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When Henry was invited to have lunch with the president of his university, he was not planning to open up about his depression with a bunch of strangers. But he did and it changed his life. Henry talks about how wellness encompases the entirety of a person, about the impact of social media and how sharing with others has changed the way he approaches his advocacy and his own mental health.
There are two sides to Asia. One side of her likes to be safe, the other likes to take risks. One wants to be good, the other wants to be a badass. This duality has led her on a journey from Colorado, to Malibu, to prison, to fighting wildfires, and ultimately to helping others. She tells us how she came to feel authentically like herself and what that means for her mental health.
The adults in Mike’s life used to tell him to toughen up because he was such a sensitive kid. While he knows they were just trying to help him, he also now understands that some of his sensitivity is due to mental health challenges. Mike shares how difficult access to mental health care has been for him. He is still in the midst of figuring everything out, but his network of friends, his love of history and music help him cultivate the gratitude he needs to get thru.
Kevin was a popular and happy teenager. But life took a turn in his first year of college when he developed a severe eating disorder, depression and anxiety. Today he is thriving and draws on his experiences in his work as a life coach. Kevin tells us about the importance of taking personal responsibility and the role of spirituality in his journey.
When she was in college, Liz did not want to put her whole life on pause. But now she is glad she picked up the phone and took time for treatment, even though it felt so difficult. Liz speaks about sigma, how it’s easier to talk about sobriety than mental health and why she wanted to use an alias for the podcast. She explains the ups and downs of managing her bipolar, her relationship with medication, and how she was able to persevere in the face of terrible grief.
When Jenny De Los Santos lost her vision in high school, her relationship with herself, her family and the world was different. Jenny has survived trauma, cyber bullying, depression, psychotic features, panic attacks and several suicide attempts. Despite everything, she has held onto her goal of helping others. In this episode, she speaks about how she was able to get the treatment she needed and how she has learned to turn these challenges into an opportunity to grow as a person.
Jesse had daily panic attacks for 10 years and was high most days from the time he was 13 til the age of 23. But eventually he realized that creativity is his higher power and found a healthier way forward. Jesse tells us how he manages his panic attacks now, the effect of sobriety on his creativity and how a rubber band changed his relationship to himself.
Grace Rose has been living with Cystic Fibrosis since the day she was born. Cystic Fibrosis is a chronic disease that can affect the digestive system, cause lung infections and limits her ability to breathe. It of course affects her physically, but it also affects her mental health. She explains how the two are connected, how she is working to provide access to wellness specifically for teenagers and how she is able to use her diagnoses as a motivation to work for change in the world.
When their therapist suggested electroconvulsive therapy (ETC) Kate was desperate to treat their depression, but the idea of this kind of treatment was really scary. Despite initial skepticism, they decided to try it. Today, Kate’s tattoo is a testament to ECT and how powerful and helpful this treatment can be.
Randy works a typical job. He has a house, a kid and a wife. But his path to this “regular” lifestyle was far from peaceful. Randy tells us how living with an eating disorder and undiagnosed bipolar pushed him to the edge. He explains why he decided not to pursue an artistic career, how he is able to get through by focusing his life around connection.
Sophie is a poet, an advocate and a changemaker. But just a few years ago she was suffering with an eating disorder, which made it impossible to function, or even know herself. She tells us how she finally was able to get the right treatment. And how through this work and diving into her creative practice she was able to find her authentic identity.
In this special episode, Andrea talks with Dr. Jason Shiffman of the Camden Center about the state of mental health care, what is changing, the use of psychedelics and the problem of access.
When Meyli was on a business trip in Kenya in 2019, she was caught in a terrorist attack that forever changed her life. Although she returned home safely, as a result of her experience, Meyli suffered from severe PTSD. She tells us how she spent a small fortune to receive the care she needed and what she did next to tackle the problem of access for all trauma survivors
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY
I think the podcasts are excellent. I listened to Asia’s interview last night and it was so compelling that I just listened to it again. Her animated voice as she responded to Andrea’s insightful questions brought grit, depth and dimension to her story. I can only imagine how much preparation, time and energy is put into each recording. It really shows. The finished result is polished and professional, with a beautiful human touch. Best of all, I believe these will be inspirational and comforting to many young people who are in distress.
I 've listened to the podcast in its entirety. It was at times heartbreaking, really informative and very uplifting. I applaud “Liz” for her openness and bravery. She’s super relatable too. This is incredibly worthwhile and eye opening for the community
Thank you for lifting the veil and digging deep into the important and challenging world of mental health. Even the trailer has nuggets of information and inspiration: “You have made it through 100% of your bad days” and “Success is not about achievement, it’s about fulfillment.” Resilience is my word of the day.
When Brianna was younger, it was hard to tell if what she was experiencing was just normal teenage angst or if something bigger was going on. Today she knows that mental health issues can take various forms. Brianna tells us how she works to combat stigma through education, the things that help her stay calm and how recovery can be an iterative process.
Bahjat used to feel like he belonged on the sidelines, preferring to channel his feelings into his music. But today he is motivated by sharing his music and journey with others. He tells us how he fled a war and overcame tremendous personal obstacles in order to become a successful performing artist.