Change your Brain Chemistry Without Medication- Neuroplasticity- Depression Skills #8


Don’t change your medication without taking with your primary treatment provider. This video is informational, not medical advice. most people have no idea how many
options they have for treating mental illness and many people feel hopeless or
stuck in their anxiety or depression but modern imaging technology is allowing
researchers to look into our brain in ways that was never possible before and
they’ve been able to see that you can actually change your brains structure
function and brain chemistry by changing how you think and changing how you act
this is called neuroplasticity I feel like it’s really important to help
people access these mental health resources and education so I made this
online course and it’s about two and a half hours long and it’s on udemy.com
and it includes ten other principles at 10 other ways you can change a brain
chemistry other than medication and it’s based on the most current scientific
research so this is research backed ways to change your brain without medication
now I’m not against medication I believe it should be considered as a treatment
option I just know a lot of people want to know what their alternatives are but
I wanted to make some of its information more accessible to everyone
so I’m including a couple of chapters from my course right here on YouTube for
free this first chapter that I’m going to be sharing with you is on
neuroplasticity what that means and how that applies to mental health if you
want to see the whole course it’s on udemy.com
and I’ll include a link in the description with a special coupon code
so it’s $9.99 to take but in this introductory video I’m gonna explain the
fundamentals of neuroplasticity which is how you can change your brain its
physical structure and it’s your brain chemistry by changing how you think and
how you act so let’s jump in in the first segment of this course
we’re going to talk about how changing how you think actually changes the
chemistry structure and function of your brain hi I’m Emma macadam and I’m a
licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and I get really stoked about helping
people improve their lives I’ve been working in this field since 2004 and
I’ve worked in a lot of different settings like juvenile corrections
wilderness therapy residential treatment outpatient treatment and I love the
change process and walking with people as they’re making these great changes to
their life I just love it when people start to feel that excitement about how
good their life can be so let’s jump into this course and see what small
changes you can make in your life that are gonna make a big difference this
course has nine simple not easy but at least straightforward ways to change
your brain and one complicated one this first segment is the most complicated
one and changing how we think is really difficult now of necessity we have to
start with this one because it lays the foundation for all
the changes that we’re gonna make so understanding how we can change our
biology by changing how we think is really essential groundwork for
understanding how the other nine principles can work so if this topic
seems a little overwhelming just stick with the course because it gets easier
as we go on so let’s jump in there are two ideas in psychology that have been
proven wrong the first one is that once we’d hit
adulthood our brains really don’t change much and the second one was that we can
separate the psychological disorders these problems in the living from the
biological disorders this chemical imbalance and so someone might have
depression and it’s caused by a chemical imbalance and the only way to treat that
is medication and someone else might have depression which is caused by
choices they’ve made and the only way to change that is by making them change
their behaviors so new research is showing us that our brain chemistry does
impact how we think and how we feel but how we think and how we feel changes our
brain chemistry this gives us more power and more
influence over our lives to make them happier and healthier so new imaging
technology has changed our understanding of how our brain works and a new
research in the field of neuroplasticity has shown us that our brains they don’t
even stop laying down the hardware until we’re 25 but they can continue to change
and grow and develop our entire lives and this is called neuroplasticity
meaning that our brain is moldable and shapeable and changeable throughout our
entire life one of my favorite examples of neuroplasticity is the stories of
people who are blind who have learned to navigate using echolocation so they
developed the ability to locate objects in their environment using sound waves
in the same way that bats do this is an ability that their brains didn’t have
but developed after they went blind if you haven’t seen the videos of these
people you should check it out it’s really inspiring to see how much our
brains can change and this applies as well to people with anxiety or
depression or other difficulties that thanks to our brains ability to grow
change and adapt throughout our life we can improve our brain functioning and
abilities in really dramatic ways this again I love this principle because it
gives us room to influence our life we are the agents of our own lives and you
can create the changes that you want to make in your life it’s become
increasingly evident that biology impacts thinking so this idea that you
know you have a chemical imbalance that’s causing depression that’s true
that does happen but it’s also become more and more evident that the way we
think impacts our biology so if we consistently think hopeless thoughts
then we’re gonna be more likely to have a biology of depression so we might have
what’s considered a chemical imbalance or we might have lower levels of
serotonin or dopamine when we have these depressing or hopeless thoughts so to
understand what we’re going to talk about in this segment we need to do a
little bit of brains 101 so there’s four aspects of brain performance that we’re
gonna talk about brain structure chemistry function and genetics
the first one is brain structure there are physical structures in our brain and
