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New York Times best-selling author presents a radical alternative to psychotropic meds: discerning the meaning in your symptoms and your struggle as a way to reclaim your health and your self. For years, we've been telling ourselves that our difficult feelings-sadness, rage, shame, intensity, worry-are somehow "not okay." And, all too often, we've relied on the promise of p New York Times best-selling author presents a radical alternative to psychotropic meds: discerning the meaning in your symptoms and your struggle as a way to reclaim your health and your self. For years, we've been telling ourselves that our difficult feelings-sadness, rage, shame, intensity, worry-are somehow "not okay." And, all too often, we've relied on the promise of pharmaceuticals to tamp them down. The fact is, though, that these feelings are a vital part of our experience. They are real. And those of us who feel them most strongly are the canaries in the coalmine-sensitive to things that are seriously wrong in the world today. In a book that's both provocative and promising, holistic psychiatrist Kelly Brogan, M.D., author of A Mind of Your Own, shows us that we don't have to medicate our mental, emotional, and physical pain away-that the best way out is through. She explodes the mistaken belief that our symptoms-from mood changes to irritability to fogginess and fatigue-are evidence that we are sick or broken. Then she charts a new path to get real, get well, and get free. The journey includes: - Coming to a new appreciation of the meaning behind symptoms, and whether you are a canary in the coal mine - Learning the 2 major risks of medication that most doctors are not trained to disclose - Exploring the 5 reversible physical drivers of so-called mental illness - Starting the process of radical physical healing with inclusive details of Dr. Brogan's history-making 30-day protocol - Taking an emotional inventory of energy drains and toxic relationships - Taking a deeper dive into the spiritual awakening and expansion that comes when you reclaim your real self from conventional medicine - Identifying the most likely places you have given your power away - Understanding what the science has to say about psychedelics as a tool for awakening - Navigating health challenges with curiosity and the proper tools - Guidance, support, and many Travel Tips shared from the trenches! Our experiences, Dr. Brogan argues, aren't problems or pathologies; they reflect what we need to accept, acknowledge, and transform in order to truly become who we are. Own Your Self is a journey of healing, and also something more: a journey of coming home to ourselves.


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New York Times best-selling author presents a radical alternative to psychotropic meds: discerning the meaning in your symptoms and your struggle as a way to reclaim your health and your self. For years, we've been telling ourselves that our difficult feelings-sadness, rage, shame, intensity, worry-are somehow "not okay." And, all too often, we've relied on the promise of p New York Times best-selling author presents a radical alternative to psychotropic meds: discerning the meaning in your symptoms and your struggle as a way to reclaim your health and your self. For years, we've been telling ourselves that our difficult feelings-sadness, rage, shame, intensity, worry-are somehow "not okay." And, all too often, we've relied on the promise of pharmaceuticals to tamp them down. The fact is, though, that these feelings are a vital part of our experience. They are real. And those of us who feel them most strongly are the canaries in the coalmine-sensitive to things that are seriously wrong in the world today. In a book that's both provocative and promising, holistic psychiatrist Kelly Brogan, M.D., author of A Mind of Your Own, shows us that we don't have to medicate our mental, emotional, and physical pain away-that the best way out is through. She explodes the mistaken belief that our symptoms-from mood changes to irritability to fogginess and fatigue-are evidence that we are sick or broken. Then she charts a new path to get real, get well, and get free. The journey includes: - Coming to a new appreciation of the meaning behind symptoms, and whether you are a canary in the coal mine - Learning the 2 major risks of medication that most doctors are not trained to disclose - Exploring the 5 reversible physical drivers of so-called mental illness - Starting the process of radical physical healing with inclusive details of Dr. Brogan's history-making 30-day protocol - Taking an emotional inventory of energy drains and toxic relationships - Taking a deeper dive into the spiritual awakening and expansion that comes when you reclaim your real self from conventional medicine - Identifying the most likely places you have given your power away - Understanding what the science has to say about psychedelics as a tool for awakening - Navigating health challenges with curiosity and the proper tools - Guidance, support, and many Travel Tips shared from the trenches! Our experiences, Dr. Brogan argues, aren't problems or pathologies; they reflect what we need to accept, acknowledge, and transform in order to truly become who we are. Own Your Self is a journey of healing, and also something more: a journey of coming home to ourselves.

