You, Me, Empathy - Episode 75: Amanda Stern's Little Panic

On Episode 75 of You, Me, Empathy, Amanda Stern and I explore Amanda’s experience growing up with an undiagnosed panic disorder, anxiety in children, and Amanda’s amazing book, Little Panic.

Before I get to the show notes, the paperback of Amanda’s stellar book Little Panic: Dispatches From an Anxious Life is out tomorrow! I’ve read it and loved it. And I think you’ll love it too.

Pre-order Little Panic!

On this episode, we talk about Amanda’s experience as a child, growing up with an undiagnosed and untreated panic disorder, anxiety, and panic-stricken fear. As Amanda says, panic feels like you’re “encased in a very thick vibrating dread that clamps you in place.” Like “being swallowed up by tarry, black quicksand.”

We also talk about the work Amanda is doing speaking to kids about anxiety, what parents can look for if they suspect they have an anxious child, and how parents can better face their kids’ anxiety. We talk about what anxiety looks like for Amanda, and the tools she’s used to help alleviate and manage her panic and anxiety, including breathing exercises and visualization.

Finally, we explore relationships and mental illness, the isolation of mental illness, the importance of self-awareness, and accepting gratitude for the learning we do in suffering.

Thanks to Amanda for sharing her story!

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