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Scott Stossel - Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Winner
On Saturday, August 16, from 1:00-4:00pm, the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center honors this year’s three recipients of the Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media at a Media Colloquy:
- National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Andrew Solomon
- Editor of The Atlantic magazine and New York Times bestselling author Scott Stossel
- Investigative reporter on staff at The Washington Post and author, David Finkel.
This week, we take a closer look at Scott Stossel.
If you were to do a google search on The Atlantic editor Scott Stossel, you would find a litany of articles and interviews related to his most recent New York Times bestseller, My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind.
In her New York Times article “Enough Anxiety to Fill Two Books,” Julie Bosman describes the book as “a mix of memoir, medical history and modern manual of anxiety disorders” that “traces six generations of family history brimming with nervous stomachs, depression, alcoholism and possible Oedipal complexes.”
With an estimated 40 million American adults with anxiety disorders in a given year and one in four estimated to suffer an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives, according to the New York Times, open and honest communication about anxiety has never been more important.
By shedding light on his own anxiety in such a personal and public forum, Stossel has opened up a dialogue about how we talk about anxiety, including our perceptions, misperceptions and the significance of family history as it relates to anxiety.
Here are a few other interesting facts about Scott Stossel:
- He is also the author of the award-winning book Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver
- His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe
- He has taught courses in the American Studies Department at Trinity College
- You can listen to an interview he gave on NPR back in January of this year here.
The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center is delighted to honor Scott Stossel with the Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media.
For more information on the Media Colloquy, please visit: www.austenriggs.org/event/media-colloquy. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited, so pre-registration is suggested.