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Episode 27: Brianna LaPaglia    

Episode 27: Brianna LaPaglia

Welcome to episode twenty-seven of The Madhappy Podcast, a conversation on mental health with the TikToker, content creator, and podcaster Brianna LaPaglia hosted by Madhappy co-founders Mason Spector and Peiman Raf. In this episode, we speak with Bri about her experience with anxiety and depression throughout her childhood, her relationship with her parents, her experience dropping out of college, and what it's been like to rise to fame in the social media world. 

We start off with a conversation about Bri's childhood experiences growing up in South Boston as an only child. She tells us what it was like growing up primarily alone since her parents both worked two jobs and were not home often, and how being exposed to drug abuse at a young age has affected her to this day. Bri explains why, at first, she chose not to talk about her past on her social media channels and what it has been like confronting some of her childhood trauma for the first time this year (5:08).  

Next, Bri describes her parent's relationship with each other and how seeing them fight growing up has impacted her friendships and romantic relationships (8:57). She tells us about her first experiences with anxiety and depression in middle school and describes how growing up in a home where no one talked about their mental health led her to bottle things up (13:55). Bri then explains how being in the public eye has only increased her experiences with anxiety. 

We then enter a discussion about being exposed to drug abuse at a young age, how having strict parents led Bri to hide a lot of her life from her parents, and why that secrecy was detrimental to her relationship with them (23:03). 

Next, Mason and Peiman ask Bri about her experience dropping out of college during the pandemic to focus on social media full time (30:28), which leads us into a discussion about the importance of listening to yourself when you feel stuck and how there's no one way to live life (33:43).  We wrap up discussing the importance of taking time for yourself no matter how busy life gets (50:26) before hearing what's coming up next for Bri (54:29). 

Listen to episode twenty-seven of The Madhappy Podcast below:

We talk about some serious topics on this show. We are not professionals and are not giving advice. If you or someone you know needs help, please text start to 741741, and for additional resources, please visit LocalOptimist.com/Get-Help. The Madhappy Podcast is for informational and entertainment purposes only and is not a replacement for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. 

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