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Combating anxiety and depression to live a purposeful life
Josh Goldberg was enjoying a successful career as a communications executive when his world imploded. He was overwhelmed by thoughts of suicide, severe anxiety and depression. The road to recovery took an unexpected turn when he started working with veterans. He was helping them, but they ended up saving his life. Josh discovered a new-found appreciation of friendship and mutual support that served to rebuild his life. The co-author of Struggle Well: Thriving in the Aftermath of Trauma, Josh is now the executive director of Boulder Crest, first privately-funded wellness center in the U.S. for veterans with mental health issues. In this in-depth interview, he reveals how he went from utter despair to living in the present and devoting his life to the care of others.
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Josh’s book: Struggle Well: Thriving in the Aftermath of Trauma by Ken Falke and Josh Goldberg – available May 1, 2018
“I have to get up to do the things I need to do, to be the best version of myself. I then get to bring that to the world.”
“I wake up every morning and wherever I am …I think I can’t believe I get to wake up again, I can’t believe I get to do this. And gratitude kind of pours out of me, as does passion.”
“My wish for everybody is to have the opportunity to, not just live long, but live well and live meaningfully. Remember that the most important things in life are the ones you can’t see.”