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6 Inspiring Mental Health TED Talks (Video)

It was a brilliant idea, inviting the best scholarly minds around the world to record brief, succinct videos on very specific topics of their special interest.  And, so, the TED talks were born. Ranging across a very wide array of topics from science and religion to art and communication, TED talks share the best of what the best have to offer.  Here are 6 of the best mental health TED talks to inspire you to think outside of the box, question your understanding of the world around you, and explore:

1.  How Meditation can Reshape our Brains –  Sara Lazar, Ph.D., Research Associate, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Lazar shares her experiences and her research on the positive effects of meditation on the brain.

2.  What Hallucination Reveals About our Minds –  Oliver Sacks, M.D., Professor of Neurology, New York University School of Medicine

Dr. Sacks discusses the relationship between vision and hallucination.

3.  The World Needs all Kinds of Minds –  Temple Grandin, Ph.D., Renown Autism Activist, Professor of Animal Science, Colorado State University

Dr. Gradin shares her experiences with autism and how those with autism see and understand the world.

4.  The New Era of Positive Psychology –  Martin Seligman, Ph.D., Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Seligman, the father of positive psychology, shares his views on moving beyond the disease model, toward happier lives.

5.  The Surprising Science of Happiness – Dan Gilbert. Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

Dr. Gilbert shares his theories on our natural inclination toward happiness.

6.  A Tale of Mental Illness – From the Inside – Elyn Saks, J.D., Ph.D., Professor, University of Southern California

Dr. Saks, a scholar and advocate for those suffering with severe mental illness, shares her own personal experiences with schizophrenia.



Dr. Deibler

6 Inspiring Mental Health TED Talks (Video)

Marla W. Deibler, PsyD

Marla W. Deibler, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist and nationally-recognized expert in anxiety disorders and the obsessive-compulsive spectrum, including trichotillomania and other body-focused repetitive behaviors, obsessive-compulsive disorder, hoarding, and tic disorders. She is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia in New Jersey, an outpatient facility specialized in providing evaluation and evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral therapies for these and other difficulties. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of OCD-NJ, the New Jersey affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). Dr. Deibler gained her formative clinical experiences at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Children’s National Medical Center, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center. She gained specialized behavior therapy experience in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders at the nationally-recognized Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington. Dr. Deibler served as a clinician at the National Center for Phobias, Anxiety, and Depression. She also served as Director of Behavioral Sciences at the Temple University School of Dentistry and served on the clinical faculty at Temple University Schools of Medicine and Allied Health as well as Temple University Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Deibler has published scientific research in peer-reviewed journals and has presented clinical training seminars and research findings at national and international meetings. She has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, A&E’s “Hoarders”, TLC’s “Hoarding: Buried Alive”, CBS News, ABC News, FOX News, It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle (CN8, Retirement TV), and CBS’s “Swift Justice with Nancy Grace”. She has been quoted by media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and the Connecticut Post, among others. Dr. Deibler holds licenses to practice psychology in New Jersey (Lic. No. 35S100438000) and Pennsylvania (Lic. No. PS0157790). She is an active member of the American Psychological Association, Trichotillomania Learning Center, International OCD Foundation, OCD-New Jersey, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and Anxiety Disorders Association of America. Dr. Deibler resides in suburban Philadelphia with her husband (who is also a psychologist) and three children.

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Deibler, M. (2013). 6 Inspiring Mental Health TED Talks (Video). Psych Central. Retrieved on July 11, 2020, from


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