Brooke Siem: May Cause Side Effects


Brooke Siem

Brooke Siem is a speaker, author, award-winning chef, and Food Network “Chopped” Champion. She was among the first generation of teens to be medicated with antidepressants. After spending half her life—and her entire adult life—on antidepressants, she wondered: Who might I be without them?

Six years after taking her last antidepressant and now fully healed from what was once assumed to be lifelong depression, Brooke’s mission is to share the story of what happened after she booked a one-way ticket to Malaysia and got off all the psychiatric drugs. Brooke’s story chronicles explosive and terrifying antidepressant withdrawal and the fight to manage the modern mental health system, all while demanding hope and forgiveness in the name of healing.

We talk about…

  • What was happening in Brooke’s life when she accessed antidepressants for the first time 
  • How many terrible narratives there are about stopping psychiatric medications
  • What psychiatric drug withdrawal looked like for her
  • Why we need to start discussing the reality of psychiatric withdrawal
  • How she navigated Chopped while in severe antidepressant withdrawal
  • How a one-way ticket to Malaysia helped her heal
  • What she’s doing today to prioritize her mental health
  • What Brooke believes needs to happen for real healing to occur

More from Brooke Siem…

Hangout with her on Instagram

Visit her website

Buy her book, May Cause Side Effects

Past episodes mentioned…

Episode 24: Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness with Robert Whitaker

Episode 61: Changing the Mental Health Narrative With Dr. Kelly Brogan

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