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Comedians

Autism Spectrum Disorder Can’t Slow the Rise of Comic Christopher Smith Bryant

If you haven’t heard of Christopher Smith Bryant, you haven’t been paying attention to the L.A. comedy scene. A rapidly rising comedian, Christopher was recently listed on Pride’s “10 Gay Comedians You Should Know” and The Oddysey’s “Top 5 Gay Comedians You Should Pay Attention To.”

He’s also a judge on the Netflix series “Cooking on High” and is featured on Amazon’s “Out on Stage.” While taking over the stage and screen with his incisive, razor-sharp wit, he’s simultaneously gaining fame for his “meme queen” status on Instagram @tenderchris.

Christopher’s growing success in a field that relies heavily on deep and nuanced understanding of the emotional states of others might come as a surprise to some who learn that he has Autism Spectrum Disorder. But Christopher has some good explanations for why we shouldn’t be surprised at all.


Anxiety Disorders

Ellen’s Prescription for Work Stress

In 1862, the first year of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln said, “With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh, I should die.” Lincoln was well-known for his sense of humor, and had an acute awareness of its value in enabling him to endure the most trying of times.

Although most of us don’t have the weight of a nation’s fate resting on our shoulders, we all have experienced work stress in some form. It’s a universal experience with the potential to significantly impact both mental and physical health.


Comedians

Conan O’Brien Doesn’t Let Depression Keep Him Down

Conan O’Brien probably isn’t the first person to come to mind when you think of clinical depression.

The quintessentially goofy, over-the-top absurdist comedian and late night talk show host presents to audiences as a carefree clown who instinctively finds funny everywhere he looks.

But even for someone as naturally gifted and brilliantly funny as Conan, there is a measure of darkness in his life.


Anxiety Disorders

How Maria Bamford KO’d OCD

Imagine having unwanted violent and sexual thoughts so extreme that you’re unable to sleep at night for fear you’ll harm your family. Imagine further that you have these debilitating, intrusive thoughts for 15 years despite diligently seeking adequate mental health treatment. Also imagine having to fight the stigma associated with your disorder while simultaneously struggling with the profound fear and anxiety it evokes.

Welcome to Maria Bamford’s world.