The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression Without Drugs

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Da Capo Lifelong, 2009 - Self-Help - 289 pages
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Most Americans work long hours, eat on the fly, and lead increasingly sedentary, isolated lives. Alongside this lifestyle, depression rates have skyrocketed: approximately 1 in 4 Americans will suffer from major depression at some point in their lives. Where have we gone wrong? Dr. Stephen Ilardi sheds light on our current predicament and reminds us: our bodies were never designed for the sleep-deprived, poorly nourished, frenzied pace of twenty-first century life. In fact, our genes have changed very little since the days of our hunter-gatherer ancestors and are still building, in effect, Stone Age bodies. Herein lies the key to breaking the cycle of depression.

Inspired by the extraordinary resilience of aboriginal groups like the Kaluli of Papua New Guinea (who rarely suffer from depression), Dr. Ilardi prescribes an easy-to-follow, clinically proven program that harks back to what our bodies were originally made for—and need. Here you can find the road back to lasting health by integrating the following 6 elements into your life: an omega–3 rich diet; exercise; plenty of natural sunlight; ample sleep; social connections; and participation in meaningful tasks that leave little time for negative thoughts—all things that our ancestors had in abundance.

Already, The Depression Cure program has delivered dramatic results, helping even those who have failed to respond to traditional medications. Interweaving the stories of many who have fought—and won—the battle against this debilitating illness, this groundbreaking book can illuminate the path to lifting the fog once and for all for you or a loved one.

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Review: The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs

User Review  - Meowbie - Goodreads

I liked this book a lot, although as other reviewers have stated, the material is quite repetitive and the gist can be gotten quickly in the first few chapters. Nonetheless, I appreciated the detail ... Read full review

Review: The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs

User Review  - Ruby - Goodreads

This book sounds promising... How effective is it? Time will tell. I have a fair bit of faith in this book and the writer's claims. I have battled with my own black dog and become quite disillusioned ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Stephen S. Ilardi, PhD, is associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Kansas and the author of over 40 professional articles on mental illness. Through his active clinical practice, Dr. Ilardi has treated several hundred depressed patients. He lives with his family in Lawrence, Kansas.

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