New video platform Project UROK makes it OK for teens to talk about depression and anxiety

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Mara Wilson, writer and performer who made her name as a child actress in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, is sitting in front of a gray screen, hair gathered in a messy bun, wearing a sweatshirt with a stylized cat face on it and a big blue pin that says “UROK.” In a casual tone that previous generations could never have conjured for such personal subjects, she is talking about anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and the arc of her life from “anxious kid” to “anxious adult.”

“I wish somebody had told me it’s OK to be anxious, that you don’t have to fight it,” Wilson says. “When you face anxiety … when you understand it’s just this false alarm in your body, then you can work with it, then you can overcome it.” Read more…

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