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Publisher's Summary

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!

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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

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  • Mary Bouwman
  • 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”

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  • travis
  • 01-10-20

Love this stuff!!!!! Always a good book

Like all her books it is wonderful to listen to and even makes you laugh. Thanks for the real life help and honest information

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  • Leigh Frame
  • 25-10-20

Invaluable look into depression & anxiety

I have a biomedical background with a number of different health care providers over the years. None of them told me about the balance between anxiety (fight/flight) and depression (rest/digest). This is so helpful for me and my support system to understand. The book was concise and enlightening.

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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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  • Andrew
  • 19-04-21

Pseudoscience

The earlier bits of the piece are informative about the types of depression. The problem arises when we get to the section on treating depression. The majority of treatments the author discusses are pure pseudoscience. Expect to learn that chiropractics, going gluten free (regardless of whether you have any sensitivity to gluten), traditional Chinese medicine, and "energy healing" are worth your time when trying to treat depression. Prescription medication and therapy are mentioned, but the author talks about them in the same breath as she does sticking needles in your back to orient your chakras. Please, seek out sources of information that are based on facts instead of this drivel.

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  • Chris
  • 12-01-21

Please ignore the swearing.

This is a great book. explains clear and to the point yet with solid scientific data what the roots are. you'll find great insights and helpful steps to start doing what you CAN do. Read it. You'll be thankful.

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  • Tim
  • 27-10-20

Funny and informative

As with most Faith G Harper book. Great content! it give me the information that was looking for a while baby will make me laugh and feel comfortable. Definitely a plus.

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  • danielle stearns
  • 10-10-20

Robotic voice

I did not care for the robotic voice, but there was some humor in it.

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  • Xiao-Yen
  • 12-09-20

helpful book

A lot of helpful information in here and encouraging thoughts. The cussing can be distracting, as it's unnecessary and trying a little too hard. Not as over the top as Unfuck Your Brain though--I had to abandon ship on that one. Overall, glad I listened to this.

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  • Carlo
  • 17-08-21

VULGAR

I really didn't like it, it was a struggle to finish it. the language is continuously vulgar and full of dirty words. I think it's unacceptable for a doctor to express herself in this way. I don't want to sound pompous,I myself say dirty words, but this is an audibook on depression and mental illness for god's sake.

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  • N.Martin
  • 26-11-21

Great book too much unnecessary swearing

Fantastic book. Totally love it... well except the swearing. Harper gets down to the nitty gritty of mental illness, brain dysfunction, the common misdiagnosis of depression and (what I love the most) the importance of nutrition, cbt and other modern tools from the standard armamentarium. Yes beyond just using pharmaceuticals to heal the mind.

She gives root causes, points out some solutions and also directs you to organisations that can guide/help. I'm not incredulous, but I am in awe. I endorse this book except for the swearing, Lol.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-09-22

Excessive bad words and not outstanding content.

i didn't learn much from this book. however there are some practical tips to tryout

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  • SinS&T
  • 30-08-22

Very Helpful

I listened to this whilst in the throes of yet another depressive episode. Usually everything irritates me when I’m in one but amazingly this didn’t - at all! I like the fact she has a potty mouth, I do too. Most of the advice I’ve already heard and practiced but some other down to earth advice I haven’t come across. Many thanks for providing this book for free.

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  • Mark Dinning
  • 12-08-22

a really useful insight all should

where you have depression or not read this like all things knowing is half the fight and being able to understand accommodate and also help you yes you spot what could happen ahead of time is a hella useful tool as always prevention is more useful than the cure but if you know how to cure and advise then at least you can do both for you and others "if you have the spoons to do so" *whispers* your not obligated to.

TLDR: READ THIS FEEL GOOD GET COOKIES

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  • M. SANDERS
  • 18-06-22

Fantastic empowering book on depression

A modern empowering book on depression, full of insights based on a synthesis of the latest research written in a format that is approachable, simple, and practical. A must read!

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  • Anon
  • 11-05-22

Very helpful

Was having a bad day and needed some straightforward advice. Definitely glad I listened to this book, it shifted my mindset and gave me some practical solutions to improve my mood.

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  • Près King
  • 16-11-21

Over use of F*cKing words

Cannot take the author seriously in such serious subject with Over use of F*cKing words

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  • Katy Gonzalez
  • 28-10-21

Too much swearing

I don't want to listen to swearing when listening to a book. Switched off 5 minutes into chapter 1. Load of rubbish

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  • Beegarns
  • 20-08-21

Interesting content but brief

Very interesting but very brief overlook about depression. Definitely intrigued to seek out more of the author's work. The swearing was actually quite funny, and summed up how I'm feeling at the moment whilst battling depression.

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  • Nuttyinwonderland
  • 10-08-22

Finally someone who understands.

Finally someone recinizes people & mentle Health conditions as real not just a case number.

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  • Philip Halton
  • 09-06-22

My Depression

This book helped me realise and understand my depression and there are better ways to manage it.
Thank you Faith Harper this is the second book I have listened to.

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  • Kaelem
  • 30-01-22

An informative read

In simple language Dr Harper explains and destigmatizes depression . Barn yard language warning, but if that does not worry you this is an accessable introduction to the topic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-21

Brief but interesting

Content - The content focus on depression, worry guilt and shame. The symptoms of depression and indicators that you are showing signs of depressive disorder. Brief summaries of causes of behaviours, and treatment options. Faith Harper in all her short self-help books explores alternatives to medications which is great, it's taking a new world approach to how we should manage mental health disorders. I like the mention of bi-polar disorder in relation to depression as I've seen so many people I support misdiagnosed and not receiving the correct support and treatment option available.

Audio Quality - Good, listened via audible.

Overall -  Was a good listen, simple to follow along with.

Recommendation - . Recommend to anyone wanting a basic understanding of depression , behavioral causes and treatments available including alternatives to medications.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-21

Teenage level insight into depression

childish language, speaking down to the listener, might be good for a 13yr old simply learning abotu depression, not good for self help, super cringe swearing and trying to relate to teenagers as a karen therapist

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  • MickFromOz
  • 07-10-21

Fan flumin tastic ! 👍🙏❤️ Your awesome ! Namaste

Fan flumin tastic ! 👍🙏❤️ Your awesome ! Highly recommend this book , Thanks, Namaste