12 episodes

This is my journey to mental health. My journey has presented me with challenges since I was very very young. From actual mental health struggles, with social anxiety, OCD, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, depression, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, and self harm, to other parts of my life that required their own mental gymnastics: being a highly sensitive person, being a gay woman (which is not a mental health issue on its own, but living as a suppressed minority in this world can be), being diagnosed with a chronic illness, figuring out I had ADHD at age 40… And I also carry with me some of my forefathers’ scars, as the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors.

I’m not doing this podcast because it’s all over. I’m not here to tell you how I made it out the other end. Mental health is a lifelong journey that requires constant maintenance, and it keeps presenting us with new challenges as life’s twists and turns unfold. But after thirty-some years of dealing with all of these issues, I do have some insights that I’d love to share.

I tell my story with the hope that sharing my experiences with others might make someone else feel less alone, less guilty, less scared and ashamed.

I tell my story for others who are struggling and for those who love them.

I tell my story so we can take this journey together. Traveling together, the journey is always made easier, or at the very least, more pleasant.

This is my story, and my story alone. I am not a doctor, a therapist, or an expert. I am just a person who wants to shed light on subject matters that are all too often kept in the dark.

This is a bi-weekly podcast. New episodes are posted every other Tuesday, at 4am EST.

Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beforethedawnjourney and on @beforethedawnjourney on Instagram.

Art by Dania Latar https://dlatar1.wixsite.com/danialatar/works .

Before The Dawn Liron Cohen

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This is my journey to mental health. My journey has presented me with challenges since I was very very young. From actual mental health struggles, with social anxiety, OCD, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, depression, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, and self harm, to other parts of my life that required their own mental gymnastics: being a highly sensitive person, being a gay woman (which is not a mental health issue on its own, but living as a suppressed minority in this world can be), being diagnosed with a chronic illness, figuring out I had ADHD at age 40… And I also carry with me some of my forefathers’ scars, as the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors.

I’m not doing this podcast because it’s all over. I’m not here to tell you how I made it out the other end. Mental health is a lifelong journey that requires constant maintenance, and it keeps presenting us with new challenges as life’s twists and turns unfold. But after thirty-some years of dealing with all of these issues, I do have some insights that I’d love to share.

I tell my story with the hope that sharing my experiences with others might make someone else feel less alone, less guilty, less scared and ashamed.

I tell my story for others who are struggling and for those who love them.

I tell my story so we can take this journey together. Traveling together, the journey is always made easier, or at the very least, more pleasant.

This is my story, and my story alone. I am not a doctor, a therapist, or an expert. I am just a person who wants to shed light on subject matters that are all too often kept in the dark.

This is a bi-weekly podcast. New episodes are posted every other Tuesday, at 4am EST.

Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beforethedawnjourney and on @beforethedawnjourney on Instagram.

Art by Dania Latar https://dlatar1.wixsite.com/danialatar/works .

    11 Aha Moments (Or: Patience)

    11 Aha Moments (Or: Patience)

    In this episode I discuss epiphanies: what leads them and how to sustain them.

    I will be going on hiatus from the podcast at this point. Thank you for listening. I hope to speak to you again soon!

    • 23 min
    10 Emnodiment (Or: Ways to Improve Body Image)

    10 Emnodiment (Or: Ways to Improve Body Image)

    In this follow up to the previous episode about distorted body image I share ways to consciously improve your body image and your relationship with your body.

    • 16 min
    09 To Be or Not to Be (Or: Anorexia 101)

    09 To Be or Not to Be (Or: Anorexia 101)

    A content note - this entire episode is a discussion of eating disorders.

    In this episode I provide an intimate description of what it’s like to develop an eating disorder, in my case, anorexia nervosa.

    • 19 min
    08 Gut Punch (Or: Chronic Illnesses and Mental Health)

    08 Gut Punch (Or: Chronic Illnesses and Mental Health)

    In this episode I talk abut what it’s like to have a chronic illness and discuss some of the ways in which chronic illnesses affect mental health and vice versa.

    • 22 min
    07 Auschwitz (Or: Intergenerational Trauma)

    07 Auschwitz (Or: Intergenerational Trauma)

    A content note - this episode contains a description of an event from the Holocaust. If you would like to avoid this content but would like to join me for the rest of the episode, and I hope you will, please skip 00:20-2:52.

    In this episode I discuss trauma that we inherit from our ancestors, as well as collective trauma, through my experience as the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors.

    • 19 min
    06 Trauma (Or It's More Common than You'd Think)

    06 Trauma (Or It's More Common than You'd Think)

    In this episode I talk about the many ways in which traumatic events in our lives, big or small, singular or recurring, affect our perceptions, emotions, and even how our brain works, and suggest ways to promote self-awareness and healing.

    • 20 min

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