Healing Depression without Medication: A Psychiatrist's Guide to Balancing Mind, Body, and Soul

Healing Depression without Medication: A Psychiatrist's Guide to Balancing Mind, Body, and Soul

by Jodie Skillicorn D.O.

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What if everything we thought we knew about depression—and how to heal from it—was wrong?
Many antidepressants—the first line in our standard of care for treating depression—bring with them potential health risks, yet 1 in 6 Americans takes medication to alleviate feeling sad, anxious, stuck, or unable to focus or sleep. More and more, conventional medicine pathologizes how we respond to life’s challenges—like feeling trapped in an unfulfilling job, grieving the death of a loved one, or being anxious about a bad relationship—telling us that they’re symptoms of disease. 

Psychiatrist Jodie Skillicorn presents a new path, debunking the myth of the neurochemical imbalance and exploring the roots of depression, such as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and poorly managed day-to-day stress. Evidence-based and fully supported by current depression research, Dr. Skillicorn’s holistic methods for beating depression—including nutrition, mindfulness, fostering meaningful connections, exercise, sleep, nature, and breathwork—empower readers to become agents of their own wholeness and healing.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623173555
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 03/17/2020
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 875,836
File size: 935 KB

About the Author

Jodie Skillicorn, DO, is an osteopathic physician board certified in Psychiatry and a diplomat of Integrative Holistic Medicine. She integrates conventional medical training with evidence-based holistic methods that include breath-work, meditation, yoga, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Mind-Body Medicine, energy medicine, nutrition, exercise, and auricular acupuncture at her private practice. She lives in Akron, OH with her husband, two kids, two cats, and dog.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Part 1 The insanity of Conventional Psychiatry

Introduction: The Unraveling of Truth 3

1 Debunking the Myth of Neurochemical Imbalance 9

2 The Power of Placebo 21

3 The Cost of a Quick Fix 37

4 Getting to the Roots 55

Part 2 Is There Another Way?

5 Call of the Imagination 73

6 The Breath as an Anchor 89

7 The Mind as Master Storyteller 105

8 The Body as Navigator 123

9 Moving the Body 139

10 Nourishing the Body 153

11 Restoring the Body with Sleep 177

12 Environment as Sustenance or Poison 195

13 Heart, Energy, and Soul as Conductors and Synthesizers 221

14 Connecting the Pieces 249

Notes 265

Index 311

About the Author 321

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