A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life

A Really Good Day How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood My Marriage and My Life A 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

A 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 inA 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.

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A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life

  1. 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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  1. 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 marrie [...]

  2. I will admit that I initially picked this up because I wanted some gossip about Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon s marriage, and I have to hand it to her Ayelet was pretty forthcoming in that regard What I wasn t expecting was that the personal tales of marriage, mental health, and microdosing would be interwoven with so much general drug related information At first I wasn t too enthused when Waldman went from discussing her own personal experiences to talking about how LSD was developed, for [...]

  3. 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 [...]

  4. 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.

  5. 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 immedia [...]

  6. I d have to macrodose to read much of 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 spending time 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.

  7. 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 [...]

  8. 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 [...]

  9. 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 havin [...]

  10. What lengths would you go to feel better Celebrated author Ayelet Waldman, describes in detail her battle with a crippling mood disorder and how current medications have failed her Waldman describes in a humorous, down to earth narrative how she discovered microdosing, or the use of LSD in therapeutic microdoses, doses so tiny that there are no perceptual changes no tripping Readers will decide for themselves if the LSD helps Ayelet with her mood disorders, and will also find themselves laughing [...]

  11. I really like Waldman s voice In fact, I m probably going to read another book by her right now Unfortunately, this book didn t really work for me There is too little substance to the memoir part, and too much focus on background research Whenever the book went back to the memoir personal anecdotes, it was very enjoyable and readable But then there is the history of LSD, the history of drug research, the background info on prison system of the US Eh Pass.

  12. Evaluation based on advanced copy I found the book exceptional in it s description of the history of so called illegal drugs and the absurd laws regarding personal use I m reluctant to give a higher total rating because of a lack of knowledge of personal challenges that may lead an individual to consider self micro dosing with LSD The book is well written and well researched.

  13. I loved this book It s a totally fascinating self experiment book on micro dosing LSD for help with depression, anxiety, and PMDD It s funny and real and interesting If you want to read on how psychedelics are being used by mental health researchers and practitioners, read Acid Test next I m so excited for the future when people have access to these safe, effective therapies.

  14. I think what I liked most about A Really Good Day is pretty idiosyncratic, but I definitely liked this one especially as an audio Ayelet Waldman has spent much of her life going up and down in mood This affects her relationship with her husband author Michael Chabon, her interactions with her four children, her ability to write and her overall well being She has had a number of diagnoses She has tried all sorts of prescribed medications And recently she tried micro dosing LSD which means taking [...]

  15. A REALLY GOOD DAY caught my eye because, well, I thought it looked funny An upper class, middle aged mom with a history of mood disorders embarks on an experimental therapy utilizing the in famous psychedelic LSD.If you re imaging PTA meetings transforming into Salvadore Dali paintings, that s not what you ll find here Waldman takes the tiniest of doses meant to tweak her mood and productivity, not go onto a full blown trip That said, there s still funny stuff to be had here, and some gravely se [...]

  16. Part memoir, part research journal, part advocate for change there are a lot of angles to this book I do enjoy Ayelet s writing, though previously I had only read her mystery novels She is self deprecating, honest, and funny.In the end, A Really Good Day advocates for the end to the war on drugs It encourages focus on research and regulation, instead of criminalization First of all, as her anecdotes from her days as a public defender illustrate, the criminalization unevenly and unfairly targets [...]

  17. Ayelet Waldman chose to take a dose of LSD over the course of a month and write about it Microdosing taking amounts that operate at levels below awareness has started to come into the public consciousness and its the perfect time for a detailed personal account.I heard her speak in a City Arts and Lectures and here is the spoiler 10 micrograms of LSD taken every third day had positive effects and scarcely any side effects She became measured in her response to everyday trials and found that her [...]

  18. I loved it I loved everything about this book I loved the author full disclosure I was predisposed to love her, because she lives in my town, shops at my bookstore sometimes, and because she is married to probably my favorite living writer Michael Chabon , I loved the prose style I d never read her work, despite the previously mentioned reasons I have to be predisposed to liking loving her , I loved the subject matter, I loved the results Any memoir ish nonfiction book can be judged imo on wheth [...]

  19. LOVELOVELOVED Fascinating, funny, frustrating, thought making Obsessed grateful I had a campus commute today with extra time to read Super recommend for both the war on drugs perspectives and personal experience log Best non dragon book I ve read in a while Super recommend for a commute, pondering read.Favorites For as long as I can remember, I have been held hostage by the vagaries of mood When my mood is good, I am cheerful, productive, and affectionate I sparkle at parties, I write decent sen [...]

  20. FABULOUS AUDIOBOOK.IF AYELET WALDMAN read the phone book I d be happy I d feel a rush of excitement warmth pleasure and PURE LOVE for this woman I may be a little bias.I know Ayelet I love this Israeli American Bay Area Jewish spitfire of a woman I ve read many of Ayelet s books and essays Red Hood Road is my favorite a page turning novel , and Love and Treasure a great historical novel.I especially love Ayelet s autobiography short story in The Modern Jewish Girl s Guide to Guilt It s a terrifi [...]

  21. I had high expectations for this book as I had been recommended it by a school friend who is huge fan of alternate methods being researched some not yet acknowledged by the FDA to treat certain illnesses and the success that can come and does from the studies I was interested in learning , so I got this book to read It s a shame, as it turns out, that none of what Waldman s experiences and particular illnesses frozen shoulder syndrome and hormone issues while preparing to have her period while u [...]

  22. I won this in a giveaway.I was entertained and informed If only the draconian drug laws of the country were reformed, people would benefit from microdosing I am fortunate to live in a state that at least views cannabis as a helpful than harmful substance so my dog can be given CBD to treat his allergies and seizures.

  23. loved this book a look at the use of drugs as mood stabilizers combined with a brief history of the war on drugs and why it isn t working written by a neurotic Jewish wife and mother of four who is unabashedly unapologetic what s not to like

  24. First, I apologize for my absence I have apparently reached the age when body parts begin to fail suddenly and inexplicably Somehow what should have been an

  25. I enjoyed this book it was a quick and fun read The book is basically one woman s journal about her experiences with microdosing LSD for a month, interspersed with sections on different aspects of the drug war and the safety and medicinal uses of psychedelics I think I just know too much about those topics already, or have read in depth books about them, so this book ended up feeling a little superficial Or like I just wasn t the target audience The journal entries about her experience with mi [...]

  26. I liked this book, because it included a lot of research on psychedelics and she wove that nicely into the frame of her experiment I m not 100% sure I actually would like her as a person, and I now know way too much about her relationship with famous husband Michael Chabon But there were a lot of issues in their relationship that I think anyone can identify with feeling undeserving of love, praise, whatever So I enjoyed it, but I think you have to have a little bit of interest in, or openness to [...]

  27. Somewhat disappointing Not a lot of information about microdosing, but of a history of psychedelics I d often find myself getting bored of the multiple references to a somewhat bizarre marriage, especially one that occasionally requires Molly to help it stay glued together While I appreciated the background of past and current psychedelic use, I would have much rather preferred a comprehensive book about the subject of microdosing I guess only a 30 day approach to microdosing doesn t provide e [...]

  28. This is the first book by Waldman I ve read, and I suspect I ll be reading I found the combination of memoir with research on drug culture and policy quite provocativeI really want to read of what informed her research now She makes a compelling argument for the legalization of LSD and other drugs not that I needed much convincing.

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