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Chiriqui.Life Stories #14 -- Blaise Dismer


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This is another in a series of audio podcasts by Michael Schwartz -- Chiriqui Life Stories. This podcast features Blaise Dismer: patient, teacher, licensed clinical social worker, blogger, singer, and comedian. Blaise confronted and has overcome a serious affliction known as agoraphobia. His professional life focused on helping others overcome their anxiety disorders. Blaise and his wife are living in Boquete on a six month "trial residency", both having recently retired. They are about halfway through their trial residency. He recently participated in the second Olde Timey Radio Show at the BCP Theater and Event Center; his skit included a comedy routine about agoraphobia.

For those who may not be familiar, according to the Mayo Clinic:


Agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder in which you fear and avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic and make you feel trapped, helpless or embarrassed. You fear an actual or anticipated situation, such as using public transportation, being in open or enclosed spaces, standing in line, or being in a crowd.

The anxiety is caused by fear that there's no easy way to escape or get help if the anxiety intensifies. Most people who have agoraphobia develop it after having one or more panic attacks, causing them to worry about having another attack and avoid the places where it may happen again.

People with agoraphobia often have a hard time feeling safe in any public place, especially where crowds gather. You may feel that you need a companion, such as a relative or friend, to go with you to public places. The fear can be so overwhelming that you may feel unable to leave your home.

To listen to Blaise's podcast, click below on the white, right-pointing triangle (arrow) on top of an orange circular background. If you see two options below, we recommend using the "Listen in browser" option as opposed to the "Play on SoundCloud" option.

This podcast is 30m 53s duration.

Click Here to visit Balise's website.

If you would like to provide feedback to Mike about this podcast, or discuss other matters related to this podcast series, please either reply to this posting, or send Mike a private message (@OldMikeNY is his display name here on CL), or email to mikeseeemail@gmail.com.

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