In this first episode of the New Year, meet journalist Tom Vanderbilt, author of Beginners, sex educator Allison Moon, author of Getting It, and professor of neuroscience and psychology Dr. Carl L. Hart, author of Drug-Use for Grown-ups. What better way to kick off January than to try something new – whether that be in your working life, in your free time, or even (dare we say it?) in the bedroom. READ MORE
“In this New Year, you might want to try meditation. Some of you may have wondered about the benefits, stress reduction, lowering of anxiety, helping you cope more efficiently, be less frustrated, less addicted in your behavior. The most important thing from the beginning is not to turn it into another self-improvement project. Meditation can be useful if you donâ€™t expect too much from it. So let me guide you a little bit into the way I think about it.”
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“As a magazine writer, Iâ€™m always looking for other peopleâ€™s stories and trying to talk to people about what their lives are like. I always knew that that came from a place from having some pretty crazy experiences as somebody whoâ€™s bipolar and that I had all these stories that seemed outlandish and bananas, and that maybe I had to start with my own story. It all definitely started when lithium, the medication that I was taking for bipolar disorder, stopped working for me. All of a sudden, bipolar disorder and lithium became so much more prominent and important in my life. And it became much more clear to me that it was a bigger part of my identity than I ever imagined.”
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“It is about basically finding an email when my daughter was three weeks old that led me to the discovery that my husband was not who I thought he was. And showing the really perfect fairy tale ‘before’ aspects of our relationship and then the ‘after’ parts, where Iâ€™m just uncovering lie after lie and kind of unraveling this double life he had been living. I wrote my book because I actually didnâ€™t feel like I had a choice not to. It kind of wrote itself in four months and it felt like I was writing to survive.”
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“My book, most generally, is about anxiety. Itâ€™s half memoir, about my own anxiety issues that Iâ€™ve struggled with for the last twenty-five years, along with a deep dive into the science of anxiety, looking at everything from the genetics to the neuroscience behind anxiety.”
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