Ep 19: Fame, Family, Mental Health, with Jay Washington

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Jay Washington is a rising star in the comedy and acting world. He is beloved in the industry as a happy, funny, outgoing performer. On the surface, everything looks perfect, but we find out that things aren’t always what they seem. Jay shares the pressures he faces as a black man to appear strong for his friends, family, and kids. He talks about some of the darkest moments in his life and how he has battled with severe depression and anxiety, stemming from the death of his mother at a young age. He shares how seeing a therapist and getting a diagnosis has been helping to change his life.

Also in this episode, Joleen shares some updates on her search for a depression and anxiety medication that works for her brain chemistry and some of the misconceptions around medications. Andy shares her fears about memory loss.

If you are having thoughts of suicide and need someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate to reach out and find help. For resources and contact information you can visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

 

Memorable Moments:

“Do they have a Buzzfeed quiz, Are You Depressed?”

“How about in a perfect world, Tom Cruise doesn’t get to have an opinion about my life.”

“Who is this dude? I’m a regular black dude who just hangs around.”

“Everything I do, I do it for my kids.”

“Professionally I’m phenomenal. Personally, I’m a wreck.”

“I fought back tears like 4 times this episode!”

 

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