A little life update — and a hello

Hi Everyone. And greetings after a rather long absence. It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post, and I wanted to say hello and share a bit of what I’ve been up to. Mostly in terms of creative output I’ve been making new videos — I’ve caught the video bug again. It’s been an intense and largely rewarding venture. And most surprisingly, one of these new videos became more popular than anything else I ever put up. It’s my video on “Six reasons I quit being a therapist” (embedded below) and as of the date of this writing it’s been viewed more than a quarter million times. This is totally unexpected. And the strange thing is, I really don’t know why it’s happened, because when I recorded it and put it up on Youtube I didn’t think it was particularly better than anything else I was sharing. But somehow it seems to have struck a nerve with a lot of people — and somehow that translated into Youtube promoting it with their mysterious algorithms. What I have learned from the comments, though — more than 3,000 of them at the time of this writing — is that there are quite a lot of people out there who have had very bad, painful, even harmful and traumatic therapy experiences, and really are trying to make sense of them. Most of the feedback on the video, probably more than 95%, has been positive, but some has been negative. There have been a few therapists and psychiatrists who have felt I’ve spoken incorrectly or in an overly negative way about the mental health field, though frankly, I think just reading the far majority of viewers’ comments contradict that, which I admit pleases me. (It also pleases me that quite a lot of therapists have found value in the video too — so not all mental health professionals dislike it.) Meanwhile, I’ve been making more and more videos. And I find a real pleasure in it — a pleasure, though, laced with anxiety and the inevitable self-doubt of creativity. But the pleasure of it drives me forward — the pleasure of creating, of speaking my mind, of sharing my life experience, and hopefully of offering some help and support to people out there in the world. It is very gratifying! So again, a warm hello to you all! Daniel

17 thoughts on “A little life update — and a hello

  1. Hi Daniel!…I was wondering if you have written a specific article or have any advice on how to start a new project or change careers….. You have shown to be very creative and versatile to come up with new ideas and implement them. You have been therapist, filmmaker, writer and anything you want with success…..You have been able to reinvent yourself many times. How do you come up with new ideas?.. How do you know what the world needs and what you are good at?…. How do you overcome the fear of starting something new?

    • Ohh Adrienne,
      That’s Daniel’s secrets. That’s why Daniel is who he is. It’s all in how we think and what motivates us. Our life experiences and what we decide to do with them. We all have to work with our own experiences, you can’t put experience on your shoulders, you have to go with what you have. Everyone can be creative if they really want to. It takes honesty and a lot of thought.

    • hi adrienne — hmm, i don’t know exactly how to answer your questions specifically because we are all different, but i did write an essay some years back that came to mind when i saw your post. here it is: http://wildtruth.net/emotional-flowchart-creative-process/ this at least is how i do some things…. all the best! daniel p.s. ultimately, though, i just follow my inner motivation, and try to live a healthy life so i’m open to change. and i journal a lot.

      • Thank you so much Daniel for the link and suggestions, they are very helpful!.. I see that is normal to have fears and doubts when launching a new project. The important thing is to overcome that fear and do it.

  2. Daniel,

    Thank you sooooooo much for this video! I believe it’s so popular because it puts the puzzle pieces in place for so many of us. It did for me.

    My mom was schizophrenic, and my son labelled ADHD and drugs for both of them were, what I call, “paint over rust”. My family was finally helped by a therapist from a foreign country that insisted on work with me and my wife along side my son, medicine free while educating me on pieces of what you shared. He’s now medicine free (from 3 prescriptions), more motivated and happy. It seems there is more truth outside of the US than inside.

    I didn’t understand why school counselors, therapists and psychologists were all driving us to these labels and I could see that they didn’t even form a proper relationship with my son. I always thought it strange how the teachers and counselors could ask you, “Have you talked to your doctor”, one that wasn’t really trained in mental health, yet could prescrive psychoactive drugs. What a messed up system.

    Thank you for your wise words. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you in this mission of truth.

