A Mind of Your Own: The Truth about Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives

A Mind of Your Own: The Truth about Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives

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by Kelly Brogan
     
 

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New York Times bestseller

Named one of the top health and wellness books for 2016 by MindBodyGreen

Depression is not a disease. It is a symptom.

Recent years have seen a shocking increase in antidepressant use the world over, with 1 in 4 women starting their day with medication. These drugs have steadily become the panacea for everything from

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New York Times bestseller

Named one of the top health and wellness books for 2016 by MindBodyGreen

Depression is not a disease. It is a symptom.

Recent years have seen a shocking increase in antidepressant use the world over, with 1 in 4 women starting their day with medication. These drugs have steadily become the panacea for everything from grief, irritability, panic attacks, to insomnia, PMS, and stress. But the truth is, what women really need can’t be found at a pharmacy.

According to Dr. Kelly Brogan, antidepressants not only overpromise and underdeliver, but their use may permanently disable the body’s self-healing potential. We need a new paradigm: The best way to heal the mind is to heal the whole body.

In this groundbreaking, science-based and holistic approach, Dr. Brogan shatters the mythology conventional medicine has built around the causes and treatment of depression. Based on her expert interpretation of published medical findings, combined with years of experience from her clinical practice, Dr. Brogan illuminates the true cause of depression: it is not simply a chemical imbalance, but a lifestyle crisis that demands a reset. It is a signal that the interconnected systems in the body are out of balance – from blood sugar, to gut health, to thyroid function– and inflammation is at the root.

A Mind of Your Own offers an achievable, step-by-step 30-day action plan—including powerful dietary interventions, targeted nutrient support, detoxification, sleep, and stress reframing techniques—women can use to heal their bodies, alleviate inflammation, and feel like themselves again without a single prescription.

Bold, brave, and revolutionary, A Mind of Your Own takes readers on a journey of self-empowerment for radical transformation that goes far beyond symptom relief.

Editorial Reviews

Christiane Northrup
“A Mind of Your Own is must reading for everyone who has bought into the idea that drugs are the best answer to anxiety and depression. With the research to prove it Dr. Kelly Brogan lays out a path to help you reclaim your mind and your brain health.”
Robert Whitaker
“Here’s a new prescription for thinking about depression and how to treat it: Heal the Body, and the Mind Will Follow. Brogan provides a clear review of the science behind that prescription, and how to fill it, challenging readers to open their minds to new possibilities in mental health.”
David Perlmutter
A Mind of Your Own leverages the most forward-minded clinical research combined with a healthy dose of compassionate holism to bring forth a revolution in treating mood disorders. Dr. Brogan’s program is a soundly welcomed bright light in a world otherwise focused solely on pharmaceuticals.”
Jeffrey Bland
“A Mind of Your Own is a perfect affirmation for how a person can take charge of her own mental health using Dr. Brogan’s program. Anyone reading this book will come away with a scientifically-based, safe, and effective approach to mental health without the use of drugs.”
Sara Gottfried MD
“Bold, brilliant, and brimming with practical ideas and tools to end depression and anxiety without drugs, A Mind of Your Own is a tour de force that will change how you approach your health and mental wellbeing.”
Library Journal
02/01/2016
Physician Brogan, board-certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine, argues that anxiety, depression, and panic attacks are not a neurochemical disorder but rather a complex inflammatory disease that originates far from neural synapses and serotonin. She describes the biology of depression in depth and proposes a comprehensive treatment for wellness including meditation, diet, detoxification, sleep, and exercise. Interestingly, the author warns about the potential side effects of body lotions, tap water, and over-the-counter pain relievers. VERDICT This book would benefit women who have run the gamut of depression treatments and are looking for a tangible solution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062405579
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/15/2016
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
12,827
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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Meet the Author

Kelly Brogan, MD, studied cognitive neuroscience at MIT before receiving her MD from Weill Cornell Medical College. Board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine, she is one of the only doctors in the nation with these qualifications. She practices in Manhattan and is a mother of two young daughters.

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A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Shopper13 More than 1 year ago
The first half of the book is the medical studies and info about the psychiatric drugs. I'm very glad I read this as I am absolutely convinced that I never want to use any of those drugs as the side effects and even worse the withdrawl from using them is so severe and the potential for permanent damage to your body. I have some first hand experience in that my Dr gave me Lexapro which I took 1/8 of a 5mg tablet for 7 days and my side effects were severe, including suicidal ideation and I had 3 days of side effects after I stopped taking it. It was really bad side effects. The second half of the book is the 30day diet plan, which is very poorly organized and you are just dumped on your own. I used a highlighter so I could go back and find important info, then I had to type up a 30 day plan for myself, because although she outlines the plan it doesn't contain all her comments that are scattered through the 2nd half of the book and there is so much conflicting info between her book, her website, her ebook as far as the steps, what to take during the 30days and the quantities on the recipes are really different, one says take 1tsp increase up to 4tsps and the other says 1T increase up to 4T, that is a really big difference. I only lasted 2 days on this 30 day diet and just couldn't stand it anymore. I hated the recipes. I love to cook, I eat really healthy and I am open to trying new things, yet the recipes were weird ingredients, strange recipes, tasted bland and not very good, I didn't feel satisfied and I was hungry after eating a meal. My stomach didn't feel good either. I was very grouchy the whole time because I didn't like what I was eating. It was horrible. The book only has 1 week of recipes for a 30day diet plan. I liked the South Beach Diet as that Dr said, "if it doesn't taste good my cardio patients won't eat it for a week let alone the rest of their life, and they just won't stick to it". He hired chefs to create recipes based on his plan of what to eat and not eat, creating good tasting recipes, some which I still use today years later. This book totally fails in that regard, the recipes don't taste good, they are very bland, portion amounts are really off and wrong on some recipes, you don't feel satisfied and it leaves you hungry. Examples - Seed Cereal tastes like eating spoonfuls of almond milk, there is no substance to it, there is way too much milk, the seeds stick to your molars and are stuck everywhere in between your teeth. Chocolate Avocado Pudding which includes honey yet you are suppose to not eat sugar, and the recipes basically says add as much honey as you want, just because honey is natural, it is still sugar, and not inline with the program, and it just tastes like avocado, not chocolate pudding. Coconut cauliflower rice tastes like cauliflower with little coconut taste and doesn't come close to tasting like rice. Butternut squash used in place of lasagna noodles and a bland meat sauce with way too much tomato puree, horrible combination of tastes. She recommends eating dark chocolate for dessert, how is this getting off sugar and reducing sugar cravings? I found myself cooking for hours preparing 3 different things for breakfast and every pan, skillet and blender was dirty with just breakfast. This Dr is not a cook, the directions are the longest most tedidious method possible. She should have hired a chef to develop the diet before going to print. Nobody could possibly eat like this.
jessicaabruno More than 1 year ago
In which I decided to go ahead with because beyond both of you and it was beyond what I was looking for. Now, just wished I had known about when beyond both of my depression and anxiety first came (9/11/2001). It could saved beyond both my intermediate family and me from what I went through. In which it lasted up to '05 when I finally came around from everything.