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.