85 episodes

Host Morra Aarons-Mele is on a mission to reframe how we think about anxiety and mental health in the workplace. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. We desperately need better models for leadership and a more holistic view of mental health. Our culture tells those of us who suffer from anxiety and depression that we can’t succeed, but we tell a different story — without sugarcoating the tough stuff. We feature stories from people who’ve been there and experts who can help you thrive.

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    • Business
    • 4.7 • 419 Ratings

Host Morra Aarons-Mele is on a mission to reframe how we think about anxiety and mental health in the workplace. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. We desperately need better models for leadership and a more holistic view of mental health. Our culture tells those of us who suffer from anxiety and depression that we can’t succeed, but we tell a different story — without sugarcoating the tough stuff. We feature stories from people who’ve been there and experts who can help you thrive.

    Why Managing Is the Hardest Job She’s Ever Had

    Why Managing Is the Hardest Job She’s Ever Had

    Building a positive, mentally healthy workplace isn’t a one-time feat. It requires work day in and day out - which makes managing an even harder job than it used to be. In this episode, journalist Priska Neely returns to talk about how her leadership role has been going, how she’s creating positive structures for her team, the real roadblocks she still faces, and how she takes care of herself while working to take care of others.

    • 36 min
    Bonobos Cofounder on the Highs of Success and Lows of Mental Struggle

    Bonobos Cofounder on the Highs of Success and Lows of Mental Struggle

    Andy Dunn is the cofounder of Bonobos, a innovative retail company he helped start out of business school in 2007. And while the company reached incredible success, eventually being bought by Walmart, Dunn faced intense mental health struggles behind the scenes. 
    Struggles that came to a head when he woke up in a psychiatric emergency room in New York City. He’s the author of a new book, and shares his story with host Morra Aarons-Mele.

    • 46 min
    Managing Anxiety When the World Feels like a Scary Place

    Managing Anxiety When the World Feels like a Scary Place

    For many of us, anxiety is about the day to day - whether that’s from social interaction, managing all of our work, or a more serious disorder we might be struggling with. But what about what the problem is big - like, really big? In today’s episode, we speak to Kyle Empringham, co-founder of The Starfish Canada, about his own journey to his non-profit work, which celebrates and supports youth activists. And also about climate anxiety - the feeling that more and more individuals are struggling with when faced with existential threats.

    • 36 min
    Imposter Syndrome, Work, and Mental Health

    Imposter Syndrome, Work, and Mental Health

    So many of us experience imposter syndrome - the idea that you feel like a fraud in your job; that you’re faking it until you make it and that any minute now, people will be able to see through it. The problem can be especially hard for high achievers. In this episode, psychologist Lisa Orbe-Austin explains what her research has shown about what we can do to eradicate these kinds of feelings.

    • 30 min
    Miss America on the Suffering We Can’t Always See

    Miss America on the Suffering We Can’t Always See

    So many people struggle with mental health issues in part because, unlike many physical ailments, you can’t always know that someone is suffering, or just how badly. In this episode we dive in with reigning Miss America Emma Broyles, the first Korean-American and first Alaskan to win the crown. While many people assume winning the crown comes with a certain amount of perfection, Broyles is breaking down those barriers by speaking openly about her ADHD and a rare obsessive compulsive disorder she battles.

    • 34 min
    Racial Trauma and Work: “I Hear From Broken-Hearted Women Several Times a Day”

    Racial Trauma and Work: “I Hear From Broken-Hearted Women Several Times a Day”

    Today’s guest is someone who experienced the racism in the corporate world. After years of constantly being triggered at work, she had enough, and walked away. She discusses how to heal after work breaks your heart.
    Minda Harts is an author, an equity advocate, and the CEO of The Memo LLC, a career development platform for women of color. And she speaks to host Morra Aarons-Mele about the kind of experiences she had at work, and how she now spends her days helping others. 

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
419 Ratings

419 Ratings

Susie Bogg ,

Wow I NEEDED this!

As an entrepreneur who experiences depression and anxiety, this podcast feels sent from the heavens. Thank sweet Jesus for this host and the guests. Love love love it. Highly recommend it.

meredithLC12 ,

So much useful info!

I have listened to TAA since the first episode, and I am continually surprised by how interesting and useful it is. Even the episodes with topics that I’m not sure about have turned out to be wonderful. I highly recommend it, even if you don’t have diagnosed anxiety/depression/etc but just have that Type A personality :)

Upstart.Crow ,

Handling the “Mental Fire”

This episode was phenomenal. It has joined my list of comfort listens. Thank you both!

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