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Uw brein als medicijn

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,307 ratings  ·  135 reviews
Het antwoord op Prozac, Lithium, Zyprexa en andere omstreden antidepressiva! Diep in de hersenen zit een deel dat ons gevoel, humeur, gedrag, onze bloeddruk, ons immuunsysteem, kortom alles wat met ons welbevinden te maken heeft, beheerst: het emotionele brein. Door controle te krijgen over dit deel van de hersenen, is het mogelijk om stoornissen die voortkomen uit stress, ...more
Paperback, 285 pages
Published March 2007 by Lifetime (first published 2003)
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Oct 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who's spent the last four years coming to terms with a severe anxiety disorder, I have been ripping through this book in fascination. The beginning is a little "technical" but the "techniques" used to treat anxiety, stress and depression are fascinating, scientifically researched and sound. This is not a book about meditation (although it is recommended) or a pop-psychology book, but a scientific study about our body and mind's ability to heal themselves. ...more
Nabilah Firdaus
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the title suggests - Healing Without Freud or Prozac explains to us seven natural treatment approaches that capitalize on the mind and brain’s healing mechanisms from recovering from depression, anxiety and stress. All the methods have been researched and studies documenting their benefits have been published in prestigious scientific journals. The seven methods are as follows:

1) Living with heart coherence
2) Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
3) Resetting your biological clo
Mar 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book is by the author of one of my favorite books I have read so far this year, Anti-Cancer. Servan-Schreiber is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist (and cancer survivor). This book came before Anti-Cancer and focuses on curing anxiety, etc., without medication or talk therapy (as the title states). This book was quite frankly a godsend for me. I devoured it in 24 hours and can't express how valuable the information is. I deal with PTSD and have struggled to find the correct kind of help f ...more
Aug 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I put off reading this book because it sounds so heavy and depressing (I would call it The Instinct to Heal: Natural Ways to Increase your Health and Happiness), but I'm so glad I finally read it! Anyone could benefit from reading this. After a slightly slow start (I think the author has to prove to the medical community that he's a serious doctor and didn't come around to these conclusions lightly), it' s all about how to be happier and have better relationships. I enjoyed learning the science ...more
Quality self-help books must avoid two pitfalls in order to be successful. On one hand, they should not be written in a style that is too dry and overly clinical, but on the other, they must not be based on generalities alone. The Instinct to Heal strikes the perfect balance between professionalism and reader engagement. It details the neuropsychology underlying stress, anxiety, and depression, in an easy-to-read manner, and lays out a plan with seven natural treatment methods which avoid the us ...more
My mom said I really had to read this book because it would be important and life-changing for me, and you know that moms are always right!
She knew what she was saying, although at the beginning I wasn't really that excited. However, this book was very important and I'm glad I could read at this stage of my life. I'm certain it will help me change my life in ways I couldn't envision before. I was really excited while reading it, because it gave me hope in more ways than I can describe here - it
Aug 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Meredith by: Bart Theelen
Don't be discouraged by the "self help" title. This book is really enlightening concerning ways to mitigate stress in your life and how to live with a more healthy mind-body connection. ...more
Jan 08, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sad Kids and their friends
I read this book because a lot of my favorite people are depressed anxious and stressed out and none of them want talk therapy and some of them don't want drugs. All of the tips in this book revolved around developing mind and body coherence. There are two systems in the brain. The automatic emotional brain, and the neocortex action brain. The goal in acheiving mind body coherence is getting these two parts of the brains to balance and do the same thing. Depression, Anxiety and Stress occur when ...more
The OV of this one had the more prosaic title "Guerir le stress." Self-help books tend to make me flinch, but this one had enough decent information about treating anxiety and depression without pharmaceuticals to make it worthwhile. Breathing, EMDR therapy, fish oils, acupuncture, exercise, communication were some of the main subjects. All worth as much study as the creepy SSRI's that seem to be the only thing usually offered by medical professionals. (October 16, 2004) ...more
Sep 20, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in depression
This book is about how to cure depression naturally. I checked it out from the library because I had baby blues. Then I bought it because it had so much useful and interesting information that I thought I needed to loan it out to friends and relatives so they could benefit also. It's dense at first, but his writing gets better as the book progresses, and it is full if fascinating anecdotes. ...more
Jevgenia Uusväli
Absolutely essential to everyone, but especially to people who struggle with mental health problems like anxiety and depression. It gives a variety of alternatives to traditional medicine. Some of the methods are understood and accepted by the science community, some are still staying in the shadow of the mystery and therefore are not seen as treatment options, even though they have proven their efficiency.

