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.
Psychotherapist Rob talks about his own anxiety, which creates in him an insatiable need to confess things to those around him, and which can also lead to debilitating panic attacks. He talks about the various therapies he’s tried, including two which have greatly reduced his anxiety in the past few years.
We start our new season and our new series on living with an anxiety disorder with a conversation with photographer John William Keedy. His new exhibition is called It’s Hardly Noticeable, in which each photograph depicts a different aspect of anxiety. John talks about the personal experiences that inform these photos, and the ways in which his anxiety has improved.