Brain Energy

A Revolutionary Breakthrough in Understanding Mental Health--and Improving Treatment for Anxiety, Depression, OCD, PTSD, and More

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Pub Date Nov 15 2022 | Archive Date Jan 01 2023

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“[A] revolutionary road map for people suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disease . . . almost any brain disorder."
—Mark Hyman, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Young Forever

Discover the surprising link between your metabolism and mental health in this cutting-edge guide with practical advice for treatment and care.

Drawing on decades of research, Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Chris Palmer outlines a revolutionary new understanding that for the first time unites our existing knowledge about mental illness within a single framework: Mental disorders are metabolic disorders of the brain

Brain Energy explains this new understanding of mental illness in detail, from symptoms and risk factors to what is happening in brain cells. Palmer also sheds light on the new treatment pathways this theory opens up—which apply to all mental disorders, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, alcoholism, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, autism, and even schizophrenia.

This groundbreaking guide pairs cutting-edge science with practical advice and strategies to help people reclaim their mental health. Inside, Palmer reveals:
  • Why classifying mental disorders as “separate” conditions is misleading
  • The clear connections between mental illness and disorders linked to metabolism, including diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, pain disorders, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, and epilepsy
  • The link between metabolism and every factor known to play a role in mental health, including genetics, inflammation, hormones, neurotransmitters, sleep, stress, and trauma
  • The evidence that current mental health treatments, including both medications and therapies, likely work by affecting metabolism
  • New treatments available today that readers can use to promote long-term healing

Palmer puts together the pieces of the mental illness puzzle to provide answers and offer hope. Brain Energy will transform the field of mental health, and the lives of countless people around the world.
“[A] revolutionary road map for people suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disease . . . almost any brain disorder."
—Mark Hyman, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Young Forever


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This is a must-have resource to help one improve mental health, resiliency, and live a more full and happy life. It is full of great strategies, advice, and easy to implement ideas. This is one I'll return to again and again. Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced copy of the book.

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Having graduated from a Holistic Health Coaching program in 2012, I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to nutrition, health, and the way the human body works! While I’ve slowed down a bit with the amount of these types of books that I read, I still love to dig in to new theories on the way the body works - especially the brain! While not a surprise that Dr. Palmer links Brain health/function to metabolic disorders (only surprising that more Docs aren’t making this link), I love that someone is finally writing about it and getting it out there! While there is always a time and place for pharma and various medical treatments, it made me so happy to see someone taking a different approach. This book is a great resource to help improve mental health, overall brain health and mental longevity. I loved that there were so many ways to implement the info as well! Thank you so much to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!

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It was a nice read, and medically educative.

If you do not suffer from a mental health issue yourself, or have daily contact with patients who do, it's easy to assume that these people are simply whiners and complainers. When someone you know to be a "good parent" has a seven-year-old who is not sleeping, who is threatening to kill himself or other people, the problem begins to look like a real one. It's not just the behavior of society that has changed, it is the physical world we live in. Toxins, chemicals, and fake food are leading to increases in all sorts of illnesses, including cancer, obesity, and mental disorders. There are many more "second category" theoriesfor the rise of mental health problems.

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