!EBOOK ♫ Ce la faccio da sola ☳ Ansia, agitazione, ridotta libido, insonnia, memoria scadente, mancanza di motivazione, pensieri negativi e si potrebbe proseguire a lungo sono disturbi sempre pi frequenti che guastano la nostra vita e compongono quella costellazione di malesseri che siamo abituati a conoscere come depressione Per combattere questo male, generalmente ci viene raccomandata una soluzione chimica, i cosiddetti antidepressivi, facendo s che cresca a dismisura il numero di donne ma anche di uomini che inizia la giornata con una pillola In molti casi, per , i farmaci non solo non risolvono il problema, ma rischiano di indebolire le difese naturali dell organismo, creando dipendenze da cui assai difficile liberarsi Prendendo le mosse da questa osservazione, e dopo anni di esperienza sul campo, Kelly Brogan, specialista in psichiatria e medicina psicosomatica, rovescia le idee convenzionali sulle cause e la cura della depressione Il concetto chiave del suo libro tanto semplice quanto rivoluzionario la depressione non una malattia, e non va curata con i farmaci invece al contempo un sintomo e un opportunit , che ci invita a indagare a fondo su cosa non funziona nelle nostre abitudini di vita, per modificarle e puntare a un benessere ottimale Dalla dieta all attivit fisica, dal sonno alla disintossicazione, dalla respirazione alla gestione dello stress, l autrice descrive diverse tecniche di facile applicazione che hanno un impatto immediato sul tono dell u E mette a disposizione del lettore un programma della durata di trenta giorni, in grado di consentire a ciascuno di tornare in possesso della propria salute psicofisica e di mantenerla nel lungo periodo.
This book is a rollercoaster of oh wow that s really interesting to oh wow, what a nutjob.I liked the beginning where she dissects big pharma and how they play with studies to sell pills, the analysis of the placebo effect There s some good stuff in there like how the average depressive episode lasts up to 13 weeks, depression is the mind channeling all its resources to cognition to figure something out, and SSRIs can actually diminish the benefits of exercise on improving mental mood so healthy people telling someone with depression to try exercise isn t actually that helpful.There was also an interesting discussion on how SSRIs actually push your brain in the wrong direction as seen by newer studies on serotin update enhancers and that the benefit may just be because your brain is fighting so hard to account for this.I m in agreement that the newer theories that inflammation in your body can cause depression as a side effect are interesting, especially the studies on mice where changing gut bacteria changed their mood which I ve seen referenced in several books now.But then she lost me, when she went into the deep end anti vaxxer, anti gmo, organic everything, detoxification take an loumfa and rub it over your body every two days etc Somehow this is a extreme version of The Microbiome Diet The Scientifically Proven Way to Restore Your Gut Health and Achieve Permanent Weight Loss It made me appreciate how sane and balanced I Contain Multitudes The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life and My Age of Anxiety Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind were.I liked the part where she talked about how hand sanitizers think your skin, kill your external friendly bacteria and make you susceptible to getting sick.But it s kind of interesting about how all the discussion of placebo effect and scientific rigor that was applied to bad big pharma in the beginning isn t also applied to the good holistic approaches Isn t there also a placebo effect going on with holistic approaches It also reminded me of the theory of capture from Capture A Theory of the Mind where he suggested that one cure from when the mind becomes captured on an unhealthy idea depression, addiction, anxiety is replacing it with a different capture In this case Kelly Brogan seems to be trying to create an obsession with a natural holistic lifestyle An honestly if you tried to follow all of the advice in her book you would be so focused on your food and environment that there d be no way you d still have time for rumination.I think it s telling that all the selected quotes for the book are in the parts in the beginning where she takes down big pharma But he arguments of what to replace it with aren t nearly as strong.So if depression isn t a disease, then what is it As I briefly mentioned in the introduction, depression is a symptom, a vague surface sign at best that doesn t tell you anything about its root cause Consider, for a moment, that your toe hurts Any number of things can cause a toe to hurt, from physically injuring it to a bunion, blister, or tumor growing inside The hurting is a sign that something is wrong with the toe, simple as that Likewise, depression is the hurting it s an adaptive response, intelligently communicated by the body, to something not being right within, often because things are also off in our environment.In a seminal 2006 paper, Do Antidepressants Cure or Create Abnormal Brain States Moncrieff and her coauthor write Our analysis indicates that there are no specific antidepressant drugs, that most of the short term effects of antidepressants are shared by many other drugs, and that long term drug treatment with antidepressants or any other drugs has not been shown to lead to long term elevation of mood We suggest that the term antidepressant should be abandoned.Six decades of study, however, have revealed conflicting, confusing, and inconclusive data.That s right there has never been a human study