    –Andrew

  3. Where is that 2 minute video you just did ? At the end, you actually smiled. Now, don’t do it too often. Remember to use it sparingly because it reveals a lot and you don’t want to reveal too much. Your expressions are always genuine. But that beautiful smile, reserve that just for certain occasions. It says a lot.

  4. Hi Daniel,

    Lovely to see your new videos. By now I think I have watched everyone of your videos, documentaries, read all your blogs and listened to all your past interviews.

    I highly value your insights, and appreciate your unique and exclusive take on the medical ”market” , and in general your experiences and views, on life and the world.

    Im wondering if there are any more interviews planned for the future ?

    And if possible you could share some of your thoughts, on why with some ”schizophrenic” people, that have a strong belief that they are some sort of religious chosen figure, or a messiah of sorts. I have/had a friend who believes with out doubt that he is the one and only messiah, who has come to save the human race. (I have some of my own thoughts on this, but would love to hear, what you may have to say)

    Best Wishes

    Aron

  5. Hi Daniel!
    It was just yesterday that I went to your wild truth web page to see if I could get your feedback on how to stop taking psychiatric drugs safely. I was inspired by the Broken Wings video on YouTube. I have been doing self therapy and a healthy diet for almost 2 years now. I am on the lowest dose possible of one drug. I feel really anxious and self conscious writing to you, because this feels like the first time I am putting it out there. I am in Montreal, but I am afraid to bring up my desire to be drug free with my really harmful psychiatrist. I don’t know where to look or how to start. Would be happy to hear your ideas. Wish I could take care of all this myself, instead of taking another risk and getting drugged up again, as happened about 8 years ago. Broken Wings gave me hope! I haven’t had hope since 8 years ago

    Yours in friendship and hope
    Rhona

  6. Thank you so much for your videos! They have meant a lot of me as I am going through an intense year of therapy and life changes. One thing I have found really helpful, in addition to reading books and listening to videos like yours, is a somatic approach to trauma recovery. I have a coach who is trained in Somatic Experiencing, and I have also tried out Berceli’s TRE ‘shaking’ approaches, and these have made a huge difference for me! I would love to hear your thoughts on these or other body-based trauma healing methodologies — maybe in another video?

    I appreciate that you are so outspoken in criticism of anti-psychotic medications; luckily I have never had any experiences them. They sound just awful. But I have been diagnosed with ADHD and I find stimulant medication to be so incredibly helpful to my healing process. It has changed my life. What’s your opinion on stimulants for ADHD (Ritalin, Adderall, etc.)? Do you feel the same towards them as you do towards the anti-psychotics?

  7. Hi Daniel – Just feeling like I should leave a message and say thank you for sharing your thoughts and point of view on psychotherapy and childhood trauma. I’ve watched most of your videos and they really helped me understand how this entire “in therapy” thing works, especially from the therapist angle, and make a lot of sense of my own experience – I’ve been seeing social workers, counselors, psychiatrist since I was 13, up until this year, I found a therapist who asks about my childhood memories and willing to look into it. That’s how I found your videos while trying to figure out more on this topic. Thank you again, and look forward to seeing more of your videos.

    Liz – 23, Hong Kong

  8. Daniel, im a UK based psychotherapist and marriage counsellor/coach. I’ve been following your work for a few years now and have read all your books. I respect you for having the courage to put your head above the parapet. There will always be the so called “professional” detractors who are fearful of looking into their own shadow. Don’t lose heart. I suspect you are helping more people than you realise. And I am delighted one of your videos (finally) went viral.

    If you ever come to London, the meal is on me.

  9. Thank you so much for sharing this Daniel. I admire the honesty and sincerity of your words. Everything that we go through in life teaches us something. I am sure you really helped those people as a therapist, but you also learned so much too. It is good you are sharing your learnings with the world. I hope you keep us impressing us with your videos and your creativity! Greetings from South America

    • saludos lucila — hmm, necesitamos una persona que traducir el video… youtube tiene la posibilidad de ingresar subtitulos, sí! daniel

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