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Interesting stuff about sexual orientation. If there was an intervention to make someone bisexual or pansexual would that be acceptable?
Hi Doc Mac, I've seen your videos on YouTube and love your perspective. I've had the "there's something wrong with me" idea in my head for as long as I can remember. My parents were great, but not perfect. I've figured out some major issues recently that caused several decades of depression. I'm in a trauma WRAP program now. I had to push for that, since I was diagnosed with BPD vs. CPTSD. I finally made it clear the issue was trauma, not my personality. I'm 52, I'll be 53 in September. I've always felt different. Like an alien dropped off on the planet and left here. I am SO different from other people - I've never fit in. I get what people say when they say a diagnosis helps! You're looking for a label that will explain WHY you feel like an outsider looking in on everyone living life! I've spent a lot of time trying to get that idea OUT of my head. Then I saw your video today. Sometimes we need to hear it from someone else. Not just an expert, but someone, like you, who is unique - who tells the TRUTH about the world, and about TRAUMA!! I also listened to your video about finding a good therapist - which confirmed that a few of my therapists were crappy. The experts who really got me rolling when I started researching were Robert Whitaker (Anatomy of An Epidemic) and Peter Breggin (Your Drug May Be Your Problem). Between the two of them, I figured out no, I don't have bipolar, and most, if not ALL mental illness is caused by trauma. Plus psych meds are VERY toxic to the human brain. I appreciate your honesty about how painful trauma work is. People need to know. If they aren't ready, it will break them. I'm mentally strong as heck. Emotionally I'm a wreck, but I know I can deal with anything mentally. Thank you. These words are not enough, but will have to be. Thank you for saying that there isn't anything wrong with us, any of us. There isn't, but SO many people NEED to hear it! I NEEDED to hear it! I know the world is crazy - but it took me SO long to figure it out. I hope for a time when every child who is different, like I was, like you were, isn't told they are "wrong" and isn't rejected by society, peers, in every life situation. This rejection is HORRIBLE and HURTS people. There is NO need for it. We need to EMBRACE our differences and rejoice in diversity! We are too afraid of change to do that. Humanity loves the status quo. Or.... the powerful love it - and they oppress everyone who doesn't FIT in their model. Of course I don't fit. Anyone who questions authority doesn't. I abhor authority. I don't think there's any legitimate reason for ANY person to have authority over another. Which makes me an anarchist. Oh.... well, that's a big problem in American, lol.....
Hi Daniel. I was just wondering how you've been. We spoke a few times in the past at events in NYC. I appreciate your work you have done and enjoyed speaking with you in the past. I have been free from psychiatry/mental health system for some time now and live in The City myself now. That move alone probably saved my life. Thanks and be well.
Thank you for generously sharing your knowledge about childhood trauma and how that is linked to mental health. You'r so straightforward and truthful. I noticed that a lot of your information is quite similar to what I hear from Divine Truth so I thought I'd share with you: https://youtu.be/OxvyBKZv5oE Thanks, Helena
Interesting stuff you have written. What do you think there is still to learn about sexual orientation?
I had been diving down the rabbit hole of my family's deep dark secrets and avoidance of trauma for a few years now, but your videos are very much like talking about it with a very understanding friend. Thank you for sharing your life and your work with us.
Hey, just want to thank you a lot because of your video's on your youtube channel. It inspired me a lot. Keep on doing the good stuff!
Hi I was stunned to hear your video on your journey to growth. I nodded all the time. It was like you were talking of me. I started my journey with a psychotherapist that in the beginning helped me a lot, then there was a major change in him and I "met"upon his trauma. He said it all was in me. Very very dangerous , it nearly ended with the worst case senario. It has been a struggle back to life , but paradoxically because I had started my journey, it didnt collapse. I have noone that has traveled these roads in them selves and that is hard. I understand why you called it , gold , finding someone. Thank you. Gina
Infant circumcision is Blackout Sociopathy. It is Nazism for newborns. The movie 'Conspiracy' demonstrates the meeting process at places like AAP, hospitals, etc. Author-Jesus & the Unabomber
Hi Daniel . Thank You for what you do with . Speaking Out . for the Vulnerable & Disadvantaged that's Awesome ! Would it have been possible to covert movie film the Tragedy of Lives for those detained as Staff . I found that my Mobile Phone was confiscated . my room searched . other Patients found also conversations listened to from Staff & any mention of recording was responded to with the Patients mobile phone being confiscated . Staff & the Conditions were blocked from being reported to the outside world . Notices were put on the wall banning bringing in & the use of Laptop Computers because as staff manageress said " don't like issues being reported on social media "
Hi. I love what goes on. I honestly find psychiatry to be satanic witchcraft. I wish i can tell you more about it.