30 review for Own Your Self: The Surprising Path beyond Depression, Anxiety, and Fatigue to Reclaiming Your Authenticity, Vitality, and Freedom

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Sandham Mathwin

    While some of Dr. Brogan's recommendations are solid (cleaning up your diet, exercising, meditating, practicing good sleep hygiene) there's a lot of pseudoscience in this book. While I completely agree that psychotropic medications are overly prescribed and have their definite downsides, I think it's very irresponsible and unrealistic to advocate that everyone and anyone (even people with severe mental illness) should go off of them. There's a real lack of nuance that's concerning-I just don't t While some of Dr. Brogan's recommendations are solid (cleaning up your diet, exercising, meditating, practicing good sleep hygiene) there's a lot of pseudoscience in this book. While I completely agree that psychotropic medications are overly prescribed and have their definite downsides, I think it's very irresponsible and unrealistic to advocate that everyone and anyone (even people with severe mental illness) should go off of them. There's a real lack of nuance that's concerning-I just don't think you can paint things with such a broad brush. Yes, for some people psych medications have been a net negative but for many people they've been lifesavers. If you're a fan of Gwyneth Paltrow's website GOOP or Marianne Williamson (who wrote a blurb on the back), this is a book you'd probably appreciate but it wasn't for me. However, it's beneficial to get a different perspective sometimes even if you don't agree with it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fleeting Bird

    This kind of books is dangerous. It's full of pseudoscience, parapsychology, abusive guru quotes and other kinds of bs mashed with things that are actually useful and true. The problem is, you won't know which is which. I actually read it so I can see with what kind of nonsense I used to waste my time. If you want to get sober and start being serious, choose these books: It's Not Always Depression by Hilary Jacobs Hendel to learn what a real scientific book looks like. Check out her website and p This kind of books is dangerous. It's full of pseudoscience, parapsychology, abusive guru quotes and other kinds of bs mashed with things that are actually useful and true. The problem is, you won't know which is which. I actually read it so I can see with what kind of nonsense I used to waste my time. If you want to get sober and start being serious, choose these books: It's Not Always Depression by Hilary Jacobs Hendel to learn what a real scientific book looks like. Check out her website and podcasts with her. Traumatic Narcissism by Daniel Shaw. To learn the real face of cults and gurus. The F* it Diet by Caroline Dooner to know how to actually listen and trust to your body. Mindsight by Daniel Siegel. And then look into the rest of what this author has to offer. He's good in interpersonal neuroscience and parenting. Listen to Therapist Uncensored podcasts. These are all safe, no bs, sources.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maria Ryan

    Why Are We Here? This is a book whose time has come. I would recommend it to every single person because even if you are firmly entrenched in the medical-industrial paradigm and are still chasing a “pill for every ill” or still blindly following your doctor’s advice even though you know it isn’t working, the introduction of another way to live is huge in and of itself. Anyone who has followed Dr. Brogan’s work for any length of time will be clear that she was meant to write this book at this time. Why Are We Here? This is a book whose time has come. I would recommend it to every single person because even if you are firmly entrenched in the medical-industrial paradigm and are still chasing a “pill for every ill” or still blindly following your doctor’s advice even though you know it isn’t working, the introduction of another way to live is huge in and of itself. Anyone who has followed Dr. Brogan’s work for any length of time will be clear that she was meant to write this book at this time. She offers a new yet ancient path for radical health and healing that puts the individual fully in the driver’s seat and she does so with love, light, and a hell of a lot of science. It would be hard for a person without Brogan’s beyond-impressive resume to write and publish a book as radical as this one. We are fortunate to have her as a pioneer and champion for true health and vitality. Brogan sifts through confusing messages that have us believing that we are fundamentally sick and broken and in need big pharma and their fancy little foot soldiers (aka doctors) to parcel out our required medicine and string us along while we become sicker and poorer. She challenges the dogmatic religion of scientism and how it drives a dangerous wedge between us and our highest source. Is it really true that we were born faulty, with non-working immune systems that couldn’t possibly protect us under the right conditions without health-destroying lab concoctions? She offers a way to get off the merry-go-round and reclaim our powerful autonomy. It can sound like an overwhelming impossibility but I assure you it is not. It is however, an audacious process and the beauty of this book is that every step of this process is held in the highest regard, validated, and respected. I have now read A Mind of Your Own and Own Your Self and in doing so, I feel less alone in a world where I have watched those I hold most dear lose their peace of mind, their health, and even their lives at the hands of a sick, dysfunctional, and driven-by-profit medical system. I have walked my path with a heart broken many times over and my resolve has strengthened. Read the book! Know that there is more beyond it so that it doesn’t end here. BRB Rating: Own It.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mezzie

