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The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs Paperback – June 1, 2010
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[Ilardi] helps us think about how mental illness is not what many think it is (mental or moral weakness) and how popular approaches for treatment (medication and some alternative treatments) need to be better understood.”
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Over the past six years, Dr. Ilardi and his clinical research team have developed and refined a new, highly effective program for clinical depression: Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC). This innovative treatment is grounded in the insight that human beings were never designed for the sedentary, indoor, socially isolated, sleep-deprived, fast-food-laden, frenzied pace of 21st-century American life. Understanding the modern depression epidemic as the result of our increasingly toxic lifestyle, Dr. Ilardi has helped numerous depressed individuals overcome the debilitating illness by reclaiming six powerful healing habits from our ancestral past. Inspired by the program's success - even in cases of chronic, severe depression that failed to respond to antidepressant medication - Dr. Ilardi has written "The Depression Cure," a step-by-step guide to the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change program.
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I was able to get together enough energy to read through the first step of TLC (dietary supplement) and make a trip to The Vitamin Shoppe. I started to take the recommended doses of the vitamins and noticed some slight changes in a couple of days. Within a week I was able to make it through the next few sections of the book. I started to notice rumative behavior and redirect it. I put a light box on order. I started doing some light exercise on the exercise bike (after clearing the dust). And I started to feel even better. I eventually made it through the rest of the book and started to record my depression symptoms according to the very helpful survey in the book. The first week I was in the 10-15 range (already a huge drop from where I estimated I was when first starting). The next week I was under 10. And this last week for the first time I can remember since I was in high school, I had ZERO symptoms of depression. This in spite of an extremely stressful week at work.
It's hard to put into words what coming out of depression feels like. All I know is that I feel right now in a way that I thought I'd never be able to again. ANY physician who treats depressed patients needs to be aware of this research. I know I will be making my doctor aware of it the next time I see him... and hopefully save someone else the length of suffering I went through.
"The Depression Cure" is not a pipe dream - this is the real deal.
Enter this book.
Dr. Ilardi recommends six lifestyle interventions: 1) big daily dose of omega-3 fatty acids, 2) cognitive tricks to stop rumination, 3) exercise, 4) light therapy, 5) social interaction, and 6) healthy sleep. The thing that makes this book so great (and worth buying even though I just revealed the six magic interventions) is that he breaks each one down into small steps that are very doable - even for someone suffering from I-can't-even-muster-the-thought-of-getting-out-of-bed depression. His regimen is 12 weeks long, and the first week, for instance, all you have to do is take some supplements. It builds from there, but very incrementally.
I should mention that while I'm holistically-inclined, I also have a good grasp on science and a research-based education and career, so I tend to be a little skeptical of "cure" type books. But I found this one to be scientifically sound, with an extensive list of references that you can look up if you want to go deeper into the literature.
Overall, I really can't recommend it highly enough. It is EASY to read, which is a must for someone whose brain is freaking out. I ordered the book, gave myself a week to read it and then started the regimen the next week.Read more ›
The implications of his book are multitudinous and profound: among others, for the role of medication in national health care policy and our attempts to prevent depressive illness - if his work is taken seriously by those in government, the health care system could begin a much-needed movement toward wellness for all and prevention of disease, instead of merely rewarding pharmaceutical companies for campaign donations.
This is the rare book in the field that is useful, not merely for the clinically depressed, but also for those merely suffering from the 'normal blues', or even those just wishing to enhance the well-being of their lives. His TLC program can help just about everyone, and most of its elements are low-cost or free! I believe this book potentially could be prove to be a watershed moment in the very understanding of illness and the goals of medical treatment. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has some simple, common sense advice and is written in a typical "self-help" style (i.e., a bit of research results and lots of filler anecdotes). Read morePublished 6 days ago by Ingles
Great book. I believe all ideas in this are fundamental to good mental health and would work really well. Read morePublished 9 days ago by MK
This book had a lot of good ideas, but it's hard to get through. It gets rambling at some points. Having said that, I've been able to use all the points in the book and I've... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Shelly K
This is among the absolute best books out there on treating depression. This program works. The title is a bit too optimistic for my taste as I think not everyone will be... Read morePublished 27 days ago by CDM
I really wanted to like this book but it was quite disappointing to me. Although it is well written there is really nothing new in this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SpinningMarie
Today is February 4. Been doing the program for three months. I cannot say enough of how well I feel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by susan martino
This book was tremendously helpful to me! Following it has helped me be depression free for 2 years. I would suggest everyone read this book!Published 1 month ago by K. Montoya