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Episode 311 - How to Feel Great and Overcome Negative Emotions with Dr. David Burns

Ep. 311

Early in his career, Dr. David Burns asked his mentor, Aaron Beck, what to do with hopeless patients, the ones medicine didn't have an answer for. Beck's answered he never gave up on a patient, and that David should build his own policy in that regard. As a result, Dr. Burns adopted that philosophy and never gave up on a patient; he happily assisted thousands of patients with a 100% recovery rate.  


Our guest, Dr. David Burns, is one of the world's leading authorities dealing with anxiety, depression, and other mental conditions. He received his M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is also a Podcast Host and Author of several books, including "Feeling Good - The New Mood Therapy" and "Feeling Great - The Revolutionary New Treatment for Depression and Anxiety." 


After over 40 years of research and working with tens of thousands of patients, Dr. Burns developed revolutionary and effective tools to deal with anxiety and depression. He is moved by a genuine desire to help people feel better, and for the last 25 years, he hadn't prescribed a single medication to any of them.  


Dr. Burns kindly shared bits of his lifetime research in this episode, dropping countless golden nuggets of wisdom and inspirational thoughts. We also talked about the real reason behind why we feel depressed and anxious, illustrated by a beautiful experience Dr. Burns had with one woman in front of an entire audience.  


Tune in to Episode 311 and listen to what Dr. Burns has to say about our mood, thoughts, and how they combine to make us feel how we feel.  


Some Questions I Ask: 

Could you share a little of your background? (2:36) 

From your perspective, what are you seeing in the world right now about anxiety and depression? (6:24) 

What would you say is the starting point for someone listening to this right now? (23:24) 


In This Episode, You Will Learn: 

About the tools we had and the ones we have now to deal with anxiety and depression (8:04) 

Everyone has some level of anxiety. The danger of starting to generalize anxiety (11:13) 

Anxiety and depression as a result of what is right with us, not what is wrong with us (11:31) 

The case of a woman who recovered in front of an audience (13:14) 

Some of the things Dr. Burns learned along the way and some people find controversial (28:45) 



Feeling Good - Dr. Burns website 

Dr. David Burns books 

Feeling Good Podcast 


Connect with Dr. Burns: 



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