Breathing in a specific way combine with meditation, regulating light especially in the mo
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good book!
'Izzat Radzi
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better than I actually expected.

*Long review later with Ellul's book.
**A second thought perhaps no review for this one.

See this webtoon comic on prisons.
Chloe Lee
I have first stumbled upon the book in a small bookshop in Bristol, and I immediately bought the Kindle version of it, since I have always been interested in how the mind functions. Of course, this is not about how the mind functions, and if anybody wants to learn how the brain functions instead it would be better to go for Dick Swaab's We Are Our Brains: From the Womb to Alzheimer's.

Dr. Servan-Schreiber gives really practical advice, and the text is not too heavy with the excessive use of medic
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This international bestseller looks towards the East for solving the problems related to depression and stress. The oriental heritage and the lifestyle lends itself to balanced living. Which is why the suicide rates in the East due to this reason are much lower than in the West. The author needs to be complimented for the engaging style. It seems as though he is speaking in person due to the conversational tone of the writing. The case studies are apt and enlightening and the personal examples r ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junk
Another nut using Qi, acupuncture, even "light" to give you peace. A self important nobody that has very important people coming to his witch doctor hut to see his wisdom in reading bird entrails

> Lilian was an actress and drama teacher in a renowned the­atre. She had acted all over the world, and she knew everything there was to know about self-control.

> ...the most adult perspective conceivable

Hager Simmons
Feb 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you read this book you will never take drugs for anxiety or seek talk theraphy for stress! I have read it twice and always keep it handy to re-read sections of it. A must read!
Too many areas, not connected, mostly no how-tos, too thin content, no main storyline, no evolution nor recommendations.
While I don't struggle with depression, I have friends and loved ones who do. In 2011 when this book was published one in eight Americans had taken an antidepressant for a year or longer. Those numbers are only increasing.

I was inspired to read this book because it's from the same author as Anti-Cancer, a book that increased my understanding of how nutrition and natural approaches can play a major role in our overall health and well being and keeping disease from developing. In my opinion, this
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not your normal self help book. It's backup with actual proven things that help you deal with anxiety, depression, stress and communicating with yourself and people around you. It has a clear writing and mostly it is a enjoyable book to read. I do recommend reading it at least one time in your life. It has brought me a different perspective on life and problems.
It's one of those books that I highlighted and wrote all over because I know I'll be grabbing it thousands of times. 5 stars and
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book with a healthy dose of skepticism, esp given the author has included acupuncture as one of his seven listed recommendations to deal with depression and anxiety. But, to his credit, the author backs up every claim he makes with pointers to detailed research studies and precisely articulates the spectrum of possible relief rather than overgeneralisation of benefits. Also, he is honest in calling out where we don’t have enough data to judge specific claims to be true or not. Plus h ...more
Ricky Schegg
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book explained highly controversial topics such as depression, meditation and other issues in a simple and straight forward manner. Highly recommended for individuals who are looking for something interesting to read that will actually help them understand themselves better. Not the best book to read while on vacation but definitely worth reading most of its chapters.
Chris Maats
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really liked this book, it’s clear, practical and well-founded, even though it is dated (most scientific references are now over 20 years old). And then there is always the question of selectively quoting research that supports your claims, which the average reader (me) can’t really judge. That said: it’s a breeze to read and very informative.
Naomi Hermitage
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First book to equip me with understanding of treatment of mental health in alternative ways - and in hearing a doctor's journey in discovering them. Things he did not get taught in his studies and training. I adored his lovely to read, earnest and fascinating journey and helped me with my own anxiety treatment journey. ...more
Gail Debono
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easily one of the best books I’ve ever read in my field. With the exception of referring to mother Theresa as an undisputed champion of charity, everything written in this book is 100% accurate and should be in each of our life plans!
Peter Jordan
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most readable and useful book I think I've ever read on natural approaches to dealing with anxiety and depression. ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buying a copy. Acupuncture, exercise, nutrition, EMDR, plus.
Miguel Antunes
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book read in a while. Looking to reverse this trend.
Sara Malhas
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book... read it at a time where I needed every word in it...
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. I learnt a lot and am going to try out some of these approaches.
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David Servan-Schreiber (April 21, 1961 – July 24, 2011) was a French physician, neuroscientist and author. He was a clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He was also a lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine of Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1.

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