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Anxiety, Depression, Autism | Dr. Greg Siegle and Stefan Molyneux

Dr Siegle discusses the latest breakthroughs in brain imaging and mental health treatments.



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  1. Is he from the spoon clank brigade?

  2. I like the analogies the interviewer kept putting in to make it more understandable for the layperson.

  3. Having autism = a deathsentence to your social life. It is very shitty how society acts towards you, if you have this neurologic condition !

  4. The sine wave research fits my experience. I make considerably more eye contact when I am listening to loud music on headphones. Can be a bit awkward if it's some Parliament Funkadelic and take the eye contact a bit too creepy. Then resume to 'sperging away looking at dogs, birbs or insects.

  5. This is bullshit, depression is related only to the social bottom 10% of the male hierachy.

  6. My son is Autistic.
    He's 30 now.
    He falls into the most awful depressive states due to his need to understand how people are thinking with regard to how he thinks people are reacting to him.
    He's defensive and obviously self centred.
    No confidence due to his inability to understand the complexities inherent in a society which doesn't even understand itself.
    Since it is increasingly becoming more inately autistic due to the massive influence of social technology.
    The more connected we are becoming to our preferred narrative…
    The more dependent on the nature through which it consequently reinforces our prejudices makes it almost impossible to fathom how our supposed/erroneous sense connectedness changes us…
    I don't need to wonder why people are consequently becoming more anti social. It's a paradox inherent in the availability of being able to access the constant babble of ersatz approval.
    Having a need to establish a method of interacting meaningfully with others in a real time sense …and being unable to filter any sense of meaning which excludes body language but which empathise the importance of words only…
    He's slipping into very dangerous psychìc territory…
    Like so many other people….desperately lacking meaningful human contact….

  7. I just found this one. BRILLIANT!! I (like I've mentioned in other posts) have 2 with autism. Thank you, so much, Stefan, for doing this! I'm going to look into this for my son, especially, who is 7 1/2, non-verbal and still in diapers. Awesome kid, though. My oldest girl, 11, is high functioning and definitely has anxiety and I'm worried she may start experiencing depression.

  8. Aspergers Syndrome and Autism is a myth

  9. Smart, well spoken Dr. Great material. Thanks guys!

  10. Damnit, I clicked because I thought that was Styxhexenhammer666 in the thumbnail

  11. …computer is down!…loll…

  12. I have autism and I look people in the eye, but not exactly. I try to focus on people's iris colors to distract myself from the anxiety of talking with them and focusing on the whites of their eyes. When someone's eyes widen like when they're frightened or angry, I cannot handle looking at them. I sense the emotion too much and get scared.

  13. but I all ways get drunk or stoned like I am now to listen to stef so its mixed up can some one study my actions I think im fucked just had multiple heart attacks and now got a lupmp in my throat im 48 my brother died 3 years ago by heart attack but had throat cancer cancer I don't mind snuffing it but why was his willy atleast 3 inches bigger was it because I was a second birth thnks steph love your work

  14. that's bullshit I don't think of nothing and that's a reason im down

  15. I add numbers in my head for work. My least depressed times are at work.

  16. thank you. that info helped me

  17. I think psychiatry is a form of social control to uphold and justify the unequal capitalist mode of production. Did you know psychiatrists use to label black slaves with "drapetomania" because they wanted to flee captivity in the 19th century. Today if you can't handle the stress of working for the minimum wage you get labeled with a mental illness and drugged to the eyeballs to keep you quiet while the other slaves work for nothing, or immigrants do the job. Please look up anti psychiatry on YouTube and wake up people!

  18. Fascinating stuff, thanks

  19. Stefan! My girlfriend struggles with depression and I want to talk to you about it. My girlfriend and I were in an argument recent and I have a hard time wrapping my head around how I am supposed to help her in this situation. I don't want her to be depressed but when I show my passion and frustration with her things seems to go down hill. All she resorts to saying in the end is that I don't understand her and that the way I try to help her is the worst thing I can do. I can't ignore her. Is there anyway you can help me to understand her and her depression and how I as her partner in crime can better be the rock she chooses to cling to. Thanks! Josh from Oklahoma.

  20. An update with Dr. Seigle would be great!

  21. Damn … I wish I was listening to Stefan back in 2009. Although back then I probably would not have been open to these ideas in the first place, sadly enough. Who knows, I might have learned to avoid a crash with anxiety later on in life. Excellent video!

