6 episodes

Defining you is all about what mental health means to you and helping you live a more fulfilled life by providing practical and useful tips. We will explore this through various topics every 2 weeks.

Defining you with Dr. DeVries Martyna DeVries

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Defining you is all about what mental health means to you and helping you live a more fulfilled life by providing practical and useful tips. We will explore this through various topics every 2 weeks.

    Defining Bipolar Disorder

    Defining Bipolar Disorder

    So what is and isn't Bipolar Disorder? There are so many misconceptions about the diagnosis, treatment, and course of this prevalent illness, that we thought we would share some insights from out perspective. Join us to find out:
    -What is Bipolar Disorder
    -How did it first get diagnosed 
    -How do you diagnose it 
    -What are the most common treatments 
    -And our experience with it as psychiatry residents

    • 29 min
    Defining Hypnosis

    Defining Hypnosis

    On this episode we’ll be discussing what hypnosis is, the differences between the conscious and the unconscious mind, it's history, who is easily hypnotizable and why?, what common disorders are treated with hypnosis, and what a typical hypnosis session looks like. 

    • 20 min
    Defining Grief and Bereavement

    Defining Grief and Bereavement

    This is a special episode dedicated to my grandmother who passed away from natural causes recently. As I am experiencing grief, I thought that many of you out there are going through the same emotions. We would like to discuss what is grief, bereavement, and how to spot when you are dipping into major depressive disorder. We would also like to give you some helpful ways on how to mitigate these intense feelings. 

    We will discuss  an article that specifically looked at grief and the covid 19 pandemic in older adults. We will also discuss the differences between grief, mourning, bereavement, and something called  "prolonged grief". 

    • 27 min
    Defining Herbal Supplements for Depression Part 2

    Defining Herbal Supplements for Depression Part 2

    On this episode, we will discuss other supplements that might help with symptoms of depression. We will go over creatine, vitamin D, and saffron, We will also mention cannabidiol, as many of my patient’s ask me if this supplement reduces anxiety, depression, and possibly pain. 

    • 27 min
    Defining Herbal Supplements for Depression Part 1

    Defining Herbal Supplements for Depression Part 1

    On this episode, we will be discussing various herbal supplementations for helping with symptoms of depression. We will be going over what depression is, at the biological level, and then we will be getting into science-supported ways for treating and perhaps avoiding depression altogether. We will be discussing St. John’s wort, SAMe, EPA fatty acids. 

    • 27 min
    Defining Happiness

    Defining Happiness

    In this episode, we will be discussing what happiness means, and some of the key concepts mentioned in the book called “The happiness Hypothesis” by Jonathan Haidt. Through clinical practice, seeing patients in the psychiatry clinic, I noticed that the primary goal for my patients is to find  relief in their suffering, primarily by increasing their level of happiness.  And what I found interesting is that everyone’s definition of what happiness is different, but the destination always seems to be the same. For  centuries, philosophers have wondered how to find happiness.  Buddha, for instance, cast aside all of his worldly possessions in the hopes of becoming happier and Ancient Greek philosophers wrote various treatises on the nature of happiness, but which one of those many ideas are useful to our own lives?

    Is it possible to find happiness?
    I believe that your life reflects your attitude. But by seeing patients, I see often that people struggle to find the bright side to things, and that they are prone to negativity, which can breed psychiatric illnesses such as anxiety and depression. We struggle to find the positive in things partly due to our evolution as a human species, because we are hardwired  to pay close attention to threats that are around us. For most of us, and my patients, the bad always seems to outweigh the good. Our ability to be happy is also affected by our genetics, and actually happiness is one of the most heritable aspects of our personality. So if we are predestined to be happy or not, can we do anything about it to change it?  Find out on this week's episode. 

    • 29 min

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