Hi Daniel, I thought I’d respond personally to clarify some misconceptions I think you have of me and this piece. First, I worked with a medical advisor and clinical psychologist who’s spent the last 14 years counseling in a maximum security prison. Michelle (my advisor) holds both a Ph.D. and Masters degree in psychology and is a licensed mental health provider, and Board certified clinical supervisor in the state of Minnesota. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor through the NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors). I can assure you, this is not some hogwash article, but one section of many in the book we wrote and doesn’t address much of what you stated, because it’s just an excerpt.

To your point, in the actual book we encourage men and women to look at everything from childhood abuse and trauma to the disconnection many have in relationships and life as well as the cult of celebrity worships/comparison. Much of what we have people work through in the book (which is also a workbook) is similar to what Johann Hari has found in his research with scientists and psychologists in his NYT Bestseller “Lost Connections.” I didn’t read his book until after mine was released, but the research and data we collected backs up much of what he presented.

I also want to point out that we give these books away for free every single day on Vans Warped Tour this summer because we believe they need to get in people’s hands. I receive ZERO proceeds from any sales as ALL sales go directly to our nonprofit which helps us continue to get them into the hands of men and women who cannot afford mental health. If that somehow makes me a pariah for wanting to help people then so be it.

Last, I would encourage you to look into the scientific research behind SSRIs as it’s quite alarming. Read Hari’s book (Lost Connections) and review the research there. He was on them for 14 years and I was personally on them for almost 2 years. Once I saw the data and research, I discovered the causes behind depression often aren’t what’s being purported. But again, don’t take my word for it. Review the research with a critical eye.

Hope this helps clear up any misconceptions.

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