Being Well Podcast: Stephanie Foo: Complex PTSD and Learning to Live With the Past
March 19, 2023

On this episode of the Being Well Podcast, author Stephanie Foo joins Forrest to share her journey with Complex PTSD. They talk about what it was like to receive a diagnosis, the various techniques and modalities she used (and what really helped), the importance of social support, self-acceptance and self-compassion, difficulties with access and cultural competence in the mental healthcare system, intergenerational trauma, and motherhood.


About Our Guest: Stephanie Foo is a writer and radio producer whose work has been featured on This American Life, 99% Invisible, and Radiolab among other shows, and she’s the author of the truly wonderful book What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing From Complex Trauma.


Key Topics:

0:00: Introduction and disclaimer

2:10: Stephanie Foo’s experience in sharing her story

6:00: Features of CPTSD (Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

7:50: What led Stephanie Foo to seek help, and work as a coping mechanism

10:15: “The Dread” and healing through relationship

17:40: The effects of receiving a diagnosis, and hidden superpowers of CPTSD

25:45: Practices that helped Stephanie Foo and how we can incorporate them

33:45: Balancing showing up for other people and receiving care

35:15: Self-love, gratitude, and relationships

38:20: Two-way repair, and comfort with receiving feedback

42:55: Challenges navigating our mental healthcare system

49:55: Societal trauma among first-generation immigrants

54:30: Parenthood

58:15: Recap

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