Episode 11

Anxiety vs Depression

It can be difficult enough navigating through life living with one mental health diagnosis. Kirsten Barkved shares her story of living with two. Kirsten suffers from both anxiety and depression. In this episode she explains how one can trigger the other and discusses the things that help her cope – one of which is her adorable dogs.

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HOST & GUESTS

Host: Debbie Roche

Guest: Kirsten Barkved

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About Our Guest

My guest Kirsten Barkved is a writer who thinks that the best way to solve all your problems is to melt some cheese on them. When she isn’t dismantling the patriarchy, petting as many dogs as possible, or trying to finish her first novel, she is exploring the very complicated, very necessary work of breaking apart the stigma of mental illness in her writing.

Kirsten is very open about the fact that she suffers from both anxiety and depression. In this episode she walks me through her journey of coping with not one, but two mental health disorders.

We talk pretty candidly about mental health and Kirsten does describe the feelings and experiences that she has so if you are someone who also suffers from a mental health issue then do listen with caution and make sure that you are kind to yourself and take care of yourself during and after the episode.

If you do need help immediately then know that you can always call the Crisis Canada Hotline at 1.833.456.4566. They have amazing trained volunteers available 24/7. For more information visit their website www.crisisservicescanada.ca.

If you are having suicidal thoughts then please contact 1-800-SUICIDE.

The LifeLine Canada Foundation also has a list of Canadian, USA and international crisis centres.

Click here for a list for a list of Suicide Crisis Hotlines in other countries.

 

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Episode 11 Show Notes

Resources:

Feel free to connect with Kirsten over on her social media profiles.

Twitter: @kirstenbarkved
Instagram: @keerstun

BC Association of Clinical Counsellors
Canadian Mental Health Association
Jericho Counselling

If you do need help immediately then know that you can always call the Crisis Canada Hotline at 1.833.456.4566. They have amazing trained volunteers available 24/7. For more information visit their website www.crisisservicescanada.ca.

If you are having suicidal thoughts then please contact 1-800-SUICIDE.

The LifeLine Canada Foundation also has a list of Canadian, USA and international crisis centres.

Click here for a list for a list of Suicide Crisis Hotlines in other countries.

Got any resources on anxiety or depression that you’d love to share? Add them to the comments or tweet them to us @uncomfy_podcast and we’ll add them to this page! Thanks!

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