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AMA about a better approach to mental health

Danny Greeves
Feb 6, 2018

If you have been labeled with any one of the many mental health conditions, and are struggling with that label, I'll be discussing how a different approach could be the way to set you free.

If you take medication to manage your condition and feel like you need it just to get through the day, is it really serving you long term? I'll be discussing how a better approach to resolving mental health problems means you can start to think about leaving the medication behind.

Have you been in talking therapies for the long term? Have you found them ineffective? Do you leave sessions feeling low or upset? I'll be discussing a better way that helps you access those positive emotions and leaves you with only fond memories of therapy sessions.

Do you loathe having to share personal stories or details with mental health professionals? Does the thought of having to tell others your personals stories and trauma put you off getting help? I'll be discussing a content-free approach to wellbeing.

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What is the recovery approach to mental health?

Feb 9, 12:54PM EST0

There are some people who are especially attracted to emotional pain? Why does that happen? Who are these people?

Feb 9, 12:39PM EST0

How can someone tell his/her friends to stop draining them with their issues, so that they can look after their own mental health?

Feb 9, 7:09AM EST0

Could you tell what's the difference between clinical psychology and psychiatry?

Feb 9, 5:59AM EST0

Psychiatrists are trained medical doctors, they can prescribe medications, and they can spend much of their time with patients on medication management as a course of treatment.

Psychologists focus extensively on psychotherapy and treating emotional and mental suffering in patients with behavioral intervention. Psychologists are also qualified to conduct psychological testing, which is critical in assessing a person’s mental state and determining the most effective course of treatment.

They also have different educational routes as a psychiatrist attends medical school and are trained in general medicine, whereas a psychologist will have a PHD or Psy doctoral degree

Feb 9, 7:36AM EST0

What according to you is a healthy lifestyle that will help maintain the balance between physical and mental health?

Feb 7, 8:47AM EST0

In terms of maintaing good physical health, the environment you are in will play a big role, what stressors are around you, what do you do nutritionally to keep yourself healthy, do you get regular sunlight, some form of exercise, and a good nights sleep play a big role.

Maintaining good Mental health is about clearing out the problems from the past, so you can respond in the now, and not respond because of something that happened years ago. As well as being in the moment, developing the flexibility to roll with life and all the twists and turns it presents, this in my opinion is a lifelong journey but as they say....practice practice practice....!

Feb 8, 7:53AM EST1

Why do you think so many people find it so hard to master their mental state of mind?

Feb 7, 4:29AM EST0

Quite simply because the majority of people don't know how their minds work. I imagine there would be a massive problem with travel and transport if despite everyone having the latest car, no-one had been properly taught how to drive. When you have learned how the mind works, then you can really begin to be in control of the vehicle

Feb 8, 7:49AM EST0

Currently, 23andMe is conducting a study on the link between DNA and mental health issues and disorders.  That study won't be complete for some time.  Are you familiar with any current data related to this topic?

Feb 6, 4:05PM EST0

Hi Genia, yes i am familiar with some of the current data around the topic. Sadly i fear that the search for the link between DNA and mental health issues will not provide any resolutions for these conditions.

There is a wide range of research that talks about epigenetics, and the DNA and RNA within a cell change depending on the environment, and can also change from one context to the next. There may well be some evidence that there are certain genes that have a higher correlation with certain conditions, however even geneticists say how important the environement, the relationships a person has, and their upbringing is on gene expression.

Feb 6, 4:13PM EST0

The current study (I'm participating as a subject) asks lots of questions about environment, relationships, how you eat, exercise, etc. 

Can you point me to past research that actually collected DNA and performed mental health studies while studying that DNA at the same time? 

Feb 6, 4:20PM EST0

Hi Danny, I am very interested in this session but can’t attend live. Is there a way to watch a recording afterwards? Question: I finished P-DTR foundation and taking Level 1 of BodymindWorkers in Antwerp (following your example) in March. How do you combine these in Practice and why do you prefer the BodymindWorker approach? Kind regards from Belgium

Feb 6, 1:12PM EST0

It's a text only question and answer session - so they should be here for you to read later :)

Feb 6, 2:36PM EST0
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Is there any relationship between Body Mind Work and Yoga or Meditation?

