September 26, 2023


SPEAKER: Molly Seidel is one

of solely three American ladies

to medal within the Olympics in a single

of essentially the most brutal of events–

the marathon.

Maybe what’s much more

outstanding about Molly is

her success in overcoming

a collection of psychological well being



MOLLY SEIDEL: Having lived

with varied varieties

of neurodiversity and psychological


since mainly childhood,

I really feel proper now that I am

in a spot the place, clearly,

with this sort of stuff,

you are by no means like, quote

unquote, “cured,”

however I really feel in a a lot

higher and extra secure place

than I have been in a very

very long time resulting from taking

a step again over this final 12 months

and actually placing

within the work and the time

to deal with it.

And I feel that is in all probability

a very powerful half

of coping with these sorts

of issues.

The humorous and gnarly factor

about any

of those psychological issues

and what I’ve skilled

is that it nearly appears

like a recreation of whack-a-mole,

that once you whack down one


or once you really feel that you’ve

a deal with on one factor,

it jumps to a different factor.

So when it is not–

when it isn’t

like obsessive restriction,

it turns into bulimia.

If you do away with the bulimia,

it turns into restriction once more.

Then that turned again

into– it’s– that is the

irritating half that if–

and what it took me years

to determine that in the event you’re

simply attempting to deal with

the signs

and never addressing

the underlying causes of some

of these items, it can simply

have a tendency to leap from analysis,

to analysis, to analysis.

And I received the–

my two essential diagnoses simply are

the ADHD and the OCD.

Clearly, it was years aside

for the 2 of these

and it took longer to determine

the ADHD.

Nevertheless it got here with such a way

of reduction and realizing of simply

like, oh, my God there’s

a motive why I really feel the way in which

that I really feel and perhaps I am not

simply completely tousled

and completely a horrible particular person

as a result of your mind simply works

slightly bit in a different way.

And I feel lots of that got here

with a deep sense of disgrace

for me.

And that was the toughest half

of simply being I do not know why

my mind simply cannot work the way in which

that different folks’s brains work.

And particularly– I feel

particularly with the ADHD–

the OCD was one as a result of that was

extra of a pathology, form

of simply being like, OK, that is

one thing that I actually need

to work on and enhance,

this can be a dysfunction.

Whereas with the ADHD

it got here with this sense of simply

like, oh, my God,

this makes a lot sense.

I feel that was essentially the most

liberating factor and the factor that

has gotten me to the place

that I’m now of being like,

OK, there are particular way of life

modifications that I could make to make

certain that my mind works

optimally after which they labored.

I want that I had been extra

vocal about precisely how I used to be

feeling earlier and it’d

have gotten to the answer

rather a lot earlier.

As a result of I feel– particularly

as ladies, lots of us

are keen to nearly like

gaslight ourselves of simply being

like, oh, it is not likely that


And you then look objectively

at it and you are like,

no, that is truly objectively

fairly unhealthy and there must be

a greater option to reside than this.

I am a reasonably large nerd when it

involves these items,

so I take pleasure in studying about it

and I actually take pleasure in trying–

studying medical papers,

attempting to determine stuff,

doing my very own analysis,


because it involves some

of those various methods

for treating ADHD.

So having a fundamental stage

of competence with that I feel

has actually helped.

However then I feel simply

at this level,

having been by way of just about

the higher half of–

being by way of 10 years

of working

with completely different therapists

fairly constantly,

studying the dialogue,

studying the–

mainly simply getting a greater

understanding of how my mind


And I feel that finally is

the purpose of remedy is studying

to have a greater relationship

with your individual mind

and understanding the mechanisms

by which your mind works.

I feel that is been essentially the most

useful factor to have the ability to be

slightly bit extra assured

and belief in myself to know

the issues that I have to be


And perhaps some facet of it’s

having the ability to take possession

of not simply anticipating that I am

going to go to a health care provider

and they will give me

a capsule and that is going to repair

every little thing.