Ep 23: Depression, Dating, Empathy, With Henry Epstein

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(Replay) The wonderful comedian and writer Henry Epstein joins us to talk about growing up and facing mental health and addiction at a young age. He shares how he hit rock bottom and when he was able to ask for help. He talks about the importance of medication in his life and we also talk about how dating someone who you don’t feel judged by makes a huge difference. We talk about anxiety medications and the inevitable trial and error, and the many levels of anxiety. We talk about sobriety and how as performers we aren’t always taken seriously and the challenges this can cause. We share the importance of therapy and the importance of friends and family to be supportive and to have empathy.

THE CHECK IN: Andy updates us about her cardiology appointments and the results from the Zio patch. Joleen talks about what she’s learned about trauma and it’s connection to ADHD.



“If you grow up in Manhatten you’re subjected to seeing someone poop in the street at a very young age.”

“Art school was a perfect storm of nurturing destructive behavior.”

“Being sober felt like I was being myself for the first time.”

“I’m doing everything right. Why don’t I feel okay?”

“Empathy is powerful.”

“We didn’t even get to talk about cats this episode. So next week it’s all cats!”



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