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Holistic health coach and recovery expert Joe Baldizzone knows first-hand what it's like to live with depression and how to recover from debilitating panic, as well as addiction. In this book you will find simple strategies to help you get started on your own path to recovery. 

Do you feel anxious most of the time? Are you overwhelmed with persistent worries? Is depression keeping you in the house? Have you reached for drugs and alcohol to cope? Are you considering going to see a psychiatrist, but scared of being put on medication? 

If you're looking to change your life and find happiness without doctors and medications, try the proven methods Joe has to offer. Learn about Joe's recovery and how to use the 50 tools that have helped him as well as countless other people.

©2016 Joe Baldizzone (P)2019 Joe Baldizzone

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Just listening is a positive experience!

This book is an unexpected treasure. It's well written with simple, concise language. It's laid out in an organized and neat manner that is easy to follow. The narrator is pleasant, with a soothing voice that makes you feel like he personally understands what you're going through. The treasure is in the hope that is offered here. Without disparaging or judging the need for drugs, the author goes on to explain a myriad of ways to heal mind and spirit without needing to resort to them. At least 95% of what he talks about here is absolutely free to try and can be done by anyone, with clear explanations about HOW one can go about it. He doesn't just say you SHOULD do such-n-such, he also explains HOW. I plan to buy a hard-copy of this book as well, so I can have all these valuable tools and suggestions at my fingertips to underline, highlight, and write my own notes in the margins. I think anyone struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or addictions can benefit greatly from this simple and yet profound little book.

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How to actually do it!

I greatly enjoyed this book. It is well researched, well written, well spoken, and has a lot of great tips on how to be well. I would recommend this book to anyone, it truly has something for everyone. this is something I would listen to again, and refer back to in the future. the author gives tips to each point on how to actually put into motion to really help people out. 5 stars!

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Good Stuff

I think anyone and everyone could benefit from this book. It's not preachy like some other self-help books. Well written and genuine.

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This book will help you determine whether to consult a psychiatrist. It will save you some amount of money if you can do it some other way.

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Helpful information and great narration

I would not have chosen this book if it hadn't been recommended by a friend, because (no offense, author) the title is cheesy. However, I am glad to have read this. Some of the information was not new to me, as my severe depression went away after I healed from the damage of not knowing I had Celiac's until I was 23, but even in the "bullet points" I was familiar with, there was information I had forgotten or had not heard before, so I didn't skip the section. The book was written with sympathy, but not in a gushing way that assumes you're pathetic or anything overboard like that. There is a lot of information, and the author does a good job of summarizing subjects based on his research and experience. The author not only provides a Sunday and information, but also "how to actually do it." I would like to avoid seeing a psychologist, let alone a psychiatrist, for my current problems and try to fix them on my own, and this book was helpful in that journey. Much appreciated.

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the best self help book out there!

I started reading a paper copy of this book and loved it so much, I wanted to have an audio version to listen on the way to work, on my lunch break, and any chance I could get. The narrator was quite good and I enjoyed the audio version just as much and was able to finish it in no time ! I'm a working mom of a toddler , so it can be really challenging to get some peace and quiet time to read anything, and Audible was a life saver. I truly believe this book can be life changing if you take steps and start doing it. I definitely recommend it!

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A valuable resource, a genuine guide!

As a former/retired mental health professional (clinical) I can only recommend this compendium as one of the most relevant 'handbooks' in the class of truly useful resources. In both the book form and now this spoken audio form, "50 Things To Do Before Seeing A Psychiatrist" stands out as an appropriate, timely resource for those struggling with the symptoms of anxiety and/or depression based disorders, including panic, agoraphobia, and concomitant issues. Mr. Baldizzone combines personal experience with insight, practicality, applicable contemporary information, and just enough substantiation from the pertinent literature(s) to provide the individual with enumerated, useful pathways to recovery and self-discovery --- all of which are at once engaging, challenging, and inspiring. His point of view, coupled with his writing style, illuminates the way forward and encourages an enlightened mix of mindfulness and thoughtfulness of action. The title notwithstanding, this volume would also be useful as an appropriate adjunct to any psychotherapeutic treatment plan. It has immeasurable value for both informing and guiding the patient/client on the journey toward self-responsibility and mastery. Its co-therapeutic value is limitless.

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Simple yet potentially life altering

These chapters contain bite-sized bits of ridiculously practical advice. Take Joe's advice. DON'T try to force yourself to do everything in this book all at once. Try a few. If (more like when) they help you "feel better" (and, yes, I realize that is a simplified term for complex situations) try a few more. You will look up one day soon and realize that several small changes in your daily routine will lead to the strength and fortitude to dive a little deeper each time. This book is brilliantly simple. It doesn't beat you over the head with any particular topic. But it DOES guide you to places where you can find more information if you are intrigued enough to go further in that direction. Joe doesn't try to convince you that you're wrong and he's right. He simply, and lovingly, shares what worked for, and continues to work for, him. But, in my view, much of what you read can be described as "universal". In other words, you don't have to have special skills, hours a day, or tons of disposable income to try a lot of what you find. You can read/listen to any chapter in a matter of minutes. Many of the things discussed in the book can themselves be implemented in a few minutes a day, or even less. I can't imagine your trying any three or four tips mentioned in the book and not being inspired to go further.

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An easy listen for my complicated brain

This was a fantastic listen. I went for about an hour or so each day digesting the many suggestions in the book. Then I took about a handful of the things that I wasn't already doing and started applying them to my daily activities. While I am not walking on the moon yet, just happy to be making progress even if it is a little bit and not feeling like I am in the hamster wheel. This is something that I will probably try and re visit when I get stumped. There are some writing exercises that he suggests that have been tough to start..I thought it would be a piece of cake but I became afraid. Good thing he emphasizes is that it all doesn't have to be done at once and I can go on my own pace. That is golden because I am sick and tired of trying to live by other people's timeline. Great book and thanks for all the help !!!

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This book is a great reminder of how to live a happy and healthy life. Definetely agree with the authors approach to the self healing.

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Authors heart is in the right place

The author is someone who's genuinely attempted to summarise steps toward good mental health but this isn't what I was looking for. To his credit, the title should have been a warning enough. The number of topics he's attempted to cover is so high that no single aspect is explored in any depth. The book suffers from superficiality with each chapter merely glossing over an obvious piece of advice. All this information is basic and easily available on free podcasts and blogs. So while the narration is very good, I couldn't finish it.