that successfully links low serotonin levels and depression Imaging studies, blood and urine tests, postmortem suicide assessments, and even animal research have never validated the link between neurotransmitter levels and depression.In other words, the serotonin theory of depression is a total myth that has been unjustly supported by the manipulation of data Much to the contrary, high serotonin levels have been linked to a range of problems, including schizophrenia and autism.According to Andrews, when patients on SSRI medication improve, it appears that their brains are actually overcoming the effects of antidepressants, rather than being helped by them The drugs are interfering with the brain s own mechanisms of recovery He and his colleagues challenge the whole notion of relapse, suggesting that when you feel terrible upon stopping an antidepressant, what you re experiencing is withdrawal not a return of your mental illness And when you choose the medication route, you re actually extending the duration of your depression.To really grasp the fact that depression is not a disorder primarily rooted in the brain, look no further than some of the most demonstrative studies When scientists purposefully trigger inflammation in the bodies of healthy people who exhibit no signs of depression by injecting them with a substance on this shortly , they quickly develop classic symptoms of depression.fully 99 percent of the genetic material in your body is not your own It belongs to your microbial comrades These microbes not only influence the expression of our DNA, but research reveals that throughout our evolution microbial DNA has become part of our own DNA In other words, genes from microbes have inserted themselves into our genetic code mitochondrial DNA being the prime example to help us evolve and flourish.Dietary change is step one, because we can change the microbiota dominance within seventy two hours of simple changes to eliminate potential triggers to the immune system and rebalance the gut flora. I have to start by saying I am not a health nut I am not that person who believes essential oils and mediation is going to help me I m far too impatient and not gullible enough for that I m just not I really struggled with this book because it feels like it s coming almost from the anti vaxxer group who will tell you that these things are going to ruin you and you re better off eating an apple or something I should also note that I m not that person who doesn t trust her doctors Yes, I get incredibly frustrated at how over the top charged I am for things and how I sometimes feel like nobody is actually listening and processing what I m saying but just going through the next step they know to do out of their medical book Like a gut feeling means nothing any I have found it to be incredibly frustrating to deal with doctors when you have depression because it can really go one of two ways 1 They tell you that you re probably fine, try to relax and get sleep, eat better and things will work out, or 2 They automatically fear for your safety and call you suicidal Just because some days I don t want to be here doesn t mean I m suicidal, folks I m responsible enough to not toss in the towel and jump off the bridge, I have real guilt over not being enough and that doesn t make me want to give up, instead I m constantly trying to be Anyways I know that sleep, exercise, and good food will help me But it doesn t do it all It only gets me to a certain point and then I m stuck and can t figure out what to do I would really LOVE to get eight hours of solid sleep every night I would It is actually one of my old age perks that I m looking forward to Instead, I have three, soon to be four, children and a husband who snores so loudly neighbors can hear It s not like I can kick him out, or move him to another room, I can hear him everywhere I can t wear ear plugs because they hurt my ears I feel like people dole out these suggestions to be helpful but they aren t practical and don t work So as I m reading this book I found myself getting angrier and angrier Then you tell me to avoid body lotions and tap water No, I m not joking Because if I could afford filtered water from the Swiss Alps, I absolutely would I m just grateful I m not in Flint, Michigan with lead contaminated water at this point I fully agree that a lot of people who have depression can really improve greatly by changing things in their daily lives such as diet, exercise, and sleep 100% Then I know some of the healthiest, physically fit people who are on the brink of suicide because they have a legitimate chemical imbalance in their brain yet refuse to take medication I m not even saying medication is that great, your options really are terrible and if you re lucky to find one that makes you not totally numb to even good feelings, you re doing well until those lovely side effects kick in, of course I could go on for days about this but I won t because you don t want to hear it I have to give this book 2 out of 5 stars Huge props to the medical information and how it s organized for this book It s clear the writer is highly educated, has extensive experience, and is incredibly passionate about this topic As someone who has struggled my entire life with anxiety and depression in varying degrees, I can tell you 100% this was not helpful for me I am that person who refuses to take medication because I don t like how I feel on it and I hate having to be on something to be well, but I also recognize that a lot of the strategies in this book are things I have done for years and they do not help me They could help you tremendously, but for