The Depression Cure

The Depression Cure

The 6-step Program to Beat Depression Without Drugs

Book - 2009
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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 Ilardi prescribes an easy-to-follow, clinically proven program that harks back to what our bodies were originally made for--and need.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.

Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo, c2009
ISBN: 9780738213132
Branch Call Number: 616.8527 ILA
Characteristics: x, 289 p. ; 24 cm

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Nov 26, 2013

In trying to "keep my black dog at bay," I have gone through many books, online articles, and doctors trying to push antidepressants on to me. I avoided the pills, and really tried to make something out of the literature I was reading. But nothing stuck. Until I randomly ran across this book on the library shelf...and I'm so glad that I did. An easy to read book that really makes sense and is full of relatable material. I literally took notes on it. Also makes me question whether the direction the high-tech world is moving towards is a healthy direction. 6 stars out of 5!

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tshann
Mar 16, 2013

Probably the best book out there on a truly effective yet obvious way to beat depression. Beats antidepressants by leagues and is looking at the TRUE roots of depression.

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rahmmie
Jan 20, 2011

I really enjoyed this book. Simple-to-follow advice and clear instructions

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