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Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist, bestselling author, mental health and mind expert. Whether you are struggling in your personal life or simply want to learn how to understand and use your mind to live your best life, this podcast will provide you with practical tips and tools to help you take back control over your mental, emotional, and physical health

CLEANING UP THE MENTAL MESS with Dr. Caroline Leaf Dr. Caroline Leaf

    • Mental Health
    • 4.7, 132 Ratings

Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist, bestselling author, mental health and mind expert. Whether you are struggling in your personal life or simply want to learn how to understand and use your mind to live your best life, this podcast will provide you with practical tips and tools to help you take back control over your mental, emotional, and physical health

    How Anxiety Could Be a Sign of an Untreated Head Injury + Tips on How to Heal Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries with Dr. Kabran Chapek

    How Anxiety Could Be a Sign of an Untreated Head Injury + Tips on How to Heal Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries with Dr. Kabran Chapek

    For many of us, a brain injury comes from something big: a car accident, a major fall or a sports injury. We don’t realize how common brain injuries actual are and how they can affect both our mental and physical wellbeing. In this podcast, I interviewed neuropathic physician Dr. Kabran Chapek about the relationship between head injuries, anxiety and other mental disorders, how to heal traumatic brain injuries and concussions, PTSD and brain injuries, natural treatment options, the importance of a holistic approach to brain injuries, and how it is never too late to heal the brain.

    Highlights

    12:01 Why we need to address mild and moderate brain injuries

    13:40 What is a traumatic brain injury?

    20:21 What happens in the brain injury right after an injury?

    31:00 Hormone imbalance and TBI

    34:15 TBIs and PTSD among veterans

    36:30 A holistic approach to healing brain injuries

    46:13 Healing & preventing concussions

    For more info on Dr. Chapek visit: www.AmenClinics.com

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/how-anxiety-could-be-a-sign-of-an-untreated-head-injury-tips-on-how-to-heal-concussions-and-traumatic-brain-injuries-with-dr-kabran-chapek

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    • 53 min
    Why People Join Cults, the Difference Between Sociopaths and Psychopaths + Tips On Healing from Abusive Relationships with Therapist Rachel Bernstein

    Why People Join Cults, the Difference Between Sociopaths and Psychopaths + Tips On Healing from Abusive Relationships with Therapist Rachel Bernstein

    The unknown and uncertain can be frightening, especially when it comes to the darker side of human nature. In this podcast, I speak with licensed marriage and family therapist and Indoctrination podcast host Rachel Bernstein about the appeal of cults, how to help someone who gets involved in a cult, the difference between cult leaders, narcissists, sociopaths and psychopaths, if it’s possible for a psychopath to heal, how to recover from emotional abuse, and how to find freedom and safety in a relationship. 

     

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    Podcast Highlights 

    3:34 How Rachel helps people who get involved in cults 

    8:21 Why do people join cults? 

    15:28 How to spot a cult 

    21:36 The different kinds of cults 

    26:30 How do you recognize emotional manipulation and abuse? 

    33:10 What is the difference between a narcissist and being selfish? 

    36:11 How do we protect ourselves from abusive relationships? 

    42:00 How to help someone recover from an abusive relationship? 

    46:36 What is the difference between sociopaths and psychopaths?   



    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/why-people-join-cults-the-difference-between-sociopaths-psychopaths-tips-on-healing-from-abusive-relationships-with-therapist-rachel-bernstein  

    For more info on Rachel and to listen to her podcast visit:  

    Twitter: @_indoctrination Instagram: @indoctrinationpodcast 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/indoctrinationpodcast/ 

    RadioPublic: https://radiopublic.com/indoctrination-Gb1JeZ/episodes   



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    -Sign up to join my free text program and receive mental health care tips and strategies, exclusive offers and more! Just text DRLEAF to 1 (833) 285 3747 (*Only available for U.S numbers at this time)  

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    -Visit my website at https://drleaf.com for more free resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health!   

