Anti-Stigma

Previously, Dr. Silverstone carried out interviews with individuals to explore some of their issues as part of a larger anti-stigma initiative. For example, see those with Jessica and Lindsey.

Jessica | Compassion and Not Fitting In

 

Meeting new people I always find both enjoyable and educational. In the case of the interview with Jessica all I knew about her was her first name, and that somebody had said she was “interesting”. Boy, did that turn out to be an understatement. Jessica turned out to be an amazing human being, who also happens to be autistic.

This does not define her, or limit her, but it does explain some of the issues she faces in her interactions with others. In the Shrink Wrapped interview she describes some of these issues in a way that really made me understand some of her struggles in greater detail. She also was clear about some of the unusual skills she has. These include speaking multiple languages, and clearly a very high level of verbal ability.

Of everything I learnt from Jessica, I was most struck by how she very consciously started to study how comedians communicate. She recognized that they develop specific non-verbal skills, and she then trained herself to copy these, with the deliberate aim of improving her communication skills with others.

Her descriptions of the difficulty she also has recognizing faces, and what this means in a practical manner, also have stayed with me. I am extremely grateful to Jessica for her sharing her thoughts and feelings with me, and allowing them to be more widely accessible through the Shrink Wrapped interview.

I hope this will help others understand, and be more accepting, of those who have autism spectrum disorder.

Lindsey | Addiction, Escape and Getting Better

 

Follow Dr. Silverstone as he works through the challenges that Lindsey has faced with addiction, thoughts of taking her own life and how she was able to overcome those struggles and become the success she is today.

 

Other Interviews in the Anti- Stigma Initiative

 

 

Courtney | Growing up Trans and Coming Out as an Adult

Follow Courtney’s journey as she talks about what it was like to grow up in the wrong body, to come out as an adult and literally walk in someone else’s shoes.

 

Jesse | Founder of Make it Awkward and #6 High Jumper in the World

Jesse Lipscome is the founder of the highly successful #MakeitAwkward campaign, is an entrepreneur and an successful actor. Psychiatrist Dr. Peter Silverstone met Jesse without knowing anything about him to see what else he could find out!

 

Kyle | Becoming Comfortable with Yourself

Follow Dr. Peter Silverstone as he learns about Kyle’s journey of self discovery, what making out with girls means to them and why positive impact on others lives is so gosh dang important.

Psychiatrist Interviews Strangers on the Street

Dr. Peter Silverstone approached random people on the street and asked them about their lives. Here is a summary of the most interesting conversations he had during this experience.

Cosette | How they Learned to Love Themself

It can be a challenge to accept who you are. This is how Cosette was able to take the negative experiences they had growing up, move past them and start loving themself, for the person they are.

David | Using Comedy as a Coping Mechanism

Everybody goes through tough times in their life, David has chosen to deal with those tough times by using comedy as a coping mechanism.

Cody | Insecurity and Addiction in Bodybuilding

What is the motivation behind getting huge, going into body building competitions and spending the incredible amount of time and energy it takes to be competitive? In this episode of ShrinkWrapped, Cody takes us through why he decided to get involved with world of body building.