Boston College alumna Yvonne Castañeda chronicles her journey through anxiety, depression, and an eating disorder in the new book, Pork Belly Tacos with a Side of Anxiety (Santa Monica Press, 2022). In her memoir, Castañeda reflects on her upbringing as the daughter of immigrants, the adverse side effects of bulimia, and the sage advice that turned her life around. According to Castañeda, mental illness is often seen as taboo in the Latinx community, stopping people from seeking help. She hopes her story will resonate with other Latinx people who might be struggling with their own mental health issues. Castañeda earned a M.S.W. from Boston College School of Social Work in 2018 and is now on the BCSSW faculty. Her message is “that change is possible, that grace is possible, that healing is possible.” Read more in this Q&A from BCSSW.
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