, Charles T. Taylor, BSc, and Andrew G. Ryder, BA, AVOIDANT PERSONALITY DISORDER: CURRENT STATUS AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS.
At just 15 years old, Kris Pedretti was sexually assaulted in her home by the man known then as the East Area Rapist. It wasn't until years later that Kris found out this was also the man known as the Golden State Killer. Hear, in her own words, what happened that night and why she chose to provide a victim impact statement and come face-to-face with her perpetrator.  We dedicate this episode to Phyllis Henneman, who was Joseph James DeAngelo's first known victim. Her memory will never be forgotten.
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Apr 6th, 2020
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Feb 27th, 2021
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