    This is a dangerous book. It sneaks pseudoscience and illogical conclusions between actual research and good advice. It quotes from respected books and studies and often has the veneer of respectable work only to then include a recommendation or "fact" that is completely off the wall. Read Anatomy of an Epidemic and The Body Keeps the Score to get the good stuff without all the junk. This is a dangerous book. It sneaks pseudoscience and illogical conclusions between actual research and good advice. It quotes from respected books and studies and often has the veneer of respectable work only to then include a recommendation or "fact" that is completely off the wall. Read Anatomy of an Epidemic and The Body Keeps the Score to get the good stuff without all the junk.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Esther Harrison

    What can a person do when the anti-depressants, mood-stabilizers, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety drugs, and tranquilizers turn that person into a zombie? That’s what happened to me at the end of the 1990s. Fortunately, I was able to locate a therapist who helped me taper off all my medications. At the same time, I was being educated about a healthier, more balanced set of beliefs after leaving a high-control religious cult. Then, once I became a functioning human, I got along quite well in my job What can a person do when the anti-depressants, mood-stabilizers, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety drugs, and tranquilizers turn that person into a zombie? That’s what happened to me at the end of the 1990s. Fortunately, I was able to locate a therapist who helped me taper off all my medications. At the same time, I was being educated about a healthier, more balanced set of beliefs after leaving a high-control religious cult. Then, once I became a functioning human, I got along quite well in my job and my newly-single life. At least in the interim. I wish this book had been available years ago. Even so, I’m happy to have it now. I could have easily fit the description of one of Dr. Brogan’s patients. What she writes about to this point, I have already lived. Medical doctors will rarely suggest the possibility that a diet change might be the answer when their client’s health goes off the rails. No, because their job is to offer a pill for every ill. After all, it’s a preferred business model that shows well on their quarterly reports. Read more at https://phoenixoffaith.wordpress.com

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Bond

    I would definitely recommend reading A Mind if Your Own first, and then approaching Own Your Self with an open mind. I’m currently in the middle of a lifestyle change very similar to the vital mind reset that Dr. Kelly Brogan recommends (I am still drinking a small amount of coffee😬) and I feel so clearheaded and so much less anxious. As a spiritual person, this book resonated a lot with me and I am eager to practice some of her suggestions beyond the vital mind reset program as I taper off of m I would definitely recommend reading A Mind if Your Own first, and then approaching Own Your Self with an open mind. I’m currently in the middle of a lifestyle change very similar to the vital mind reset that Dr. Kelly Brogan recommends (I am still drinking a small amount of coffee😬) and I feel so clearheaded and so much less anxious. As a spiritual person, this book resonated a lot with me and I am eager to practice some of her suggestions beyond the vital mind reset program as I taper off of medication soon. So grateful to finally be on a healing journey instead of being repeatedly dismissed by my gp. Also there is a list of doctors on Kelly Brogan’s website, where I found the doctor I am currently working with who found my root causes (turns out I have had severe anemia and some other things that regular doctor refused to test for).

