2 hr 13 min

Erasing Fears & Traumas Based on the Modern Neuroscience of Fear Huberman Lab

    • Health & Fitness

In this episode, I discuss fear and trauma, including the neural circuits involved in the "threat reflex" and how specific experiences and memories come to activate that system. I also discuss how our body is involved in trauma and fear. First, I describe the logic of fear mechanisms and how "top-down" processing-- meaning connections from the parts of the brain that assign meaning to our feelings, are involved in fear and erasing fears and traumas. Then I discuss what successful fear and trauma treatment must include and consider various treatments for whether they meet that standard, such as EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Ketamine, other drug-assisted therapies, and more. I also review new data on how 5 minutes per day of deliberate, self-imposed stress can erase fear and depression. And I review the role that social connection plays in erasing or maintaining fears by activating specific molecular pathways in the brain and body. Finally, I review supplementation with over-the-counter compounds for their effects on anxiety and fear and when to take them, if at all.
 
Thank you to our sponsors:

Athletic Greens - https://www.athleticgreens.com/huberman 

InsideTracker - https://www.insidetracker.com/huberman 

Helix Sleep - https://www.helixsleep.com/huberman 

 
Our Patreon page:

https://www.patreon.com/andrewhuberman 
 
Supplements from Thorne:

https://www.thorne.com/u/huberman 
 
Social:

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hubermanlab 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/hubermanlab 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/hubermanlab 

Website - https://hubermanlab.com 

Newsletter - https://hubermanlab.com/neural-network 

 
Timestamps:

00:00:00 Introducing Fear, Trauma & Trauma 

00:02:15 Athletic Greens, InsideTracker, Helix Sleep

00:06:49 What is Fear? 

00:11:45 Autonomic Arousal: “Alertness” vs. “Calmness”

00:13:44 Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis (HPA axis)

00:17:36 “The Threat Reflex”: Neural Circuits for Fear

00:28:24 Controlling Fear: Top-Down Processing

00:32:27 Narratives: “Protective or Dangerous”

00:35:58 Attaching Fear to Events: Classical Conditioning & Memory

00:41:45 How Fear Learning Occurs: Long Term Potentiation, NMDA

00:46:10 Extinguishing (Reducing) Fears

00:50:25 Cognitive (Narrative) Therapies for Fear

00:57:56 Repetition of Narrative, Overwriting Bad Experiences with Good

01:05:28 EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing

01:14:00 Social Connection & Isolation Are Chemically Powerful

01:18:23 Trans-Generational Trauma

01:25:00 PTSD Treatments: Ketamine, MDMA, oxytocin

01:39:25 How Do You Know If You Are Traumatized? 

01:46:16 Deliberate Brief Stress Can Erase Fears & Trauma

01:49:50 Erasing Fears & Traumas In 5 Minutes Per Day

01:59:42 Nutrition, Sleep, & Other General Support Erasing Fear & Trauma

02:02:30 Supplements for Anxiety, Fear: Saffron, Inositol, Kava

02:10:00 Synthesis 

02:11:46 Zero-Cost Support, Sponsors, Patreon, Supplements, Instagram, Twitter

 
Please note that The Huberman Lab Podcast is distinct from Dr. Huberman's teaching and research roles at Stanford University School of Medicine. The information provided in this show is not medical advice, nor should it be taken or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The Huberman Lab Podcast, its employees, guests and affiliates assume no liability for the application of the information discussed.
 
Title Card Photo Credit: Mike Blabac - https://www.blabacphoto.com 
 

In this episode, I discuss fear and trauma, including the neural circuits involved in the "threat reflex" and how specific experiences and memories come to activate that system. I also discuss how our body is involved in trauma and fear. First, I describe the logic of fear mechanisms and how "top-down" processing-- meaning connections from the parts of the brain that assign meaning to our feelings, are involved in fear and erasing fears and traumas. Then I discuss what successful fear and trauma treatment must include and consider various treatments for whether they meet that standard, such as EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Ketamine, other drug-assisted therapies, and more. I also review new data on how 5 minutes per day of deliberate, self-imposed stress can erase fear and depression. And I review the role that social connection plays in erasing or maintaining fears by activating specific molecular pathways in the brain and body. Finally, I review supplementation with over-the-counter compounds for their effects on anxiety and fear and when to take them, if at all.
 
Thank you to our sponsors:

Athletic Greens - https://www.athleticgreens.com/huberman 

InsideTracker - https://www.insidetracker.com/huberman 

Helix Sleep - https://www.helixsleep.com/huberman 

 
Our Patreon page:

https://www.patreon.com/andrewhuberman 
 
Supplements from Thorne:

https://www.thorne.com/u/huberman 
 
Social:

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hubermanlab 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/hubermanlab 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/hubermanlab 

Website - https://hubermanlab.com 

Newsletter - https://hubermanlab.com/neural-network 

 
Timestamps:

00:00:00 Introducing Fear, Trauma & Trauma 

00:02:15 Athletic Greens, InsideTracker, Helix Sleep

00:06:49 What is Fear? 

00:11:45 Autonomic Arousal: “Alertness” vs. “Calmness”

00:13:44 Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis (HPA axis)

00:17:36 “The Threat Reflex”: Neural Circuits for Fear

00:28:24 Controlling Fear: Top-Down Processing

00:32:27 Narratives: “Protective or Dangerous”

00:35:58 Attaching Fear to Events: Classical Conditioning & Memory

00:41:45 How Fear Learning Occurs: Long Term Potentiation, NMDA

00:46:10 Extinguishing (Reducing) Fears

00:50:25 Cognitive (Narrative) Therapies for Fear

00:57:56 Repetition of Narrative, Overwriting Bad Experiences with Good

01:05:28 EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing

01:14:00 Social Connection & Isolation Are Chemically Powerful

01:18:23 Trans-Generational Trauma

01:25:00 PTSD Treatments: Ketamine, MDMA, oxytocin

01:39:25 How Do You Know If You Are Traumatized? 

01:46:16 Deliberate Brief Stress Can Erase Fears & Trauma

01:49:50 Erasing Fears & Traumas In 5 Minutes Per Day

01:59:42 Nutrition, Sleep, & Other General Support Erasing Fear & Trauma

02:02:30 Supplements for Anxiety, Fear: Saffron, Inositol, Kava

02:10:00 Synthesis 

02:11:46 Zero-Cost Support, Sponsors, Patreon, Supplements, Instagram, Twitter

 
Please note that The Huberman Lab Podcast is distinct from Dr. Huberman's teaching and research roles at Stanford University School of Medicine. The information provided in this show is not medical advice, nor should it be taken or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The Huberman Lab Podcast, its employees, guests and affiliates assume no liability for the application of the information discussed.
 
Title Card Photo Credit: Mike Blabac - https://www.blabacphoto.com 
 

2 hr 13 min

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