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. Maria perez on November 21, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    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

  2. venkatesh R on November 21, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks a lot from my heart(I mean the gratitude feeling).

  3. Greta Sutton on November 21, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Amazing staff 🙏💟

  4. Stop The Hate! on November 21, 2020 at 9:19 pm

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

  5. Commerce Classes •Sajjad sir Crystal clear concepts on November 21, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Love you dr Daniel 💕💟

  6. David Kemp on November 21, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Awesome but some mental health is no cure like parinoa schizophrenia most common I know I have it an had it for over 20 years same has john forbs nash that was a math Guinness as many with an illness Excell in something no one else can tons of cases of that

  7. DOUGLAS WOOSLEY on November 21, 2020 at 9:21 pm

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

  8. Jules 11 on November 21, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    So grateful for the work of Dr Amen in this world. Making a big difference to people with "Mental Illness". So thankful that there are solutions.

  9. Kenneth Moore on November 21, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    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. greenfreshkiwi on November 21, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    Soo Apt!!!!! Wonderful!

  11. Sheldon Bilsker on November 21, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    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.

  12. Smiley S on November 21, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    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!

  13. Barbara Argyropoulou Brinkman on November 21, 2020 at 9:33 pm

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

  14. Kenneth Garcia on November 21, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    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!

  15. Wyeth Han on November 21, 2020 at 9:36 pm

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

  16. Kevin Brosnan on November 21, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Great Presentation, Thank you 🙂

  17. Dario Thomas on November 21, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    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.

  18. Ruby Lee on November 21, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    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!

  19. Hosamo Kayali on November 21, 2020 at 9:43 pm

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

  20. Dez Nicole on November 21, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    "Don’t be fat." I love that so much thank you. Time to rid of all the toxins!

  21. Andy Kerr Coaching on November 21, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Amazing!!! Thank you so much! This is a great program.

  22. Dr S Ranjan MBBS Acupuncturist on November 21, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Hey Tom, Have you heard Karen Pape
    Watch, Read, Invite. Thanks.

  23. Gravefri Have on November 21, 2020 at 9:47 pm

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

  24. mental health Chronicals on November 21, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    It’s the music for me, it caters for this emotions.

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  26. ruth newell on November 21, 2020 at 9:54 pm

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

  27. Ruby Lee on November 21, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    There’s power in the name of Jesus!!

  28. Aloe Vera on November 21, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    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

  29. Wyeth Han on November 21, 2020 at 9:56 pm

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

  30. cosmic ss on November 21, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    The good thing about this shows are all are normal …..have someone like us ,you are facing real problem .Just trying to make the ends meet ,cant suicide because or free ourselves because of religious dogma….then it will be worth watching it .shut down this drama

  31. Stop The Hate! on November 21, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    They don’t assess your needs also, I was just given a counsellor

  32. Jonathan Bowen on November 21, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    7:45 Gamma rays in the brain!

    What a croc of shit.

  33. Stop The Hate! on November 21, 2020 at 9:58 pm

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

  34. David Trindle on November 21, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    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.

  35. J W on November 21, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    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.

  36. Ari Lee on November 21, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Big respect to Tom as he’s not afraid of expossing his anxiety💪💪💪🤟

  37. Bianca A. on November 21, 2020 at 10:00 pm

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

  38. Maciej Krzyżyński on November 21, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    These problems are psychological and not medical. That’s obvious.

  39. Non Ya on November 21, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    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!

  40. Adfo Luoi on November 21, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    I ended psychosis with subliminal messages on my player with headphones (putting music or messages on almost silent ) plus putting simultaneous a lot of video clips on you tube and in a few minutes the voices lessened and false beliefs also .

  41. nudgexs on November 21, 2020 at 10:04 pm

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

  42. Carla Farrace on November 21, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    All of what Dr. Amen said makes sense. The brain needs to be scanned to see what’s happening. But a lot of people don’t have access to brain imaging: not covered by insurance or can’t afford it. So there is a chunk of us who will never be able to unlock the mysteries of our mental illness. Sad really. I’ll just keep taking meds because I’m told to do so, hope that I can forgive myself for having issues that weren’t necessarily my fault, but have tremendous guilt. Hope that my son doesn’t end up in my situation. I’m really sad.

  43. aLr boosh on November 21, 2020 at 10:09 pm

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

  44. Vanda Guzman All Things Spirit on November 21, 2020 at 10:09 pm

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

  45. Non Ya on November 21, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Tom Bilyeu… THANK YOU!

  46. Jay Nicole on November 21, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    I absolutely believe that anyone with mental illness no matter how quote / unquote "severe" the impairment is has the complete power to fully shift out of mental illness. If Law of Assumption teaches that everything in our physical reality is only a simulation of our thoughts and every one is only reflecting our moods back to us .. we’re shifting subconscious states multiple times per day ..that’s what they are STATES. If we can revise our lives to change events and make the outcomes to our desires like lack of finances, love etc why can we not shift a subconscious state which is mental illness? 🤔🤔

  47. Siaynoq Movement on November 21, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    The Secret is gut health.

  48. iluvj50 on November 21, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Of course he believes in the power of prayer. His name is Amen!

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