HBO Doctor Commentaries – Game of Thrones

HBO Doctor Commentaries – Game of Thrones

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and tell me what you see. What you see is a dwarf. If I’d been born a peasant, they might have left me
out in the woods to die. Alas, I was born
a Lannister of Casterly Rock. Things are expected of me. I’m Dr. Ali Mattu,
cognitive behavioral therapist, and I’m here today
in collaboration with HBO to offer my take
on themes of mental healthin their shows.Never forget what you are,
the rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used
to hurt you. Today, we’re focusing on
depression through the lens of Tyrion Lannister
inGame of Thrones.♪ (MUSIC PLAYS) ♪ Anhedonia is a core symptom
of depression, and it’s what happens when you
no longer experience joy or pleasure in the things
that usually gave youjoy or pleasure.It zaps any motivation you have. You seem rather drunk. Drinking and lust. No man can match me
in these things. (GRUNTS) Usually the first thing
people do when they might be experiencing
anhedonia, is just to try more of the kind
of stuff that they enjoy,to try to feel something.But that usually doesn’t work. What you need is to use
that anhedonia, and try to understandwhat changes you might need
to make in your life
to get you moving
in the direction that you want to be in. I’d given up on life, until Varys convinced me
you might be worth living for. You chop off my head, well,
my final days were interesting. You’re going to advise me. What I like to ask my patients
is, to imagine your 100th birthday.Who’s there?What stories are they sharing
about your relationship?
About the achievements
that you’ve made in your life?
What I love about Tyrion is
his story’s aboutconnecting with
a larger purpose,
doing what’s best for Westeros.Owning who he is… (CHEERING)…and the unique ways
he can help others.
We’ll never know if Tyrion
was struggling with a mental illness. But whatever
he was dealing with,didn’t get in the way
of him being a hero.
And that’s true for all of us.No matter what
you’re experiencing,
it doesn’t have to get
in the way
of living the life you want
to live.That’s my take for the day,
I’m Dr. Mattu.

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