Mental Illness: Kira Asatryan and Kat Kinsman
Human closeness is fundamental to our mental well-being, but many people have hurdles to human closeness. Whether it’s anxiety, depression, or addiction, mental illness can be isolating.
“Loneliness could be more of a cause than a symptom in some of our commonly recognized mental health issues. Human closeness is fundamental to our mental well-being. The loneliness that arises from a lack of human closeness could easily bring about any number of presenting problems.”
These words were written by Kira Asatryan, a certified relationship coach, professional coach, and loneliness expert, and my first guest on this episode. Then I talk to Kat Kinsman, the editor at large at Tasting Table and the founder of Chefs with Issues, a site that helps people in the restaurant industry deal with mental health issues. A lifelong struggle with her anxiety led her to write the book Hi, Anxiety, which will be in stores on November 1. Listen to the full episode below.