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Feed Your Mental Health: Drew Ramsey (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of psychiatrist Drew Ramsey’s talk titled “Feed Your Mental Health” at TEDxCharlottesville 2020 conference.

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What can we do in 15 minutes to improve your mental health? I’m a psychiatrist, usually I get 45 minutes, we get like years to work. It’s one-on-one, you do all the talking for the most part. I brought my couch to help us out, I’ll show you how that works in a second.

But I want to be sure as we start talking about your mental health that you’re really clear. By mental health I mean brain health. Like maybe you woke up this morning, there are a bunch of 8th graders in the audience, maybe you woke up this morning scrolling, looking, wondering about that thing out there that you want or need.

The Human Brain

And I just want to let you know so clearly that you have it. You have the most amazing, complex miracle in the human universe. You’ve got a human brain. 100 billion specialized cells that make you you. They make all of this make sense.

One little slip in your brain health, one little slip in your mental health, and the world doesn’t look quite like this. Now you might be surprised with that miracle that this is the most advanced and effective piece of both diagnostic and therapeutic equipment. The brain scanner 3000 we call it. Let me show you how it works.

The Couch and Radical Truth

It’s good because you have one of these in your house. So here we go. The brain goes right there. Because if we’re going to work on your mental health, this is really the most important first step.

You put the brain in. And the couch gets you to radical truth, which is at the core of your mental health. Here, I’ll demonstrate. Radical truth.

I’m a 45-year-old physician. I’m married. I have two wonderful children. I’m confused about what to do. We moved in with my parents in the poorest county in Indiana, like in the same house. I live with my parents. Radical truth. We have a mental health epidemic on our hands.

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