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 Ilardi prescribes an easy-to-follow, clinically proven program that harks back to what our bodies were originally made for—and need.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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so whenever i get around to actually doing this stuff i think it will work well from all the books i have read. he seems to be putting all the treatment in to one plan that is doable and easily explained. Read full review

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

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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

Contents

The Epidemic and the Cure
3
Making Sense of Depression
25
Brain Food
65
Dont Think Do
89
Antidepressant Exercise
113
Habits of Healthy Sleep
193
Putting It All Together
215
Appendix A
255
Bibliography
265
Acknowledgments
277
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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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