Feb 6, 11:02AM EST0

There is a relationship in terms of they both involve the mind, and are used by many people to help themselves feel better :)

However there is also a massive difference in terms of how they are structured and the way it's used. Body Mind Workers uses the Hudson Mind Theory©, a way of learning how your mind works, a way of getting you back on control of how you feel. The Hudson Mind Theory© utlises the latest developments in neuroscience combined with years of refinement to create a process whereby a person can make positive changes in their life with the help of an external coach.

Body Mind Workers can help you access specific information to help you change, where as Yoga and meditation uses a more general approach

Feb 6, 12:25PM EST0

If you were in charge of the National Institute of Mental Health, what would be the first thing you would do to address the severe shortage of mental health treatment in the country?

Feb 6, 10:48AM EST0

Great question, with a simple answer, one which I believe will come to be true in the coming years.

By helping as many people as possible learn how their minds work, and upskilling as many people as possible with the Hudson Mind Theory©, we would find an incredible drop in mental health problems, as more people would be helping each other.

Imagine what would happen to the world of mental health if all health professionals (and anyone else who were interested) had a simple, gentle, and fun tool to quickly and effectively help a person improve their own mental health.... stay tuned! :)

Feb 6, 12:33PM EST0

What are the benefits of this Body Mind Work treatment compared to conventional treatment?

Feb 6, 10:35AM EST0

The benefits are plentiful!

First of all, all Body Mind Workers use The Hudson Mind Process©. What are the benefits of this over conventional appoaches...

1. The work is content free. That's right, you can attend a session with a practitioner on Skype, work through a problem you are having, without having to share any personal stories, details or trauma. This allows the client to keep all personal details private, a great relief for many people.

2. The Body Mind Workers training gives you a week long experience of new learning, insights, personal development and improvement. Over the course of the training you get the experience of all the different chemicals that you encounter on a day to day basis, helping you become more flexible, opening up more options and more flexibility in your life. You also learn in more detail how your mind works, and how you can control stuff

3. The sessions are gentle, light and effective. Some clients attend sessions with counsellors, psychotherapists or many other kinds of mental health professional for weeks, months, sometimes years. The Hudson Mind Process© can produce great results in as little as 3 sessions.

4.The sessions are designed to create a good chemical feeling. The intention is that you feel better at the end of the session than you did at the start, not something that can be said for many therapies.

5. Learning how your mind works gives you a new perspective on how your mind informs your brain, this learning can be taken with you for the rest of your life

6. You learn the patterns of how you and those around you use day to day. This creates a completely different perspective on the behaviour of those around you, giving you more flexibility

Feb 6, 12:48PM EST0

Do you practice in your own life that which you find important for your clients?

Feb 6, 9:40AM EST0

Absolutely.

As with everyone I am still learning, still looking to improve, and have a long way to go, but I am so much further along than I was just a few short years ago.

The Body Mind Workers© way of living has inspired me and i am working towards living by those ideals. The way Matt teaches the course is nothing short of inspirational - I have already been back again to redo it to learn more!

Feb 6, 12:52PM EST0

What is the process of Body Mind Work like? And how does it actually work?

Feb 6, 7:48AM EST0

thank you Valeria, great question.

The training is outlined above so that is a good guide as an overview of the 7 day course.

For an individual session, you would log into Skype with your practitioner. The session starts by the practitioner helps you learn how your mind works, and introduces you to your 'screen'. This is one of the crucial parts of the Hudson Mind Theory©, something that has now a robust body of evidence behind it and more and more research papers by the day.

Then the practitioner/coach will ask you a few questions about the issue you would like to work on, and help you access the piece of information in your mind that is driving your brain to create the chemicals that are causing the issue. Once the coach has helped you make this connection, the coach can guide you through updating this information in a way that works for you to lead you to a more resourceful place - all in a content free way.

Sessions also include an experience of the map of the mind, and the coach helps you learn how and why you do the things you do, and helps you access the resources you need to achieve the things you want.

Obviously there is much more to a session than above, but there is an overview for you :)

Feb 6, 1:00PM EST0

How to treat coexisting mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety?

Feb 6, 1:09AM EST0

When you learn how your mind works, seemingly 'incurable' or conditions that 'can only be managed' begin to make sense.

