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Feelin Weird

Personal conversations with a different guest each episode about taboo and stigmatized subjects: mental health (anxiety, depression, adhd, ocd), trauma, abuse, gender, sexual orientation, addiction, etc. Hosted by Kye Plant.
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Kye Plant has 1 hour conversations with a different person every episode about taboo and stigmatized subjects (mental health [OCD, Bipolar, ADHD, BPD, Depression, Anxiety] PTSD, illness, gender, sexuality, etc) in order to make listeners feel LESS WEIRD and less alone.  
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May 6, 2018

Alli G (therapist + social worker for holocaust survivors) had her first OCD symptom at age 7; she tells the story of her struggles with it over the last couple decades.  She grew up in South Florida, a place known for plastic surgery and obsessive beauty standards, and, like many womyn, her eating disorder started at a young age as the result of a comment her mother made.  After college, she tried law school but later decided her true calling was therapy--which she now practices--and, might I add, it is SO refreshing to hear about a therapist who KNOWS WHAT IT'S LIKE TO STRUGGLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS and who TRULY cares!

We also talk about: 
listening + validating people instead of telling them to "calm down", 
psychoeducation (having to educate family members about your illness), 
growing up with a mentally ill father, 
being the symptom bearer of the family, 
her FIRST session as a therapist, 
skin picking, 
the positive aside of "mental illness", 
perfectionism, 
suicidal ideation (TW), 
medication (and how it saved her life), 
and SO much more!

Alli G is my new favourite person and I guarantee you will love her (and this episode)!

Two of the best quotes from this episode:

"If people could see the suffering that we have to go through, physically, on our bodies, mental illness wouldn't be a stigma.
People would be like, "holy shit--why didn't you get help sooner??" And we're like "I tried, but you told me I was being too dramatic--you told me to calm down!"

"you have to laugh to keep from crying. How else would you get out of bed everyday?"

Thanks so much for listening, friend!

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