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Dr Daniel and Tana Amen talk about the latest statistics of brain health concerning millennials and the continued mental effects of Covid-19.
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Welcome to The Brain Warrior’s Way podcast. I’m Dr. Daniel Amen.
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Welcome back, we’re in happiness challenge week. Happy brain challenge week, cause ultimately we’re going to help you get your brain, your mind, your relationships, and your deepest sense of meaning and purpose right. Right for happiness. Happiness is a moral obligation. Seeking happiness is not the same as selfish.
Mm-hmm (affirmative), no.
In fact, it’s often when you give, that you receive happiness…
in the prayer of St. Francis, where it is better to give than receive and giving connects us…
to other people and people who are connected are happier. So you have a…
So I have a review. Family Therapist Unplugged by Quincy rose. This podcast is transformed, not only me personally, but also my outlook on my mental health and physical disability, which has therefore revolutionized my practice as a family therapist. I realized that I can help my people review their insecurities as a strength if I can actually be my own most crippling insecurity as a strength. I’ve had three traumatic brain injuries before the age of 19, which has led to focus impairments as well as challenges walking. The Amen’s approach to understanding the function of every change or difference in our brain and body is what started the process of viewing myself and the world differently. Wow.
I love that.
That’s awesome. Alright.
So today we’re doing brain in the news. And there is a new study on obstructive sleep apnea and people who snore loudly stop breathing at night, are chronically tired during the day…
Are actually getting an oxygen debt state in their brain. And your brain is the most oxygen hungry organ in the body.
It’s 2% of your body’s weight, but it uses 20% of the blood flow and 20% of the oxygen. And in this study, they actually did SPECT scans at the Montreal Neurological Institute. Do you remember when I gave the society of nuclear medicine lecture.
Well, one of the guys, the guy that was actually the most irritating.
in the office in the audience,
you remember, I gave the lecture and he just went on and on about how I don’t know, he didn’t agree with it. Well, it’s actually from him.
Oh that’s so funny.
They use SPECT scans to look at people with sleep apnea who were treated versus people with sleep apnea, who wouldn’t take the treatment. And guys out there, if you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, or your wife said,
Yeah, you need to get treated.
You need to get treated because in the controls, the people who were treated with a C-PAP had better blood flow,
especially in the hippocampus.
Which is the memory cognitive center.
A major memory and mood center.
in the brain. And it’s just really critically important.
Which by the way, that gets damaged in chronic trauma when you’re a child too.
There’s another study, a second study out. It said 72% of Brits feel more confident as they finally stop worrying about whether, what other people think of them
in their 40’s.
Yeah that’s when it hit me, forty.
And do you remember the eighteen-forty-sixty rule?
Which I teach all of my patients that says when you’re eighteen, you worry about what everyone’s thinking of you. When you’re forty, you don’t give a damn.
what anybody thinks about you. And when you’re sixty, you realize no one has been thinking about you at all. People spend their days worrying and thinking about themselves. Not you.
And I just love that. I think it is just so important. And then there was another new study on people who have COVID-19, have a 20% increase risk. So very significant increased risk of being diagnosed with mental health disorder.
Yeah. I’ve seen that.
Within the next six months.
Yeah. And even now we’re seeing so many young people who are struggling with energy and brain fog and it’s, it’s, I’m really hoping we come up with ways to reverse some of that because it’s starting to get a little scary. I mean, I know people say, oh, it’s fine. I didn’t get that sick. But then they’re having these lingering effects. So, you know.
Well and then one more study that for Brain in the news that just horrified me this week. It actually is going to make all of my lectures. Millennials.
So I guess early thirties to forty.
44% of millennials have a chronic health condition.
And that were and my daughters.
Are both millennials and one of my daughters has a chronic health condition.
So, but why, why that age group specifically? It’s so interesting.
Well I think as a society, we are becoming more and more unhealthy. Right? When in 1982, when I graduated from medical school, there were overweight people, but not many of them.
But then my question is.
It was like 20%. Now it’s 72%.
Right, but is the younger generation, after the millennials, are they becoming more conscious of it? That’s my question.
And so of all the groups, cause there were massive weight changes during the pandemic, the young group, the younger group, I guess what? Generation Y. Their weight gain was like insane, like forty pounds.
It was really crazy because the insecurity,
Well, yeah, the depression.
The anxiety, things being canceled.
and we are not teaching people to manage their minds.
We’re just not. And we need to do a better job of teaching you to manage your mind, which we’re going to do on the thirty day happiness challenge. You can go to 30dayhappinesschallenge.com.
Sign up, be with us. We’re going to be with you every day for a month. Now, you’re going to be happier in a month if you do what we say, but the idea is, it’s not just for a month,
These are habits we want you to put in your life for the rest of
I actually think happiness, just like forgiveness, just like love is a habit. I actually think it’s a habit as much as it is anything else. Yes, there’s the brain component to it. Yes, there’s all of those things, but it’s something you have to practice. So forgiveness people are like, well, I don’t feel like I don’t feel forgiving. I, they don’t deserve it. Okay. You’ve got to practice a daily. There are many people I don’t feel like forgiving, but I have to practice it on a daily basis. Right? And sometimes I wake up and I don’t feel it, but you do it anyways because it’s good for you.
Well, sometimes I wake up and I don’t feel like going to the gym or sometimes
But you do it anyways.
And I go.
because you know it’s the right thing to do and it makes you healthier.
And then I feel better afterwards.
Like you had a bad night of sleep this week. You blamed me, of course and I blame the sheets.
You blame the sheets and I blame you.
And your [inaudible [00:08:56] and then you went cause that’s your.
I didn’t want to go, right.
And afterwards you go, oh, I felt so much better.
Right? And so when I wake up and I don’t feel like forgiving someone, I’m angry at them, I stop myself now. I didn’t use to, I stopped myself now. And I say, you know what? This isn’t good for me. This isn’t good for me. And so I do the practice of forgiveness. When I don’t feel loving, so what? You act loving because it’s good for your relationship. When you don’t feel happy, guess what? When you behave that way, it’s not good for your physical health. It’s a practice as much as it is anything.
So love is a practice.
Forgiveness is a practice. Happiness is a practice.
Happiness is a practice. And you know, I’ve been thinking about how pleasure is the enemy of happiness because
Yeah, you get caught up.
You engage too much in it. You develop this thing, we’ll talk about.
and Hedonic adaptation,
Where you actually wear out the pleasure centers in your brain.
And that’s one thing we’ve, we’ve stopped ourselves and become fairly good at is, is stepping back and going. You know, we find ourselves, if that happens, we step back and we go, do we really need this? Like, do we really need this? And you have to stop yourself and go, how important is this? How necessary is this? Cause you have to do that. Like, am I, why am I doing this?
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