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Episode 5: GaTa    

Episode 5: GaTa

Welcome to Episode Five of The Madhappy Podcast, a conversation on mental health with the rapper and actor GaTa hosted by Madhappy founders Mason Spector and Peiman Raf. In this episode, we speak with GaTa about his experiences with bipolar disorder as a child growing up in South Central Los Angeles and coming up in the entertainment industry. 

We kick off by talking about what it was like for GaTa when he received his bipolar diagnosis. He then shares his experience recording the hit show “Dave” and how it felt to share such a personal experience in the Hype Man episode, where he reenacts a bipolar episode he had (4:20).  Then, Peiman discusses the importance of embracing both the good and bad days as well as trying to see the positive side of situations (11:10). 

Next, Mason and GaTa connect about their shared experience growing up without knowing one of their biological parents (14:17). GaTa then explains how living in South Central shaped who he is as a person today (16:48) and how amazing it has been to receive positive feedback from the community after being open and honest about his mental health (20:57).  This leads us to discuss how personal connection and vulnerable storytelling can help others feel less alone and more comfortable opening up (22:59). 

Later, we talk about what’s next for GaTa and how he sees his relationship with his mental health evolving (24:27). GaTa finishes up by teasing a bit about season two of “Dave” (30:30) and sharing what makes him Madhappy (33:02). 

Check out episode five of The Madhappy Podcast here:

We talk about some serious topics on this show. We are not professionals and are not giving advice. If you or someone you know needs help, please text start to 741741, and for additional resources, please visit LocalOptimist.com/Get-Help. The Madhappy Podcast is for informational and entertainment purposes only and is not a replacement for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. 

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