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8 Ways the “Evil Ruler” is Making Everything Worse

Just for a moment, pretend that an “Evil Ruler” was running our world with the intent of causing more mental illness. (Note: this Evil Ruler is a completely fictitious character that I conceived of long before the coronavirus pandemic ever hit and that I wrote about in my book The End of Mental Illness. This fictional character is NOT a representation of any real-life political figures, political party, government leaders, policymakers, or any other person or entity).

These days, it seems this no-good fictional character has been going wild with the pandemic, the lockdown, the economic fallout, the protests, the looting, and more—all in an effort to make us more anxious, depressed, and stressed.

Here are 8 ways the imaginary Evil Ruler is making our current situation even worse.

1. Waging biological warfare.

With the stay-at-home orders, the Evil Ruler has been promoting quarantine baking with high-glycemic and pro-inflammatory foods, spending hours on the couch binge-watching TV shows, and endlessly scrolling through social media feeds—all of which contribute to depression. And spending more time indoors robs us of much-needed vitamin D, which we get from sunshine Low levels of this important nutrient are also linked to depression and lowered immunity, putting us at greater risk of developing COVID-19 and having poorer outcomes from the virus.

2. Calling it “social” distancing.

In terms of COVID-19, we need “physical” distancing to help stop the spread of the virus, but we need a “social” connection more than ever. Calling it social distancing has inadvertently caused even more people to avoid others to the detriment of their mental health, since living alone and isolating from others has been shown to increase depression and other conditions. In addition, being alone or feeling lonely can cause people with addiction problems to slip back into unhealthy habits.

3. Cleaning with toxic products.

Encouraging us to obsessively wash our hands with sanitizers, wipe counters, and clean packages that come into the house exposes us all to more harmful toxins. Most household cleaning products are filled with toxic chemicals that poison the brain and increase the likelihood of psychiatric issues.

4. Pumping out frightening news 24/7.

With news channels spewing out terrifying projections and showing scary images in an effort to “keep us informed,” it’s enough to fire up the fear and anxiety centers of the brain. The constant updates also keep you in a state of FOMO (fear of missing out) that keeps you glued to the anxiety-inducing messages, making you feel even worse.

5. Giving conflicting recommendations.

Being faced with too many opinions and opposing viewpoints about the best ways to stay safe—for example, wear masks, don’t wear masks, wear masks sometimes—fuels uncertainty. When you don’t have clear direction on what to do it drives stress, anxiety, and feelings of powerlessness and depression

6. Spreading conspiracy theories.

Suggesting that there are underlying forces that are intentionally causing the spread of the virus or the collapse of the economy for nefarious reasons ramps up paranoia and delusions, especially in people who already struggle with conditions like schizophrenia.

7. Promoting pills as the one and only way to treat mental illness.

Airing commercials from pharmaceutical companies that make it seem as if taking a pill is all you have to do to overcome conditions like anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder does a disservice to us all. Taking medication should never be the first or only thing you do to address a mental health condition. In fact, there are many alternatives to antidepressants and natural solutions to calm anxiety that can help you feel better now and later.

8. Continuing to insist that mental illness is all in the mind.

The Evil Ruler continues to hammer home the traditional belief that mental illness is psychological. But brain imaging studies clearly show that conditions like ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia are not mental health issues, but rather brain health issues that steal your mind. Getting your brain right by following a brain healthy lifestyle will help heal your mind even during times of extreme stress, so you can resist the Evil Ruler’s efforts to create mental illness.

UPDATE from Daniel G. Amen, MD:


The Evil Ruler Is Not What You Think, with Dr. Daniel Amen

Depression, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, and other mental health issues can’t wait. During these uncertain times, your mental well-being is more important than ever and waiting until life gets back to “normal” is likely to make your symptoms worsen over time.

At Amen Clinics, we’re here for you. We offer in-clinic brain scanning and appointments, as well as mental telehealth, remote clinical evaluations, and video therapy for adults, children, and couples. Find out more by speaking to a specialist today at 888-288-9834. If all our specialists are busy helping others, you can also schedule a time to talk.

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  1. Marcia says:

    MAGA 2020.
    BEST PRESIDENT EVER.

    Deleting you. You guys are high priced supplement
    company anyway. I’ve used your stuff.

    How dare you publish what you did. Blame him for
    everything when he’s been around just a few years.
    The ones you support DEMS/LIBS are ruining our
    great company.

