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

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Da Capo Press, Jun 2, 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 Ilardi prescribes an easy-to-follow, clinically proven program that harks back to what our bodies were originally made for—and need.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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While the use of antidepressants has increased in recent years, so has the rate of depression. Ilardi (clinical psychology, Univ. of Kansas), a private clinician, presents his alternative approach ... Read full review

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This book is the best thing that could ever happen to me. It really helped me to improve and practically eliminate my depression when drugs and professional therapy could not help as much as I needed. This book not only helped me to understand why I had those horrible symptoms, but it gave me a practical and easy way to overcome them in a permanent way. It made me independent from expensive professional therapy and helped me overcome the constant fear I had to run out of my prescription drugs whenever went on vacations or were otherwise away from home. Furthermore it made me feel confident that I would have a concrete plan that would prevent me to fall again into this paralyzing depression again specially now that I'm near the end of my treatment according to my doctor. I have no longer the fear of having to finish with my prescribed drugs. I used to feel that all the happiness I had acquired depended on the drugs I was taking and after reading this book I no longer feel this way. I will keep this book in my night table to re-ready every now and then. It is worth reading this book with clear and straight forward language. 


The Epidemic and the Cure
Making Sense of Depression
Brain Food
Dont Think Do
Antidepressant Exercise
Habits of Healthy Sleep
Putting It All Together
Appendix A

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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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