Mental Health

Manage depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders with natural approaches.

If you’ve read my story, you know the horrors I experienced because of psychiatric drugs. The only way I was able to salvage my health was to get off of them and maintain a very committed paleo lifestyle. This page showcases the best resources I have found for living medication-free. It’s a work in progress, so check back soon — I have lots more to add!

Withdrawing from Medication Safely and Effectively

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VIDEO: Will Hall’s “Coming off Psychiatric Medications: A Harm Reduction Approach”
This is a must-watch if you’re contemplating getting off meds. Will is incredibly thorough, thoughtful, and compassionate. This video will give you a great plan for next steps. I also recommend his book, which you can download for free or purchase online.

The Antidepressant Solution by Dr. Joseph Glenmullen, MD
Dr. Glenmullen sets the record straight between SSRI withdrawal and depressive relapse. If you want to get off antidepressants, this is a must-read. I didn’t end up using the tapering methods discussed in this book, but the information is still valuable and empowering.

Prozac Bridging
This Q&A provides a good explanation of “Prozac Bridging,” the tapering strategy that got me off SSRIs for good.

Daily Checklist of Antidepressant Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal can be nasty. Here’s what to expect.

Managing Mood with Healthy Food and Natural Supplements

A Mind of Your Own by Kelly Brogan, MD
I truly believe this is one of the most important books of our time. In A Mind of Your Own, holistic psychiatrist Kelly Brogan outlines the all-natural approaches she uses in her own practice, including diet, supplementation, and meditation. Her approach is very much like the one I used to heal myself, and if I would have had this book during my journey, things would have been so much easier. She also talks a lot about the history and controversy of psychiatric medication, and it is incredibly well-researched and cited.  

The Antianxiety Food Solution by Trudy Scott, CN
Trudy Scott is a certified nutritionist who helps her clients manage anxiety and mood through diet and targeted supplements. This book is excellent if you want to learn more about the food-mood connection and specific foods to avoid if you’re having anxiety. It also offers helpful advice for using amino acid supplements — the “amazing aminos,” as she calls them — to boost and balance mood. You can also check out her website for TONS of helpful information.

The Mood Cure by Julia Ross, MA
Julia Ross is a psychotherapist who treats mood, eating, and addiction problems with nutrient therapy and biochemical rebalancing. In The Mood Cure, she offers a step-by-step plan for cleaning up your diet, eating “good mood foods,” and balancing your neurotransmitters with targeted amino acid therapy.

Articles of Interest

The Guardian: “Does Prozac Help Artists be Creative?” by Alex Preston
An excellent personal narrative detailing the “flatness” of emotion on SSRIs. Part personal account, part history lesson, part interviews with famous creatives.

“How Food is Linked to Mood” by Emily Deans, MD
Don’t think food is linked to mood? You might change your mind after reading this article by a board-certified psychiatrist.

My Favorite Mental Health Websites

Kelly Brogan, MD: Holistic Women’s Health Psychiatrist
Kelly Brogan is a psychiatrist in private practice and a faculty member at NYU. Her website is an absolute goldmine of information. Believe it or not, Dr. Brogan refuses to use medications with her patients, and instead helps them heal through a paleo lifestyle and other natural approaches. Go here, check out the blog, and get lost in amazing reading for hours.

Evolutionary Psychiatry
The blog of Emily Deans, M.D., a Massachusetts-based psychiatrist arguing for evolutionary approaches to health. Love her stuff.

Surviving Antidepressants
A wonderful community forum with information on SSRI withdrawal, side effects, and other stuff big pharma wants you to stay hush-hush about.

Psych Education
A comprehensive site detailing a range of mood and anxiety disorders. Written by Jim Phelps, M.D. This guy knows his stuff.

Crazy Meds
No-nonsense drug information, plus forums containing detailed patient experiences.