Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet Waldman, A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life (2017)

Ayelet Waldman is a former public defender in Berkeley, a wife and mother who explores the medicinal aspects of sub-threshold doses of psys in treating depression.

See review by Shannon Reed at http://www.post-gazette and interview with Ayelet on TODAY.

Quote from "A Really Good Day"

"My [mood swings] have never been serious enough to require hospitalization, nor have they ever prevented me from functioning either personally or professionally, but they have made my life and the lives of the people whom I love more difficult."

As Shannon Reed reports, after hundreds of hours of therapy, several incorrect diagnoses, and the use of both over-the-counter and prescription medications, Ms. Waldman decided to try microdosing, that is, taking barely perceptible droplets [of psys]. As the subtitle of her book hints, the microdosing made a "mega difference" in her life.

Kindle review:

This book touched me on a few levels, First, the account of her internal struggles, especially the self-loathing dialog that racetracks through her mind, were spot on. Her descriptions were aching, funny, and rang with truth.

I did not expect this book to include a narrative on drug policy. I appreciated the material and it was well done. I've read other books on the topic, including The New Jim Crow and Chasing the Scream and on this topic, those books are more complete but not as entertaining. I loved this book. It moved me. It spoke about pain in a way that gave me hope.

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