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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 one in six 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 listeners to become agents of their own wholeness and healing.

©2020 Jodie Skillicorn (P)2020 North Atlantic Books

Critic Reviews

"If you think you need psych meds to cure your mood, think again. And read this book." (Christiane Northrup, MD, New York Times best-selling author of Goddesses Never AgeThe Wisdom of Menopause, and Women’s Bodies, Women's Wisdom)

"The unfortunate reality is that the majority of patients treated with medications for depression fail to recover. In this insightful new work, Dr. Skillicorn shares her holistic prescriptions on how to live a fuller and depression-free life. This is a must-read in my clinic." (Joel Kahn, MD, FACC, author of The Plant-Based Solution)

"While there are dozens of self-help books on depression, Dr. Skillicorn has done a masterful job of explaining principles of neuroscience and how they work to create new neural pathways for healing depression. Neuroplasticity is the name of the game, and Dr. Skillicorn presents meticulous research about the need to look beyond 'diagnose and adios' medicine to help each individual develop his or her own customized program of activities and nutrition so that the brain can heal itself organically without dangerous medication. Whether you are a doctor, patient, or seeking help for someone you care about, you will find the help you seek in these pages." (Laurie Nadel, PhD, author of The Five Gifts: Discovering Hope, Healing, and Strength When Disaster Strikes)

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  • Ron
  • 28-07-2020

Simply Brilliant

Jodie does a wonderful job in stressing both the importance of and provides solutions to a culture where medication prevails as the first defense for treatment. Her personal account and experiences are second-to-none in trying to unravel the chaos that surrounds us. More doctors should be this bold.

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  • Alfred M Zakarian
  • 06-07-2020

Do not like a self help book starring with ‘Read at your discretion’

I lose interest in Any self help or psychological healing book that begins with the author not taking responsibility for the content of the book. As soon as I read or hear ‘it is at the discretion of reader’ it reminds me of signing a legal transaction and as a result I lose interest.

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