Stanford Psychiatrist Reveals How Cognitive Therapy Can Cure Your Depression and Anxiety

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Living with depression, anxiety, and negative thoughts each and every day can feel like a merry-go-round of pain that is seemingly impossible to get off of. What if there was a quick, prescription-free method that was powerful and effective at attacking the roots of our negative thoughts? What would a clear step-by-step blueprint look like? How can we begin walking on a path towards feeling great and eliminating our deep-seated depression, anxiety, and negativity? On this episode of Impact Theory, psychiatrist, cognitive behavioral therapist, and author David Burns joins Tom Bilyeu to discuss such matters and more as they explore the incredible and real world practical effects of cognitive behavioral therapy and how you can begin applying it your life today to overcome depression, anxiety, and negativity. They discuss the power of cognitive behavioral therapy, the connection between your emotional thoughts and neurochemistry, the power of T.E.A.M. therapy, techniques to overcoming your negative thoughts, and the types of resistance and roadblocks we create for ourselves in therapy and recovery.

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Breakdown | David breaks down cognitive behavioral therapy and why it’s effective. [1:13]
Brain | David discusses the connection between chemicals in the brain and our emotions. [6:21]
T.E.A.M. Therapy | David breaks down what T.E.A.M. cognitive therapy is. [10:30]
Postpartum | David discusses why postpartum depression isn’t a chemical reaction. [13:22]
Train Tracks | David shares a story about a train and its connection to our thoughts. [15:27]
Techniques | David reveals key steps to overcoming depression and negative thoughts. [21:52]
Resistance | David shares the roadblocks people put up for themselves during recovery. [31:38]
Magic Button | David shares the power ‘positive reframing’ has in overcoming negativity. [34:11]
Resistance Types | David breaks down the types of resistances exist in our minds. [42:59]
Speaking | David shares how he overcame his own anxiety with fear of public speaking. [48:09]
Praise | Tom shares his praise for David’s work and the impact it has had on his life. [58:04]


“The discovery that you’re wrong when you’re depressed, that you’re giving yourself unfair or wrong messages, is the greatest discovery a human being can make.” [15:08]

“It’s learning to treat yourself with compassion and kindness and realism rather than bullying yourself with these distorted negative thoughts, and that was really the essence of cognitive therapy.” [29:26]

“…there’s something that you’re going to have to do, that you’re not going to want to do, to get better.” [45:52]


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  1. But some fear and emotions are instinctual. For example when you see a tigar you don't think "oh how should I feel about this tigar" you just instantly feel fear and fight or flight. So no, not everything is due to thought.

  2. Am I the only one who thinks that Burns, despite his pioneering work in CBT, over-simplifies the conditions of anxiety and depression and almost sounds a bit smug? I mean it’s hard to dislike Burns, but the success rate he touts seems too good to be true. It’s as if his subjects have no problem changing their thought patterns with a snap of a finger. Also, most of the cases he discusses seem to be reactive and not endogenous — two different animals.

  3. This is very hard to listen to. He just keeps stammering and stuttering. Sounds senile. A lot of stuff is irrelevant. Ugh. Save your time.

  4. Thank you for the useful video. I want to share my result. my son had depression amid numerous stresses, we went to the clinic, he was lying, prescribed antidepressants, but unfortunately day by day he was getting worse, he was prescribed other antidepressants, he was worse, walked like a zombie, it was painful to look like a smart guy, handsome and suddenly it turns into something. I was advised to give him cellular nutrition and after a month he recovered! About a year has passed and everything is in order, the depression has not returned. Cellular nutrition is a great thing !!!

  5. This is excellent….. The part of the story about how he visuaised the negative speaking event also demonstrated the power of visualisation… Repeating a horrible visual in his head drew it into fruition…

  6. Feeling not ready, not enough, and not worthy has been the thing that drives me to work relentlessly for decades, and today I am definitely better, but still expanding my understanding of the many aspects of the human condition. Now I'm just a chronic hoarder of knowledge, but not just for nothing. Most of it is to enhance my here and now, richer and more satisfying experience of each moment. I hope to write a book about my ideas someday. I'm also working on an app design that will make Google more personalized and useful someday.

  7. nothing informative,he just telling stories and u are smiling for no reason.u really spoil my precious hour.

  8. What would you for people for with all learning disabilities they need to Express themselves Enough do need help find ther voice

  9. This has helped me so much. Public speaking has been one of my biggest fears of all time, and now after watching this video, I feel like I might just be able to overcome those fears! Thank you!

  10. Three months ago I found out about the program called Forwago. It is amazing how this program helped me to change my perspective and taught me to think more positively and to be more grateful.

  11. Mushrooms saved my life from anxiety and depression….Hit up @adam_shrooms on Instagram….He sells psychedelics discreetly. He got shrooms,Dmt,Lsd,dope asf💀🍄

  12. I've been suffering from depression but this past year I've really broken
    down and had to go on medication. then someone told me about planet Ayurveda
    after taking treatment from them I am perfect now.

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