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Cultivating Unconditional Self-Worth: TEDx

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When a person demands perfection of his or herself, anything less can feel like failure. That can lead to low self-worth; which breeds anxiety and depression. Given the rise in mental illness over the last decade, the World Health Organization notes that:

“Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide.”

Adia Gooden knows this from experience. In addition to her work as a staff psychologist at the University of Chicago, she’s learned in her own life how to break negative thought patterns and live more freely. Her story is a harrowing journey of breaking the stigmas surrounding mental health issues, as well as providing a path to betterment for anyone who wants it.

In the TEDx presentation below, she shares those lessons in her talk: “Cultivating Unconditional Self-Worth.”


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