  22. at 12:20, the Dr. comments that one of the most effective therapies for depression is cognitive therapy in which the patient is taught to recognize when they are ruminating and then challenge their thoughts. Others have pointed out that just that has been part of the teachings of many religions, notably Christianity, Hinduism, and it's various offshoots such as Buddhism. It is primarly atheists that get all caught up in their internal, ruminating dialogues because, being ego-centric almost beyond hope, they have no interest in even the therapeutic teachings and traditions from these religions. For the atheist, there is only "me"….what do they think of me? Do they like me? How can I make them like me? Was that a veiled insult aimed at me? What did I ever do to him/her? I'm the life of the party, ha ha ha. Who does she think she is, bitch! Why doesn't anyone like me? I'll show them!…..

    the human can't live in the animal state and be happy, but can, if fortunate, at least remain entertained, intoxicated and self-absorbed till death.

  23. This is so interesting. I'm going to share. Thanks so much Stef. Love this guest.

  24. I'm predesposed to depression and anxiety, and both my adoptive parents are narcs :/

  25. Great interview, thank God I found this

  26. Sounds like a bug in "System 1". Then exercising "System 2" so it can better direct "System 1".

  27. Mind BLOWN! Great interview! That last segment on autism was truly great!

  28. Let's see here:

    Hundreds of hours spent listening to and internalizing FDR podcasts and other self-development guys so I could really understand what I needed to do at a deep level

    6 months of weekly therapy and I still see him once every few months.

    If you're really excited about improving your happiness let it consume you and become an obsession like it did with me. It's a long process but I'm far happier than I ever thought possible.

  29. I never said that all you needed was awareness to escape depression. If all I'd needed was awareness about my issues, listening to FDR would have been enough and I wouldn't have needed to spend hours in a therapist's office.

  30. You did a fabulous job holding your tongue when he mentioned applying for government "grant" money. You also gracefully pointed out the benefits of how to go about getting funds through the free market business route; sadly it seems he falls hard for the religion of government. Maybe he will read some of your books and attempt to approach his research logically via the Non Aggression Principle, not through the violence of government money.
    Amazing discussion on depression as a whole! Thank you

  31. As one with depression and anxiety, I relate a lot to their discussion, a lot makes sense as to what I experience and -why-

  32. I have severely blunted affect – emotions rarely make sense to me. This video is quite informative. Thank you for making it.

  33. Dr Siegle mentions a principal of neural science at 4.07
    can anyone confirm with me the term? it sounds like heboral?

  34. thank you professor
    but can I please see that again with a slideshowm,
    more slideshows.
    thank you

  35. We should look at CBT as a one single tool rather than as I fear many will (humorously due to their obsessive compulsive anxiety or insatiable amygdalas) the entire "tool chest."

  36. ourselves to caricatures.

  37. dynamics. By thinking along the lines of changing paradigms by changing over or under habituated ways of responding we are are reducing, ourselves reductio ad absurdum, a series, of "manageable responses" rather than affect complex patterns of social and cultural dynamics that cannot (or rather Should Not) be extracted. If they are extracted (complex affect social dynamics/interactions) reduced to a series of responses (manageable and transformable) then we have unconsciously minimized or

  38. at changing "surface response" which in turn lends itself (quite positively in one regard) to changing neural patterning/connectivity we are ironically and I dare say non-empathically missing nine-tenths of the boat.
    Yes, the argument can go it is certainly better than medication but certainly not better than organizing-reorganizing neural-patterns of "response" based upon gaining conscious emotional access to underlying trauma (i.e. "real experiences" not just response to) and healthy social

  39. The reason that anxious children turn into depressed adults is that they don't learn how to emotionally access the trauma(s) they are exposed to, not because they have depressed serotonin levels or enlarged or over active amygdalas' and depressed dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex or executive functions. The latter is neuroplasticity "result" (i.e., a typical neural wiring response to varying degrees of unhealthy family dynamics and greater social environment. So if we are just looking

  40. CBT can be effective in reorganizing and controlling "symptoms", but NOT in gaining deeper and more critical access and integration to actual lived emotional memories/experiences, which inform (more deeply) our ways of responding. . It is not just "response" or learning "how-to change responses" but the integrity of self to unconscious emotional access to associations/ trauma that begins to strengthen and deeply regulate neuronal connections (i.e., between the amygdala and prefrontal cortex).

  41. My god, Stefan that analogy you came up with about atrophy of optimism muscles sickened me. You should be locked up for your brilliance

  42. Fascinating, absolutely fascinating.

  43. cchr(dot)org and also youtube 'Psychiatry the Fraud'

  44. I just….got out of it…haha…I went to the doctor, took pills….and then stopped taking the pills..and just got out of it..I guess I changed my mind……hhaha

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