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An Essential Five-Step Practice for Overcoming Anxiety and Depression, and Revitalizing Your Life

The Self-Healing mind

Mental health is the driving force behind every decision we make—how we live, work, and love. Too many of us suffer from depression and anxiety, impeding our choices and quality of life, and the numbers are growing across the globe despite the proliferation of prescription drugs. But there is another, proven, way to achieve mental wellness beyond antidepressants and talk therapy. Approached the right way, self-care is a powerful medicine that can help you improve and sustain your mental health.

"I can't recommend this book highly enough. It's a must read for anyone seeking self-care tools for improving mental health."

  • Travis Stork, MD, Board-Certified ER Physician, TV Personality, and Bestselling Author of The Lose Your Belly Diet: Change Your Gut, Change Your Life
     

"We need this book right now to help heal our minds. My dear friend and brilliant psychiatrist Greg Scott Brown shares the science and practice of self-care woven into his deeply personal narrative and moving clinical encounters. A must read for your mental health."

  • Drew Ramsey, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Columbia University and author of Eat To Beat Depression and Anxiety. 

"Greg is not only talking about depression, but is a powerful voice in the national conversation about the crisis of men's mental health. The Self-Healing Mind  embraces best prescription practices and alternative therapies, and offers a fresh option to the status quo that is clearly failing. By seeing patients at his clinical practice and reaching people through different media platforms, he's helping shape and drive that conversation in a positive, inclusive, and powerful way."

  • Ben Court, Executive Editor Men's Health
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"I can't recommend this book highly enough. It's a must read for anyone seeking self-care tools for improving mental health."

  • Travis Stork, MD, Board-Certified ER Physician, TV Personality, and Bestselling Author of The Lose Your Belly Diet: Change Your Gut, Change Your Life
     

"We need this book right now to help heal our minds. My dear friend and brilliant psychiatrist Greg Scott Brown shares the science and practice of self-care woven into his deeply personal narrative and moving clinical encounters. A must read for your mental health."

  • Drew Ramsey, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Columbia University and author of Eat To Beat Depression and Anxiety. 

"Greg is not only talking about depression, but is a powerful voice in the national conversation about the crisis of men's mental health. The Self-Healing Mind  embraces best prescription practices and alternative therapies, and offers a fresh option to the status quo that is clearly failing. By seeing patients at his clinical practice and reaching people through different media platforms, he's helping shape and drive that conversation in a positive, inclusive, and powerful way."

  • Ben Court, Executive Editor Men's Health
Buy the Self-healing mind
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The Self-Healing mind

Mental health is the driving force behind every decision we make—how we live, work, and love. Too many of us suffer from depression and anxiety, impeding our choices and quality of life, and the numbers are growing across the globe despite the proliferation of prescription drugs. But there is another, proven, way to achieve mental wellness beyond antidepressants and talk therapy. Approached the right way, self-care is a powerful medicine that can help you improve and sustain your mental health.

Three yoga poses every physician should know

Greg supports mind-body practices like yoga and meditation for your best mental health. 

Medscape IGTV collaboration with Dr. Drew Ramsey

Yoga in Mental Healthcare no longer a stretch

Greg discusses a growing body of evidence supporting yoga in the treatment and prevention of mental illness.

Medscape 

The Stigma of Depression Affects Even Psychiatrists

Men's Health

I’m a psychiatrist, husband, man of color, and proud wellness advocate. Every day, I see patients and tell them: Talk, speak up. But a decade ago, suffering from depression, I didn’t say a word. Men are raised to be strong. Not to show emotion. Not to cry. For a man of color, these expectations are amplified. And they’re killing us. Suicide is now the second-leading cause of death for men in their mid-20s to mid-30s, third--leading for men in their mid-30s to mid-40s.

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Gift Giving (Or Receiving) Anxiety? It's a Thing

By Kaitlin Reilly for Yahoo!Life

I know that many of you — especially those who look forward to your annual holiday gift exchange — think I’m insane. Gifts are supposed to be fun and create that warm-fuzzy feeling, given that it’s a totally altruistic way to show someone that you care about them.

Apparently, however, I’m not alone in feeling uncomfortable about the whole gift-exchange process. According to psychiatrist Dr. Gregory Scott Brown, there’s a very normal reason why some people feel anxious about the practice of exchanging gifts.

