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This Is Your Brain on Depression

Creating Your Path to Getting Better
Narrated by: Erin Bennett
Length: 1 hr and 49 mins

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People who have never been depressed have no idea what it's like. And people who have know all too well how tough depression can be to live with. Dr. Faith explains the brain science behind depression, complete with Zuul references, and talks you through the different options out there for getting better. Yes there are things you can do to feel good again (including drugs, but avoiding a spiraling successions of drug cocktails).

If you need solid expert advice from someone who can also make you laugh your ass off, this book is for you!

©2018 Faith G. Harper (P)2018 Blackstone Publishing

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-09-20

EnErGy HeAliNg Is ReAl-citation needed, never given

The author makes claims about debunked woo woo without evidence. At one point, the only thing in support of this is that UCLA is researching “electrical activity in the body” which is distinctly not “energy healing”. Another claim, not backed up by anything other than at most one (poorly done) study claiming EH is as effective as Physical Therapy. If true, why don’t we see energy healers in PT clinics? See, you can’t use the “BIG PHARMA BAD” argument here cuz they have nothing to do with PT. Could it be, just maybe, that EH is total bullsh*t? That’s the conclusion a rational person would reach.

The rest of the book aside from this turn into Dumbassville is actually really good, including getting proper nutrition (a not nonsense thing because our body is a bag of chemical reactions and without the right stuff it can get eff’ed up.)

6/10, wouldn’t recommend unless the person was well versed in the scientific method & thinking.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-09-20

Language

This maybe a good book! I personally don’t care for all the “f” bombs used! I believe there are words or ways of expressing things !

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  • Brian Sachetta
  • 23-04-20

Very helpful, short book on depression

I started reading Harper’s more popular book, “Un**** Your Brain,” a few weeks ago. I’m really enjoying it so far. When I noticed that she had several other short books on mental illness, I picked this one up as well.

It’s a quick read / listen, but that doesn’t take away from its power. It gets to the root of depression quickly and effectively and makes you feel like you’re not alone nor crazy. In this one, Harper’s trademark style is on full display — swears, jokes, and the like.

Personally, I enjoy her somewhat explicit style; I think it provides comedic relief and solidarity amidst some difficult and heavy subject matters.

This one, structurally, reminded me of “F*** Anxiety” by Robert Duff in the sense that it’s a very good introduction to a specific mental illness. Sure, it’s not the entire picture of said illness, but it’s still quite effective and eye-opening.

I’d recommend this one for sure.

-Brian Sachetta
Author of “Get Out of Your Head: A Toolkit for Living with and Overcoming Anxiety”