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During Fresh Start with Dr. David Podcast Episodes, I will also talk about my approaches to mental health and wellness, the concepts that I use across my practices, and topics of interests from my current books and any upcoming books.
My reason for starting the Fresh Start with Dr. David Podcast is my firm belief that the current mental health and wellness system in the United States is really not a system. And, It’s BROKEN. It’s a group of frequently unaligned and unconnected parts that usually fail to synchronize, leaving patients lost, confused and exasperated. In addition, unfortunately, our healthcare system & our mental health system are so married to the pharmaceutical industry that it’s practically impossible to separate them from one another. Our healthcare and mental health care systems are generally focused upon addressing the symptoms of problems, conditions & disorders, but they often fail to address the underlying root causes of those symptoms, which also frustrates and exasperates patients.
In our mental health realm, patients are often prescribed medications that are not only tolerance building & habit forming, but directly & quickly lead to dependence & addiction, and unwanted side effects. In many cases, these patients are never informed about the potential of these medications to lead to tolerance, habit formation, dependence & addiction. Physicians are first asked to “Do No Harm”, then tasked to “Do Good.” However, when you marry that with industries (insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, etc.) whose primary goals are profit, then it leads to a number of conflicts of interest that the healthcare industry does not seem to want to address.
In the present age, it seems to lead to the belief and policies that support it that the answer to all of life’s problems is to simply take a pill. I don’t believe that people need more pills. I believe that people need better answers and real solutions that get to the root causes of their problems & symptoms.
I also believe that the medical education & training systems in America are broken, to the detriment of patients. I believe that many children, adolescents & young adults are not receiving the basics & foundations to be resilient in an ever complex & competitive world that increasingly requires more & more in order for resilience & success to be created.
Finally, I believe that in many ways humanity needs to return to the basics of human life & decency, including the concepts, characteristics, traits, values, beliefs & foundational principles that define the best of who we are as a species.
In order to help to stop generational mental health issues in America, I’ve created a non-profit organization (501c3) to help adolescents, teens and young adults deal with life circumstances in healthier and more constructive ways by providing them with life coaching and cognitive behavioral tools to help them cope and develop the mental muscles required to thrive and be resilient in an increasingly challenging world. Services will be provided to these young people either free of charge or at a significantly reduced rate. Donations will go to either the podcast or to the non-profit, based upon need.