me they only offer slight improvements and never for long term But that s the thing with depression no two people are the same What works for one won t necessarily work for the next and that s what makes it complicated and tragic, really I do recommend this as a read if you suffer from depression or know someone who does, if you are interested in alternative options other than what big pharma can, or just want to increase your healthy lifestyle in general You don t have to have depression to find this book helpful, there is certainly a lot of information that carries over into other aspects of your life that could be beneficial for you. This book quite literally changed the trajectory of my family s health I stumbled across this book seeking answers to help my daughter who was struggling with anxiety, depression and an eating disorder The fact that Kelly is a trained psychiatrist who has rejected drugs as a viable therapy to treat her patients intrigued me The anti depressant that our daughter s psychiatrist prescribed wasn t working so she just kept upping the dose until our daughter self harmed At that point an anti psychotic drug was additionally prescribed, allegedly because she was too underweight for the prescribed SSRI drug to work properly This med is one that is usually prescribed for schizophrenia our daughter is not schizophrenic This med didn t do anything either so the doc upped the dosage on it too At that point, our daughter self harmed again while becoming almost catatonic in her demeanor What was going on Instinctively I knew the eating disorder was not going to be cured until the underlying depression and anxiety were dealt with yet not one of her professional doctors seemed concerned with getting to the root cause of these, they only wanted to throw drugs at the symptoms As I read Kelly Brogan s book, I became aware that our experience with her psychiatrist and other doctors was the norm, not the exception and the I read, the angrier I became The very people we were trusting our daughter s life to were causing harm than good Much to the doctors stern objections, we pulled our daughter off her meds and began feeding her a limited version of Kelly s protocol Due to the complications that an eating disorder brought to the equation, we didn t want to give her excuses to restrict food so we didn t completely limit sugar and dairy, but our family went gluten free, organic, grass fed beef and purged the house of most of our processed food, chemical cleaners and commercial beauty supplies In addition we started taking supplements and herbs Within a week or two, we began seeing glimpses of our formerly happy, joyful child We are now about two months in on this new lifestyle, our daughter is generally happy and at peace, she is gaining weight, her father and I have lost some excess weight, we both have less aches and pains, less desire for sugar, breads, alcohol and caffeine My blood glucose levels are in a healthier range and we all have energy and vitality I am convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that natural, organic eating and living that this book advocates is the key to helping my daughter overcome her depression and anxiety without drugs and really for everyone to live a healthier, vibrant life I highly recommend this book to anyone who has that still, small, but persistent voice in their heads that is telling them drugs aren t the answer and there has to be a better way There is, we are living it, amazed at the difference in our family and will never go back I agree with the premise that depression is complex and pills only one narrow approach But I cannot agree with the radical approach that the author than proposes including her stance against birth control and vaccines. Ugh How to review a book that says so many things you want to support, but for all the wrong reasons I m absolutely, positively, 100% in favor of attempting a lifestyle based cure for what ails you Start there Especially if you are American Our nation has gone completely off the rails when it comes to medicating This isn t even remotely at question I simply suggest that you choose a different guide I borrowed this because it was recommended on the A Delectable Education podcast, and an interesting conversation began amongst a group of us who listened to the episode Before you read any further be aware that there are no serious, professional book reviews to be had Everything is from bloggers, and I struggled to find than a handful of negative or ambivalent discussions I have no issue with bloggers yay for the internet but not a single review from a reputable source Not one Not a negative review, not a positive review just no mention Hmmm Brogan s version of this appears to be that it s because she speaks truth to power, and everyone is too afraid of Big Pharma to provide anything but a negative review I like to think for myself is one of her less subtle uses of rhetoric to help us feel like we, too, are one of the awakened few But where are those negative reviews planted by Big Pharma I m inclined to believe there are no serious reviews because the book reads like a long series of long blog posts, and the arguments presented for her lifestyle plan are poorly formed in some cases, even internally inconsistent For the record, other books have proposed medication free lifestyle improvements, and received at least a couple of reviews See, for example The Depression Cure, which was reviewed by The Guardian and NPR Problem 1 Brogan s plan is based on evolution, but she doesn t understand evolutionWhether you and I believe in evolution or not is irrelevant for the moment Her