    • Jane says:

      I agree with @marcia but maybe the evil rulers are not specified because we all know who they are. Perhaps they are referring to many of the democratic governor’s that have shut down their cities and provided bad information, Dr. Fauci and the CDC, WHO and the physicians that run it, bad data from PhDs on infectious diseases that use bad models, the media and the bad headlines that they spread, and other evil rulers that have perpetuated bad information under the guise of “science” when it is not.

    • Laura says:

      I think this article states what’s going on perfectly. I never follow any one source of information. Its impossible to make informed decisions that way. Too much of anything is just too much. My brain was working just fine before this pandemic and I believe it still is. I choose what’s best for my health and to the best of my ability, others close to me. I dont feel deprived, restricted, or controlled as a result. Keeping an open mind and respecting the opinions of others helps to maintain a healthy world. A closed mind and insisting others think the way we do removes the freedoms we Americans enjoy.

    • Tori says:

      Marcia, Marcia, Marcia….Truth hurts

    • Paula says:

      Nothing was specifically mentioned about #45. The article said “imaginary Evil Ruler”. I’m glad you are giving him the credit for the mess we are in. It will take years to undo the damage he has created. You may want to check the list of best and worst American Presidents before you say he is the best President.

      • Tony says:

        What mess is that specifically. The economy doing great? That blacks and whites have the lowest unemployment in history?, that companies are paying 29% more than they were with Obama?
        What exactly, Covid? He did not manufacture Covid. That was funded in 2014 by The Awesome Obama, who left his presidency with dozens of controversies.
        Be more specific, otherwise you sound like a snowflake, which we know you are …….Keep America Great

    • Lage Gates says:

      I didn’t think he was talking about Trump – I thought it was a veiled Biblical reference to Satan who in the Bible is called the ‘Ruler of the World’

      • Denice M Sexton says:

        The damage has been done over the last 40 years by the liars in Congress. The damage they have done lying about a false Russia narrative and an insanely ridiculous impeachment will never be reversed as they have shred every constitutional standard because they hate him for not being in on the game. The game by which they sold this county out for their personal gain.

      • Laurel says:

        Yes! This is exactly where my mind headed with this as well.

      • Brando says:

        I agree with Lage! I really don’t think he was talking about Trump. Everyone can make there own assumptions, but we all understand that something is not right & it hasn’t been for a long time! The rise of suicide, racial tensions, the filth that we call entertainment! Also, bad unreliable news just to damn this side of politics or the other side. It’s like someone has created the perfect storm or distraction!? People have been divided on all social spectrums.
        Everyone must simplify things and read about history! I don’t have all the answers, but I realize what i see & I just start to connect the dots. And Yes, my faith plays a big part in it!
        – it will all be ok tho, after they fill the stratosphere or whatever sphere w/ 1000’s of 5G satellites!! Lol
        , funny how they started launching during the peak of quarantine, the uncertainty of the pandemic

    • Toni says:

      Not sure why you think this article is blaming Trump; it’s says “imaginary ruler.” I think without saying, they are actually blaming the medical establishment (WHO, CDC, etc) who have issued these guidelines that we seem to have to follow! Because they’re in the medical world, they can’t come right out & say that! Trump has felt the need to bow to these guys, & probably did need to or otherwise, would have been blamed for ALL of the spread of the virus! Dr Amen is addressing the fallout of the recommendations, which didn’t come directly from Trump!

    • Dionne Marie Schwartz says:

      Marcia, I agree with you! Thank you. People who listen to propaganda news instead of the mostly truthful news do not realize that it was China’s and the WHO’s secretive COVID-19 being spread throughout the globe before anyone could be aware of what they were doing. In fact, the WHO said it does not spread human to human, while at the same time 500,000 people from WUHAN were flown all over the world. Fortunately, 10 days after the first U.S. case in Seattle, WA, president Trump wisely and caringly banned all flights from China and was greatly criticized by the Democrats.

    • Dana says:

      Relax. It’s explicitly written as an “imaginary Evil Ruler”. If you choose to interpret it as a true evil president, that’s up to you.
      It’s interesting you think America is a great COMPANY.

    • Ellen Dumer says:

      Not the place for this. You are reading into the article.

    • Jerry says:

      Agree Marcia 100%. They wont let me post my thoughts on this here. Censored 2 times. I’m done with this company.

    • BJ says:

      Truth hurts huh Marcia!

    • Kathleen M Weir says:

      Hi. I am a MAGA girl, also. When Amen mentions the Evil Ruler, he is not referring to any politician or the president. It is a metaphor he uses in his book on Mental Illness that was published before Covid. The Evil Ruler is a fictional character, not having anything to do with real government. Yes, The Dems have used this for their social agenda. I think Trump is encouraging optimism and getting us back to normalcy and I think this post agrees with that policy. Trump is not the evil ruler. I don’t even think my Governor is referred to here, I live in Michigan and she is evil. I also don’t buy all the stuff on here but I still learn a lot. Keep up the good fight.