Anxiety and depression can be worked on and resolved through the Hudson Mind Process©, does it sometimes take time? Yes. Can it sometimes take some work? Yes. But as soon as you learn how your mind works, and begin to experience how your 'screen' works, then these conditions become very explainable, logical, and can be fully resolved through working with your coach.

Feb 6, 1:06PM EST0

What would you advice someone who is worried about their mental health?

Feb 5, 8:51PM EST0

The best advice I could give would be to book in a session with a Body Mind Worker practitioner, or even better yourself onto a course.

I can assure you that once you have learned how your mind works, learned how your screen works, and had the experience of this, all of your mental health worries will make sense, and you can begin proactively working towards a solution.

I can say this from experience as your question is the point from which i started my journey.

If booking in isnt an option yet, i would recomend buying The Saboteur Within, link HERE

Feb 6, 1:26PM EST0

If a person is in a lot of pain and distress right now and needs immediate help. What should he/she do?

Feb 5, 6:56PM EST0

If a person is in immediate and distress and needs immediate help. The safest option is to call the local health services to get guidance on what to do next. t's important here to note safety of the person is of paramount importance

If however the person is experiecing pain and distress in a way that is unpleasant but not in any way dangerous, then a coaching session can help, or to contact their local doctor for short term assistance

Feb 6, 1:29PM EST0

How should people address the increase in serious mental illness among college students?

Feb 5, 1:35PM EST0

There is so much going on for a younger person and college students it is no surprise that there is an increasing number of problems in this population. 

There are many factors that may play a role, from external pressure, self imposed pressure, worry and anxiety about the future, lots of exams and study. The key to improving this is for the student to learn how their mind works. This will allow them to stay in control and remain flexible in the face of adversity and pressure. It also means they can have an accelerated approach to learning, things such as dyslexia can be sorted quickly and easily and a student can learn how they best learn.

Many teachers, students, and learners of all ages have attended the Body Mind Worker trainings will amazing results, it's all about learning

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Feb 6, 1:32PM EST0

Is there anything wrong with a person who spends lots of time on his/her own and who do not socialize much and still feels happy?

Feb 5, 6:38AM EST0

There is certainly not anything 'wrong' with the person.

If the person is happy and content then there is no problem. If it's case of the person is only happy alone because they become anxious or stressed, then getting some help and becoming a part of a caring community of some kind can over time help the person experience more happiness more of the time. 

But of course, to each their own! :)

Feb 6, 1:39PM EST0

How can one help a friend, family member, or a co-worker who you believe may have a mental health problem?

Feb 5, 4:05AM EST0

This can be tricky, as it depends on the problem.

However, it's important that the person with the 'problem' or issue wants to reach out for help, as only then are they ready to start working with someone. Sometimes someone is not ready and pushing outside 'help' on them can be counter-productive.

If they have reached out for advice, then pointing them in the direction of someone who can help is a great first step, the book I mentioned before (link HERE) may also be an indirect way to help nudeg them in a better direction.

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Feb 6, 1:43PM EST0

What are the most common types of mental illnesses or mental health problems?

Feb 4, 6:48PM EST0

Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia are three of the most prevelant conditions at the moment, and there is a growing rate of chronic pain rates that shows no sign of slowing down.

The Hudson Mind Process© can help with these and many Body Mind Workers have specific training in these areas

Feb 6, 1:45PM EST0

Is counseling more of a science or an art?

Feb 4, 11:03AM EST0

It's my opinion, based on the information I have learned, the clients I have seen in the past, and the stories of others who have had counselling, that it is neither. 

Counselling in my opinion.... does not work.

Many people spend months and years in counselling, going over and over old traumas. Many clients leave counselling sessions feeling worse. of course this is a generalisation, but the principles of counselling will not lead a person to a happier, more resourceful place more often than not. The Hudson Mind Process© does.

The Hudson Mind Process© is a process based on the science of human behaviour and communication, combined with neuroscience. As with any skill, when someone has years of practice, their delivery of the material may well be viewed as an art form

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Feb 6, 1:49PM EST0

What about psychiatric medications, antidepressants, and so on? How do you conceptualize the use of those chemicals?

Feb 3, 10:03AM EST1

Medications have the aim of changing and altering the balance of certain chemicals in the brain, in order to help the person to feel better. However, what we are interested in is what is happening that causes those chemicals to be created in the first place? What causes a certain excess of lack of chemicals in the brain.....This is where the mind comes in.

