A Mind of Your Own by Dr. Kelly Brogan


About A Mind of Your Own  

• Publisher: Harper Wave (March 15, 2016) 
• Hardcover: 352 pages 

  Named one of the top health and wellness books for 2016 by MindBodyGreen 

 Depression is not a disease. It is a symptom.
 Recent years have seen a shocking increase in antidepressant use the world over, with 1 in 4 women starting their day with medication. These drugs have steadily become the panacea for everything from grief, irritability, panic attacks, to insomnia, PMS, and stress.  But the truth is, what women really need can’t be found at a pharmacy. 

According to Dr. Kelly Brogan, antidepressants not only overpromise and underdeliver, but their use may permanently disable the body’s self-healing potential.   We need a new paradigm: The best way to heal the mind is to heal the whole body. In this groundbreaking, science-based and holistic approach, Dr. Brogan shatters the mythology conventional medicine has built around the causes and treatment of depression. 
Based on her expert interpretation of published medical findings, combined with years of experience from her clinical practice, Dr. Brogan illuminates the true cause of depression: it is not simply a chemical imbalance, but a lifestyle crisis that demands a reset. It is a signal that the interconnected systems in the body are out of balance – from blood sugar, to gut health, to thyroid function– and inflammation is at the root. 

A Mind of Your Own offers an achievable, step-by-step 30-day action plan—including powerful dietary interventions, targeted nutrient support, detoxification, sleep, and stress reframing techniques—women can use to heal their bodies, alleviate inflammation, and feel like themselves again without a single prescription. 
Bold, brave, and revolutionary, A Mind of Your Own takes readers on a journey of self-empowerment for radical transformation that goes far beyond symptom relief. 

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Packed so full of well researched information, and well documented, that I suggest you set aside dedicated time to ingest it all, this excellent book is presented in two sections.
Part one is about depression and other mood disorders (and more) plus recent research and busting some long held beliefs, challenging long practiced medical protocols, and information on alternative therapies. If you feel you are broken, part one contains enough information to convince you that you have personal power. There are actions you can take to improve your life experience.
The book is about lifestyle medicine instead of submitting ones body and mind to excessive chemical side effects.

Part two adds details on methods and techniques to assist with whole body wellness, leading up to the author's personal program for lifestyle changes. I found part one to be a more easily flowing conversational style, but did not let the more technical language in part two put me off. 
Beyond talk of diet and nutrition, relaxation, meditation, sleep and exercise movement are all discussed. 

The book builds to a 4 week plan designed to make you feel more energized and confident. 
The first week, in my opinion, tackles the toughest component of the plan. Perhaps this is to allow us the most time to adjust to the most difficult changes. Included at the end of book are recipes and sample menus. 

Photo by Andy Fink

About Kelly Brogan, M.D.

Kelly Brogan, M.D. is a Manhattan-based holistic women’s health psychiatrist, author of the book, A Mind of Your Own and co-editor of the landmark textbook, Integrative Therapies for Depression.
She completed her psychiatric training and fellowship at NYU Medical Center after graduating from Cornell University Medical College, and has a B.S. from MIT in Systems Neuroscience. She is board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine, and is specialized in a root-cause resolution approach to psychiatric syndromes and symptoms.
She is on the board of GreenMedInfo, Functional Medicine University, Pathways to Family Wellness, NYS Perinatal Association, and Fisher Wallace, Medical Director for Fearless Parent, and board member for Health Freedom Action and the peer-reviewed, indexed journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. She is a mother of two.

 Find out more about Dr. Brogan at her website and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. "If you feel you are broken, part one contains enough information to convince you that you have personal power." This sounds like a fantastic reason to read this book.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.


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