entire position is based on the idea that humans co evolved with other earthly lifeforms and therefore have an ideal niche to fill The problem I have is that Brogan does not actually understand evolution I subscribe to the idea that the body doesn t make mistakes after millions of years of evolution This isn t how evolutionary theory says it works There s no agent in evolution to make mistakes More importantly according to the theory, evolution never ends There is no point at which any species attains perfection, not even in relation to other species For details on evolutionary theory, best to read an evolutionary theorist instead of me maybe The Magic of Reality How We Know What s Really True, it s one of Dawkins less belligerent products Again it doesn t matter whether you believe in evolution What matters is that her entire position is based on a foundational misunderstanding of the science she claims as its root and logical source.Problem 2 Brogan opposes all hospital careI don t have much else to say about this Either you think medical intervention is always a terrible idea, or you don t Drug based medicine makes you sick I will go so far as to say that hospital care makes you sickProblem 3 Bait and SwitchOn her website, and in early sections of the book, Brogan refers to her solution as a few easy changes to her diet and a combination of other lifestyle strategies note that word, easy Then We collaborate, and they work hard They work hard at a time when they feel they can t even lift a finger Well and I m sorry to be a smarty pants here either it s easy, or it isn t My guess is that it is not, because if it were then everyone would be doing it Problem 4 Brogan is selling her online program for US 397I know because these podcast listeners got a 100 discount I could keep going, pointing out some internal inconsistencies and the fact that her belief in personalized medicine doesn t extend to a refusal to sell supplements to us online through her online pharmacy that s not a phramacy But I m already tired of talking about and thinking about this woman, her book and the careful marketing which targets a vulnerable group of women women who not only feel depressed, but are nervous and confused by scientific jargon They re easy pickings, and she s picking them So I ve abandoned this book at 50% having read very thoroughly her scientific defense portions, and started on the specifics of her diet lifestyle plan But I don t need to read about her lifestyle plan, because I know that the basis for her argument is faulty Please DO address your diet and lifestyle before going on medication This is wonderful advice Please DON T use Kelly Brogan as your guru for it. This is one of the worst pseudo science books I have ever read She criticises Big Pharma for using studies with small sample sizes and for failing to control for placebo effects but then the studies she posts as sources for her truly outrageous claims are so completely flawed it s hard to know where to begin in criticising them I was hoping for a book that explained some of the science behind depression, and had some of the studies of the recent links between the microbiome and mental health What I got was an angry, controversy theorists rantings about the evils of antidepressants, antibiotics, statins, vaccines and painkillers Her healing plan seems to be a version of whole30 paleo, with some meditation and exercise thrown in Though, disclaimer, I quit this book 40% of the way through because I just couldn t take any. If you have ever taken medication for anxiety or depression, if you re currently taking them, or if you re considering taking them, I strongly urge you to read this book I have been struggling with anxiety and depression for about 18 months now, and it is one of the most physically and mentally painful and debilitating things a person can experience But I am here to tell you, and so is Dr Kelly Brogan, that anti depressants are not always the answer Despite what pharmaceutical companies would have you believe, we don t actually know how the brain works and the effects anti depressants have on it These are essentially chemicals that we think help, despite the fact that many people who are on anti depressants never actually get better If these medications are supposed to work, then why are and people taking them but not becoming happier people The answer is most likely this chemicals aren t the answer, because overall health and wellness is Essentially, avoiding toxins and chemicals heals us A balanced diet and exercise are essential We are created to eat natural foods that nourish our bodies How can we expect our minds and bodies to function efficiently if what we are feeding it is so processed it s essentially no longer even food Please, friends, do yourself a favor and find out what you can do to give yourself a chance to defeat anxiety and depression without buying into the idea that you have a disease that can be cured with chemicals. I ve been trying to get off SSRIs for years I think I ll finally be able to Everyone should read this book. Quite fascinating and enlightening For a nonfiction it is very readable and practically helpful I had already given up dairy for two weeks before starting it and had seen a remarkable improvement in my allergies Now after reading this book I m taking my allergy testing seriously and have given up wheat and sugar and flouride toothpaste and am drinking filtered water And am going to bed at 10 00 pm I m very thankful for this book Different people will get different things from it as she covers a multitude of problems with antidepressants, statins and many other medicines.