  7. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Extremely eye-opening. Also, to be honest, extremely confirmation-bias lol. I am all about holistic healing and am a major proponent of decrying the pharmaceutical industry. Her big thing about using mental illness as the gateway into a spiritual journey that can allow you to fully understand yourself and your mission. I agree with this. I have been fortunate enough to transmute my battle with depression into this incredible energy and lust for life. For many people – not all – things like depress Extremely eye-opening. Also, to be honest, extremely confirmation-bias lol. I am all about holistic healing and am a major proponent of decrying the pharmaceutical industry. Her big thing about using mental illness as the gateway into a spiritual journey that can allow you to fully understand yourself and your mission. I agree with this. I have been fortunate enough to transmute my battle with depression into this incredible energy and lust for life. For many people – not all – things like depression and anxiety are stories we tell ourselves. They've literally become a part of our identity (usually due to conditioning) and it is POSSIBLE to separate from them! Sounds crazy? Yeah, to someone who hasn't experienced it firsthand. I've felt it, Kelly's felt it, so have many of her patients. Maybe you can too.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Madison Caldwell

    NOTE: I didn't finish this book, but I'm posting this review to warn others... >>> This book was interesting... and then it went into ***ANTI-VAX*** territory. Dangerous, selfish, pseudo-scientific... it ticks all the boxes. And while there were some potentially good ideas in the opening chapters, they were immediately rendered untrustworthy as soon as the author started railing against vaccinations. I wish I had learned more about the author before starting this book. It turns out she also doesn't NOTE: I didn't finish this book, but I'm posting this review to warn others... >>> This book was interesting... and then it went into ***ANTI-VAX*** territory. Dangerous, selfish, pseudo-scientific... it ticks all the boxes. And while there were some potentially good ideas in the opening chapters, they were immediately rendered untrustworthy as soon as the author started railing against vaccinations. I wish I had learned more about the author before starting this book. It turns out she also doesn't believe COVID-19 is real?? Yet another example of someone who thinks their OPINION is more valid than actual hard facts that can be observed directly and irrefutably. This kind of thinking has become increasingly dangerous, and in this case even more so, as the author has an MD! Shameful...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kelli Saginak

    Revealing and empowering!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aubrey Tester

    While I agree with many things in the book, there is quite a bit left up in the air without direction. For as long as it is, I expected more how-to or description rather than user stories with little background

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lex Andrews

    It's clear the author is very passionate about taking a more holistic approach to mental health, which echoes many of my own sentiments. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two thirds. Unfortunately I lost interest when it shifted focus to the diet she recommends and for this reason, I did not finish the book. I understood the general premise as being a type of elimination diet that you slowly build back up incorporating more of the good stuff, but I found her reasoning for introducing or avoiding ce It's clear the author is very passionate about taking a more holistic approach to mental health, which echoes many of my own sentiments. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two thirds. Unfortunately I lost interest when it shifted focus to the diet she recommends and for this reason, I did not finish the book. I understood the general premise as being a type of elimination diet that you slowly build back up incorporating more of the good stuff, but I found her reasoning for introducing or avoiding certain types of foods a little light on the research. Perhaps I resume this book at a later time, but for now it's taking a backseat. However, I would still recommend this book to all if for no other reason than considering other treatments for mental health apart from pharmaceutical drugs.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I felt like I was reading an infomercial. She had some powerful points but they were few and far between. There was just an abundance of testimonials and it felt like I was reading reviews and not an actual book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Awai

    I absolutely love Kelly Brogan. I picked her first book up as a last-ditch effort to get well and ended up ditching veganism for a diet more compatible with my body. I ended up off of all medications, was happier, healthier, less anxious...basically all the claims she makes. This book was a great refresher but also included a lot of supplemental wellness practices, meditations, journal exercises, natural supplements, and ideas to ponder. I'm glad I picked up this book. I don't know if I'll ever I absolutely love Kelly Brogan. I picked her first book up as a last-ditch effort to get well and ended up ditching veganism for a diet more compatible with my body. I ended up off of all medications, was happier, healthier, less anxious...basically all the claims she makes. This book was a great refresher but also included a lot of supplemental wellness practices, meditations, journal exercises, natural supplements, and ideas to ponder. I'm glad I picked up this book. I don't know if I'll ever truly be done healing but her books help me get closer every time I read them.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mel Corrigan

    Inspiring. I found my personal journey through grief and loss to parallel what Dr. Brogan described of her patients tapering off meds. It fascinated me. Feeling what we feel, treating those feelings as meaningful symptoms and trusting the wisdom of our own selves is one of Dr. Brogan's messages to us all. Inspiring. I found my personal journey through grief and loss to parallel what Dr. Brogan described of her patients tapering off meds. It fascinated me. Feeling what we feel, treating those feelings as meaningful symptoms and trusting the wisdom of our own selves is one of Dr. Brogan's messages to us all.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Llamazing Grace

