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A scientifically proven five-step plan to find and eliminate the root of anxiety, depression, and intrusive thoughts



Toxic thoughts, depression, anxiety--our mental mess is frequently aggravated by a chaotic world and sustained by an inability to manage our runaway thoughts. But we shouldn't settle into this mental mess as if it's just our new normal. There's hope and help available to us, and the road to healthier thoughts and peak happiness may actually be shorter than you think.


  • How the 5 steps can help reduce anxiety and depression by up to 81% according to clinical studies 

  • How the science can help us transition from being aware of toxic thoughts, to catching and managing them in their early stages 

  • How to capitalize on directed neuroplasticity using the Neurocycle 

  • To apply mind-management to unwire toxic habits and trauma 

  • How to leverage the lessons in the book for their daily lifestyle, including connection, brain-building, sleep, diet, exercise, people-pleasing, toxic perfectionism, overthinking, toxic emails and texts 

  • Why mindfulness is not enough and how strategic mind-management through the 5 steps can take a reader beyond mindfulness 




bishop t. jakes

NY Times Bestselling Author

Dr. Caroline Leaf is a brilliant and prolific communication pathologist and cognitive neuroscientist. With over 30 years in research and studies, she delves into Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess with these five simple steps to help reduce our anxieties, stress and toxic thinking. No better time to introduce these strategies than now. She brings a wealth of scientific information to the table while breaking it down into layman’s terms to help you live life to the fullest; free from the struggles and the pain that may have plagued you for years. This book will read like a manual to guide you through the vicissitudes of life to a better and healthier place. 

dr. david perlemutter

NY Times Bestselling Author,  Author of "Grain Brain" and "Brain Wash"

Our mental health is being threatened like never before. Unfortunately, the pharmaceutical fixes that represent the central tools of modern medicine fall far short when it comes to such pervasive issues as anxiety, depression and other challenges to mood and mental wellness. But there is a north star. In Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess,  Dr. Caroline Leaf leverages over 30 years of clinical experience to offer us empowering, effective and time-tested guidance for unravelling toxic stress and regaining control of our mental state, paving the way for happiness, satisfaction, and contentment. From both preventive and treatment perspectives, this book delivers on its promise.

dr. henry cloud

NY Times Bestselling Author and Clinical Psychologist

One of the things I love about Caroline is her helping us understand the difference in our ‘brains’ and our ‘minds.’ In this book she takes us the next step in making both of them work better, leading us to feeling and performing better. Thanks, Caroline.



NY Times Bestselling Author of "The Healing Self"

Dr. Caroline Leaf has truly impacted my life! Helping me change my life one thought at a time! 


Leading Functional Medicine Expert, Bestselling Author of "The Inflammation Spectrum" and "Ketotarian"

My friend and esteemed colleague Dr. Caroline Leaf's Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess is the paradigm-breaking resource that will redefine the way we look at and address mental health. So many of us are perpetually stressed and anxious and it plays out negatively in all areas of our lives including our relationships and physical health. By utilizing over 30+ years of clinical experience, Dr. Leaf provides us with a comprehensive yet practical guide to finally managing the clutter in our minds with science-based tools that actually work. Here's to cleaning up all of our mental mess!


Emmy-Nominated TV Personality, Hairstylist, Author and Self-Care Guru

Caroline’s new book is a lovely chance for us to learn a new modality of healing for everyone that reads her work. The techniques taught in Caroline’s work have allowed me to work on myself in new ways that allow me to be more calm, clear and compassionate. 

jim kwik

CEO Kwik Learning, NY Times Bestselling Author 

As someone who appreciates the human brain and its infinite capacity for growth and change, I was very excited to read Dr. Leaf’s new book. She teaches you how to make the most of your powerful mind and take back control over your thinking to live your best life and reach your full potential.

Dr. rudolph e. tanzi

NY Times Bestselling Author of "The Healing Self"

Dr. Caroline Leaf will change your healthspan forever by empowering you with a simple five part plan, guided by three decades of clinical practice, that will make you more mindful of maintaining your mental and physical health. Start reading and let the transformation begin!


The Holistic Psychologist

In times like these, Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess is a true gift.  With a rise of anxiety, depression, and intrusive thoughts, Dr. Caroline Leaf delivers a scientifically tested system to navigate today’s uncertain world.  This book gives you paradigm shifting insight on the brain, how it works, and how you can become an empowered participant in creating new neural pathways. Dr. Leaf is a pioneer in neuroscience and mental health, and I recommend this for everyone interested in creating their own destiny. 

dr. josh axe

Founder of Ancient Nutrition and author of Keto Diet

Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess is an amazing new book that will teach you to change your mind, and your life, for the better. It offers easy to follow, scientifically-based steps that will help you regain control of your thinking and mental health, empowering you to take back control and clean up that mental mess!


Founder of Amen Clinics

Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess is a powerful new book that can change your life. Learning how to manage your mind is a critical skill that should be taught in school, yet rarely is.  This book can help decrease suffering and help your overall outlook and mood. I highly recommend it.

dr. anita phillips

Trauma Therapist, Minister & Mental Health Advocate

Mental health and illness exist on a continuum. We all move back and forth between the two; sometimes from day to day. It’s so important to be aware of our thoughts in order to improve and protect our mental health. Some mental illnesses can be prevented so efforts to increase our sense of psychological wellbeing are worthy efforts indeed! Countless readers have come to trust Dr. Leaf’s guidance in helping them do just that and she is at it again with, Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess. This book is everything we’ve come to expect from Dr. Leaf’s work and more! 

Dr. Caroline Leaf is a communication pathologist and cognitive neuroscientist with a Masters and PhD in Communication Pathology and a BSc Logopaedics from the University of Cape Town and the University of Pretoria in South Africa, specializing in cognitive and metacognitive neuropsychology. Since the early 1980s, she has researched the mind-brain connection, the nature of mental health and the formation of memory. She was one of the first in her field to study how the brain can change (neuroplasticity) with directed mind input. 


During her years in clinical practice and her work with thousands of underprivileged teachers and students in her home country of South Africa and in the USA, she developed her theory (called the Geodesic Information Processing theory) of how we think, build memory and learn, creating practical guides and tools that have transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), learning disabilities (ADD, ADHD), autism, dementias, and mental ill-health issues like anxiety and depression. She has helped hundreds of thousands of students and adults learn how to use t heir mind to detox and grow their brain, helping them succeed in every area of their lives, including school, university and the workplace. 

Dr. Leaf’s YouTube videos, podcasts, and TV episodes have reached millions globally. She has been featured on Elle, TED, Bustle, Medium, Huffington Post, The O Magazine, Thrive Global, Something You Should Know, Getting Curious, and many other TV, radio, podcast, and print outlets. 




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