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Uw brein als medicijn

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,163 ratings  ·  114 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.
Nabilah Firdaus
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.
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)
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.
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
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!
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
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

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.
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.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buying a copy. Acupuncture, exercise, nutrition, EMDR, plus.
Santiago Vásquez
Essential and practical health advice.
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.
An important book. I picked this book up originally to see what it might offer Mom. I was thrilled to find chapters on using heart coherence, which I have been reading about in another book, Heart Math. I was also interested in his discussion of acupuncture. I wonder if “tapping” and practicing QiGong would do some of the same things. Since I’ve been having this shortness of breath and chest pains and since the doctor wants to put me on Zoloft, after determining that my heart is okay. I am re-r ...more
May 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book discusses alternative ways to cure stress, anxiety and depression, without using medication-it covers acupuncture, exercise, nutrition (specifically more Omega-3s), maintaining "heart coherence" (by what seems to me like meditation techniques, but he explains the physiology behind the heart rhythm changes that affect the emotional brain) Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing(EMDR), resetting your clock with waking naturally with daylight, emotional connection to others and doin ...more
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The author is well read in both the current Western literature about depression, anxiety, and psychology as well as the more traditional methods of self-healing. As someone raised to want official proof, I appreciated that he included clinical trials and results that have made their way into the scientific literature about these various treatments (they are, for the curious, heart coherence, EMDR, light therapy, acupuncture, omega-3s and nutrition, exercise, non-aggre ...more
Sheri Howard
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
For so many years, the standard protocol for treating depression, PTSD, or any other clinical diagnosis with symptoms of depression, anxiety, or panic was pharmaceuticals and psychotherapy. This protocol was helpful to a point. But many people were still left struggling with their symptoms--wishing desperately that there was something else to help them heal. In The Instinct to Heal, psychiatrist and neuroscientist David Servan-Schreiber describes alternative treatments that build on the body's r ...more
Katie Curlee Hamblen
Wow. Very interesting introduction to alternative therapies for depression, anxiety, and stress. It covers EMDR and acupuncture, and a topic new to me: heart coherence. Basically your heart beat becomes coherent when you experience warm fuzzy feelings of love and affection. It has been used, for example, to help people with a history of cardiac incident to lower their stress level and regulate heart rate.

There was also extremely interesting info on nutrition-something I have really neglected in
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book for anyone who has tried everything else and still is left with a hole. Each chapter focuses on a different technique to try. You don't need to read every chapter, nore do you have to read the chapters in order. Pick the ones you want to read and see if it's something that you fell will work for you.

The chapter on EMDR literally changed my life for the better. I will again say: every chapter will not be right for every person. Acupuncture was not for me, but has helped lots of pe
Nov 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology, wellness
I LOVED THIS BOOK! This book, by the author of Anti-Cancer, provides holistic approaches to healing from depression, anxiety and stress. These include EMDR, acupuncture, exercise, fish oil supplements, etc. The author describes the structure of the brain and the challenge of keeping the cognitive and emotional sectors of the brain in balance. He provides VERY strong evidenced-based findings for all of his recommendations. In this sense, the book is based in science and not unproven theories or f ...more
Feb 01, 2012 rated it liked it

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English title:
"Healing Without Freud or Prozac: Natural approaches to curing stress, anxiety and depression"

This is not the kind of book that I normally read. It was pointed out to me by a friend who found the book very educational and insisted I read it as well. So I did.

It contains a couple of very interesting chapters on how the human brain works. These chapters are written in a very easy-going language so that even scientific novices like myself can
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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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