19 Mar Being Well Podcast: Stephanie Foo: Complex PTSD and Learning to Live With the Past
On this episode of the Being Well Podcast, author Stephanie Foo joins Forrest to share her journey with Complex PTSD. They talk about what it was like to receive a diagnosis, the various techniques and modalities she used (and what really helped), the importance of social support, self-acceptance and self-compassion, difficulties with access and cultural competence in the mental healthcare system, intergenerational trauma, and motherhood.
About Our Guest: Stephanie is a writer and radio producer whose work has been featured on This American Life, 99% Invisible, and Radiolab among other shows, and she’s the author of the truly wonderful book What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing From Complex Trauma.
0:00: Introduction and disclaimer
2:10: Stephanie’s experience in sharing her story
6:00: Features of CPTSD
7:50: What led Stephanie to seek help, and work as a coping mechanism
10:15: “The Dread” and healing through relationship
17:40: The effects of receiving diagnosis, and hidden superpowers of CPTSD
25:45: Practices that helped Stephanie, and how we can incorporate them
33:45: Balancing showing up for other people and receiving care
35:15: Self-love, gratitude, and relationships
38:20: Two way repair, and comfort with receiving feedback
42:55: Challenges navigating our mental healthcare system
49:55: Societal trauma among first generation immigrants
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