each forms a specific function and we’re not
gonna learn about all the parts of the brain for this course but we’re gonna
talk about a couple of them our brains are made up of distinct
structures that change and adapt based on how we use them for example there’s
two structures in our brain that are impacted by depression the amygdala is
the part of the brain that processes fear and the fight flight freeze
response and in people with depression the amygdala has been shown to be larger
and more active another part of our brain that’s impacted by depression is
the hippocampus the hippocampus processes emotions and it’s been shown
that in people with depression the hippocampus is actually smaller it
shrinks when people are experiencing depression the the really cool thing is
that some recent research and multiple studies have shown that the hippocampus
has the ability to regain its size after a bout of depression
so in in patients who were experiencing depression they attend eight weeks of
therapy and their hippocampus was measured before and it was shown to be
smaller and then after therapy was measured and shown to be larger so the
hippocampus can can change its size just based on something like talking with
another person who’s helping you change how you think when it comes to brain
chemistry our brain uses chemicals to communicate and these are called
neurotransmitters the main ones we’re going to be talking about in this course
are serotonin which has to do with confidence and Happiness dopamine which
is kind of the reward chemical and pleasing chemical norepinephrine which
has to do with decreased pain sensitivity and feelings of elation
oxytocin which has to do with bonding and love and gee ABA which is associated
with anxiety and stress medication is not the only way to treat a chemical
imbalance so while depression or anxiety can be seen on a chemical level inside
the brain that doesn’t mean that your only option is to change those chemicals
by adding chemicals to your body like medication now again I’m not against
medication I often recommend that my clients go to see a doctor to
some some medication options however it’s not the only way to impact our
brain chemistry so cognitive behavioral therapy changing how we think and act
has been shown to be as effective as medication as a treatment for mental
health disorders like depression and anxiety how we think affects our brain
chemistry so here’s an example if we interpret a situation like a work
assignment as being threatening or impossible or overwhelming then our
brain releases chemicals like adrenaline and cortisol now people with depression
and anxiety have higher levels of adrenaline and cortisol in their brains
and this this creates a heightened stress response so a cycle of being
stressed out about being stressed out and they tend to get more stressed out
than the average brain then a person who doesn’t have depression it has been
proven that with many people if they are taught how to think differently about a
situation how to interpret that work assignment as not being stressful or
overwhelming then the brain releases less cortisol and is less flooded with
adrenaline and therefore creates a more healthy balance of chemicals inside of
it so we can actually change those stress chemicals we can decrease the
level of the stress chemicals in our brain by changing how we think the third
aspect of our brain that we’re going to talk about very briefly in this course
is brain function how we think changes our neural pathways so we think along
these little neural channels and they’re like roads and the ones we use the most
become broad like highways the ones that we rarely use are narrow and thin and
when we don’t use them at all they get trimmed off because the brain likes
efficiency so when we start thinking negative thoughts like this is hopeless
or I’m no good or nobody’s gonna like me then those pathways become thicker and
broader and easier for the brain to send signals on we become habitual in
thinking that way and that shows up in our in our biology but when we change
how we think and we start thinking hopeful thoughts like I can do hard
things or I can reach out and love other people and they’re gonna respond with
love to me and those neural pathways become broader
and wider and those physical structures in our brain actually change the last
aspect that we’re just going to talk about briefly is our genes now we know
there’s a genetic aspect to mental health and mental illness so depression
tends to run in families and anxiety tends to run in families for many people
this feels like we’re predestined to feel the way we feel now there’s some
recent research that’s coming out that’s really exciting that has shown that we
have the ability to influence which of our genes get turned on and which of our
genes get passed on to our descendants based on the experiences that we have so
how we respond to our experiences and how we think can impact which genes get
turned off and this emerging field is called epigenetics it gives us some
degree of influence over a very impactful part of our mental health our
genes so therapy isn’t the only way to change our thinking it’s just the one
that has the most research behind it so cognitive behavioral therapy has lots of
research showing that it’s effective for 65 or 70 percent of people when it comes
to improving their symptoms of depression and anxiety and we know that
it works because it not only changes how we think but it changes the biology
that’s going on in our brains there are other ways to change how we think things
like self help and courses and seminars books and and new experiences can all
change how we think cognitive behavioral therapy is just one way that’s been
refined down to a skill that is a very efficient way to help people change
their brain chemistry now I realize that this segment has kind of been more of an
overview and if you’d like to learn one specific way to change how you think
check out this video I made on black and white thinking when we resolve black and
white thinking we increase our brains ability to be healthy and happy so if
you want to change your brain chemistry start changing how you think
you

