Lia Freitas is an Oakland resident who has had a passion for baking since childhood. Now, she’s a professional baker who works out of a collective kitchen in downtown Oakland. She’s also one of the 2.2 million Americans with obsessive-compulsive disorder and in the past, she’s suffered from generalized anxiety disorder and an eating disorder. Her mental health–its emotional and physical toll–sometimes feels like it’s taking over her life.
Baking for Freitas is more than just a hobby and a profession; it’s a form a therapy. When she bakes, she can channel her extra mental energy into the work she does with her hands and her mind settles down. Partially because of baking, she’s been able to see her disorder as something that can be harnessed in a positive way.
The music in the video above is “Friday Morning” by Kevin MacLeod.