This week I speak with Alice, an asylee from Burundi who now lives in Maine. She talks about her work in both countries to support and empower women who have faced cultural silencing and endured trauma. Together we explore ways that refugees might be connected with therapists who can help them tell the painful stories they need to document in order to apply for asylum.
Ten-year-old Maiya takes us into the world of childhood phobias, describing what it was like to live with overwhelming anxiety about sickness, and how she found help. Now she is creating a website of fear-reducing games to help other kids who suffer with anxiety.
Musician and educator Monica talks about how the intense insomnia that began in her 40’s led her to a diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She talks about several habits, including skin picking and intrusive violent thoughts, that suddenly made sense after this diagnosis, and about the combination of medication and therapy that has allowed her to sleep better and live with less anxiety.
A conversation with therapist and mother Valery about how she grew to understand her daughter’s difficulty with social situations as the result of severe social anxiety, and her seemingly excessive internet use as a positive and healthy adaptation.
A conversation with Paula Matlins about her daily struggle with OCD and panic, and how she is able to operate in the world through rules, medication, perseverance, and thinking about llamas.