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‘Surviving Anxiety’ With Solome Tibebu (And Her Obsessions)

'Surviving Anxiety' With Solome Tibebu (And Her Obsessions)Phew. What a week.

In the past seven days, I’ve managed to destroy my to-do list (in a good way). What I mean is this: I’ve completed so many little (and big) tasks that had been clogging up the pages of my brightly-colored At-A-Glance daily organizer.

I love crossing stuff off.

I’ve finished grading final presentations and final papers for the marketing course that I taught this semester at a local college. I’ve hacked together a syllabus for one of the two communication courses I’ll be teaching in January.

I survived a pre-op appointment with an ear-nose-throat doctor (more on that later!), hosted my in-laws for an overnight visit, and fought two very difficult panic attacks with my awesome husband at my side.

Oh, and I also made fudge. Yes, fudge — delicious chocolate peanut butter fudge. Mmmm.

Needless to say, it’s been a busy week.

With that said, I’m going to share someone else’s content today. I’m always on the lookout for people who share their mental health stories both openly and eloquently.

Salome Tibebu is one of those people. She recently spoke about her OCD at a TEDx event in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. In the video below, she talks openly about her childhood compulsions, including the need to eat a very specific number of similarly-colored M & M’s in a row:

From the TEDx YouTube channel:

Solome Tibebu founded Anxiety In Teens, a mental health help site for youth, as an anxious 16-year-old in 2006. Since then, Tibebu has grown the organization to reach isolated youth with anxiety, inform and educate affected teens and their friends and families, as well as inspire recovery and awareness. She is also the founder of Cognific, a software-as-a-service that facilitates mental-health homework computer games for youth patients and an analytics platform for psychotherapists.

I’ll be back to my regular posting schedule soon — and sharing my own recent TEDx talk as well.

Creative Commons License photo credit: gorbould

‘Surviving Anxiety’ With Solome Tibebu (And Her Obsessions)

Summer Beretsky

Summer Beretsky enjoys writing about her experiences with anxiety, panic, and Paxil. She had her first panic attack as an undergrad at Lycoming College and plenty more while she worked toward her M.A. in Communication from the University of Delaware. She contributes to the World of Psychology blog here on PsychCentral and has written for the Los Angeles Times. You can follow her on Twitter @summerberetsky.

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Beretsky, S. (2012). ‘Surviving Anxiety’ With Solome Tibebu (And Her Obsessions). Psych Central. Retrieved on July 8, 2020, from


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