The Pretzel: Life With Anxiety. An Interview with Lisa Lark. Episode 10
For some of us, anxiety has been an unwelcome presence in our life for as long as we can remember. For others, it was triggered by a life event and never went away. Whichever way anxiety has taken hold of you, we can be sure it is uncomfortable, scary and makes us feel out of control. It gets us all twisted up, much like a pretzel.
In this episode of The MindGal Podcast, Lisa Lark shares with us her journey along the sidewalk of anxiety, often filled with cracks and potholes. Growing up in the 1980s, Lisa was subjected to odd explanations and even stranger remedies to help her “calm down.” At one point she was told that she would grow out of it and prescribed cough medicine, while at other times she was told that if she just stopped eating sugar all of her problems would be solved.
At a time when anxiety wasn’t talked about, nor was it adequately researched, Lisa was often left feeling crazy. If not for the support of her family, and especially the strong advocacy and tough love of her mother, Lisa may not have managed through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood.
Listen as Lisa tells her story in an impactful, and often humorous way. Some of her stories will make you laugh while others will make you angry. If you struggle with anxiety, by the end of the episode you will know that everything you are feeling is okay and you are not alone. If you know someone with anxiety, you will have a clearer picture of what it is and tips on ways to help if you see someone struggling.
Lisa A. Lark is a communicator and writer from Livonia, Michigan. Originally diagnosed with anxiety and depression in the late 80s, she strives to end the stigma around mental illnesses and increase awareness and acceptance. She holds a Bachelors Degree in communications and Masters of Arts degrees in Teaching and English as a Second Language, all from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Community Care Services, a nonprofit agency serving people with mental health and substance abuse disorders.