May Cause Side Effects: A Memoir (Hardcover)
An unforgettable memoir about the turmoil of antidepressant withdrawal and the work it takes to unravel the stories we tell ourselves to rationalize our suffering--all unfurled against a global backdrop.
Brooke Siem was among the first generation of teens to be prescribed antidepressants. Initially treated at fifteen years old, she and her mother accepted the recommended "solution" with no understanding of how the chemicals might change her developing mind 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. 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 10,000 antidepressants, Siem was forced into harrowing 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 the road to true healing and happiness is not found on a prescription pad, but in deep self-work that pushes us to the agonizing edges of who we are.
About the Author
Brooke is an award-winning chef and writer. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, EatingWell magazine, Esquire, The Rumpus, the New York Post, Fast Company, and more. She is a Food Network Chopped champion and was named as one of Zagat's 30 Under 30 in 2014. She is also the creator of Happiness Is A Skill, a newsletter devoted to educating people on antidepressant withdrawal, safe de-prescribing, and learning the skill of happiness.