Hi Daniel, I listen to your videos a lot, and you even inspired me to make my own (although I don't have the knack of it yet - getting there). I am a Certified Substitute Teacher, currently out of work because of Covid 19 and life devastation - also hold a BA in Psych and partial MS in Education/Special Education. I also started an MS in Clinical Counseling once, but dropped it due to the system I cannot believe in. I'm a musician as well - and just enjoy your perspective.
another person who makes me feel more sane is douglas rushkoff
feeling rough in this era, you´re one of those who make me feel less insane. thank you
Daniel every week I check your YouTube channel and watch what you have posted. You are the human being on this earth I most look forward and enjoy listening too. You make me feel normal and okay you make me want to keep living. Thank you for everything for the expression of you and the divine spark of life and the soul that you are best wishes Kate
Hi Daniel. I just wanted to express some gratitude for your documentaries and videos, which I devoured last summer as though I hadn't had a bite to eat in years. They felt like the first deeply relatable thing I'd come across since becoming an adult. I'm 22 and was becoming increasingly numb and schizoid until I figured out to look back at my foggy history, and to dig up my deep feelings about my parents and childhood. Well on the path now - feeling more alive every month. Cheers! - Darius
Hi Daniel I saw your video about the reasons for leaving psychotherapy. I know what you mean. Although I am a startup of this profession now. I consult in Russia. It's different from USA. Trere is no lisence for psychotherapy work. But this is what you said about responsibility to Customers. We can't get out of head that we've heard . I worry about everyone. I'm learning to detach, but not to get stale. But for each person, we become a part of Life, just as each Client brings their own into the life of the therapist. Irwin Yalom is not afraid to be a friend to Clients. I understand you when you say that Customers also give support. I think you were a great psychologist. It is a pity that this attitude to the profession often brings burnout. I think it must be great to be friends with you. You have a lot of sincerity and openness. There is a lot of romanticism in this. It doesn't save the world. But it is definitely necessary for the world. Thank you. Let everything work out in the best possible way. As they say in yoga - Namaste Natali
I begin this in tears. Daniel, your struggle is so mine wouldn’t be alone. If you wanna assign a purpose to it. Use that. My parents did not ever love me either. Ever. I’m 61. The Bible says the truth sets us free. But how could I face a truth like that alone. I am. Except your videos. My parents jailed me. They said I had a genetic defect. I lost babies. I was perfect not defective. At sixteen. I was like you. Sensitive to the truth about the world in a world that won’t see hear or speak about or acknowledge negative things. If you don’t how can you ever know the urgency upon us to insist we all have no room for anything but creating good things. You and Laura Delano are examples of the best and most necessary things I know of. I love your song called “Bullshit”. It’s great. I feel like you’re my friend. If I ever saw you in person the only fear is I’m sure I’d fall in love with you which would not be cool probably. You’re just so handsome and sweet on top of being so compassionate why wouldn’t anyone love you? This is just pure fan mail. I hope it makes you happy. That’s my intent. I live in Southwest Florida and I hope to form a group Just some hand picked people locally who want to talk about getting depsychistrized. Like maybe fundraise for Inner Fire. Or Inner Compass project The new Soteria Beatrice Birchs inner fire. She called me. I’m getting myself ready to do something soon. This grief sucks though. I wish you were my in person best friend. I’m needy as heck for a friend like you it’s better I don’t meet you. If there were a lot like you it would ease a lot of needy pain a lot of people require to get free of ...Bull shit.....Bullshit.... I see so much bullshit for miles and miles. Bullshit bullshit. My parents natural instincts were rendered not accesssble because my moms a therapist and my dad a big time corporate attorney. And they both were programmed by lethal BS doses from the Nazis I guess and the drug companies and Meyer and friends of the DSM so I was ambushed with Thorazine at twenty then again with closeril at menningers in Topeka I got off it in 2001. I think I was Ginny pigged. No informed consent. I wasn’t a candidate. No reason. Whatever. I got off prosac in 2007. I was jailed like MLK civilly disobeying the ER. Lee County is bad. NAMI my former employer is a child abuse front group for white coat dope dealing and istrogenic metsbolusm and invasion of America via the route of the frontal lobe. My parents jailed me saying elder assault. To get me drugged. All this meant. Bye bye mom and dad. Some things you gotta not automatically forgive Hence. I get you. Totally. And your videos. Thank you Daniel Mackler abd thanks too for the two email responses you sent awhile back. They are prized possessions and sources of great encouragement and it is an honor that you replied. If I can ever support you please do ask me. I’d relocate. To work for you. You’re that great.
I refused to take the drugs I would probably have become hooked on. Your site and videos are a source of reassurance.
