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A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life This book is a very readable and occasionally very funny account of the author s month long experiment with microdosing with LSD in an attempt to alleviate her mood swings originally diagnosed as bipolar and later as PMDD Along the way, she delves into the history of LSD, research into its benefits and the effects of the ill fated war on drugs I found it an engaging and interesting book. I debated between 4 and 5 stars I enjoyed this book very much Ayelet Waldman s quest for a better mood, less volatility, and a happier existence overall rivals any self help book I ve encountered I m not sure if it s because we are the same age, because we are equally neurotic, because we have both lived with PMDD, but her unflinching and often funny voice resonated a lot with me For example, the part when she thinks her daughter has gotten a new tattoo on her neck that signifies meh I debated between 4 and 5 stars I enjoyed this book very much Ayelet Waldman s quest for a better mood, less volatility, and a happier existence overall rivals any self help book I ve encountered I m not sure if it s because we are the same age, because we are equally neurotic, because we have both lived with PMDD, but her unflinching and often funny voice resonated a lot with me For example, the part when she thinks her daughter has gotten a new tattoo on her neck that signifies meh and immediately wants to jump on the next plane to somehow rectify this Oh my I have been there, much to my own daughter s chagrin and resentment While some people will view this memoir as ever so much navel gazing, to me it was wonderful Perhaps people who suggest AW needs to get out of her head, volunteer , think less, etc haven t suffered from a mood disorder, or maybe they ve figured it all out Ruminating, obsessing, self flagellating, feeling guilty and ashamed that is the stock in trade of the dysphoric life And, I d guess, those might be good qualities for a writer to possess I ll seekof AW s work She made me laugh, taught me a great deal about the shameful war on drugs and the history of drugs, and ultimately made me feel like I have a sister in arms out there I doubt I ll be microdosing any time soon, though Here in the heartland of the US, they d probably send you up the river, if you re not an accomplished writer with a solid legal career and a pretty fabulous life Alas Take an over medicated, moody, middle aged mother of four, add a month of experimental microdosing with LSD and it makes for A Really Good Day by Ayelet Waldman This mesmerizing memoir of mental exploration tackles the taboo topic of drug use in our society, the frightening rise of prescription pills and the devastating addictions developing during the War on Drugs A rollicking ride through the realm of self realization, Waldman s creative quest for sanity is painfully honest, hysterically fun Take an over medicated, moody, middle aged mother of four, add a month of experimental microdosing with LSD and it makes for A Really Good Day by Ayelet Waldman This mesmerizing memoir of mental exploration tackles the taboo topic of drug use in our society, the frightening rise of prescription pills and the devastating addictions developing during the War on Drugs A rollicking ride through the realm of self realization, Waldman s creative quest for sanity is painfully honest, hysterically funny and deeply human I loved it I d have to macrodose to read muchof this woman whine Reading about how microsdosing lsd has been a tremendous aid to her is fine for a Rolling Stone article, but stretched out into book form only meant spendingtime with a woman who bares her neurotic psyche like a drunk party guest who has a bad case of verbal diarrhea and no censor No thanks. An update I read this book, and wrote the bulk of this review in 2017, shortly after its release It gave me a lot to think about I felt strongly that microdosing might be a viable solution for me, as I have been treatment resistant for the 20 years since I ve been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and because I spentthan a decade since a major burnout in 2007, living with constant clinical depression, unalleviated by antidepressants and various therapies I ve been microdosing psilocybin An update I read this book, and wrote the bulk of this review in 2017, shortly after its release It gave me a lot to think about I felt strongly that microdosing might be a viable solution for me, as I have been treatment resistant for the 20 years since I ve been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and because I spentthan a decade since a major burnout in 2007, living with constant clinical depression, unalleviated by antidepressants and various therapies I ve been microdosing psilocybin, now easy to source online in Canada, for a month now as of the beginning of March 2020 and find myself in a much better place I don t think I can ascribe this solely to the psilocybin, as I was already feeling muchmotivated than what had become my usual for a couple of months before that, but I do find myself drifting away from what has been a constant funk and miserable existence There are other contributing factors for my improved state, such as having disassociated myself from an abusive narcissistic parent in the last couple of years But I m finding that my mentality these days is closer to the one I have when I m slightly hypomanic , which usually means I m filled with lots of creative ideas and enjoy living people, and never have enough hours in a day and not so interested in sleeping those days away This probably closely resembles a base state for many people, but in my case, having had to deal with trauma and genetic predisposition to anxiety and negative thinking, it