Thank you Marjan Mamooie and Dr. Andrea Best for having this discussion. We are all processing a lot of emotions and wanting to address JUSTICE and NEW beginnings during these unprecedented times. Awareness and cultural sensitivity are hot topics that WE all want to address and it starts one conversation at a time.
“Face your suffering with a healthy mindset” is the #1 tip to overcoming adversity that I share with my clients.
Life is a series of crisis, stabilization, and thrive cycles.
We can use our experiences and feelings of loss, sadness, betrayal, or anger to create a momentum of change in times of suffering.
When we are in crisis there is infinite unseen energy and potential to grow and thrive.
A positive mindset is a key to being adaptive in times of uncertainty or crisis. At His Holiness Body Mind Life conference “Nurturing Children’s Mental Health” I spoke about the importance of awareness, self-love, and altruism as essential ingredients for optimal mental health and a positive mindset.
With this foundation, we have healthy coping strategies and the ability to “bounce back” when faced with a challenge.
Awareness is achieved through a practice of mindfulness or meditation. We must be calm, present and in the NOW so we can face our suffering head on.
Make time to be in nature, engage in a moving or still meditation to quiet your mind to have clarity of your next move in solving your problem.
Remember meditation is mind medicine and is the gateway drug for awareness.
Love yourself unconditionally with all of your imperfections. Self love Includes healthy nutrition, regular exercise, good sleep hygiene and finding your meditation routine.
A practice of gratitude for everything that is going right in your life is your “secret sauce” to keeping an open and positive mind throughout the day. A healthy lifestyle allows strong self-esteem and you will be able to give yourself an internal pep talk of “It will be ok, this is a temporary state of suffering.”
Altruism allows us to remember we are not alone and takes our minds off of our problems. Help a neighbor, smile at a salesclerk, reach out to a friend, and give a listening ear when you are going through a tough time.
A positive mindset sets the foundation for adapting in times of crisis and reaching your personal thrive with awareness, self-love, and altruism.
The World Health Organization estimates that each year approximately one million people a year die from suicide.
With the unemployment rate sky rocketing, civil unrest and covid-19 on the rise again I can tell you that my patients are experiencing stress, depression, anxiety, and addiction to the point many are struggling with suicidal ideation.
The WORLD is in crisis and learning to stay calm and in this moment to decide to stay on Earth is crucial in suicide prevention!
It is an honor to have Michel Pascal on this weeks episode to share his method of meditation for daily stress.
Michel Pascal is a transformational and spiritual multi-talented artist, meditation teacher, singer, composer, photographer, film director, and author dedicated to supporting underserved populations – including LA’s hardened population of parolees. An author of 20 books on spirituality, Including “Meditation for Daily Stress, 10 practices for immediate well-being” A book that describes all his new approach of Meditation.
Michel`s latest work includes the co creation of the Never Alone movement with Deepak Chopra, social entrepreneur Poonacha Machaiah, actress and humanitarian, Gabriella Wright, to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental wellbeing through their global movement “#NeverAlone”.
He is the director of the I am never alone film, one of the solutions of the Never Alone movement for Suicide prevention and Mental Health. The film is ready to watch at a very low price $4 usd https://vimeo.com/ondemand/iamneveralonefilm
Michel is also the creator of a free App to help people to feel better, the name of the App is Mind Dive. Available to download for free in Android and Apple.
A question that I encourage all of you to ask yourselves.
The universal truths of awareness, self love and altruism set the foundation for mental and physical wellBEing for all of US.
Humanity is in crisis and when we are in crisis there is Infinite Potential to use our suffering and our feelings as “ROCKET FUEL” to go from crisis to thrive.
That is exactly what I did.
I rocked my quarantine/ stay at home order during the pandemic by passionately producing and creating more content that bridges science, spirituality and psychiatry on my Dr. Denise Show podcast that I launched in 2016!
There are > than 25 new episodes of the Dr. Denise Show from March 2020 until now.
Cam Adair is the founder of Game Quitters, the world’s largest support community for video game addiction, serving members in 95 countries. His work has been published in Psychiatry Research, and featured in two TEDx talks, NPR, BBC, Forbes, ABC 20/20, CNN, VICE, and Bloomberg, amongst many others.
Quarantine & Gaming Addiction
By Cathleen O’Toole
In this episode of the Dr. Denise Show we are privileged to welcome back a leading expert on video game addiction for a deep discussion about the effects of quarantine and gaming addiction. Cam Adair is the founder of Game Quitters, the world’s support community for gaming addicts. He travels the world to share what he knows about the science and emotions of addiction and is a speaker at countless college campuses — well he was, until the pandemic hit.
Cam tells us how he still strategizes to flank his former addiction to gaming — especially when the world suddenly found itself locked inside, left to stare at a screen. We talk about as some in the substance abuse recovery community are struggling, gamers too can relapse during this difficult time.
We spent time talking about the retirement of some professional e-gamers. Cam explained that the rigors of the sport lead to poor lifestyle choices that make stepping down from a gaming career in one’s early 20s a common occurrence.
I was extremely interested in soaking in Cam’s knowledge on the Bartle player types: killers, achievers, explorers and socializers. We learned about how video game developers program to appeal to these different Neurostyles in a way to make the game more interesting, engaging and consuming.
In an incredible development, we learned of Cam’s success in putting together a certification program from clinicians. He reports that many psychologists will purport to have video game addiction expertise but the knowledge can be spotty. Partnering with Jamison Wiggins, the pair will train clinicians who can earn a certificate from an independent board that has done similarly for gambling addiction clinicians. Their new venture is called Intenta Digital.
It was an absolute honor to be on Vince’s show as the first guest! This show launched in January and I wanted to say it is truly an honor to know Vince and also to see all that he is doing in honor of mental health!
Would it benefit you to hear from Mental Health Professionals and Influencers? Would it add value to your life to also hear authentic stories from people talking about their mental health, the issues they face, and how they actively combat them? Congratulations, this is the perfect podcast for you!
Ever since my accident, and into recovery, I learned that I needed to prioritize my mental health. And my goal for this podcast is to help you do so, too!
For the series premier, Vincent A. Lanci brings on Dr. Denise McDermott, or as you may know of as, “Dr. Denise.” Dr. Denise McDermott, M.D. has been in private practice since 2001. As a medical doctor with board certifications in both Adult and Child Psychiatry, she treats children, adolescents and adults. Her goal is to empower you, your child, and your family to live the best life possible. Her approach is to encourage people to believe in wellness, not illness, and to lead a balanced healthy lifestyle.
Take a Deep Breath! It’s time to make your day a better one.
The evolution of the launch of this series is mind-blowing to me!
There are no coincidences. Only CO-Incidences.
Dr. Best and I reunited after 20 years of practicing as integrative psychiatrists to record our first show a few weeks ago. When we hung up the phone we caught up and realized that our own personal journeys of being able to ALCHEMIZE our own sufferings throughout our lives and empower our patients to do the same has brought us together at this Divine and unprecedented time in history.
Cathleen O’Toole and Dr. Denise discuss right here:
I am on the frontlines of mental health crisis’ every day. I have patients that have > suicidal thoughts & I have made home visits (outside/with masks) to help with addiction crisis’! As a society WE need to UNITE in honor of > awareness about the importance of mental health!
Suicide hotline: 1 800 273-8255
SAMSHA (Substance Use) 18006624357
“COVID-19 has directly claimed tens of thousands of U.S. lives, but conditions stemming from the novel coronavirus — rampant unemployment, isolation and an uncertain future — could lead to 75,000 deaths from drug or alcohol abuse and suicide, new research suggests.” ~CBS News.