    This book is so vitally important. Kelly's work brings together all the most crucial practices critical to our deepest wellbeing, and synthesises them into one beautiful package. I believe in the power of this book so much I have told friends I will buy a copy for anyone who is interested... I'm usuall Scrooge McDuck with money, so you know I'm serious! This book is so vitally important. Kelly's work brings together all the most crucial practices critical to our deepest wellbeing, and synthesises them into one beautiful package. I believe in the power of this book so much I have told friends I will buy a copy for anyone who is interested... I'm usuall Scrooge McDuck with money, so you know I'm serious!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carmela Delgra

    A great self help book, one that really makes you look at your self, challenge your self to accept or change things. Kelly, the author seems to be down to earth, straight forward with a sensitive touch.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Angelika

    Best.Book.Ever. A loving yet very clear guide to self respons-ability. Though there is (lots of) comfort in the victim story we keep telling ourselves, there is no way around than through to break cycles, heal, dis-cover ourselves, thrive, LOVE AND LIVE. This book takes away the fear from fear, the discomfort from discomfort, the pain from pain. A heartfelt thanks to Kelly Brogan and her COEURage to light the path so we dare to birth our true selves…

  18. 4 out of 5

    Suhad Ishaqat

    This book reflects a journey of healing, and also something more like a journey of finally coming home to ourselves. Accepting our selves they way we are and reflects what we need to accept acknowledge and transform in order to become who we really are

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karen Garcia

    I love Kelly's wisdom and passion for health. I've implemented so many things from her books already and made great progress. Made many notes throughout reading. A must for anyone stuck in the rut of the Healthcare system, not making progress. This will awaken you. I love Kelly's wisdom and passion for health. I've implemented so many things from her books already and made great progress. Made many notes throughout reading. A must for anyone stuck in the rut of the Healthcare system, not making progress. This will awaken you.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I like the part about detox. Not much else especially staring into your husbands eyes for an hour.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cortney

    Everyone should put this on their must read list.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Susie Pettit

    Absolutely outstanding!!! I recommend it to everyone !! Thank you so much for this amazing resource and for peeling away some of the erroneous layers of news that we are exposed to.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Erica Graeff

    Stopped at page 213

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    Such a thoughtful and well written book. It was better than your first book, which I enjoyed and shared with many people. Thank you!!!!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    dumpster fire. would be useful in a dumpster fire.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    DNF. She lost me at vaccines cause depression and the constant references to her online program (for purchase) felt promotional.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Bryden

    I highly recommend this book for anybody who wants to learn about mental health.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Arminda Lindsay

    As I was reading this book I was simultaneously thinking, "I love this! Yes, I believe this is true!" AND "Woah. Controversial and definitely 'out there' for a lot of people." That is my summary of "Own Your Self." I highly recommend this book to anyone who's ever been on psychotropic drugs (I have), or who is currently taking them, or who knows anyone who has either taken them in the past or is currently taking them. (That should about cover all of us, yes?) While Dr. Brogan's ideas may seem rad As I was reading this book I was simultaneously thinking, "I love this! Yes, I believe this is true!" AND "Woah. Controversial and definitely 'out there' for a lot of people." That is my summary of "Own Your Self." I highly recommend this book to anyone who's ever been on psychotropic drugs (I have), or who is currently taking them, or who knows anyone who has either taken them in the past or is currently taking them. (That should about cover all of us, yes?) While Dr. Brogan's ideas may seem radical, you can't contend her results, over and over again. 18 years ago I stopped taking (in one day) all seven medications I had been prescribed to treat depression, IBS and multiple undiagnosable symptoms. I intuitively knew my body couldn't, and wasn't designed to, function on chemicals. So I stopped. And I drastically changed my diet, intuiting here, as well, and trusting the feedback my own body was giving me about what it needed to be pain-free. Dr. Brogan's book felt familiar to me because I know how it feels to reclaim my Self.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sina Martel

    An inspiring and thought provoking read! I've joined Dr. Brogan's online subscription Facebook group, Vital Life Project! An inspiring and thought provoking read! I've joined Dr. Brogan's online subscription Facebook group, Vital Life Project!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sara Heser

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