comes as a blessing Like dark clouds clearing away and allowing me to see things in full colour again I haven t told my shrink about this medication adjustment yet, because I wanted to see results before mentioning a form of therapy that isn t yet officially accepted medically nor legally, though I did tell my neurologist recently, who seemed unsurprised and had read studies on the subject and said some people had found it helpful in treating cluster headaches, but not migraines, which is what I consult him for In any case, I intend on continuing with this experiment, to see whether it continues helping me find a relatively stable state of contentment and productivity over several seasons I don t recommend this to anyone unless they are well informed and are aware of the legal risks, and would NOT want any minors to take any of what I say as encouragement to experiment with drugs while their brain is still developing I made that mistake in my teens and I m certain it hasn t helped my mental wellbeing in the long run, and am truly grateful I never fell on a bad batch to turn me into a permanent psychotic mess Nowadays, when society is divided by polar opposites on so many levels, the gift of relative sanity and stability is probably the biggest and most desirable luxury anyone can give themselvesThis book came to my attention a few months before its release, when a caring friend mentioned that it might be of interest to me This friend, along with most people who know me, was aware that I struggle daily with my mood disorder, and she was right in thinking I d be curious to learn about a radically different approach to self medication Ayelet Waldman, like me, has taken just about every pharmaceutical drug available on the market, AND suffered all the accompanying side effects Treating a mood disorder such as bipolar disorder is complicated business and usually involves a whole drug cocktail to stabilize both the highs and lows Approaching menopause, Waldman found that she was becomingandout of control, and the feeling she was putting her marriage at risk with repeated angry outbursts along with suicidal thoughts prompted her to seek a solution Having studied a book on the subject of microdosing which provided helpful guidelines, and not least of all, having procured a small vial of LSD from a mysterious source, she decided to become her own research subject for a month long trial which involved taking minute amounts of LSD every three days and journaled any changes she was able to perceive over this period At the kind of doses she was taking about one tenth of a standard hallucinogenic dose , the user experiences no hallucinatory effects whatsoever Instead, she describes the overall effect of the experience as providing a feeling that one isfocused,in control and with the general impression that one is just having a really good day.Waldman makes it very clear that she is by no means a typical drug user and that in fact, with her background as a Federal public defender, she is probablycautious than most She did a lot of reading and research on LSD to discover that it is actually a relatively safe drug and that one is unlikely to ever overdose on it Further, she was very much against the idea of tripping out or getting high in any way The doses she was taking did not produce psychotropic effects, which leads Waldman to make some very good points on the merits of legalization of drugs, which might be beneficial for treating individual who do not respond to other pharmaceutical drug regimens She makes good points on why there is a need replace the ineffective and ultimately racist war on drugs , and develop apractical approach to drug use, to, among other things, allow forclinical trials and ultimately to give adults a right to decide for themselves whether they would like to alter their consciousness with drugs or not.I would not say this is a general interest book I had a keen interest in it because it treats on a subject that is very close to me, but I can imagine someone expecting to read about wild LSD experimentation will be sorely disappointed My high rating reflects the interest level I had in the information this book procured, and it left me thinking I might be a candidate for this kind of treatment Talk about a book not matching its reviews I think maybe a dose of something was required whilst reading Waldman is a self indulgent, navel gazing, whiner I realize this is a memoir of sorts, but the way she over analyzes every single tiny feeling she is having, as if she is a new mother in awe of her newborn, is beyond annoying Then to have her tell us, essentially, that meth has gotten a bad rapuh thanks for the insight honey, I m sure Walter White appreciates it.I disliked this book in Talk about a book not matching its reviews I think maybe a dose of something was required whilst reading Waldman is a self indulgent, navel gazing, whiner I realize this is a memoir of sorts, but the way she over analyzes every single tiny feeling she is having, as if she is a new mother in awe of her newborn, is beyond annoying Then to have her tell us, essentially, that meth has gotten a bad rapuh thanks for the insight honey, I m sure Walter White appreciates it.I disliked this book intensely I totally want to try the protocol Also a really interesting peek into the war on drugs, the history of drug use, and research about drug safety More robust review to come.My Netgalley review A fascinating story of the war on drugs, the history of drug use and criminalization, and a suburban woman s self experimentation I particularly loved her struggles with how to talk about drugs with her children, and Waldman lets you in on her inner monologue extraordinarily well I came into this book I totally want to try the protocol Also a really interesting peek into the war on drugs, the