All of these books deal with evidence-based, non-pharmaceutical, natural methods for repairing the biochemical environment of the brain: the body!—through basic and therapeutic nutrition, plus lifestyle changes. I keep finding more doctors who are trying to get this same message across! The books each have a different way of approaching it, but all are saying basically the same thing: make some changes and you CAN feel better.
[Added 11/17/2016] A Mind of Your Own by Kelly Brogan, a practicing psychiatrist with a degree in cognitive neuroscience from MIT, and MD from Weill Cornell Medical College, and clinical training from NYU School of Medicine. This book is geared toward women.
The Mood Cure by Julie Ross – Quotes from Larson’s approach (see next). Good starter quiz on her website: Mood Type Questionnaire
Depression Free Naturally by Joan Mathews Larson (her clinic is located in my neighborhood) – This one contains the most info on the chemistry.
Healing Anxiety and Depression: Based on Cutting-Edge Brain Imaging Science by Daniel G. Amen. Dr. Amen is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Look up AmenClinics.com. This book is on my list. Meanwhile I’ve been listening to an audiobook of his Change your Brain, Change Your Age. And, skipping around in Unleash The Power of the Female Brain.
The Chemistry of Joy and The Workbook– I listened to the audio book. This book balances the lifestyle changes along with meditative and cognitive approaches.
Ultramind Solution: Fix Your Broken Brain by Healing Your Body First and other books by Mark Hyman, M.D. – This one goes very much in depth. I haven’t read it (yet), but his books are featured at the clinic where I am going to an integrative doc. I looked over some documentation where he walks you through specific troubleshooting of many different health issues. If you are male, you might want to look at The Chemistry of Joy for a similar approach using a holistic approach to lifestyle impacts.