From Publishers Weekly
Psychiatrist Emmons offers hope to sufferers of mild to severe depression in this well-articulated approach to integrating therapeutic techniques from East and West. Identifying three main forms of depression—anxious, agitated and sluggish—Emmons pinpoints three intellectual/physical/spiritual " types" these varieties of depression correspond with, and explains how the types mirror ones described in India's ayurvedic medicine and in Buddhist psychology. A student of Jon Kabat-Zinn (Wherever You Go, There You Are
) and Deepak Chopra (Perfect Health
), Emmons draws on their work in the fields of mindfulness meditation and mind-body medicine, respectively, to help readers find the most effective combination of diet, supplements, exercise and stress-relieving techniques. He provides personal stories to illustrate how brain chemistry and medication can alter behavior and mood and discusses how readers can evaluate their own need for medication. In later chapters, Emmons offers strategies for accessing inner strength and wisdom, once brain and body chemistry are balanced. While much has been written on complementary care for most conditions, readers battling depression will likely find Emmons's vision of healing informative and persuasive; others will find many practical ways to achieve a healthy lifestyle. (Jan. 3)
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"What a thoughtful and caring road map out of depression. The Chemistry of Joy
is a true gem of understanding that offers a beacon of hope for those wanting alternatives to medication. Emmons combines several powerful modalities and distills them into clear and useful tools."
-- Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D., author of Potatoes not Prozac and The Sugar Addict's Total Recovery Program