history of drug use, and research about drug safety More robust review to come.My Netgalley review A fascinating story of the war on drugs, the history of drug use and criminalization, and a suburban woman s self experimentation I particularly loved her struggles with how to talk about drugs with her children, and Waldman lets you in on her inner monologue extraordinarily well I came into this book having heard just a little about microdosing, but I found the accounts of drug criminalization and the war on drugs evenfascinating Whether or not you ve done drugs or are interested in doing drugs, this is a well researched and entertaining book, mostly about LSD An excellent addition to most nonfiction collections I love Ayelet Waldman and her nonfiction is especially incredible She writes with so much unflinching honesty that it s hard not to rally behind her, no matter what she s writing about Waldman suffers from bipolar disorder and this new book outlines her thirty day experiment taking microdoses of LSD in lieu of pharmaceuticals She combines personal stories with statistics, so the book is a blend of memoir and a well researched challenge of the war on drugs I d be willing to bet any rating und I love Ayelet Waldman and her nonfiction is especially incredible She writes with so much unflinching honesty that it s hard not to rally behind her, no matter what she s writing about Waldman suffers from bipolar disorder and this new book outlines her thirty day experiment taking microdoses of LSD in lieu of pharmaceuticals She combines personal stories with statistics, so the book is a blend of memoir and a well researched challenge of the war on drugs I d be willing to bet any rating under 4 stars is from readers who wished the book wasof a memoir as yes, it does become research heavy But I thought the balance was actually pretty perfect This book got me thinking and taught me a lot, while also offering a personal account to an interesting experiment A really good book, indeed 3.5 I first heard about microdosing on the radio My commute to work is relatively short so I tend to listen to news radio Especially since the election I tend to avoid the news of TV, which seems to be full of he who shall remain unnamed, so the radio fills this news gap nicely They were discussing how microdosing is helping those who are dying, anyway when I saw this book I was interested enough to want to read further into the subject Plus, I loved Waldman s Love and Treasure and she is ma 3.5 I first heard about microdosing on the radio My commute to work is relatively short so I tend to listen to news radio Especially since the election I tend to avoid the news of TV, which seems to be full of he who shall remain unnamed, so the radio fills this news gap nicely They were discussing how microdosing is helping those who are dying, anyway when I saw this book I was interested enough to want to read further into the subject Plus, I loved Waldman s Love and Treasure and she is married to Michael Chabon, so this seemed like a win, win.She has a extensive background in the drug culture, laws, and prosecution of those caught with drugs So there is much information about the various drugs, past and present and I found this both informative and interesting Much I was misinformed about, other things I never knew.Interspersed is a memoir of sorts, the reason she wanted to try this, her mood swings, pain and feelings of insecurity and to be a better person Her marriage is mentioned quite often, the problems with this and motherhood Taking it day by day, she chronicles this month long experiment Found this well written, very honest, and well done I wish her and her family well Sometimes life is such a struggle and I applaud her efforts to try to improve what areas she can Hrs And MinsA Revealing, Courageous, Fascinating, And Funny Account Of The Author S Experiment With Microdoses Of LSD In An Effort To Treat A Debilitating Mood Disorder, Of Her Quest To Understand A Misunderstood Drug, And Of Her Search For A Really Good Day When A Small Vial Arrives In Her Mailbox From Lewis Carroll, Ayelet Waldman Is At A Low Point Her Mood Storms Have Become Intolerably Severe She Has Tried Nearly Every Medication Possible Her Husband And Children Are Suffering With Her So She Opens The Vial, Places Two Drops On Her Tongue, And Joins The Ranks Of An Underground But Increasingly Vocal Group Of Scientists And Civilians Successfully Using Therapeutic Microdoses Of LSD As Waldman Charts Her Experience Over The Course Of A Month Bursts Of Productivity, Sleepless Nights, A Newfound Sense Of Equanimity She Also Explores The History And Mythology Of LSD, The Cutting Edge Research Into The Drug, And The Byzantine Policies That Control It Drawing On Her Experience As A Federal Public Defender, And As The Mother Of Teenagers, And Her Research Into The Therapeutic Value Of Psychedelics, Waldman Has Produced A Book That Is Eye Opening, Often Hilarious, And Utterly Enthralling


About the Author: Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet Waldman is the author of A Really Good Day How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life, Love and Treasure, Red Hook Road and The New York Times bestseller Bad Mother A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace Her novel Love and Other Impossible Pursuits was made into a film starring Natalie Portman Her personal essays and profiles of such public figures as Hillary Clinton have been published in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Vogue, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal Her radio commentaries have appeared on All Things Considered and The California Report You can follow Ayelet on Facebook and Twitter Love and Treasure is available for purchase here.


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