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,
the positive aside of "mental illness",
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?"
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