Today’s guest is Dr. Christopher M. Palmer. Dr. Palmer is a Harvard psychiatrist and researcher working at the interface of metabolism and mental health. He is the director of the Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education at McLean Hospital and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. For more than two decades, he has held leadership roles in psychiatric education at Harvard, McLean Hospital, and nationally. He spent more than fifteen years conducting neuroscience research in the areas of substance use and sleep disorders. Most recently, he has developed the first comprehensive theory of what causes mental illness, integrating biological, psychological, and social research into one unifying theory—the brain energy theory of mental illness. Today on the podcast we discuss Dr. Palmer’s revolutionary new approach to understanding and treating mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and more. 

What to Listen For:

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:50 Difference between a mental state and a mental disorder
  • 06:27 Dealing with mild depression or burnout
  • 09:19 What causes mental illness?
  • 12:41 The relationship between metabolism and mental health
  • 18:04 Treating mild anxiety or depression
  • 21:57 Is there a correlation between obesity and mental health?
  • 24:27 Why do certain people gain weight and others don’t?
  • 27:49 Optimizing serotonin and dopamine
  • 32:15 Is the ketogenic diet a “fad diet”?
  • 34:53 Following a ketogenic diet while also paying attention to overall health
  • 37:40 How metabolic health impacts your nervous system
  • 43:14 Simple steps you can take to improve your mental health
  • 49:08 How do we solve the mental health epidemic?

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