Brooke Siem: The Shocking Truth About Antidepressant Side Effects, Withdrawals + How To Reclaim Your Brain Health

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In this episode, I have the privilege of sitting down with Brooke Siem, a celebrated chef and advocate who is reshaping the conversation around mental health and medication. Brooke's journey through antidepressant withdrawal offers a powerful testament to resilience and self-discovery. As one of the first generation of minors prescribed antidepressants, Brooke faced the daunting task of navigating psychiatric interventions at a young age, following her father’s sudden death. Her recent book, “May Cause Side Effects,” chronicles the profound impact of this experience and her courageous decision to reclaim her wellness beyond medication. Join us for an insightful conversation that explores the complexities of mental health, identity, and the journey toward healing.

Brooke Siem (@brookesiem) is a chef to professional athletes and the surprising face of psychiatric drug withdrawal awareness and advocacy. Her book, MAY CAUSE SIDE EFFECTS, won the 2023 BIBA Prize for memoir and was named as one of Good Morning America's most anticipated reads. Her work on antidepressant withdrawal has also appeared in The Washington Post, New York Post, Psychology Today, and more. She is a Food Network "Chopped" Champion, founder of the newsletter Happiness Is A Skill, and creator of the Fuckit Bucket™. As of the day of this recording, she has 16,682 days to live.

A few of my favorite things we cover in this episode: 

  • Brooke's journey through antidepressant/psychiatric drug withdrawal.
  • Strategies for healing the gut after prolonged prescription drug use.
  • Insights into Brooke's personal depression recovery journey.
  • Mental strategies for managing extreme diet overhauls, drawing from Brooke's own experiences and expertise.
  • Brooke's surprising revelation about the impact of vegetable consumption on her well-being and gut health.
  • Brooke's unique role as a chef for professional athletes, discussing her approach to nutrition and cooking for high-performance individuals.

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Dr. Will Cole, DNM, IFMCP, DC is a leading functional medicine expert who consults people around the globe, starting one of the first functional medicine telehealth centers in the world. Named one of the top 50 functional and integrative doctors in the nation, Dr. Will Cole provides a functional medicine approach for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, and brain problems. He is also the host of the popular The Art of Being Well podcast and the New York Times bestselling author of Intuitive Fasting, Ketotarian, Gut Feelings, and The Inflammation Spectrum.