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The Chemistry of Joy presents a natural approach to depression—supplemented with medication if necessary—combining the best of Western medicine and Eastern teaching to create your body’s own biochemistry of joy. Integrating Western brain chemistry, natural and Ayurvedic medicine, Buddhist psychology, and his own joyful heart techniques, Dr. Henry Emmons creates a practical program for each of the three types of depression: anxious depression, agitated depression, and sluggish depression.

This book helps you to identify which type of depression you are experiencing and provides a specific diet and exercise plan to address it, as well as nutritional supplements and “psychology of mindfulness” exercises that can restore your body’s natural balance and energy. This flexible approach creates newfound joy for those whose lives have been touched by depression—and pathways for all who seek to actively improve their emotional lives.


A student of Jon Kabat-Zinn  Deepak Chopra , Emmons draws on their work in the fields of mindfulness meditation and mind-body medicine.  He provides personal stories to illustrate how brain chemistry and medication can alter behavior and mood and discusses how readers can evaluate their own need for medication. In later chapters, Emmons offers strategies for accessing inner strength and wisdom, once brain and body are balanced. 

The Chemistry of Joy: A 3 Step Program for Overcoming Depression

  • Henry Emmons, MD, is a psychiatrist who integrates mind-body and natural therapies, mindfulness, and compassionate insight into his clinical work. He developed and runs the resilience training program, offered at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing in Minneapolis, MN. He is author of The Chemistry of Joy and The Chemistry of Calm.

  • This is a 304 page paperback book from Touchstone Publishing (2006).

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