I really love your work and recommend it to many. I have been involved with “mad” folks all my life and am often considered as one myself. I help run a hearing voices group in the New York area and have been involved with hearing voices folks for many years. I am in hopes with having a dialogue with you about breathing and madness as I find learning to breathe properly conserving CO2 allows for easier processing And unraveling of Disturbing thought much of which may well be PTSD from early or even later trauma. Ron Robbins developed and has had it duplicated and early research about it published as a one session effective treatment for panic attacks called the panic protocol which can be seen on the internet. I pointed out to him that “body starter” that trips a person post hypnotically into the start of a panic doesn’t work unless they are already over breathing usually outside their awareness until it really accelerated in the panic and they are usually mouth breathing as well losing the calming effects of adequate CO2 maintenance especially in the brain as well as the significantly reduced release of oxygen from the hemoglobin which takes place in over breathing as per the Bohr effect further robbing the brain of its fuel to think clearly creating more right brain survival processing and the further generation of the sympathetic fight or flight effects I.e.danger danger danger. I would like to open a dialogue with you about the research going on about this and possibly be connected with other interested researchers.
Hi, Daniel! I was wondering. Since the childhood trauma is the main theme around your work, I wonder what are you're thoughts about Sam Vaknin's outlook on Narcissistic Personality Disorder? He sees it as a post traumatic condition and then it should be possible to treat with combination of trauma therapy and child psychology (because the narcissist is actually an eternal child treating him as an adult is doomed to fail). What would be your thoughts about that as a therapist? I'm NPD myself and Im desperate for any source of hope, but no therapy works 🙁
I watched your interview with Martin Miller. I have all of Alice Miller’s books. I appreciate your work. It’s been a long journey for me. All the best to you, Sherri
Can you tell me whether "Toward Truth" is available in Spanish or Polish translations.......and if so, how I can buy copies? With many thanks
Hi Daniel, Just wondering if you've come across John Paul Rice and his movie 'A Child's Voice'?
Watched your new video today i could relate to having to get toxic people out of life. You may want to read the book charles Whitfield not crazy not mental illness he talks about in his books childhood tramua is causing anxiety depression schizophrenia etc, but that book talks about that and why the antianxiety antidepressants are so toxic to take and how get off of them, healing the child within and the truth about mentall illness are all great books of his to read, the author was a therapist as well. I have written here before i admire your honest videos trying to help others.
Daniel, Thank you for caring enough to do what you do. What I think makes your insights so remarkable and healing is that instead of pointing fingers at the afflicted, you point out what is truly going on - which is unhealed trauma. But more importantly, you emphasize the saddest thing of all - which is that untold harm is done not just from massive trauma, but also from being treated with disrespect - the effects of which can be profound. And more tragically, I find disrespect to be the hallmark of most of the psychotherapeutic community, with psychiatry in particular. But I think your videos are helping to remedy this situation in a way that’s unique. For me, video is more real and immediate - it’s just more tangible and relatable, and therefore more effective than reading text on a page. And I certainly appreciate a human face and a human voice. To me it verifies your authenticity, the lack of which is another hallmark of the “therapeutic” profession - that and basic human decency. And that’s what comes through in spades in your videos - your decency and respectful attitude towards your fellow human beings. You explain how this is where true healing begins. It’s the only “treatment” anyone really needs. Thank you again, maria
Dear Daniel, Congratulations on your groundbreaking work on mental health and its relationship to childhood trauma. I am 70 years old and have had a lifetime of emotional issues, beginning with a nervous breakdown in college. Five years ago I was diagnosed with cancer and entered therapy (I have been in therapy off and on throughout my life) to help me cope with this upsetting diagnosis. My therapist and I worked well together and we uncovered many traumatic experiences caused by my parents, who themselves were traumatized largely by their incarceration in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. You are so right about how difficult it is to face the huge eruption of suppressed negative emotions that can be unleashed through trauma work. I found myself reconnecting with a self I had not known since my childhood. My dilemma now is to decide whether to continue this work, or else to retreat back to my previous goal of adjusting to my illness, which is terminal. May I ask you what you would do in my situation? Continue on what might be a long path to true recovery of my real self, or settle for supportive counseling aimed at managing my impending death. In a way, the Pandora’s Box has been opened, and I don’t know if there is any real choice but to continue moving forward to process these feelings that I have pushed out of awareness for my whole life - even if there is not really enough time to “come out the other end”, to quote a phrase you have used often. Thank you again for your marvelous insights. Best wishes, Seth Renouver
Really informative stuff you've written. There's a new book out too that may interest you. It's called Love Drugs: The Chemical Future of Our Relationships by Brian Earp and Julian Savulescu.
Thank you so much for sharing your videos on YouTube. I really relate with your feelings towards your parents and your attitude to life. It's is so rare to hear this perspective anywhere. Thanks for making me feel not so alone!
I wanted to thank you for your brilliant critique of Alice Miller’s breakthrough observations on the multigenerational impacts of child abuse and, consequently, of unaddressed/unresolved childhood trauma. Your post “Alice Miller in a Nutshell: A Brief Critique” (2013) perfectly aggregated and summarized the somewhat disjointed thoughts I have been having after reading “The Body Never Lies” and then “Drama...” I know that, in 2020, I am a bit late to the party of discovering this revolutionary and radical idea that there are unequivocally lifelong impacts of childhood trauma. However, my personal journey has brought me here now and I am so grateful that you have taken the time to share your critique so clearly and eloquently on your site here.