    Follow me on social media for daily mental self-care tips! 

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    -Twitter: @drcarolineleaf: https://twitter.com/DrCarolineLeaf 

    -Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/drcarolineleaf  

    If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 review on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you are listening! And don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with friends and family! I love seeing your posts on social media!


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Managing Your Mental Health When Living with a Chronic Illness or Disability + How to Turn Any Challenge into an Opportunity (With Adam Bremen, Keto Krisp Founder)

    Managing Your Mental Health When Living with a Chronic Illness or Disability + How to Turn Any Challenge into an Opportunity (With Adam Bremen, Keto Krisp Founder)

    On this podcast, I had the privilege of interviewing Keto Krisp founder and successful businessman Adam Bremen. This was definitely one of my favorite interviews, with the creator of my favorite keto snack bar! We discuss everything from finding the joy in life, how he overcame his disability, how keto changed his life and inspired him to start his company, why having fun in life and in business is so important, how to be a successful entrepreneur, his desire to celebrate and empower others to take charge of their health, how to build mental resilience when times are tough, what to say to someone who is going through a really tough time, and the power of learning to see the good in every situation.   

    Adam learnt early on that life is about what you can do, not what you can’t do. Diagnosed at the age of 2 with cerebral palsy, he has learnt to overcome numerous odds, including life in a wheelchair. Thankfully, he grew up with a loving and supportive family who encouraged him to never put limits on himself, and to always find ways to celebrate his life and the lives of the people around him.    



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    Podcast Highlights 

    2:13 How seeing life as a gift can improve our mental health  

    5:00 How helping others helps us 

    7:16 The power of a strong support system  

    10:06 Adam started Keto Krisp to inspire people and empower them to live better and healthier lives  

    19:14 Great advice for people wanting to run their own business 

    22:43 How to deal with failure in a business 

    24:06 How Adam manages a business and his mental health  

    26:17 Mental health tips to deal with the current pandemic 

    31:21 How keto has helped Adam mentally and physically  

    35:12 What to say to someone going through a really hard time  



    Read the show blog here:  https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/managing-your-mental-health-when-living-with-a-chronic-illness-or-disability-how-to-turn-any-challenge-into-an-opportunity-with-adam-bremen-keto-krisp-founder

    For more info on Adam: https://ketokrisp.com  

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    Additional resources: 

    -Sign up to join my free text program and receive mental health care tips and strategies, exclusive offers and more! Just text DRLEAF to 1 (833) 285 3747 (*Only available for U.S numbers at this time)  

    -Get my new brain detox app SWITCH on sale now! Get 50% off a 3 month subscription. Just look for Switch on Your Brain in the App Store or Google Play or visit: https://theswitch.app  

    -Visit my website at https://drleaf.com for more free resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health!   



    -Instagram: @drcarolineleaf: https://www.instagram.com/drcarolineleaf/ 

    -Facebook: Dr. Caroline Leaf: https://www.facebook.com/drleaf 

    -Twitter: @drcarolineleaf: https://twitter.com/DrCarolineLeaf 

    -Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/drcarolineleaf  



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    • 48 min
    Healthy Venting vs. Emotional Dumping, Common Cognitive Errors That Cause Anxiety + Signs of Psychological Invalidation (Interview with Neuropsychologist Nawal Mustafa)

    Healthy Venting vs. Emotional Dumping, Common Cognitive Errors That Cause Anxiety + Signs of Psychological Invalidation (Interview with Neuropsychologist Nawal Mustafa)

    We all have mental habits that are not so great—the things that keep us stuck, make us stressed out, impact our health and affect our relationships. Thankfully, we don’t have to stay “stuck” in these negative thinking patterns. In this podcast, I speak with clinical neuropsychologist, writer and mental health advocate Nawal Mustafa about common cognitive and thinking errors we all deal with and what we can do to overcome them, how to recognize and avoid psychological invalidation and gaslighting, the difference between healthy venting and emotional dumping, the best way to have difficult emotional discussions, and how to help your children speak about their feelings and experiences.



