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Coming September 6, 2022

Brooke’s memoir is now available for preorder 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

May Cause Side Effects

Brooke Siem was among the first generation of teens to be prescribed antidepressants. Initially treated at fifteen years old, she swallowed the capsules each morning with no thought of why or how she might stop the prescriptions down the road.

A decade and a half later, still on the same cocktail of drugs, Brooke was contemplating suicide. She began to ask questions. If the antidepressants were working, then why did she still want to take her own life? And if the antidepressants weren’t working, who might she be without them?

May Cause Side Effects is the gripping story of what happened when, after fifteen years and 32,760 pills, Siem was forced into harrowing antidepressant withdrawal when an opportunity to travel around the world dropped into her lap.

An illuminating memoir for those who take, prescribe, or are considering psychiatric drugs to blunt the pain and experiences that shape our reality, May Cause Side Effects is an honest reminder that, for so many, the road to true healing and happiness is found not on a prescription pad but in the deep self-work that pushes us to the edges of who we are.

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Praise for May Cause Side Effects

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

May Cause Side Effects made me weep. It grabs you from the first page and won’t let go. Brooke’s depiction of the fragility and strength of the psyche goes straight to the gut, all at once cutting, wicked, and wise.

Laura Munson, New York Times bestselling author and founder of Haven Writing Retreats

Brooke gives voice to a generation of young people medicated unnecessarily for grief and loss. But she is not cowered, and her bravery is an inspiration to all who would like to live more authentically. Hopefully others will learn from her experience to separate themselves from the withdrawal effects caused by coming off antidepressants, and to find a life beyond.

Mark Horowitz, MBBS, PhD, Clinical Research Fellow in Psychiatry at University College London and the National Health Service, England

A gripping story that inspires us all to go back and find the parts of ourselves we lost along the way—to finally, joyfully become who we really are.

Amy B. Scher, bestselling author of This Is How I Save My Life