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THE ANXIOUS ONE
Steven has always been an anxious boy. From the time he was 16, depression and anxiety had taken root and begun to rule his life. He’s found the battle with mental illness to be a near daily one, having struggled with medication switches, self-destructive behavior, and self-harm.
Steven’s world was shaken to the core in 2016 when he unexpectedly lost his father. He had a full breakdown. At first, he tried ignoring it and focused on caring for his family, but eventually succumbed to it when his body finally said enough was enough. It was during this period of rock bottom that he realized it was time to DO something. For the first time in his life, he took the power back. He sought out therapy, seeing a psychiatrist, taking medication, and blogging about his struggles. These days, things are better. Not great, but better. Steven is a far more confident and laid back person. Now he has started to focus on his health, his happiness, and how he can make a difference in his own life and in the lives of others. Sure he still has bad days, but in the grand scheme of things, he is finally taking back the power from his illnesses. He hopes to show others that if it’s possible for him, it’s possible for them.
THE WELL-INTENTIONED FRIEND
For most of his life, Chris had only experienced minor anxiety issues. However, throughout the early years of their friendship, Chris struggled to understand many of the things Steven was going through. He hadn’t had much experience being a support to someone who really dealt with mental health struggles on a consistent basis. Because of this, Chris often tried (with good intentions) to help his friend. Sometimes he was successful, encouraging and acting as Steven’s cheerleader. Other times he messed up without even knowing he was just making it worse.
Things changed, however, a few years back. For the first time in his life, Chris found himself in some emotionally toxic environments that led to severe mental health issues—and with it came the anxiety, depression, and panic attacks he’d not experienced prior. Before long he began to have people in his life giving him those same well-intentioned responses he’d so often found himself giving others. It didn’t take long for him to realize they didn’t help. He’s learned the hard way what it means to be both the one who struggles and the one who is just trying to help.
This show is not about Chris and Steven, it’s about a community of people who care about an important cause: Raising awareness and fighting the stigma around mental health by being vulnerable and having fun. Here’s the current team that makes the show happen!
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WHY MENTAL HEALTH?
Is this Adulting? is more than a podcast. It’s a community that acknowledges its own imperfection and uses it to bring healing and acceptance to a divided world. The show wants to bring awareness to the reality that we all struggle. And just because someone is depressed, it doesn’t mean they are depressing. We all have our good days and our bad days.
This podcast wants to show that life is about the process, not some static image of how we’re supposed to be. We want to show how vulnerability can transform the world, and to show that we all deal with our own struggles, including many of the people we look up to most—friends, family, celebrities, and even podcasters. This is what makes us beautiful.
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