How to Stop Being Awkward and Get Your Social Skills Back

This Month's Column

Men's Health

Just when you got over Zoom awkwardness, IRL awkwardness elbowed its way back into your life. There you are getting out of your car at the dry cleaner or standing at the dog park or grocery store with someone you kinda know and…what are you supposed to say again? I just got back from my first psychology conference in a long time, and while it felt great to finally be around people, my social-skills A game was AWOL. Just making small talk felt like so much work.

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(Left to right) Cory Richards, Jon Batiste, Jimmy Butler and Zac Clark.
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MEN DON'T TALK ENOUGH ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH. THESE 4 GUYS ARE CHANGING THE CONVERSATION.

Mental Health Roundtable

Story by Spencer Dukoff for Men's Health

It's never been more important to normalize conversations about mental health. That's why we convened a roundtable as an extension of our Men(tal) Healthy campaign in collaboration with Rhone featuring four influential men, led by Drs. Drew Ramsey and Gregory Scott Brown, the co-hosts of Friday Sessions and Men's Health advisors. Joining Dr. Ramsey, Dr. Brown, and myself were NBA star Jimmy Butler, addiction specialist and Bachelorette alumnus Zac Clark, recording artist and Late Show with Stephen Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste, and National Geographic photographer Cory Richards. Over the course of an hour, we talked about vulnerability, mental health turning points, and strategies for finding more joy in life.

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Common Says Mental Health Is 'Essential' to Social Change and Racial Justice

Men's Health

During the coronavirus pandemic, Common, the Oscar-winning songwriter, rapper, and activist was watching the news and he didn’t like what he saw: fear-based conversations and divisiveness. Meanwhile, he was working hard to renew himself and stay in a good mental space. “I understood that some people were feeling the weight of the moment, but I also thought, What are the things that are helping me say in a positive mindset? Spirituality, fitness, eating healthy meals consistently, and I was meditating more than I ever had before,” he said.

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Pandemic Pet Therapy: What's So Special About A Critter Friend?

By Patti Neighmond for NPR

Get up and get moving: Dr. Gregory Brown and Kai

Brown says he has been seeing an increase in anxiety, insomnia and depression among patients he has counseled in the past six months. "People are definitely dealing with economic stressors, a hard time with money, and with just being idle" — not getting out of the house much.

A dog "nudging at your foot or barking because they want to go for a walk" can be a real motivation every day to get out and get moving, he says. And that's good emotionally as well as physically. "We know physical activity can help reduce depression."

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Credit: Men's Health Composite

Greg speaks with CNN's don lemon about how he manages the stress of the news cycle

Men's Health

IN MY PSYCHIATRY PRACTICE, my patients keep telling me, Doc, the news is stressing me out. Which made me wonder: How is someone who works amid the 24-hour news cycle managing the stress? So I turned to Don Lemon—one of a few Black prime-time cable news anchors, who’s not only reporting on racial-justice protests and COVID-19’s toll on communities of color but processing it all in real time and taking severe backlash for his commentary. We talked over Zoom one afternoon in between my seeing patients. Here’s how he’s dealing with everything coming at him, especially as the nation heads into the election.

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'Back to normal' anxiety is more common than you might think

Men's Health

Shutdown orders of pretty much everything for the past year managed to shut down something plenty of guys didn’t miss: anxiety. Without events, parties, meetings, and must-see places to miss out on, FOMO—the Fear of Missing Out—was wiped out, too. In my psychiatry practice, I saw more people than ever who were struggling with feeling isolated, and I saw plenty of new cases of depression and anxiety. But none of my patients ever complained about FOMO. Now that the world is turning on again, FOMO is returning with a vengeance, and it’s freaking a lot of guys out.

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Image By: Arrington Porter

How a Black Psychiatrist Deals with Depression and Racism

Men's Health

Before starting medical school, I felt like I had hit rock bottom, and late one night, after my family was asleep, I got in my car and drove to a park downtown to walk under the moonlight. At the time, I didn’t know it, but I was dealing with more than one demon: the assault on my mind that is depression and the assault on my identity that is systemic racism. Black men are often victims of daily discrimination, a social determinant of mental health that is directly linked with depression.

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