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

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Daniel Amen wants to see the end of mental illness, and he may very well achieve his goal. The man called “America’s favorite psychiatrist” is absolutely dedicated to improving everyone’s brain health, eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illnesses, and reducing psychiatry’s reliance on pharmaceuticals as a method of first resort. On this episode of Health Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Dr. Daniel Amen discusses his methods for healing the brain, the importance of intergenerational trauma, and things you can do right now to improve your mental health.


Daniel talks about the end of mental illness [1:31] Daniel believes the stigma surrounding mental illness comes from misunderstanding [2:34] Daniel discusses the impact of prayer on the brain [4:52] The first thing Daniel recommends is never pharmaceuticals [8:51] Tom and Daniel discuss meditation and neurofeedback [10:21] Your body responds to every single thought you have [13:28] Why is hypnosis so powerful? [14:44] Daniel explains how to use hypnosis effectively [16:24] Hypnosis allows you to deal with trauma in a place that’s completely safe [20:11] Daniel believes that we carry memories from our ancestors [21:20] Daniel describes a good diet for brain health [27:41] Daniel explains why a hyperbaric oxygen chamber can help with brain health [28:22] Don’t believe every stupid thing you think! [29:33] How to create good “tiny brain habits” [30:39] Daniel asks everyone he works with to start with the “one page miracle” [34:02] The end of mental illness begins with a revolution in brain health [35:40] Daniel describes some toxins that you might not be aware of [37:18] Of the 11 major risk factors for brain illness, being overweight includes five [39:25] Eating unhealthy food is not a reward. It’s a punishment. [43:04] Daniel describes the number one thing we do to damage our health [45:14]


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  1. Modern day snake oil, we know so little about how the brain actually works, etc… To think a snap shot image or video for that matter could make a difference, is preposterous. Do agree that our health system is broken, and that our mental health system is an oxymoron. Including the mental system itself that is the biggest guilty party in promoting stigma to hold onto an outdated cash cow; for both practitioners and pharmaceutical firms.

  2. Thank you Dr.Amen, you're about to save my life. My parents are gathering up the money for me to come to Amen Clinics to treat my OCD. I'm so happy I bought your book!

  3. Dr. Amen is a fraud, con man, and charlatan! He makes a fortune doing expensive and unnecessary testing which has no evidence of providing more valuable information than a competent interview and then he sells dietary supplements of no proven value to treat the conditions that he claims they are effective for treating! These frauds are exploiting the desperate and unsophisticated suffers for their own fiscal enrichment! He should be stripped of his medical license for practicing outside the established boundaries of science like some tea leaf reading psychic. He is the Donald Trump of Psychiatry… fake news!

  4. Family member went through so much with previous wife , lost everything and kids, diagnosed schizophrenic but after a year meds haven’t worked at all , stopped talking , walking , doing things for himself and acts like a two year old super hard …. doctor in doctor out and so many changes in meds …. definitely looking into Dr Amen

  5. On the subject of toxins people think they are safe if they eat organic and don't smoke etc that is far from true. In fact, we are living in a world filled with pesticides and heavy metals. On the food, in our plsdtic, in our clothes, in our water, vaccines, pipes, pans, chemtrails etc. Even living a normal healthy life will leave you with high heavy metal toxicity and exposure to toxins. You can take bentonite clay, DE, or silica to combat this exposure!

  6. There's power in the name of Jesus!!

  7. Very interesting discussion. As a Hypnotherapist for 40 years, I wish that counsellors and Psychiatrist's like Dr. Amen had more knowledge in this valuable field. There are many more creative and effective ways of doing trancework than what is referred to in this discussion which is very basic. For anyone wanting to learn more research Dr. Milton Erickson.

  8. This was such a good episode, so much to take from it

  9. BOGUS. "Amen has built a profitable business around the use of SPECT imaging for purported diagnostic purposes. His marketing of SPECT scans and much of what he says about the brain and health in his books, media appearances, and marketing of his clinics has been condemned by scientists and doctors as lacking scientific validity and as being unethical, especially since the way SPECT is used in his clinics exposes people to harmful radiation with no clear benefit."

