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Jun 23, 2022

After reading Pathological: The True Story of Six Misdiagnoses, I was delighted to have the opportunity to sit down and discuss the book with author Sarah Fay. In this exploration of the ways we pathologize our human experiences, Sarah opens the door to a new conversation about mental health.

In this episode, Sarah shares: 

  • How and why do we categorize ourselves to make everyday life easier
  • How any diagnosis can turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy
  • Her recommendations for when you are handed a diagnoses
  • Why recognizing signals in your body can help you learn how to process feelings and emotions


Sarah Fay (Ph.D., Iowa MFA) is an award-winning author and mental health advocate working to improve how we think and talk about mental health by moving the conversation away from simplistic diagnoses and toward a deeper understanding of our mental and emotional lives. Her personal experience of being diagnosed with six different mental health disorders and finding no relief led her to investigate the diagnoses we receive and to write her journalistic memoir, Pathological: The True Story of Six Misdiagnoses which Apple Books chose as one of the Best Books in March. Sarah has shared her story on NPR, Salon, and more. 

I hope you find this conversation as fascinating as I did.  Be sure to share the episode with your friends and family.