    • Pam says:

      Dr. Amen attempts to stay apolitical. I think what he is conveying is our groupthink society. This is the junk and propoganda pumped into our households and brains by a bevy of resources. Our evil rulers are our posioned brains.

    • Dave says:

      Wow, looking at the responses to a bit of fiction makes me wonder if Americans will ever be able to work together again to make this country a very good place to live. That’s my primary goal, is to have a nice place to live and I wish that for all, regardless of race, culture, religion, political affiliation or what have you.

    • BEVERLY JOAN KOLB says:

      This definitely should be revised to explain who the evil ruler is and that IT IS NOT referring to President Trump!
      Or you will surely lose some customers and I don’t believe Dr Amen is against our president.

    • Irma Leo says:

      Marcia! You rock! Unsubscribe, block or delete. I’m out of here!

    • Brandon8 says:

      I really don’t think he was talking about Trump. Everyone can make there own assumptions, but we all understand that something is not right & it hasn’t been for a long time! The rise of suicide, racial tensions, the filth that we call entertainment! Also, bad unreliable news just to damn this side of politics or the other side. It’s like someone has created the perfect storm or distraction!? People have been divided on all social spectrums.
      Everyone must simplify things and read about history! I don’t have all the answers, but I realize what i see & I just start to connect the dots. And Yes, my faith plays a big part in it!
      – it will all be ok tho, after they fill the stratosphere or whatever sphere w/ 1000’s of 5G satellites!! Lol
      , funny how they started launching during the peak of quarantine, the uncertainty of the pandemic

  2. Beth Rosenberg says:

    Sadly, the “Evil Ruler” exists. We dont have to imagine. It exists in the form of how we get our information. Meant to confuse us. Information is controlled by a few.

  3. Brea says:

    I appreciate your article. It explains clearly what is happening right now with the world. Facts are facts and opinions are not. The brain images you talk about is just one piece of proof of how all of this is effecting people. Thank you for putting out factual information based on proof. Very responsible and helpful. Thank you!

    • Debbie says:

      Marcia….. I simply suggest. Calm down. You remind me of me years ago. The article had nothing to do with our President. This information was to help us not cause division. We are walking through a very stressful season but we will survive and excel.

  4. Tara Byrne says:

    ‘Pretend’ there is an evil ruler.

    PRETEND??

    UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO PREMED PROFESSOR

    “THERE ARE 300,000 REPORTED DEATHS DUE TO DOCTOR ERRORS EVERY YEAR”

    KEY WORD IS “REPORTED”

    HOW MANY UNREPORTED DEATHS DUE TO DOCTOR ERRORS EVERY YEAR?

    HOW MANY PURPOSELY SWEPT UNDER THE CARPET DEATHS BY DOCTORS PER YEAR?

    And the media wants us to believe doctors and healthcare workers are HEROES???????

    EVEN THE COURTS RELY ON DOCTORS “EXPERTISE”, THEIR WORD IS GOLD.

    THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY IS A BUSINESS.
    BOTTOM LINE ITS A BUSINESS. A BUSINESSES BOTTOM LINE IS PROFIT

    ISNT PHARMA GREEK FOR SORCERCY?
    ISNT SORCERY FORBIDDEN BY GOD?

    THE EVIL RULER ISN’T PRETEND.

  5. Sherry says:

    I have spent hundreds of dollars on your products, but no more! They do nothing other than put money in your pocket. You’ve really stepped over the line with this piece of trash. Again, how dare you publish this article blaming our President for the problems of our country and it’s people. You and others like you are the real problem, trashing President Trump for any and everything. What if you do your job and help your clients with something constructive. You deserve to lose the majority of your customers for causing unnecessary panic.

    MAGA 2020

    • Pat says:

      Maga
      You have taken a fictional illustrative story used to illustrate health concerns and turned it into a political/religious statement. Dr Amen has done more in the last 30 years to increase everyone’s understanding of the brain and destigmatize mental health than anyone I have found.I dont think he needs defended but I cant let such an unfounded biased opinion stand unchallenged.
      I hope you find what you need to live a better happier life.

  6. Anne says:

    Yes – you are right, his actions/rhetoric and the ones who support him stress me out terribly!!! I am so afraid of what this country has become and what recent months has exposed in the people who inhabit this country. the racists bigotted jerks – its disgusting that anyone behaves this way in this time of civilization. we should be getting better, not worse, as humans.

