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MAY CAUSE SIDE EFFECTS
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
2022 | Central Recovery Press
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
2015 | Grand Central Publishing
These 50 cupcakes have a kick! The product of Prohibition Bakery, a downtown hole in the wall, they’re simply the best, the booziest treats in Manhattan. Each diminutive cake is a perfect, delicious balance of texture, flavor, and fragrance. That’s why an astonishing variety of fans, from Food & Wine to Playboy, Newsweek, and Thrillist.com, have come together to heap praise upon bakers Leslie Feinberg and Brooke Siem for their creations. Make a “Dark & Stormy” (Gosling Rum, ginger beer, and lime), an “Old Fashioned” (whiskey, bitters, orange, and a whiskey-soaked cherry), or other cupcake and you’ll become a convert from the very first bite.