The Secret to Ending Mental Illness | Dr. Daniel Amen on Health Theory

Last updated: Jun 1, 2023

The video is about Dr. Daniel Amen's new book, "The End of Mental Illness," where he argues that mental illnesses are actually brain health issues and that by reframing them as such, it decreases shame and guilt and increases compassion and forgiveness.

In this video, Dr. Daniel Amen, a double board-certified psychiatrist, discusses his new book "The End of Mental Illness" and how he believes that mental illnesses are actually brain health issues. He argues that by reframing mental health as a medical issue rather than a moral one, it decreases shame and guilt and increases compassion and forgiveness. Dr. Amen also emphasizes the importance of looking at the brain on a routine basis, as it is the organ that controls our thoughts and behaviors. He suggests that there may be a hardware concern for those with anxiety, rather than just a software issue that can be addressed through therapy. The video also touches on Dr. Amen's religious beliefs and how he sees no conflict between them and his views on the brain and mind.

  • The body responds to every thought and the brain responds to them.
  • Changing where you let your mind go can change your body.
  • Mental illnesses are actually brain health issues.
  • Reframing mental health as a medical issue decreases shame and guilt and increases compliance, compassion, and forgiveness.
  • Anxiety can be caused by the brain working too hard or not hard enough, toxins, or trauma.
  • Religion can provide a framework for understanding the brain and mental health.
  • Brain waves can be trained to improve concentration and reduce distraction.
  • Using the least toxic and most effective treatment is important.
  • Hypnotism is a powerful tool because it helps you access your subconscious mind.

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Introduction

  • The body responds to every thought and the brain responds to them.
  • Changing where you let your mind go can change your body.
  • Dr. Daniel Amen is a double board-certified psychiatrist who has scanned over 100,000 brains in his career.
  • He argues that mental illnesses are actually brain health issues.
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Reframing Mental Health

  • Mental illnesses are not mental illnesses at all, but brain health issues that steal your mind.
  • Reframing mental health as a medical issue decreases shame and guilt and increases compliance, compassion, and forgiveness.
  • Stigma surrounding mental health comes from not thinking of it as a brain health challenge.
  • The mind is created by the brain, and when the brain works right, you work right.
  • Other medical specialties routinely look at the organ they treat, but mental health does not.
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Understanding Anxiety

  • Anxiety can be caused by the brain working too hard or not hard enough, toxins, or trauma.
  • Therapy focuses on the software of the issue, but there may be a hardware concern.
  • Understanding the biology of anxiety can lead to better treatment.
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Religion and the Brain

  • Dr. Amen identifies as religious and sees no conflict between the physicality of the brain and the mind.
  • Religion can provide a framework for understanding the brain and mental health.
  • Understanding the brain can lead to a deeper understanding of spirituality and vice versa.
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Brain Waves and Prayer

  • Prayer and brain activity have been studied in different states, such as conversation states and prayer states.
  • Speaking in tongues and channeling are spiritual disciplines that have been studied in relation to brain activity.
  • When speaking in tongues or channeling, the function in the brain drops to become a vessel for the channel.
  • Brain waves are measured in waves per second or cycles per second.
  • Delta waves are 0 to 2 cycles per second and occur during sleep.
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Brain Waves and Meditation

  • Theta waves are 3 to 7 cycles per second and occur during daydreaming or meditation.
  • Alpha waves are 8 to 12 cycles per second and can be trained to become more meditative and focused.
  • Beta waves are 13 to 18 cycles per second and high beta is above 18.
  • Gamma waves are above 40 cycles per second.
  • Brain waves can be trained to improve concentration and reduce distraction.
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Using Non-Toxic Treatments

  • Using the least toxic and most effective treatment is important.
  • Neurofeedback can be used instead of medication.
  • 85% of psychiatric drugs are prescribed by non-psychiatric physicians in 10-minute office visits.
  • Medication is not the first thing to consider when treating mental illness.
  • The book "The End of Mental Illness" has a chapter on mind medication versus nutraceuticals.
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Conclusion

  • Mental illnesses are brain health issues.
  • Reframing mental illnesses as brain health issues decreases shame and guilt and increases compassion and forgiveness.
  • Brain waves can be studied in relation to prayer and meditation.
  • Non-toxic treatments, such as neurofeedback and nutraceuticals, should be considered before medication.
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Neurofeedback and Meditation

  • The speaker meditates for 15-20 minutes, focusing on diaphragmatic breathing to lower stress and anxiety.
  • Neurofeedback provides a better sense of progress than meditation alone.
  • Biofeedback measures things like hand temperature, heart rate, sweat gland activity, muscle tension, breathing, and brain waves to establish a baseline.
  • Teaching someone to warm their hands with their brain triggers a parasympathetic response, which is the opposite of the sympathetic response of fight or flight.
  • Children can do it without any problem because they don't believe they can't.
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Shifting Gears

  • Neurofeedback provides feedback to know where you are and set specific training protocols.
  • Hand warming images can be used to trigger an automatic relaxation response.
  • When you warm your hand, it sends a signal to the rest of your body to calm down.
  • Your body responds to every single thought you have, and your brain responds.
  • You can learn to change your body often by changing where you let your mind go.
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Hypnotism and Brain Activation

  • Hypnotism helps you tap into a natural state and activate the most evolved human thoughtful part of the brain.
  • Hypnotism is not about shutting a part of your brain down, but rather activating it.
  • It is a powerful tool because it helps you access your subconscious mind.
  • It can be used to change your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
  • It can be used to help you overcome fears, phobias, and addictions.
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The End of Mental Illness

  • Mental illnesses are actually brain health issues.
  • Reframing mental illnesses as brain health issues decreases shame and guilt and increases compassion and forgiveness.
  • Brain health is a critical component of overall health.
  • Brain health is influenced by genetics, environment, and lifestyle factors.
  • Brain health can be improved through a comprehensive approach that includes nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress management, and brain training.
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Hypnosis and Brain Health

  • Hypnosis tends to activate the left front of the brain, which is associated with happiness.
  • Almost everyone can be hypnotized, but some people are more hypnotizable than others.
  • Training is necessary for some people to achieve a hypnotic state.
  • Hypnosis can be helpful for sleep, pain, and anxiety.
  • Diaphragmatic breathing can put you in a hypnotic meditative state.
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Teaching Self-Hypnosis

  • Self-hypnosis can be achieved through focusing on the breath and returning to it over and over.
  • An online program called Bren Fitlife offers six hypnosis audios.
  • The first step in self-hypnosis is decreasing external noise and focusing on internal sensations.
  • Deep breathing or diaphragmatic breathing is used to trigger a parasympathetic response.
  • Progressive relaxation and guided imagery are used to deepen the hypnotic state.
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Using Hypnosis for Panic Attacks

  • A 16-year-old boy with panic attacks was put into a calm hypnotic state.
  • He was then asked to remember the last time he had a panic attack.
  • This exposure therapy helped him overcome his panic attacks.
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