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Natural Prozac: Learning to Release Your Body's Own Anti-Depressants Paperback – February 3, 1998
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1) The theory behind this book dovetails with everything else I've read and experienced (not just about depression but about how behavior, diet, exercise, sleep, etc. impact metahormones and various aspects of health) and is argued persuasively. 2) The information is not just for people with mild depression; it applies even moreso to those of us who are severely depressed and therefore need to look deeper and work harder on the underlying issues that affect our brain chemistry and mood. 3) This book actually gave me hope, after almost 5 years of struggling against a major episode, including periods of not having the motivation to get out of bed or even to call someone to talk about it. It's the first book I have ever read that I could say that about, and I've read at least a dozen on depression. 4) The reason it gave me hope is two-fold: * I recognized myself utterly in his profile of the "satiation-depressed" personality down to the last detail, which gives me confidence he knows whereof he speaks, and * He supplies practical information on how to impact your brain chemistry over time--just as prolonged stress/trauma may have adjusted it to depressive chemistry--whether you're taking medication or not.
This is not a fad program, a money-making scheme, or bogus science. There is a test at the end of the book that you can submit for analysis for a fee, but it would only be necessary if you have a very unusual, intractable problem.Read more ›
I always thought that there must be a connection between what I ate and my depression but none of my therapists and doctors ever suggested anything other than talking and taking medication. Also, I am a Psychiatriac Nurse and work in a mental hospital. I see firsthand what drugs can and cannot do and also the serious side effects of those drugs. Drugs and talk therapy can control symptoms in most people, but they do not cure. You stop the drugs, the symptoms return. Dr. Robertson is saying is that WE CAN BE CURED OF DEPRESSION through a program of diet, exercise, behavior modification, music, and the acitvities we choose! I have never heard a doctor say that before. After reading Dr. Robertson's book, I am filled with hope. In layman's terms, he describes how what we eat does contribute to our depression and also our own behaviors. He also goes into the different types of personalities, basically Type A and Type B, Arousal Type and Satiate Type. I am definatly type B.
Please read this book if you are depressed or if someone you love is depressed. You will not regret it.
I am making a serious effort to follow his guidelines. I have stopped smoking, I do some type of exercise every day, and I am changing my diet. I feel great. I am going to follow these guidelines for 2 months and then go see my doctor and talk with him about tapering me off my medication.
I would love to talk with others who have read this book and found it as helpful as I have or who tried and were not successful.
For example, he notes that complex carbohydrates naturally raise brain serotonin levels and feelings of well being. The complex carbs are superior in maintaining brain levels of serotonin more so than simple sugars (a candy bar, for example), because the complex carbs have long chains of amino acids that take longer to break down in the body, and thus provide a steadier stream of "feel good" nourishment.
He promotes exercise and sunshine as a way to feel better. I have tried many of his suggestions and feel he is on the right track. Even if you are already taking an antidepressant, you will likely find his suggestions helpful in beating depression. It's hard not to feel uplifted while on a walk on a sunny day, listening to a song that moves you, or eating food that truly nourishes you. Robertson reminds us not to ignore including these into our lives as mood boosters.
He asserts that over time, these better patterns of eating and living will change your brain chemistry as surely as a drug.
It's especially significant that he notes, in plain language, that sometimes sluggish depressed people may need dopamine (dopamine increases feelings of power), and overanxious depressed people may need more serotonin boosters. The book is basically about natural sources of each.
This book is a far cut above many "self help" books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Only half of the book was helpful to me. I didn't like that the author gave no alternative to eating carbs. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Speechless
I Loved Potatoes not Prozac so I probably ordered this one as a supplement to that book. I don't have a copy of this one or I might read it.Published 20 months ago by Myrtle R. Hodgson
I have historically battled with depression Understanding nutrition and how it affects our brain has helped me in my struggle to balance my emotions. Read morePublished 20 months ago by TimDax
Dr. Robertson provides the complete picture - nutrition, exercise, music, medication and therapy - perhaps temporary, perhaps long-term - meditation, the tools and skills to... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ms. Le Chat
shows the reader how to access the body's natural means of healing itself. It teaches the reader to look within to find health solutions; that what is sought on the outside... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Ada Ward-Timmons
This book is written in a simple, practical manner that offers a very readable option to anyone interested in understanding the basics of our brain chemistry and how... Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by C. Remein
As a medical professional who has functional medicine as part of my practice, I found it very helpful to explain to my patients about neurotransmitters. Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by Robert Middleton Jr
I have found this book to be very informative and a pretty easy read. Have been able to recommend to others. Read morePublished on November 1, 2012 by BGLady