100 thoughts on “Change your Brain Chemistry Without Medication- Neuroplasticity- Depression Skills #8

  1. Believe me it's not that easy .
    I am suffering from sumat that started from my brain/mind in 1991 age 13
    And I've suffered for 29 years on and off
    Ther has been yrs wen ive been well and odd years I haven't been well it all started from my brain/mind and as my psychologist said 》 MY BODY HAS BEEN CONDITIONED FOR ME TO FEEL LIKE THIS

  2. Awesome video, I can't wait to take the course on "Udemy.com". "Nothing is to hard and if it seem to be I'll just ask for help", awesome!

  3. I need to go outside I need to work I need to be around people I don't need your f**** pills nor do I want them the more you for some of me the more I dislike you

  4. I already have enough health problems I don't need to be jamming a bunch of f**** poison into my body when I already have two everyday already stop being selfish and thinking that you know you don't know the answers for me

  5. I have a question. I got burned out in 2017 that caused me to have anxiety and depression. I saw your videos and other helpful articles and they helped me a lot. But I noticed that before/during or after my period, I get extremely depressed and anxious and overwhelmed. It's so strong that recovery takes so slow til I get to my next cycle again. So I went to my Ob and she prescribed me pills. I haven't tried taking one before because I know pills are not natural. I am having a second thought about it when I read that people who have depression should not take it. Have u experienced women patients with this kind of problem?

  6. Chemical imbalance is a myth. Can you show me a balanced brain chemistry? It's a lie pushed by the pharma in order to sell drugs.

  7. Environment is everything and toxic people can effect well being and mental health there is no easy way out everything takes hard work if it was easy everyone would do it but to each his own.

  8. Thank you for sharing this! I've dealt with depression since 94 and tried so many meds and all have given me VERY bad side effects…few times landing me in the hospital. Since then I've been using alternative ways…healthier diet, walks in nature and exercise at the YMCA, B Vitamins, ect. Will definitely look more into this!😁

  9. I watched this video – twice. The first time I didn't really notice the hand gesturing as much as I did the 2nd time. And all of the choppy editing was a big distraction. On the plus side, I think the message and information is great!

  10. After 5 days of taking Diatamatious Earth my biological make up dramatically improved.My head was in knots,horible way to live when a simple silica promotes fascia in areas badly needed in the head.So simple and cheap.Very healthy.

  11. Nutrition changes our brain. Drugs can prevent this. What we think changes how we feel and our bodies. Known for decades, even centuries. Modern science is far behind reality.

  12. Nice, informative video. This refers to the neurotipical brain. How about the neurodiverse brain, autism, asperger where the neuroconnections increased, chemical levels different. I don't mean to eliminate autism, but sort of positively affect the brain.?

  13. I looked for your course on Udemy and the price is $199.00. Is there some kind of coupon to get it at the lower price that you mention in your You Tube video?

  14. I’m the adoptive mother of a 12 year old with prenatal substance exposure and a dx of rad. I believe in neroplastisity and I’m always looking for tools to use with him.
    Thank you for sharing.

  15. Don’t take anti depressants.. they don’t work and have TERRIBLE side effects…. like suicidal thoughts… and it’s almost impossible to get off them

    It’s just a band aide solution… what you need to do is get to the ROOT of your pain & suffering… and heal that

  16. I love this! Wish more people knew the power is within them. I was raised with my mother being diagnosed as bipolar right after I was born. So I witnessed the uselessness of pharmaceuticals from an early age. She was in and out of the mental ward my whole childhood. I grew up believing my mother was broken and unfixable because of childhood trauma and a genetic chemical imbalance. I learned to think of myself as broken too but was, from the age of 11 living with walking depression, dead set against ever taking pills as I knew they did more damage than good. Were essentially ineffective from what I had always seen. It wasn't until I learned that I could change my brain chemistry by replacing and controlling my thoughts that I leaned to be consistently calm and happy. I feel like my constant depression was caused way more by circumstance and learned behavior than genetics. I love what you're doing! Thank you!!! The world needs more of this kind of knowledge. It is powerful!