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    Podcast Highlights

    1:12 How Nawal’s experiences as an immigrant shapes her approach to mental health

    3:30 Psychological invalidation: signs and solutions 

    6:45 What is gaslighting?

    15:24 Parents & gaslighting

    21:00 The difference between emotional dumping and healthy venting

    45:00 The common cognitive thinking errors causing us more anxiety 



    Read the show blog here:  https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/the-difference-between-healthy-venting-amp-emotional-dumping-and-common-cognitive-errors-that-cause-anxiety-signs-of-psychological-invalidation-interview-with-clinical-neuropsychologist-nawal-mustafa



    For more info on Nawal: 

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebraincoach/  

    Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/nawalmustafaofficial/  

    Website:  https://nawalmustafa.com



    Additional resources:

    -Sign up to join my free text program and receive mental health care tips and strategies, exclusive offers and more! Just text DRLEAF to 1 (833) 285 3747 (*Only available for U.S numbers at this time)

    -Get my new brain detox app SWITCH on sale now! Get 50% off a 3 month subscription. Just look for Switch on Your Brain in the App Store or Google Play or visit: https://theswitch.app

    Visit my website at https://drleaf.com for more free resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health! 

    Follow me on social media for daily mental self-care tips!

    -Instagram: @drcarolineleaf

    -Facebook: Dr. Caroline Leaf

    -Twitter: @drcarolineleaf

    -Youtube

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    The Dangers of Toxic Positivity, Signs of Gaslighting + Tips on What NOT to Say to Someone Who is Grieving with Therapist Whitney Hawkins Goodman

    The Dangers of Toxic Positivity, Signs of Gaslighting + Tips on What NOT to Say to Someone Who is Grieving with Therapist Whitney Hawkins Goodman

    We have all heard the phrase “look on the bright side” at least once in our lives. And yes, sometimes we do need those little reminders to be positive: “stop and smell the roses”, “things will get better” and the “remember, the glass is half full”. But what happens when these reminders become toxic? What happens when positivity shuts down, rather than opens up, the path to healing? In this podcast, I talk with licensed marriage and family therapist Whitney Hawkins Goodman about the dangers of toxic positivity, the relationship between toxic positivity and gaslighting, how to be truly empathetic, the power of learning how to listen and how to comfort someone who is grieving.

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/the-dangers-of-toxic-positivity-signs-of-gaslighting-tips-on-what-not-to-say-to-someone-who-is-grieving-with-therapist-whitney-hawkins-goodman

    For more info on Whitney visit her website: www.theccc.miami

    Her online store: https://sitwithwhit.mykajabi.com/store

    Whitney's Instagram: @sitwithwhit

    Whitney's Facebook: @sitwithwhitney



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    Podcast Highlights

    1:42 Why Whitney thinks it is important to talk about our emotions and mental health

    2:40 What is toxic positivity?

    13:30 How can you train yourself to become more aware of your intentions?

    14:55 What is the difference between shame and guilt, and what do they have to do with toxic positivity?

    17:31 What is gaslighting?

    19:11 Gaslighting and racism

    21:34 How to help someone who is grieving



    Additional resources:

    -Sign up to join my free text program and receive mental health care tips and strategies, exclusive offers and more! Just text DRLEAF to 1 (833) 285 3747 (*Only available for U.S numbers at this time)

    -Get my new brain detox app SWITCH on sale now! Get 50% off a 3 month subscription. Just look for Switch on Your Brain in the App Store or Google Play or visit: https://theswitch.app

    -Visit my website at https://drleaf.com for more free resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health! 

    Follow me on social media for daily mental self-care tips!

    -Instagram: @drcarolineleaf: https://www.instagram.com/drcarolineleaf/

    -Facebook: Dr. Caroline Leaf: https://www.facebook.com/drleaf

    -Twitter: @drcarolineleaf: https://twitter.com/DrCarolineLeaf

    -Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/drcarolineleaf

    If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 review on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you are listening! And don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with friends and family! I love seeing your posts on social media!