    • Kathleen M Weir says:

      We aren’t bigots, dear. We wouldn’t hurt a fly. No racism here with my party. Just the opposite.

  7. Janny says:

    The evil ruler is Satan. See this for what it is. Neurotic! Trying to play on your fears and get you to think they have the answers. They may be able to help you with your mental health but first please use your brain and think positively and logically. We are all capable of helping ourselves.

  8. Tammy Bowen says:

    I believe the article is referring to the devil as the evil ruler of the world. He is after all the expert in mind games and dividing people. I don’t think politics is what the writer is referencing,. It is too easy to blame everything on one person.

  9. C says:

    The evil ruler is not imaginary, it’s real, it’s satan. We need to pray for our leaders and each other. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”. James 4:7

  10. Joyce says:

    Love your imaginary Evil Ruler Article…. Great reminder for each individual to take to heart in how it applies individually to each of us. Thanks so much for it, and keep up the good work.

  11. Nancy says:

    I don’t believe that this article was referring to “the evil ruler” as our president. I believe Dr. Amen was making an analogy about our society and what it has become since Covid-19 started. I also believe it was an analogy to the “dark forces” around us, a.k.a. the devil or the enemy.

    • Michele says:

      At first, I thought he was referring to the Governor of California, the state where Dr. Amen runs his business and where his home resides. I actually find it interesting reading everyones comments. It shows us how we read into things based on where our minds are…I did it as well. I never thought of satan…now I do. Dr. Amen, making people think, in more ways than one!

  12. Sterling says:

    I was taken aback with the implication/first impression that the “Evil Ruler” could be Trump. I certainly hope this was not the intention of the Amen Clinics. The real EVIL is an amoral progressive/liberal/Marxist agenda to create global control & chaos by any and all means possible. Trump just stands in their way. Listening to the lies & manipulations of controlled ‘main stream media’ is a sure pathway to ‘schizophrenia!’ Don’t become mind-controlled by these nefarious forces intent on destruction! Reject their narrative and seek truth that will set you FREE! No, freedom will not be found in a blue pill ~ take the red pill & LIVE no matter the cost! Reject ‘The (Bill) Gates of Hell’ mRNA RFID tracer/Tracker vaccines that more accurately qualifies as the “Evil Ruler” elitist controller with a EUGENICS agenda to cause untold suffering & death. This genre of truly ‘EVIL’ entities want to destroy you body, mind & soul… Don’t be fooled!

  13. Marilla says:

    People really don’t read well do they? I do think you’ve managed to reveal how badly people want a simple life with just one entity to blame. Just one.

    If there must be just one, Satan is well pleased with his work.

    To the readers: If you are a person looking to blame one person, please look at your state governor first. It may be time for a recall election. Otherwise beg Trump to ignore all constitutional constraints, force the state government to allow businesses to reopen and restore law and order via the military.

    Bummer choices. But those are the rules of a Constitutional Republic.

  14. Kristi says:

    There is an evil “want to be ruler” and his name is satan. He has come to kill, steal and destroy, but Jesus came, died and rose again to give us eternal life. This corona virus is demonic. I am just now recovering from this virus that tried to steal my life, joy and keep me from trusting God. But I am healed and set free from the chains of the “want to be evil ruler” Amen!

  15. Linda says:

    Well that was an unfortunate choice of analogy.

  16. Lori says:

    @ Marcia and Anne – THIS WAS NOT A POLITICAL STATEMENT! He is referring to the traps we get ourselves into during “shelter in place.” He is carefully calling out the “Evils” of NOT TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF in situations like this. Dr. Amen, please add one to the list….people who assume everything written about anything is political!

    Dr. Amen, thank you for your post. These are “traps” we get ourselves into and they are things to be mindful of during this difficult time.

  17. Jerry Blaine Kalchuk says:

    Thanks for all the information over the years Dr Amen. BUt what you said about one of the best presidents in American history on your platform was just wrong. Not a good business plan lol. You definitely just lost a customer. And trust me….i will be sending your message viral on Conservative sites worldwide.

    • Kathleen M Weir says:

      Hi, Jerry. This post does not refer to Trump. It is a metaphor that Amen uses in his book, The End of Mental Illness. It is great advice and agrees with him. To repost this would be to give a false impression. Keep America Great.

      • Jerry says:

        The Evil Ruler as a metaphor, I understand that this is not a political post now. It really seemed to be at first glance. We as a nation are on edge because of all of this nonsense in the world today. God Bless.

