Taylor, cofounder and editor-in-chief of the inspirational website DailyOM, shares her story of her own overreliance on medications that numbed her to her full potential in this instructive take on holistic medicine. She was on antidepressants and antianxiety medications for decades but now lives without them, and here presents a four-pillar plan aimed at helping readers break their need for pharmaceuticals. The first pillar, “clear your mind,” emphasizes meditation, explaining how it can help readers quiet the mind and giving practical steps for beginning a daily practice. With this foundation, Taylor says, readers can then slowly wean themselves off of medications with the help of journaling, strengthening the body from inside out by eating well, learning to manage time efficiently, and purposefully engaging others. Taylor introduces potential pitfalls and solutions so that readers won’t be overwhelmed. Spiritual elements are slight but they do undergird her holistic philosophy of building mental health from a foundation of meditation. Taylor’s slow-burning guide to releasing the mind from medication will work best as a supplement to clinical advice. (Jan.)
As one of the 40 million Americans with an anxiety disorder, I am grateful for Madisyn Taylor’s new book Unmedicated. Like a close friend, Madisyn Taylor shares with her readers her personal healing journey and the insights she garnered while on it. Her revelations result in her 'Four Pillar Program' that can lead anyone who follows the practices to a profound feeling of health and wellbeing. Whether you take medication or not, I encourage you to use Unmedicated as a tool to create positive change. Take action and feel the shift.
"Many eloquent voices have begun to dispute the widely held view that our life challenges are best handled by taking chemicals. In Unmedicated, Madisyn Taylor shares how sadness and anxiety dogged her heels, how medication proved the wrong answer for her, and how, by following her program, you can live an emotionally healthy life without psychiatric medication. A very rich, interesting and important book—and highly recommended!
Thank you Madisyn for this book. Long needed are words that inspire people to seek help for behavioral issues through taking responsibility and living a mindful life addressing all our incredibly important daily activities.
Unmedicated is a precious gift of a book for anyone who has struggled with depression. In this deeply personal and profoundly practical guide, Madisyn will hold your hand through how to take daily actions to change your state. This is not some intellectual, do-this-to-feel-better-immediately read, but a guide from a veteran who has been in the trenches of depression and shares her secrets and practices to healing from the inside out.
"With wisdom and sensitivity, Madisyn Taylor shares her journey to unmedicated freedom, using four unique pillars of holistic healing. For anyone who has tried everything, as Madisyn has, or who simply seeks the joy of living life in a new way, this offering shines a bright light of hope."
"Many years ago, I started to face the darkness of my childhood and the addictive patterns I used to avoid my inner pain and suffering. I wish that my yesterday-self had been handed Madisyn's book, Unmedicated. With amazing honesty, Madisyn shares her own spiral into despair and resulting over-reliance on prescription medications. The four pillars she discovered, created, and employed to free herself from the secrets within her soul also released her from this dependency. These four pillars, each composed of wisdom and action steps, can do the same for you, whether you are hiding your light within medications, isolation, illicit drugs, or simply bad thoughts about yourself. When taken sequentially, the four pillars will unlock you from bondage. When integrated into the rest of your life, they will bring meaning to the phrase, 'being alive.'"
Via bravely sharing her inspiring journey to self-healing, Madisyn Taylor offers healthy, profound, and easy to implement solutions for anyone dealing with depression, anxiety, and other challenges. This book will give much-needed hope to those who have yet to find a solution to their suffering.
"Told with unflinching honesty, clarity, and purpose, Madisyn's revelatory Unmedicated reveals a hard fought and well-earned reclamation of health from a minefield of self-medication, drugs, depression, anxiety, and disconnection from life. By sharing her inspirational journey, as well as strength, courage, life-lessons, and love, she offers readers welcomed pillars of strength and beacons of light to help free ourselves from the darkness of pain and suffering. A beautiful guide to self-healing, encouraging and nurturing in its approach, this remarkable book serves as an invaluable resource for self-reflection, offering indispensable holistic tools for personal growth, and transformation."
Madisyn Taylor has been a leader in the self-help and inspirational fields for over twenty-five years, and her work has impacted countless lives. With her new book, Unmedicated, she tackles the field of mental health, and she provides inspiration and hands-on guidance in a compassionate and soulful way for anyone looking to help themselves or their loved ones.
Unmedicated offers those using prescription drugs for depression, anxiety, stress, panic attacks, HSP symptoms and other similar maladies, hope, inspiration, and most importantly, solutions to assist them in living drug-free. With a four-tier program, this book provides an easy, yet powerful program that holistically balances mind, body and spirit. If you are seeking more joy, more peace through natural methods, this book is for you.
Taylor, cofounder of dailyOM.com, shares her personal program for mitigating depression and getting off antidepressant drugs. Organized into the four "pillars"—"Clear Your Mind," "Nurture Your Spirit," "Strengthen Your Body," and "Find Your Tribe"—the title shares how the author moved from a scared and sad little girl to neurotic/depressed/substance-abusing adult to spiritually alive, drug-free New Age guru. Her advice is not particularly new (meditate, exercise, journal, practice forgiveness) and at times borders on the condescending; she is pretty sure if it worked for her, it will work for you, too. However, solid guidance from a supportive voice often bears repeating and just may be the antidote to what the doctor prescribed. Following her common-sense program and applying the rebuttal to self-sabotage could develop physical well-being as well as positive emotional and mental health. VERDICT This upbeat book offers a nonjudgmental and flexible guide to making healthy changes leading to an unmedicated and happier life.—Janet Tapper, Univ. of Western States Lib., Portland, OR