  17. I appreciate your videos and agree with your concepts generally. But for someone like myself with lifelong anxiety brought on by Complex PTSD it is next to impossible to just change my way of thinking or do things a different way via CBT. I wish that wasn't the case, but there are way too many "Fight, Flight, or Freeze" triggers on a daily basis that upend any real progress I've made in those therapies. Medications do help partially but are just a band-aid unfortunately. I'm in my forties and don't think anything will help me get to "normal" and "fully functional" at this point.

  18. I'm finding most of the comments overly simplistic with very black and white thinking.
    People suffer from depression for different reasons or indeed, no reason at all.
    Meds work for some people and not others.
    Anecdotal 'evidence' is not scientific…. because one person has a bad time with anti-depressants doesn't mean anti-depressant are bad per se.
    I'm not disputing the latest research regarding neurobiology etc… but it's just that! – the LATEST research which negates the research that has gone before as wrong.
    So when is this latest research on the brains plasticity going to be discovered to be not as precise as it seems?
    Everyone is different and I think this issue is still far more complicated than we can currently comprehend. All it is doing is feeding into the idea that we are to blame for our depression and can sort it out just by 'thinking' differently.
    Don't believe it's ever going to be that simple!

  19. Thinking about working in this field but I myself struggle from anxiety and depression and more recently PTSD. I'm on the road to healing and I eventually want to help others. Thanks for this <3 God bless you!

  20. Great video!!!!🌸To treat my addiction & mental illness (which was severe and life-threatening) I went on medication for a chemical imbalance. It worked great. But I set a time limit. I said I'm going to go off of this in 18 months. And during the 18 months I'm going to use my time, to educate and retrain my brain on MY issues. Lo and behold, that is exactly what I did. 18 mos later, when I went off the medication, I had already achieved a huge amount of life & coping skills! I am a psychologist, M.A. I say w/certainty that mental illness plays NO favorites. It affects us ALL equally. That was seven years ago and I'm still going strong with a good life, & no relapses. From my observation, all too often, doctors plop people on psych meds and leave them on it, for far too long, without employing other simultaneous brain-changing treatment plans.

  21. I have heard that if you are on antidepressants for years you lose the ability to produce those “feel good” chemicals. Please speak to this.

  22. Does this work when you are on a SNRI already? Or do you have to stop medicating first?
    EDIT: It says in the introduction that you can medicate whilst doing the program.

  23. Great information. Can this be applied to people with high functioning Autism? My brother’s anxiety is extremely high, he lashes out violently because of it but I am desperate for him not to go on medication. He is very intelligent with a lot of potential but has language impairment and comprehension issues but i keep thinking there must be a way to improve his behaviour and how he handles his anxiety without being put on medication which i believe will make things worse in the long run. Be great to get some insight on this.

  24. Great video 👍 6:35 Thinking about it; will the Hippocampus shrink because of depression, or depression could be a symptom of a shrinked hippocampus?

    Please correct me if I'm wrong.

    In a nutshell:

    The hippocampus is mainly the bridge between our cerebral cortex and our functional memory, and is part of the limbic system which processes emotions. If our hippocampus is shrinked or damaged (alcoholism, potassium deficiency, accident, etc…), We are less able (or unable) to cognitively process and properly self-regulate, leaving us traped with feeling excessively about everything.

    This leaves us less able (or unable) to change our thought patterns by ourselves, which would be practically impossible without a healthy access to our cerebral cortex.

    Thanks to neuroplasticity, proper nutrition and exercise, we can restore our hippocampus 👍

  25. How do I overcome my morning anxiety?

    I get this horrid dreaded feeling every morning, most days I have to drag myself out of bed, just to get shit done.

  26. Am recovering alcoholic,still looking to up the dopamine in my head without doing stupid things.Can anyone suggest what may help as I really don’t want use meds.Thank you.

