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The Drug That Could Be The Cure To Mental Health w/ Dr. Sam Zand | Heal Thy Self w/ Dr. G #176


Special guest segment: Founders of Better U, Dr. Sam Zand and Derek Du Chesne join the show to talk about the state of mental health.

Is a mental health diagnosis helpful or detrimental?

How are we overlooking what heals mental health?

Do psychedelics have a role in healing mental health?

How is ketamine used for mental health?

How has conventional medicine missed the boat on treating mental health disorders?

What is the future of mental healing?

Guest Bio:
Dr. Sam Zand is a compassionate psychiatrist, motivational speaker, and socially conscious business developer. He has merged his passions for mental health, performance coaching, and entrepreneurship to establish platforms which build leaders and self-healers in the community. Whether treating addiction, anxiety, depression, trauma, or other mental health issues, Dr. Zand is able to build rapport by truly getting to know his clients and helping them increase their self-awareness. His passion is helping his clients overcome mental and emotional obstacles towards unlocking their peak potential.

While his training is in general psychiatry, addiction recovery, and psychotherapy, his passions are in crisis intervention, peak mental fitness training, relationship counseling, psychedelic therapy, and spiritual growth. Dr. Zand works to help his clients cover all aspects of their mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health.
Dr. Zand has worked with industry leaders, corporate executives, professional athletes, and the everyday hardworking citizen. He has established psychiatry clinics and mental health teams in over twelve states. Dr. Zand has worked with the San Francisco Giants to create a mental skills department. He spent time with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to assist in mental health and crisis intervention training. Dr. Zand also speaks for several pharmaceutical companies to help providers bridge the gap between neurochemistry and mental/emotional wellness.

It is Dr. Zand’s mission to continue opening avenues towards strengthening mental health care, decreasing any perceived stigmas, improving spiritual alignment, and ultimately helping others become the best versions of themselves.

After exhausting traditional treatments for depression and suicidal ideation, Derek reluctantly tried ketamine therapy in 2019. Derek experienced a rapid mental transformation, which inspired him to collaborate with clinicians from Stanford’s Psychedelic Science Center and Depression Research Clinic to explore ways to increase accessibility to psychedelic medicine. After discovering how psychedelics may treat a multitude of mental health challenges, making psychedelic medicine more accessible became his mission. In 2021, Derek partnered with Dr. Sam Zand, a pioneer in psychiatric and psychedelic medicine from Johns Hopkins University, to create Better U. “It was the single most profound moment in my life at that time. For months it felt like everyone around me was breathing and I was drowning. After the first session, I felt like I could breathe again. My entire ethos was plant-based medicine and prior to this, I thought ketamine was a horse tranquilizer. After researching the benefits of this type of therapy, I decided what else do I have to lose and gave it a go. Grateful that I did, not sure if I’d still be here if I didn’t make the appointment. Psychedelic therapy saved my life. The treatment was expensive ($1,500 per treatment) and there was zero mental preparation prior and no support after the session. I grew up in Wisconsin and thought of my family and friends that are struggling with depression and how this may help them but it wasn’t accessible. After 2 years of development, Dr. Zand & I created Better U to make breakthrough mental health treatments more accessible, provide a support system for people who are struggling, and improve the standard of care for mental wellness.

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