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Suffering as Awareness

In this TED talk, doctor Patrick Leenen presents a new approach to mental health treatment, which leverages suffering and responsibility to address every part of a sick person’s life.

"Nobody likes to suffer, it hurts, but instead of reducing the pressure, we can use it as a powerful tool to evolve!"

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The system doesn't allow people to focus on the main source of the problem, the system is broken, it does not address complex situations adequately.

The level of suffering influences our motivation to take responsibility for our own recovery. Taking responsibility is a fundamental element in any effect treatment.

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[ Motivation and Awareness ]

The first principle is that the degree of suffering influences the motivation.

As you can probably imagine, if my level of suffering is too low, then I probably won't be motivated to change my behavior. On the other hand, if my level of suffering is too high, the chances are I'm not able to change, due to too much pain or pressure.

So if I can influence your level of suffering, then I can also influence your behavior. In the case of Jane, the family doctor and the specialist mental health care, decreased the level of suffering by decreasing her symptoms, but therefore, they also decreased her motivation to address the main source of the problem. So influencing the level of suffering is a key element in this approach.

[ Monitoring and Assistance ]

The second main principle is to focus on the main source of the problem, instead of the symptoms presented.

Again in Jane's case, we stopped her treatment, we also stopped her medication, and all we did was follow up. We only monitored the level of suffering rising again.

Eventually she opened up, she told us about her addicted son. So we treated her sons addiction, we give him the care and attention that he needed, and we also provided him with an alternative place to live. Within four months, Jane's symptoms cleared, without additional treatment.

[ Preliminary Results ]

This approach has been proven successful within my company over the past three years. And as a comparison.. up to 85% of the people who are treated in regular addiction healthcare, will fall back into former habits within the first year. Using the new approach, we are able to reduce this fallback to only 10%. Now just imagine the personal benefits for our patients, imagine the social benefits or even the financial benefits for the patient.

[ Decentralised Healthcare ]

It is my personal mission for the upcoming years, to make this new approach trainable and therefore accessible for every professional healthcare worker.

But you also can start using this new approach today, helping your relatives, helping your loved ones or colleagues. And in order to do so, I have three recommendations for you:

1. Recognise suffering – keep asking why, in order to detect the main source of the problem. Keeping asking questions, instead of jumping to conclusions.

2. Stop focusing on what people want (symptoms) – start focusing on what they really need. These two are not the same.

3. Use the level of suffering – nobody likes to suffer, it hurts, but instead of reducing the pressure, we can use it as a powerful tool to evolve!
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