Sarah Fader, author, blogger and staunch warrior in the fight for education and openness about mental illness, is my first guest on SelfWork. Her work was featured in a powerful piece on The Washington Post as she speaks candidly about her own diagnoses — Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder — (which can be confusing in and of itself) and her creation of the website StigmaFighters, where I and many others have told of their own very personal mental illness journey. She’s the author of several books, including #This Is What Anxiety Feels Like, Three Year-Olds Are A..holes, and her most recent venture, a workbook for those with depression and anxiety, The Ten Step Depression Relief Workbook, co-written with Dr. Simon Rego.

Listen in as we chat about treatment plans, the confusion of multiple diagnoses, some of the consequences of being open about your own mental struggles, and the unusual way we became friends. Let’s just say we had a rocky start. As always, thanks for listening to SelfWork.

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