Anna Lopez: Do we need a medical diagnosis? [Top 10 Replay with Bonus Update]Sep 11, 2023
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Welcome back to my special Top 10 Replay series, where I’m re-releasing 10 interviews that really stood out to me and have stayed with me in some particular way — either because of the topic, or the conversation, or the feedback I received from listeners. I’ve chosen 10 episodes that I feel deserve a replay — so hopefully if you missed this one the first time around you’ll get a chance to hear it, or if you listened to it when it originally aired, I hope you’ll enjoy listening to it again.
This week I’m re-releasing my interview with Anna Lopez, which originally aired as Episode 29 in April of 2021. This episode was transformative for me in many ways — Anna was the first psychotherapist I interviewed for the podcast, and I had so many questions and she was game for all of them. I was particularly interested in her perspective about diagnosis and her thoughts on the recent uptick in diagnoses in adult women. Anna is so interesting and brilliant and she had so much curiosity and thoughtfulness
Make sure to stick around because the end of the episode, I check back in with Anna to talk about the work she’s doing now, especially her somatic therapy work. We also discuss the fact that we’ve both self-identified as autistic since our initial interview, and the parallels in terms of self-diagnosis vs. formal diagnosis.