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May 1, 2023

Content note: This episode describes instances of medical trauma and mental health crises, and mentions violence and death.

Kate Wallinga is a forensic psychologist and crisis clinician by training, and currently hosts the podcast “Ignorance Was Bliss,” which has surpassed 1 million downloads. Kate has ADHD, epilepsy, and a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after having a near-death experience in childbirth and a grand mal seizure.    

During this episode, you will hear Kate talk about:

  • The origin story of the “Ignorance Was Bliss” podcast (and its tagline, “Didn't you feel better before you knew that?”)
  • How her life, neurotype, cognition and family relationships changed after her near-death experience and traumatic brain injury – including her experiences with amnesia and aphasia 
  • Why she describes herself as being broken, and why being broken is ok
  • How her recovery means she has gotten to a new baseline, and doesn’t mean going back to the way she was
  • How she learned to give herself grace in her life, after everything she's been through

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