Mental Health Matters: Escapism with Elizabeth Fitzgerald, LPC


Beginning today, I’m sharing conversations that I’ve had with experts in the field of mental health. These are licensed practitioners, clinical psychologists, and everyone in between. I hope these brief discussions help us all to become healthier versions of ourselves.

The first topic is ESCAPISM with Elizabeth Fitzgerald, LPC. It can be viewed on YouTube or listened to on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud or via Buzzsprout until March 2021.

36 thoughts on “Mental Health Matters: Escapism with Elizabeth Fitzgerald, LPC

  1. I was so good at escaping before… especially my feelings. I loved racking up my schedule because I don’t want to have time to think and reflect on things. I needed that before to ease the pain. However, as time goes by, I realized we’ll surely heal and then that’s the time for us to stop being restless. Instead, give our souls a rest and our bodies the time to breathe. We can’t continue to run all our lives anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you for sharing, this is an important topic! Looking forward to read more. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Your inaugural Mental Health Matters conversation! Way to go Dr. G.

    I love how you are evolving your mental health column into the interview arena.

    The science behind stress and trauma is one of the most healing modalities I know. Paradoxically, right?! But it’s only when we understand how truly universal and relatable our responses are, that we quiet our self-blame game.

    Elizabeth Fitzgerald is an incredible resource for all of us. And so are you!



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  3. Great conversation! I always love it when complex topics are explained in a way it’s understandable for everyone. It helps taking down the shame, because during our life time, everyone will sooner or later deal with some kind of mental health issue. Could be ‘minor’, could be major’ and yes! Compassion towards yourself is one of the first big (and difficult) steps to take.

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  4. Solid interview, and kudos to you on your interviewing prowess (a definite skill to take advantage of – I am always in admiration of those who can lead formal conversations especially on video – I hope you do more!).

    Going down the rabbit hole about one particular bit, however, I would argue with Ms Fitzgerald on the topic of ice cream and giving a blanket approval for folks to pull out the pints like it’s no big deal. The very fact that the ingredient in dairy mimics opioids is one that I’ve known for years and finally helped me understand it as it relates to food addiction. It really worried me that there was this great conversation going on in the interview about not generalizing escapism because it’s different for everyone, yet then suddenly give permission to “indulge” in foods that for many of us struggling with food addictions, including myself, are quite dangerous. Any time a person in a position of authority gives the okay to eat this way (particularly a thin one like Ms Fitzgerald) – or as another example, the jokes going on in the world about everyone stocking up on alcohol as if there are no addictions there – it makes it harder for us to say no to the things that have led us to our physical state. For me, ice cream and other high fat foods have always been my Achilles and what I drowned myself in following the death of my father, then my years battling infertility and failed adoptions. I can’t just go grab a pint and laugh about it because when I do, I’m just pouring salt on the wound and continuing the pattern of self destruction.

    (I know, rabbit hole, but I thought about this all morning while making bread and decided I needed to share) ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much for the compliment. I appreciate it and I have a few more coming your way ๐Ÿ˜‰

      With that said, I also appreciate you sharing your perspective on part of this conversation. I neither want to promote addiction/addictive behaviors, nor make light of them, for sure. And while I can’t speak for Elizabeth, I think this particular conversation is more so for those who may be feeling guilty about how they’re escaping (especially during pandemic times), not someone who is living with addiction. One of the overall messages is that balance is key.

      Again, I hope you know I appreciate your adding this. That’s what life is all about for me…everyone looking at as many of the sides of an issues as possible.

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    2. Thanks so much for sharing this insight. Full transparency, Iโ€™ve battled an eating disorder for over 20 years. After the interview I said to Kathy, ugh! Why didnโ€™t I talk about addiction? Admittedly, a huge oversight on my part. While I donโ€™t wish to give the impression of blanket permission to indulge in potentially harmful or triggering behaviors, my overall intent was to offer compassion for ourselves if we find ourselves doing certain things which are often labeled as โ€˜badโ€™. My goal was more about removing shame rather than prescribing an ideal. I hope that helps.
      Iโ€™d love to expand on this, maybe in a future post or interview.
      Thanks again for sharing your honest feedback.

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