        • Janice Lupo says:

          In his book, “The End of Mental Illness,” Dr. Amen uses this verbiage to compare what a benevolent ruler would do as opposed to a mean dictator. It’s a word picture. It’s a comparison. If you were kind to yourself, what would that look like? If you let your worst thoughts and habits rule and you were unkind to yourself, what would *that* look like? If you are allowing an “evil ruler” to make poor decisions for your brain health, you will be miserable. Maybe WE are the Evil Ruler if we do those 8 things. No way is he talking about Trump. That would be out of character.

  18. Jacki says:

    To whom are you referring to as the “evil” one? I hope this isn’t a political stance With you being “politically correct “ in hopes that we go against the current administration, Since I have to believe that the previous administration was all about dividing the country and causing a lot of this anarchy today. I believe that the days of agreeing to disagree on political issues are over since the left think their opinion is the only one that counts and people are chastised for not believing the same and are considered racist. Whose narrative is this? Who is paying Antifa to trash our nation causing all this anxiety? While your business maybe booming from this current situation, I pray God’s will be done…while I am sure a pill isn’t going to cure mental illness, I know Covid 19 will not be cured by a vaccine. If that were the case no one would ever have the flu.

  19. Dreameagle says:

    Please notice that the article starts out with “pretend that an Evil Ruler was running our world.” What you choose to believe or not is your experience. Understanding that our brains have been and our being affected by the past and current situations is a truth. Healthy diet, exercise, supplements and discerning decisions being made with awareness are all for our benefit. I am grateful for the work of Amen clinic and the new book THE END OF MENTAL ILLNESS. I am not a patient of theirs and have I never been evaluated by them. Their Facebook live and reading the information, testing and facts presented have been enlightening and affirming to my own life path. Thank you Dr. Amen and Tana

  20. Kathleen M Weir says:

    From reading Amen’s book that uses The Evil Ruler as a metaphor, I understand that this is not a political post. It is common sense. I love Trump and he is encouraging optimism and common sense. I am sure there is nothing political in this section. It is all very good advice. I loved it. Sorry if it got you all into trouble.

  21. Ken Miller says:

    When I read this, I read the first line “Just for a moment, pretend that an “Evil Ruler” was running our world”. Honestly, I never even thought about it being any one real person. For this paper it sounds like it shows problems caused by many different parts of our world.

  22. George says:

    As another Trump supporter, I believe Marcia completely misunderstood the article. I thought it was pretty good. Marcia, I think you missed the word “Imaginary” in there. I took it as the evil ruler is the focus on anxiety-causing upsetting information that has thrown us for a loop. And, there’s lots to pick from out here. So, I thought the message was “hang in there” Don’t just focus on the negative. “Where sin abounds God’s grace abounds more abundantly”. Focus on the blessings and the grace given to us. Animate the parasympathetic system through prayer and meditation to get some peace and calm.
    George

  23. Sheri kowal says:

    I totally interpreted the pretend evil ruler as Satan. And I know Satan is real, no pretending g there. I thought this was a great article . Stay close to God daily many times thru scripture and prayer, and focusing on doing something for others each day does amazing things to your positive attitude. Knowing God is in control . We don’t see the whole picture, and trust in Him during this time. Serve others!!

  24. Barbara Snyder says:

    Thank you Dr. Amen for all your help during this pandemic. I think your words of wisdom are very helpful. I think what you said is right on!
    Barbara Snyder

  25. Mari says:

    Oh, people. Really? Dr. Amen is not referring to 45. I think he actually votes for him! This is so scary if everyone assumes it’s a political statement automatically. Dear Lord. Thank you Dr. Amen for your list of problems we might encounter during this pandemic. I found it helpful. As I do all your writings.

  26. Nobody says:

    I love how people have such emotional reactions towards things they don’t agree on. If words can control you that means everyone else can.
    Just sit back, be silent, and do what you have to do. I do admit it’s pretty entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone’s comments.

  27. Thalía says:

    Are you in favor of the deep state???

  28. Lisa says:

    The title of your article is exactly in line with mainstream inflammatory “news” media… preying on people’s fears and uncertainty. When people are searching for health and wellness, an implied political headline is not helpful. I do not care to read the article, the intent of the headline is clear… just more click bait and fear-mongering from someone whom many have placed their confidence. Sad.

  29. Hope says:

    It’s an analogy. I love the article and basically what I hear is take responsibility for your own health, body mind and soul.

  30. Shirley Buckland says:

    Somebody from your staff needs to read these posts , it has gotten off track I feel someone from this company needs to address this .

    First timer with Amen and i just bought his products .

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