a hand holding the yellow Unfuck Your Brain book cover with a head held together by puzzle pieces

Unfuck Your Brain: Using Science to Get Over Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Freak-outs, and Triggers

by Dr. Faith G. Harper

Did you know that there's a workbook to go with this book? Well, there is!

Our brains are doing our best to help us out, but they can be real assholes sometimes. Sometimes it seems like your own brain is out to get you—melting down in the middle of the grocery store, picking fights with your date, getting you addicted to something, or shutting down completely at the worst possible moments. You already told your brain firmly that it isn't good to do these things. But your brain has a mind of its own. That's where this book comes in. With humor, patience, and lots of swearing, Dr. Faith shows you the science behind what's going on in your skull and talks you through the process of retraining your brain to respond appropriately to the non-emergencies of everyday life. If you're working to deal with old traumas, or if you just want to have a more measured and chill response to situations you face all the time, this book can help you put the pieces of the puzzle together and get your life and brain back. 

Here's an excerpt from the book:

Knowing what’s going on up in your brain is HUGE. So much of how we interact with the world around us is a completely normal response when we take into account our past experiences and how our brains work.

• Freaking the fuck out 

• Avoiding important shit we need to take care of 

• Feeling pissed off all the time 

• Being a dick to people we care about 

• Putting shit in our bodies that we know isn’t good for us 

• Doing shit we know is dumb or pointless

None of these things are fucking helpful. But they all make sense.Your brain has adapted to the circumstances in your life and started doing things to protect you, bless it. It’s not TRYING to fuck you over (even though it totally is, at times).

As we navigate the world, nasty shit happens. The brain stores info about the nasty shit to try to avoid it in the future. Sometimes these responses are helpful. Sometimes the responses become a bigger problem than the actual problem was. It’s called a trauma reaction.

And even if you aren’t dealing with a specific trauma? Adaptive coping strategies, bad habits, and funky behaviors all wire in similar ways. And research is showing that these issues are actually some of the easier ones to treat in therapy … if we address what’s really going on, rather than just the symptoms.





"...one of those rare books that deals with the issue by being straightforward, normal, and actually pretty funny. "



"...it is written in such an unconventional manner, going against what one expects a psychology book to “sound” like. The language isn’t just for effect, but makes the author relatable, unique, and much-needed comic relief for what can be thoroughly harrowing psychological issues."



Dr Faith Harper delivers a fun and insightful read dealing with and getting over depression and/or anxiety. Not to mention it’s fucking hilarious!



"...full of useful suggestions for dealing with the mind-messes commonly caused by trauma and other mishaps in the past."

"Dr. Faith is a hoot with heart, and her guide is full of workable, professional advice, as well as it is replete with sarcasm, good humor, and grace."



"...offers hope that learning the what’s and how’s of it all can begin a process of regaining a sense of agency in your life."



"Desde el estrés post traumático a la depresión, la ansiedad o la ira, pasando por el proceso de duelo, describe y analiza los factores que los pueden desencadenarlos y ofrece herramientas que van desde la meditación o el mindfulness hasta el cuidado de la alimentación para aliviarlos."

["From post-traumatic stress to depression, anxiety or anger, through the grieving process, describes and analyzes the factors that can trigger them and offers tools ranging from meditation or mindfulness to caring for food to relieve them."]



"Right out of the gate, I'm hooked on Dr. Faith G. Harper's informal writing style and down-to-earth, DIY solutions to overwhelming brain snafus. ... Trust me, buy this book for yourself and for a loved one."



"...breaks down the complex brain and its weird tendencies into something that is understandable."



"Dr. Harper's writing style definitely held my attention and made me laugh many times while still informing me about some complicated neuroscience and health related topics. This book is a wonderful change from all the dry, dull, writing I usually read on a daily basis. I encourage everyone dealing with any of these issues or who who is interested in becoming updated in the recent neuroscience research to purchase a copy and start reading it today."

Allen Novian PhD, LMFT, LPC-S
Adjunct Professor St. Mary's University Counselor Education and Supervision Program
Owner of Integrative Counseling & Neurofeedback Solutions