Author of MAY CAUSE SIDE EFFECTS, Food Network “Chopped” Champion, Unlikely speaker on psychiatric drug withdrawal
Brooke Siem was among the first generation of teens to be medicated with antidepressants. After spending half her life—and her entire adult life—on antidepressants, she wondered: Who might I be without them?
Six years after taking her last antidepressant and now fully healed from what was once assumed to be lifelong depression, Brooke’s mission is to share the story of what happened after she booked a one-way ticket to Malaysia and got off all the psychiatric drugs.
Unfurled against a global backdrop and her work as an award-winning chef, Brooke’s story chronicles explosive and terrifying antidepressant withdrawal and the fight to manage the modern mental health system, all while demanding hope and forgiveness in the name of healing.
May Cause Side Effects
Brooke’s memoir is now available to buy wherever books are sold.
This is a heart-rending and tender memoir that will start conversations we urgently need to have. It’s moving and important.Johann Hari, author of New York Times bestseller Chasing the Scream and international bestseller Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression—and the Unexpected Solutions
January 3, 2023
On Living and Breathing Griefread the article
October 28, 2022
The struggle to kill the serotonin theory of depression in a world of political nonsenseread the article
October 21, 2022
Last Timesread the article
October 14, 2022
Newborn Babies Go Through Antidepressant Withdrawalread the article
Other WorkMore about Brooke
Chef & Consultant
In addition to her mental health advocacy work, Brooke is an award-winning chef and consultant. She is the Director of Research & Development chef for Otherworld™, co-author of the cookbook, Prohibition Bakery, and works one on one with a handful of select private clients. Her food writing has been featured in EatingWell Magazine, Esquire, Tasting Table, and more.
The Fuckit Bucket™
Ever the entrepreneur and delighted by the phrase “Sometimes you have to chuck it in the fuck it bucket and move on,” Brooke decided she wanted a little bucket charm to carry around that would help remind her to lighten up.
It didn’t exist. So she made one!