Each and every one of us has what is known as  our 'screen'. This is a below conscious area that the mind uses to inform the system as to what is going on. The professors and researchers would refer to this 'screen' as a mental work space (Meijer 2017), so whichever term you prefer!

Depending on the information on this work space, the brain will create certain chemicals, if certain chemicals are flowing around the nervous system for a prolonged period this can lead to all kinds of conditions or dis-ease.

Helping the person learn how their minds work, and with the help of a coach, helping them to clear their screen , this will lead to a natural rebalancing of these chemicals, and therefore the need for medications, antidepressants etc will be no longer and will be dramatically reduced

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Feb 6, 1:56PM EST0

How much of a role does diet play in mental health in your opinion? Are there ways to manage mental health issues without medication?

Feb 3, 4:38AM EST0

In my opinion, nutrition can have a massive impact on how a person thinks and feels. Poor nutrtion, leaky gut, and other nutritional issues can decrease the efficiency of brain processing leading to negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours. The nervous system becomes less efficient and thinking processies are affected as a result

Having said that, many issues affecting digestion, such as IBS can be easily resolved through the Hudson Mind Process© and can make digestion return to balance again.

I would very much put nutrition as a secondary factor is mental health, working with the mind goes straight to source :) After the appropriate intervention there is no need for medication for mental conditions

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Feb 6, 2:03PM EST0

Why do some people choose to just take meds and no therapy, is that safe?

Feb 2, 5:33PM EST0

Many people choose to take medication because it is the only option they are aware of.

Some people take medication because their doctor has advised it. Some people have spent weeks, months or years in therapy with no results, and so fall back on medication to help them stay in a happier place.

It is the intention of the Body Mind Workers to get The Hudson Mind Process© out there as much as possible so that the world can have access to this amazing work

Feb 6, 2:12PM EST0

How can people look after their mental health to avoid any possible occurrence of mental illness?

Feb 2, 12:31PM EST0

Learning how your mind works will allow you be in control of your vehicle. Experiencing all of the possible chemistry of life helps you to become more flexible and more resilient to adversity.

The whole concept of mental illness changes when you have an idea of how each of our 'Screen's' works. It's trully empowering and exciting

Feb 6, 2:15PM EST0

What do you think is the leading cause of mental health concerns worldwide and is a major contributor to the global burden of disease?

Feb 2, 8:24AM EST0

There are many possible causes of the ever increasing mental health concerns, ranging from people's lifestyles, environments, education, relationships. A growing amount of stress, frustration and something called fawning have a big role to play

Feb 6, 2:23PM EST0

Is it true that more people in the world have died by suicide than by homicide? and almost 90% have had some form of mental illness?

Feb 2, 2:36AM EST0

Hi John I'm afraid with this one I don't have an answer, would be interested to find out though :)

Feb 6, 2:24PM EST0

What's the biggest misconception about mental health that you have heard about?

Feb 1, 5:36PM EST0

that some conditions are incurable.

From the amazing learning I have had with Body Mind Workers©. So much of todays perspective on mental health is not fully understood. The Hudson Mind Process© goes a long way to improving this

Feb 6, 2:27PM EST0

Do you think smoking marijuana for long can have an ill effect on someone's mental health?

Feb 1, 3:23PM EST0

Long term exposure to marijuana has been shown to have significant effects on brain chemistry, and there are some studies that link an increase in marijuana use to an increased prevelance of mental health problems.

If all is happy in body and mind, maybe marijuana wouldn't be necessary, but everyone is free to make their own choices :)

Feb 6, 2:29PM EST0

How do you know when someone is suicidal? What advice would you give to that person to think about other things?

Feb 1, 2:25PM EST0
If someone is engaged in a mental health service, they are likely to receive a “diagnosis of a mental disorder” and be labeled in a certain way. What do you have to say about that label?
Feb 1, 12:10PM EST0

I do not think that a diagnosis of a mental health disroder is helpful. These labels can keep people feeling trapped and can give them an identity that puts them in a box. 

When you learn about how the mind works, all of these conditions can be seen as just different manifestations of how the mind is functioning at that time. When we then learn and realise that the mind is so pliable, adaptable and capable of new learning, people can become free of these labels

Feb 6, 2:34PM EST0
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