Synopses & Reviews
The classic book that andlt;Iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt; bestselling author Dr. Larry Dossey called and#8220;a valuable guide for anyone wishing to find greater exuberance and fulfillment in their life,and#8221; andlt;Iandgt;The Chemistry of Joyandlt;/Iandgt; offers a unique blend of Western science and Eastern philosophy to show you how to treat depression more naturally and effectively, and what you can do TODAY to create a happier, more fulfilling life for yourself.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;The Chemistry of Joyandlt;/Iandgt; presents Dr. Emmonsand#8217;s natural approach to depressionand#8212;supplemented with medication if necessaryand#8212;combining the best of Western medicine and Eastern teaching to create your bodyand#8217;s own biochemistry of joy. Integrating Western brain chemistry, natural and Ayurvedic medicine, Buddhist psychology, and his own joyful heart techniques, Dr. Emmons creates a practical program for each of the three types of depression: anxious depression, agitated depression, and sluggish depression.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Iandgt;The Chemistry of Joyandlt;/Iandgt; helps you to identify which type of depression you are experiencing and provides a specific diet and exercise plan to address it, as well as nutritional supplements and and#8220;psychology of mindfulnessand#8221; exercises that can restore your bodyand#8217;s natural balance and energy. This flexible approach creates newfound joy for those whose lives have been touched by depressionand#8212;and pathways for all who seek to actively improve their emotional lives.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
andlt;iandgt;"The Chemistry of Joyandlt;/iandgt; is simply the best book I know on depression. And I do not speak lightly, having battled this disease myself. Henry Emmons is not only a skilled physician -- he has the heart of a healer. May you find, as I have, that in the midst of depression's deadly darkness, his words offer light and life."andlt;BRandgt; -- Parker J. Palmer, author of andlt;iandgt;A Hidden Wholeness, Let Your Life Speak,andlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;The Courage to Teachandlt;/iandgt;
andlt;iandgt;"The Chemistry of Joyandlt;/iandgt; is a valuable guide for anyone wishing to find greater exuberance and fulfillment in their life -- and who doesn't?"andlt;BRandgt; -- Larry Dossey, M.D., author of andlt;iandgt;The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Thingsandlt;/iandgt;
"What a joy it is to read Dr. Henry Emmons's book, The Chemistry of Joy. If you're ready to overcome the pain of depression and really feel great again, then this book is for you."andlt;BRandgt; -- Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., best-selling author of Meditation as Medicine and The Better Memory Kit
"What a thoughtful and caring road map out of depression. andlt;iandgt;The Chemistry of Joyandlt;/iandgt; 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."andlt;BRandgt; -- Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D., author of andlt;iandgt;Potatoes not Prozacandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;The Sugar Addict's Total Recovery Programandlt;/iandgt;
The author examines three core types of chemical imbalance that result in different categories of depression and presents a practical program for each that includes a "brain-healthy" diet, exercises, and supplements.
About the Author
Henry Emmons, MD, is a psychiatrist who integrates mind-body and natural therapies, mindfulness and allied Buddhist therapeutics, and psychotherapeutic caring and insight in his clinical work. Dr. Emmons is in demand as a workshop and retreat leader for both healthcare professionals and the general public.andlt;bandgt;Rachel Kranzandlt;/bandgt; has written numerous books on science, health, and psychology. She is the author of a novel, andlt;Iandgt;Leaps of Faith,andlt;/iandgt; and lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
1. The Mysterious Mix of Science and Spirit
Step One: Understand Your Brain
2. Basic Brain Chemistry
3. The Promise and Perils of Medication
4. Feed Your Brain
5. Nature's Pharmacy: Supporting Mood with Nutritional Supplements and Herbs
6. Flowing with Nature: Movement, Breathing, and Biorhythms
Step Two: Know Your Ayurvedic Type
7. Ayurvedic Wisdom: Which Type Are You?
8. Calming Air Types
9. Soothing Fire Types
10. Moving Earth Types
Step Three: Discover Your Buddhist Emotional Type
11. Buddhist Wisdom: Which Type Are You?
12. Fear Types: Always Grasping After More
13. Anger Types: Never Satisfied
14. Self-Deluding or Adrift Types: Trying to Wake Up
15. Strategies of Wisdom
Appendix A: Serotonin-Enhancing Foods
Appendix B: Dopamine/Norepinephrine-Enhancing Foods
Appendix C: Resources