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Life After 7 Years of Suffering,
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This review is from: The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs (Paperback)
For the last 7 years I have fought with depression that has gone from mildly inconvenient at times to downright debilitating at other times. I discovered Dr. Ilardi's book after coming off of almost a full week of being unable to even make it out of bed. At that point I had already gone through 3 different types of drugs and was thinking I was going to be moving to another type soon. But that wasn't much hope as each type I tried would work for a few weeks and then I'd be back almost to where I started.
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.
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Initial post: Dec 15, 2010 2:36:46 PM PST
Your doctor may not want to hear about this treatment for depression, just as most cardiologists ignore the research of Dean Ornish and prescribe the usual treatments, none of which actually reverse the disease. After all, if people can get well just by following the instructions in a book, what would they need the doctor for? Much better for the medical and psychiatric community to get out the prescription pad and ignore the research.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2011 12:22:58 AM PST
G. Iacobone says:
not to go off on a tangent, but Ornish's protocol didn't work either.....
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 30, 2011 4:32:18 AM PDT
This is true....too many carbs (but that doesn't mean proper nutrition isn't crucial).
Posted on Feb 3, 2012 10:32:08 PM PST
Thank you for your review. I have been searching for some shred of hope and kept finding reviews by people who had never suffered from depression. Your review gave me some hope. I'm going to try the book, fingers crossed. Thanks again
Posted on Mar 3, 2012 1:26:36 PM PST
Kevin L. Elliott says:
So how are you doing in the long term treatment of depression?
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2012 5:12:04 PM PDT
N. Stevens says:
I'm glad that you posted this - I have meant to write this follow-up post for quite some time and now I don't have an excuse :-)
The short answer is that I have gone from being depressed about 75% of the time to depression episodes happening less than once or twice a month. Also, I now seldom lose more than a full day when I am depressed whereas I was losing multiple days before. And I did not have to change medications; although I have been too chicken to go completely off my meds.
Am I completely cured? No, but my depression is well controlled and doesn't impact my life any more than any other well-controlled chronic condition would. And considering where I came from it is a world of difference.
The even more amazing thing is that I am still improving over a year after I wrote my review. For a long time I had to apply some force of will to do things I used to enjoy. Within the last few months, though, my desire to pursue my hobbies has greatly increased. It's amazing! Doing something fun is no longer work!
One last thing in response to Scotchguard's comment. I wish you were wrong, but when I told my doctor about this book, he completely blew me off. Every time I go in he comments how well the meds are working, and I remind him that the meds are only a small part of the plan. It doesn't matter though - in his mind something like this can't work, but I know the truth and will tell anyone who wants to know.
I still stand by this book whole-heartedly.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2012 4:34:16 PM PDT
Congratulations on making so much progress, and thank you for posting this review and the follow-up - it's inspirational to know when others are changing their lives in such a positive way.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2013 10:30:32 PM PST
It is unfortunate that you chose Dean Ornish as an example. His research is pseudo-science.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2014 9:11:07 AM PST
Clare Beaumont says:
My cardiologist recommended Dr. Ornish in lieu of more advanced cholesterol meds. It worked for me. By following a rather strict low fat plant based diet, I am off nearly all meds, after 15 years of prolonged use.
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