To me this book was a very powerful eye opener in respect to understanding more about depression, stress and anxiety.I read it in 2008 when I was in the process of discovering different techniques and ideas about how to help my depression plus learning how to cope with it.
I will say quickly that when I first read this book, I lacked in knowledge on what exists beyond the body or mind. I read it hoping for an answer, as I did, instead of seeing it as a fantastic inspiration on all the possibilities of helping oneself. Perhaps I wasn’t sure how to help myself or be in action – I was missing the link on how to find the motivation to help myself. Therefore this book was eye opening in the beginning of understanding my depression plus ways to help it but I needed human interaction to push this drive further of wanting to help myself but not quite knowing how to do it alone.
Dr. Servan – Schreiber is a brilliant, passionate and experienced doctor who goes beyond the main stream ideas of medicine and delves into the depths of natural treatments, healing, and the power that lies in each of us in the shape of our own natural abilities to heal our selves. He not only discusses his own miraculous experiences but also adds some great diagrams to help the reader truly grasp the complexities of our thinking patterns.
7 natural treatment approaches are described throughout the book from EMDR: The Mind’s Own Healing Mechanism to the power of acupuncture and the importance of love. It’s FASCINATING and just worth reading to absorb yourself in Dr. Servan-Schreiber’s remarkable language plus gain a more 3D view of the capabilities that lie in all of us, in our bodies, in our emotional brain etc.
“Neither talent, nor glory, power, money or the admiration of women and men can make the essence of life fundamentally easier.”
(p.14 of Healing Without Freud or Prozac).
What I love about this book is that it paints a colourful picture of what is possible plus the alarming impact of stress, depression and anxiety has on our bodies and ways of living. It’s scientific, wise, emotional, compassionate, straight talking and all believable.
Personally after reading his section on The Energy of Light, I bought myself a wake up light alarm clock. In this chapter the importance of light for our emotions and body become obvious and it’s amazing how much light can have an affect on our moods. If you think about it, in the winter most people do struggle with depression, low moods and if you’re like me, the inability to wake up! He discusses the underlying cycles which take place in our bodies which aren’t obvious to us until we get jet lag or spend a bit too long out on Saturday night. The underlying cycles include dreaming, digestion, body temperature etc.
This book for me is an attempt to demonstrate that once you dig a little there is gold to be found…It’s called AWARENESS. We each hold the natural ability to heal ourselves, to help ourselves and to allow the body to do what it’s best at. We can unblock the negative habits, thoughts and beliefs and this man, thanks to his scientific background but also emotional and life changing experiences, offers a unique insight into the world of being human. It’s a step towards raising one’s awareness and opening up one’s mind.
I’m not saying this book is the answer – I no longer believe in this, I believe this book is a very helpful resource if you have a scientific mind but are willing to be open to other natural ways of helping yourself heal.
Many of these books become your mini handbooks and I believe it takes some research and practice to find which ones will suit and teach you best.