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    • 47 min
    How to End the Pandemic of Poor Mindsets + The Best Tips For Dealing with Criticism and Failure from Tom Bilyeu

    How to End the Pandemic of Poor Mindsets + The Best Tips For Dealing with Criticism and Failure from Tom Bilyeu

    Your mindsets have the power to take you places you never imagined you would go, or hold you back from those places, keeping you stuck in a hamster wheel of fear, anxiety and depression. But how do you learn how to choose the right mindsets to make you successful and help you find fulfillment?

    In this podcast, I spoke to media mogul, entrepreneur, filmmaker and leading motivational speaker Tom Bilyeu about the power of choosing the right mindset, how we can take back control over our lives and tell our own stories, how to build up mental resilience and overcome negative thinking, why learning is so powerful, why we all need to embrace our failures and how constructive criticism can help develop our passion and grow.

    For more info on Tom: 

    Tom Bilyeu on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/tombilyeu 

    Impact Theory on Apple Podcasts:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/impact-theory-with-tom-bilyeu/id1191775648 

    Impact Theory on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1nARKz2vTIOb7gC9dusE4b?si=TpdNeELUSfuDcitkQfofjQ  



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    Podcast Highlights 

    -2:05 How Tom founded Quest Nutrition and Impact Theory  

    -4:25 Why is having passion important? 9:17 What are some too the biggest life lessons Tom has learnt? 

    -13:42 Why is learning so important?  

    -19:52 Why is identity so important?  

    -25:58 The power of facial expressions  

    -30:00 How to overcome mistakes and failures 

    -34:53 What is the best way to deal with negative thoughts? 

    -41:19 What is fulfillment, and why is it so important? 

    -50:08 Why should we challenge our own thinking? 

    -54:37 The power of raw and honest feedback 

    -1:00:15 What are some of the keys to a successful relationship?  

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/how-to-end-the-poor-mindsets-pandemic-the-best-tips-on-dealing-with-criticism-and-failure-from-tom-bilyeu



    Additional resources:  

    -Sign up to join my free text program and receive mental health care tips and strategies, exclusive offers and more! Just text DRLEAF to 1 (833) 285 3747 (*Only available for U.S numbers at this time) 



     -Get my new brain detox app SWITCH on sale now! Get 50% off a 3 month subscription. Just look for Switch on Your Brain in the App Store or Google Play or visit: https://theswitch.app  



    -Visit my website at https://drleaf.com for more free resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health! And be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter to get even more mental self-care tips delivered to your inbox weekly and to see my upcoming events (you can sign up at drleaf.com!)  



    Follow me on social media for daily mental self-care tips!  

    -Instagram: @drcarolineleaf: https://www.instagram.com/drcarolineleaf/  

    -Facebook: Dr. Caroline Leaf: https://www.facebook.com/drleaf  

    -Twitter: @drcarolineleaf: https://twitter.com/DrCarolineLeaf  

    -Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/drcarolineleaf    



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    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
132 Ratings

132 Ratings

simphiweQ ,

Thank you Dr Caroline Leaf

This podcast transformed my life and my understanding on topics I previously had no interest on. You talk with so much ease and it feels like I’m listening to someone I’ve known my whole life. I not only know more but I am able to do more for myself and those around me.
I highly recommend this podcast.

Thank you, this is truly a gem ❤️

clivemach ,

Great podcast!

Implementing what Caroline teaches changes everything! I recommended this podcast.

Tantjie ,

Informative Insightful Inspiring

I have read some of Dr Leaf's books and absolutely love how she can make complex neuroscience easy to understand for everyone. This podcast just takes it to the next level. Her tips are so practical and easy to apply to your life. She is incredibly generous with her knowledge and I love the interviews she has with other professionals. Thank you Dr Leaf for inspiring me to live a healthier life (attainable and uncomplicated!).

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