Episode 175

Diagnosing Society: Getting to The Root of Our Mental Health Epidemic

With Dr. Omid Naim

Our mental health heavily influences our quality of life, so it makes sense that mental health, just like physical health, needs to be taken care of and maintained. One way that it can be maintained is through finding a sense of community, however, the way we are living today in Western society has created a big problem of loneliness. 60% of Americans report they don’t have a single person to go to in a time of crisis and in a struggle. This disconnection from one another has created endemic loneliness and isolation for many people. Loneliness has been shown to have similar health effects as smoking, or being overweight. The progressive disconnection from ourselves and other human beings is at the root of the problem with the way we are living.

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, I talk to Dr. Omid Naim about why society is so sick, what is contributing to the epidemic of mental health disorders, and how we need a new model for addressing chronic health conditions. We discuss how unresolved trauma and grief underlie most chronic health conditions. We also talk about what it really means to be in community and how we have an innate capacity to heal under proper conditions.

For more on Dr. Omid Naim you can follow him on Instagram @LaMaidaProject, on Facebook @LaMaidaProject, and through his websites https://www.hopepsychiatry.com/ and https://lamaidaproject.org/.

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I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. The current state of society in America and the real problem of loneliness
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  2. How our stories shape us
  3. The birth of the nuclear family and the rise of mental illness
  4. How anxiety, distress, and body pains are an expression of what we’re holding onto
  5. What community really means and the core conflicts of modern life
  6. How disasters and crisis bring out the best in us, and how we heal through connection
  7. The power of purpose and the healing process
  8. Unresolved childhood trauma and mental health disorders
  9. The influence of culture and society on mental health
  10. Where listeners can learn more about Dr. Omid Naim


Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Dhru Purohit Podcast, a top 30 health podcast with over 30 million downloads. His interviews focus on the inner workings of the brain and the body and feature the brightest minds in wellness, medicine, and mindset.

Dhru Purohit is also a serial entrepreneur and investor in the health and wellness industry.

Dr. Omid Naim

Dr. Omid Naim is a Western-trained psychiatrist who came to see the need for more holistic, spiritual, and community-based approaches to health care, by seeing the limitations of the conventional model first hand. He completed General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry residency at the University of California San Francisco, and went on to work in community psychiatry with the most high-risk and severely ill youth in the county coming out of foster care. Dr. Naim is the founder of Hope Integrative Psychiatry, a multi-modal approach for whole person transformation and healing. He also founded the non-profit, La Maida Project, which designs new models for families, communities, and organizations to become ecosystems of optimal health and well-being based on our innate human nature. 

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