We continue our journey with Steph through her memoir, Discovering My Scars. Steph and I listen to Chapter 4 of the audiobook and discuss it. Steph begins using Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) as a coping mechanism and, later, admits it to her mom. Her parents immediately help her find a psychologist. This is an honest conversation about everything from pretending to be “normal” to the cleansing power of tears.
In each episode, we offer you a few prompts to think about how that day’s conversation applies to you. You might pause the podcast and answer them right then and there, but if you keep a journal (Steph and Beth both do), feel free to download and print a PDF of the Questions for Reflection we’ve made just for you:
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- Have there been times you felt like you were playing the part of normal human in society? What was that like for you?
- Have you experienced depression or mental illness and felt that you needed to hide it from other people?
- Have you ever had thoughts of not being alive? How do you feel about that?
- Do you apologize for crying? Why or why not?