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dr Paul Conti: Therapy, Trauma Treatment, and Other Life Challenges | Huberman Lab Podcast #75

My guest on this episode is Dr. Paul Conti, MD, a psychiatrist and an expert in the treatment of trauma, personality disorders, and psychiatric illnesses and challenges of various kinds. Conti earned his MD from Stanford and completed his residency at Harvard Medical School. Today he leads the Pacific Premiere Group – a clinical practice that helps people heal and overcome trauma and other life challenges. We discuss trauma: what it is and its far-reaching effects on the mind and body, as well as the best approaches to treating trauma. We also examine how to choose a therapist and how to get the most out of therapy, as well as how to conduct self-directed therapy. We discuss the positive and negative effects of antidepressants, ADHD medication, alcohol, cannabis, and the therapeutic potential of psychedelics (eg, psilocybin and LSD), ketamine, and MDMA. This episode is a must-read for anyone seeking or in therapy, processing trauma, and/or considering psychoactive medication. Both patients and doctors should benefit from the information. #HubermanLab #Trauma #Therapy Thank you to our sponsors ROKA: InsideTracker: Blinkist: Additions by Momentous Social & Website Instagram – Twitter – Facebook – /hubermanlab TikTok – Website – Newsletter – Subscribe to the Huberman Lab Podcast Apple Podcasts: https:/ / Spotify: Google Podcasts: Other platforms: Dr. Paul Conti Links Website: Pacific Premier Group, PC: Trauma: The Invisible Epidemic: How Trauma Works and How We Can Heal From It: https:// Timestamps 00:00:00 Dr. Paul Conti, trauma & recovery 00:02:30 ROKA, InsideTracker, Blinkist 00:07:00 Defining trauma 00:14:05 Guilt & shame, sources of negative emotions 00:21:38 Repeating trauma, the compulsion to repeat 00:28:23 How to deal with trauma and negative emotions/arousal 00:37:17 processing trauma, do you always need a therapist? 00:45:30 Internal self-talk, punishing narratives & negative fantasies 00:51:10 Short-term coping mechanisms vs. long-term change 00:53:22 Tools: processing trauma yourself, journaling 00:57:00 Sublimation of traumatic experiences 01:02:34 Tool: Finding a good therapist 01:07:20 Optimizing the therapy process, frequency, intensity 01:14:51 Tool: Self-awareness of therapy needs, mismatch of needs 00:16:35 Talking to yourself and diary, talking to trusted people 01:19: 00 Prescription drugs and treatment of trauma, antidepressants, treatment of core problems 01:28:35 Short-term vs. long-term use of prescription drugs, antidepressants 01:32:18 Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and prescription drugs 01:37:31 Adverse effects of ADHD Prescription Drugs 01:40:37 Alcohol, cannabis – positives and negatives Effects 01:44:53 Psychedelics: Psylocibin and LSD, Therapeutic Uses, Trauma Recovery 01:54:32 Sensation, Speech, Animals 01:55:48 Psychedelic Hallucinations, Trauma Recovery 02:00:01 MDMA (Therapeutic Uses) 02 :04:47 Clinical aspects of MDMA 02:07:28 Language, trauma processing, social media, societal divisions 02:15:09 Definition of “taking care of yourself” 02:21:13 Dr. Conti, Zero Cost Support, YouTube Feedback, Spotify & Apple Reviews, Sponsors, Momentous Supplements, Instagram, Twitter, Neural Network Newsletter The Huberman Lab Podcast is for general informational purposes only and does not constitute the practice of medicine, nursing, or any other professional health service including the Provision of medical advice and no doctor-patient relationship is formed. Use of any information on this podcast or any material linked from this podcast is at the user’s own risk. The content of this podcast is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Users should not disregard or delay in seeking medical advice for any medical condition they may have and should seek the assistance of their healthcare professional in the event of such medical conditions. Photo credit title card: Mike Blabac –


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