In episode 229 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Dr Amit Mistry, Sports & Exercise Psychiatrist. Athlete Mental Health in this Expert Edition.
Dr Amit Mistry is a Clinical Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Medicine, he is the Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Sport & Exercise Special Interest Group and he is a Clinical Sport and Exercise Psychiatrist from the UK. Dr Mistry is the co-author of a recently released book, “Case Studies in Sports Psychiatry”, which is a must for anyone working in the field of sport and exercise. Dr Mistry shares many learnings pertinent to every athlete, every coach, every health and sport practitioner.
Topics explored include:
- Exercise Addiction – What is it and how is it differentiated from a healthy undertaking of sporting activity. When Dr Mistry shared the characteristics of exercise addiction, I’ll put my hand up and say I ticked most of the boxes.
- What is the Role of Perfectionism in Sport – when is it helpful and when does it become problematic or potentially maladaptive.
- Depression and anxiety in athletes, what are the warning signs and what are the ways these conditions can be best treated and stewarded.
In other learnings include the topics of eating disorders and disordered eating, event anxiety and ADHD and its role in sporting performance.
Listen in as we delve into the following:
- The difference between a Sports Psychologist and Sports Psychiatrist
- Risk Assessments and Pathologies
- Characteristics of Exercise Addiction
- Effects of the Pandemic: Control
- Resilience Traits
- Indicators for Depression and Anxiety
- Differentiating Diagnosis
- What happens after the 3 Year Intervention Window
- Difference between Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders
- Common Drivers for Eating Disorders
- ADHD in Athletes
- ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) traits in Elite Performance
- Exercise Benefiting Mental Health
- Who would Benefit from Book – Case Studies in Sports Psychiatry
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Dr Amit Mistry Book: Case Studies in Sports Psychiatry
Yerkes Dodson Performance Curve
Paper by Kimberly Wells in BJSM
“There is time for recovery. The sooner we get access to treatment the better the outcome.”
“We all need a bit of stress to get optimum performance, it’s perfectly normal to get anxiety.”
“Sport can be therapeutic for ADHD.”
“Exercise is probably one of the most robust anti-depressants we’ve got.”
“Athletes by occupation are high level exercisers."
1:56 Introduction to Amit Mistry
4:04 Amit’s journey into Sports Psychiatry
8:17 The difference between a Sports Psychologist and Sports Psychiatrist
10:17 Risk Assessments and Pathologies
14:35 Characteristics of Exercise Addiction
16:31 Effects of the Pandemic: Control
19:00 Resilience Traits
20:46 Indicators for Depression and Anxiety
27:00 Differentiating Diagnosis
31:50 What happens after the 3 Year Intervention Window
34:03 Difference between Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders
37:13 Common Drivers for Eating Disorders
41:04 ADHD in Athletes
47:16 ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) traits in Elite Performance
50:51 Exercise Benefiting Mental Health
56:52 Who would Benefit from Book – Case Studies in Sports Psychiatry
59:09 Physical Challenge for the week
1:01:45 Pursue your Physical Best
– Exercise Physiologist
– Clinical-Academic Physiotherapist
– Doctor / Cyclist / Sports & Exercise Physician in Training
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