How to Optimize Your Mood
Do you find it rare for you to be in a great mood?
What good is striving for success if it’s just going to keep you in a lousy mood?
And are meds the only option if life is really kicking your ass?
Dr Will Van Derveer is leading a revolution in modern psychiatry while also developing a controversial yet effective approach to treating PTSD. Today he’s here to help us better understand our brains and optimize our mood.
In this interview:
- How to optimize your mood
- What causes your moods?
- Why your emotional world tells you if you’re off track
- How to tell if you have a “false mood”
- Why moods aren’t always directly linked to your thinking or life situation
- When are meds a good choice?
- What you should know about meds before taking them
- How is MDMA being used to treat PTSD?
- How can primary doctors, psychiatrists, and physicians learn a more holistic approach to psychiatry?
DISCLAIMER: If you have serious questions or concerns about your mental health, don’t go it alone. Find a trained professional and get help.
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About Will Van Derveer
Will Van Derveer, MD is the founder and medical director of the Integrative Psychiatric Healing Center in Boulder, CO, where he has practiced integrative psychiatry for 14 years. Dr. Van Derveer is a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine since 2013, and the new American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABoIM) since 2016. He is course director for the University of Colorado psychiatry residents course on integrative psychiatry.
Dr. Van Derveer regards emotional trauma as a significant root cause of psychiatric symptoms in integrative psychiatry practice, along with gut issues, hormone imbalances, inflammation, mitochondrial dysfunction, and other functional medicine problems. He provides to most of his patients somatic psychotherapy for trauma recovery.
Trained as a meditation instructor, he teaches mindfulness to his patients. In addition to his clinical work, he recently completed a Phase II randomized clinical trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder. He lives in Boulder with his wife and daughter.