Two Gen Xers Share a Facebook Live Chat and Live to Tell The Tale
Yesterday afternoon I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to Amanda Stern, author of Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life on in a Beautiful Voyager Facebook live chat. It was such a joy to get to find out from Amanda herself, whose book I loved, about how the book came to be, and what it feels like to talk about her panic disorder publically. It's a long interview (1 hour!) so I wanted to break down different areas so that you can forward to the area that interests you.
2:20 The interview really begins (the first two minutes are warm up).
4:45 How it feels to be talking about panic disorder in real life.
6:30 Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade's suicides affected this public moment.
8:38 Jenny Slate would play Amanda Stern if there were a movie version of this book.
11:38 How writing is almost like doing EMDR on yourself.
13:49 How the fear of not being educated enough may have held her back.
19:15 Panic disorder wasn't in the vocabulary, therefore people didn't spot it.
14:40 The difference between gut (trust the gut) and the feeling of doom (don't trust it).
28:04 The last panicked experience Amanda had. What happened, and what it felt like.
36:45 Amanda and I both talk about how amazing the book The Worry Cure is.
38:45 My very personal take on why Scott Stossel's book is the result of a stigmatized culture.
45:53 Amanda's next voyage may be: intelligence testing.
50:19 Amanda's advice for parents who may be dealing with anxiety disorders in their children.
54:30 What Amanda and I are worried about right now.
57:13 Amanda is going to be in San Francisco and we are going to meet up. Come see her read from her book and say hello to me too!