Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Book Review: 'My Natural Depression Fix: The Reason I was Featured in the New York Times and on CBS News' by William Jiang
Author William Jiang's extraordinary chronicle of his life -A SCHIZOPHRENIC WILL - is at once arresting, horrifying, challenging and inspiring. Obviously Will Jiang is a brilliant young handsome man born prematurely to an Anglo-Saxon mother and an absentee Russian Jewish father and later adopted by his Chinese stepfather Yu Jiang. The reason for mentioning his autobiography is the fact that Will Jiang was diagnosed at age 19 as a paranoid schizophrenic and given the fact that he is well educated, having earned a BA and a Masters of Library Science, speaks four languages, served as the Columbia University/NYSPI Medical Library Chief, and has written a number of fine books: he has the credentials that make his MEDICAL LIBRARIAN'S GUIDE TO NATURAL MENTAL HEALTH so pertinent. And now he enhances his credentials with MY NATURAL DEPRESSION FIX!
As Jiang states in his introduction, `The first time I was featured in the New York Times, my former boss at Columbia Psychiatry, former American Psychiatric Association President Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, hooked me up with New York Times journalist Pam Belluck. Our NYT article was published on November 17th, 2017. I was alive and depression-free for years due to my natural mental health techniques I developed, first as a Columbia Psychiatry Library Chief, later as a bestselling mental health author of more than 70 books. Some background, In August 2013 I had been on a variety of antidepressant medicines for a bit more than three years for major depression and coping, but my major depression had gotten much worse. I should have been very happy at the time, because I was starting my second masters, a Masters of Business Administration at the top-ranked Baruch Zicklin School of Business. Instead, I started having powerful suicidal urges where I had to muster all the self-control I had not to throw myself out of windows, in front of subway trains, and off of bridges that I passed daily. I begged my psychiatrist to either change my medicine or increase my dose. He basically said it would not help to do this because of my medical history and I was on the highest dose of my antidepressant he was comfortable with. So, I was stuck and without options other than Electroconvulsive Therapy, it seemed. I hung in there for three months with strong suicidal urges. They became the demons I lived with. I was so tired from fighting my own powerful need to end my life that I became emotionally and spiritually numb. But, I tried something unheard of by any doctors I was working with at the time. I was working on a book to help others that happily saved my own life. It was titled The Medical Librarian’s Guide to Natural Mental Health. I was working on the first edition of this book. I was doing a lot right for myself, for my major depression, with fish oil, omega-3s it turned out, but I was missing some powerful techniques for increasing noogenesis in my brain in general and
hippocampus in particular. After adding this new technique, after one week, the suicidal urges completely stopped, after a few months, I stopped taking my antidepressant medications all together with a skeptical psychiatrist overseeing my miraculous healing. You see, he had reason to be pessimistic about my future off of antidepressant medicines. Now, I had a history of severe depression, and I need to take D2 blockers, dopamine blockers, so I was at a much higher risk of continuing severe major depression than the general population. Nobody told me this. Also, nobody told me how to fix myself. I am happy I did. So, when my friend and colleague Dr. Drew Ramsey from Columbia Psychiatry invited me to be featured on CBS News, I jumped at the chance to tell about my amazing story of recovery in front of 20 million people, on American Television and online. We were featured on March 13th, 2018. I have learned that some people would just like a prescription for their health, and that is what this book is- a very short, very brief to the point recipe for better health, something that worked for me personally for my suicidal urges and major depression.
Will the shares more of his life and offers his recipe that fixed his depression, identifying MCS, otherwise known as, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, TILT or Toxicant Induced Lack of Tolerance.
But as with all of Will books, reading them is joy as well as education. He is a giant among men: read and find out why! Grady Harp, August 18
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
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