Journalist Derek Beres joins us to talk about his new book, in which he explores additional options for psychological treatment, focusing on the historical uses and scientifically explored benefits of psychedelics.
Millions of Americans struggle with mental illness despite the exponential increase of pharmaceutical prescriptions over the past three decades. Despite our increased comforts, more and more people are diagnosed with depression and anxiety, begging the question of, why? From the communal framework, Derek’s work explores what we’re missing when we’re solely pursuing professional success and wealth and the importance of feeling seen by a caring other.
Derek is a multi-faceted author, media expert, and fitness instructor based in Los Angeles. He is currently a columnist for Big Think, Head of Content Marketing for Centered, and a marketing writer for StackSocial. He is the host of the EarthRise podcast and co-host of Conspirituality. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Substack. His new book is called Hero’s Dose: The Case for Psychedelics in Ritual and Therapy.
“Don’t go into this new therapeutic model thinking it’s just going to cure you because, again, the work is always done in sobriety, no matter what we’re talking about.” – Derek Beres
Topics covered on the episode with Derek Beres:
- The structure and efficacy of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy
- The benefits and costs of being on psychotropic medication in the long-term
- The importance of one’s mindset and setting to a positive psychedelic experience
- How psychedelics helped us become less critical and develop healthier frameworks of seeing others
- How individualistic and collectivist cultures differed in their responses to COVID-19
- Harlatanry in the wellness industry
- The impact of the medicalization of mental illness.
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