  10. Great Presentation, Thank you 🙂

  11. Is this good for my brain or not? So simple right? But an important question to ask.

  12. Big respect to Tom as he's not afraid of expossing his anxiety💪💪💪🤟

  13. Hi, GREAT interview! I just wish you would give it a different title.

  14. Great video. I love this man and the things he stands for. Thank you for bringing him on your show.

  15. Like all other selfhelp gurus, there is some benefit in their teachings, but I don't think he fully believes what he professes; I think everything begins with mind; the human brain materialzied into existence because of a greater level of mind. He reminds me of marshall applewhite.

  16. I have your book and I'm. Learning g great things too thanks

  17. Wow.. This is amazing..keep up the good works!! "The mind is created by the brain."

  18. Wow.. This is amazing..keep up the good works!!

  19. Thank you, this is amazing. I am going into Mental health so I need this. Love V

  20. Love a scientist who’s in there with metaphysical naturalism.. aka those questions surrounding the hard problem of consciousness… lose the ego folks and learn and guide eachother

  21. You can’t control where your thoughts go. Just try it for yourself. You can’t control thoughts, they arise spontaneously and unbidden. Check it out for yourself.

  22. so what is going on with third generation missionary kids in generational mental illness. God help us!

  23. My hands were ice cold (it was a high anxiety day(hence why I am watching this video)) and I closed my eyes and focused on an image of a hot cup of tea in my hands, as i cup it in my hands and within a few minutes my hands became warmer… As in physically warm! Is this real? is it mind games??? I'm sold… again, THANK YOU DOC!

  24. Tom Bilyeu… THANK YOU!

  25. But they can be great if you succeed anxiety, mild depression etc – but the therapists can be a little cold imo

  26. They don't assess your needs also, I was just given a counsellor

  27. Betterhelp is not great for people with more serious problems like a personality disorder just letting you know

  28. 🥬🥦🥕 You are what you believe 🤷🏻‍♂️ 🌶 🌸🦋

  29. Your shoe is too big, what size is it? , I am anxious to know

  30. Writing down everything we feel is really very helpful, I have gone through some difficult times (mostly self sabotaging) and journaling helped so much. Hypnosis is really what was said by Dr Amen, it won't make people do what they don't already want to. It really does help with sleep. Thank you Dr Amen and Tom for this interview

  31. Tom, You HAVE to have Dr.Berg and or Dr. Thomas Delauer on your show, They are both simply Phenomenal and the best out there in the YOU TUBE family! You wont regret it! 😉 PLEASE and THANK YOU!!!!

  32. The Bible is science, God is a scientific God and Jesus Christ is the savior. The information shared in this video is Biblical. From eating God made foods to reduce inflammation and increase oxygen intake, to ‘renewing’ your mind through prayer and worship, through thinking about good and positive things, to generational ‘curses’.

    Bible is scientific, God is real, Jesus Christ is the Savior. Seek Him before it’s too late.


  34. This is one of those, I need to watch, after I already listened to podcast.

  35. This helps to trigger your parasympathetic response: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bM3mWlq4M8E It feels amazing if done while remembering a good emotion.

  36. I love all of the info . I’m wondering if use of “Gingko Biloba “ the herbal is it helpful? Some of what I read on the subject says it helps blood flow to the brain. So what do you say on the use of Gingko ?

  37. The more we can shift the discussion, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health to brain health, the sooner we can end the stigma and stop the shame. Thank you for having me Tom!

  38. I am going to go get a library card because of the statement Daniel made about how if we want to fix our psychological health but can’t afford the clinic to go to the library and get the book. I’m excited about this because I love reading but for some reason it’s completely evaded me that I can go get a library card for free and borrow books for free to achieve incredible growth. It’s going to be like going to blockbuster but not for entertainment to keep me docile; for knowledge to promote sustainable growth in myself all around! Magnificent!

  39. This was interesting but there has always been “something” about this guy that made me hesitant. I looked into his clinic reviews of past/current employees. Check out Indeed.com for them.

  40. meditation and healthy diet are two important considerations in taking care of mental health. see more of these from dr. terry shintani's program from askdrshintani.com or get his book from peacediet.org

  41. Spiritually and meat eating does not go together,Mrs doc.

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