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Episode 12: Mason Spector    

Episode 12: Mason Spector

Welcome to episode twelve of The Madhappy Podcast, a conversation on mental health hosted by Madhappy co-founders Mason Spector and Peiman Raf. In this episode, we zoom in on Mason’s story, with Peiman asking him about his family and childhood, his experiences with depression and anxiety, and how all of this shaped the person he’s become today. 

Mason starts off by giving background on his family of origin (03:23), sharing how his biological father left him and his mother when he was an infant, which moves us into a conversation about his relationship with the man his mom married, who Mason considers his real dad. He explains how the abrupt transition from being an only child to one of five after they got married led him to take on the role of the black sheep in their family (15:55).

We then get into a conversation about Mason and his brother’s relationship, and how Mason used attention from girls to validate and differentiate himself from his brother (19:55). Mason also opens up about his experiences with depression and how a big change in his family forced him to reflect on his life to gain a better understanding of events in his past (32:22).

Mason talks about his decision to finish his junior and senior year of high school at boarding school on the East Coast (37:38) and why he decided to drop out of college in Indiana (41:56). The lack of structure that resulted from that, we learn, caused Mason’s depression and anxiety to worsen after he moved back home (48:03). 

We wrap up by learning how all of this led Mason to want to encourage open and honest mental health conversations (58:34), as he shares words of advice for people who may be struggling with the same feelings and realities that he has experienced (1:11:41). 

Check out episode twelve of The Madhappy Podcast here:

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