  27. Give us a break. …. PS Sorry,it's been a long hard life. (I'd forgotten the motto – if you don't have anything good to say, say nothing at all)

  28. speak with professor Norman Rosenthal MD psychiatrist researcher he learned transcendental meditation (TM) > 400 peer reviewed studies published in 160 journals wrote 2 book about his experiences western science ha sno problem free solution medical schools have no understanding of deepest cause
    medical schools need to teach integrative medicien environmental medicine lifestyle medicine natural nutrition science Hippocrates " food is medicien " heused 400 herbs
    these 400 need to be funded for research have Bliss brains satchitananda i said to soem university presidents canadian universities which have not funded research about transcendental meditation (TM) are plain evel LANCET psychiatry published a study showing TM practice 2x daily 20 minutes remedies PTSD

  29. If you can try and NOT use antidepressants (SSRI'S) and such like I have been on them since i was 17 due to tramas I am now 50s and after loosing my wife to cancer had many battles with my mental health. The problem the medication only mask the symptoms and is not the cure I am trying to come off the drugs to deal with what I have shelved over the years, the side effects are horrendous, if you are just happy to get some temporary resolve to get you strong enough to get the help you need they are great.
    long term however not good, you have to face it with the right help. those on a dark journey I will send you my thoughts you are not alone. x

  30. Thank you so much for explaining all of this so understandably. I have had anxiety and depression, but also know i can help myself without meds. i do not have crippling severe depression which i do feel needs medication. However, it is just so good to know research shows how it works and that it is possible and i can change my brain chemistry. It has helped lots for me. When my mom was ill and then died i really was in bad emotional shape. Now two years later i am better. But it does take time and lots of hard work in changing the pathways to heal. But it is possible since i was able to get better on my own and with the support of a loving family.

  31. thank you. I look forward to taking your course. You come across as very professional, well read and very empathic. That in itself is helpful.

  32. I gave up booze recently to learn to re wire it socially , I have social anxiety very bad , I need to change my fight or flight response I feel ,

  33. Can you suggest some books for changing the way we think to help to cure the illness. I'm having epilepsy. I know that it's because of my way of thinking and my emotions. Please help me

  34. My brain works that way that i know i need to invest time and energy in this and i already am procrastinating. Im too lazy even to watch this video and i know its good for me.

  35. I am afraid that Serequel has changed my brain chemistry beyond repair. I can not cry and find it hard to laugh. It totally changed me, I used to love being around people and having a good time. Now, I fear I am physically dependent on Serequel. (Need it for sleep).

  36. I was very lucky to have taken my Psych 1000 course with Dr. Brian E. Kolb 23 years ago now, It's really influenced how I've approached these later decades.

  37. I've gained weight in the job I work now because of so much negativity among coworkers. They just don't recognise negative patterns, they think this is normal. Most of them are local but I come from town 40 km away and I see things differently.
    For example: there are indication of controlling people by pushing them into situations that they don't handle (they send only one person into unfamiliar country for a meeting where they know no one because a boss made all the correspondence and then he or she send to this meeting someone who had nothing with this thing, they just give them the script of correspondence and the plane ticket and they are on the road, no backup, no nothing. They obviously do the job poorly and here we go).
    I see how women in this company are getting pregnant just to avoid nasty behaviour. So they let themselves impregnate in the state of total giving up and avoiding another hard situation. They are full of stress hormones. The child is exposed to these hormones for 9 months… And the cycle goes on.

  38. Peter Breggin, M.D., Psychyatrist of 50 years, Harvard educated, known as the Conscience Of Psychiatry has declared that ALL Psychiatric Drugs are NEUROTOXINS.✌🌠

    https://breggin.com/alert-128-psychiatric-drugs-neurotoxins-that-do-more-harm-than-good/

    https://www.madinamerica.com/2018/01/what-really-call-psychiatric-drugs/

  39. changing how you think only works if you believe in your new way of thinking and act it. I have tried thinking differently many times but I kept feeling like I was acting and lying to myself. but yeah actual cbt can help if you have the right person/therapist and stick with it long enough till it becomes a way of life and automatic thinking, to bad for me my therapy ended before i was finished and now i am almost back where i started.

  40. I love this channel! Thank you for the resources to learn, grow and have hope right from home! Grateful!

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