Ken Capobianco Tells His Story about Recovering from Anorexia

NOTE: This episode includes frank discussion of eating disorder symptoms, weight, body image, depression, and related struggles.

Music critic and award-winning writer, Ken Capobianco, shares his story about recovering from anorexia nervosa after 30 years. We talked about the ways that dieting in his teen years escalated into an eating disorder and the painful effects it had on his life. Ken shared how his book, Call Me Anorexic: Ballad of a Thin Man, was written to reduce stigma and help men with eating disorders understand that they’re not alone. Therapy, humor, and social connections were crucial to Ken’s recovery. We discussed, in depth, the parts of therapy and relationships he found helpful (and the ones that he didn’t). Ultimately, Ken’s story is one of hope and a passion for helping others.

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Links

Follow Ken Capobianco on Twitter, read his book, watch him in this video, and read his excellent interview with musician and writer, Dessa.

For more eating disorder information and resources, click here.

Episode 114 – Mental Health Themes in A Star is Born

Heads Up From Your Friends at Jedi Counsel: This episode has lots of SPOILERS.

This week, we recorded a podcast episode after seeing A Star Is Born. We opened up with some fun facts about the movie and then chatted about our overall impressions of it. Next, we discussed the depictions of mental health issues including alcohol/substance use problems and suicidal behavior in the film. We reviewed the diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders and noted which ones were exhibited in the film. Then, we talked about suicidal behavior within the frameworks of the interpersonal theory of suicide and three-step theory of suicide. We concluded with encouragement to seek help if needed and to reach out to people who you’re worried about – there is hope. Please see below for links to more information about the topics in the show and thank you SO much for listening! You can follow Jedi Counsel on Twitter. If you like what you hear, please rate and review us on iTunes and tell a friend! Thank you!

For More Information (in order of appearance rather than importance):

Fun Facts:

The movie included Anthony Ramos of Hamilton fame. He also appeared in this mini-musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda that was written for This American Life: 21 Chump Street.

Suicide Prevention Information & Resources:

USA Today Article on Suicide

Huffington Post Article on Suicide

Risk Factors for Suicide

Interpersonal Theory of Suicide

Three-Step Theory of Suicide

Warning Signs

How to Help Someone Who is Suicidal

Previous Episodes on Substance Use Disorders:

Episode 50: Substance Use-Related Myths with Dr. Keith Donohue

Episode 110: Discussing Addiction with Dr. Ted Bender

Jedi Counsel Podcast 19 – Samantha Myhre, Music, and Mental Health

Listen in as we talk with special guest co-host, Samantha Myhre! She brings us her experiences as an instructor, clinician, and musician to tell us about the gaps between music and mental health.