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.
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About the Author
Kelly Brogan, M.D., studied cognitive neuroscience at MIT before receiving her M.D. 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.
Kristin Loberg has written multiple New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, including Dr. Kelly Brogan’s A Mind of Your Own, Dr. David B. Agus’s The Lucky Years, and Dr. David Perlmutter’s Grain Brain.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Psych-It's Not All in Your Head 1
Part 1 The Truth about Depression
1 Decoding Depression 11
It's Not a Disease: What You Don't Know About This Syndrome and How It Manifests
2 Truth Serum: Coming Clean About the Serotonin Myth 41
How You've Been Misled, Misdiagnosed, and Mistreated
3 The New Biology of Depression 69
What Gut Microbes and Silent Inflammation Have to Do with Mental Health
4 The Great Psychiatric Pretenders 95
Two Common, Resolvable Conditions That Can Lead to a Psychiatric Diagnosis
5 Why Body Lotions, Tap Water, and OTC Pain Relievers Should Come with New Warning Labels 113
Common Exposures and Drugs That Can Lead to Depression
Part 2 Natural Treatments for Whole-Body Wellness
6 Let Food Be Thy Medicine 141
Nutritional Recommendations to Heal Your Body and Free Your Mind (Without Feeling Like You're on an Impossible Diet)
7 The Power of Meditation, Sleep, and Exercise 169
Three Simple Lifestyle Habits That Can Enhance Mental Health
8 Clean House 195
How to Detoxify Your Environment
9 Testing and Supplementing 215
Supporting the Healing Process
10 4 Weeks to a Natural High 243
A 30-Day Plan of Action
Closing Words: Own Your Body and Free Your Mind 275