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The Depression Cure by Stephen S. Ilardi
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Jul 13, 2011

it was amazing

The book's major insight is that there is an epidemic of clinical depression because humans are poorly designed for modern life. In that sense, depression is an illness of lifestyle like obesity or diabetes. The writer doesn't blame people for getting depressed, but the book does empower them to combat the illness through simple changes in lifestyle. According to the author, many of these changes (things as simple as swallowing fish oil or going for brisk walks) can improve brain chemistry, often more effectively than medication in the long-term. Although the book's six major lifestyle strategies are laid out in easy step-by-step fashion, the author acknowledges that severely depressed readers will probably need the added help of a therapist to coach them through the process (especially to learn how to stop brooding over negative thoughts). Many readers may also benefit from a personal trainer to help with the exercise part of the program. Overall, I thought the book was quite helpful and insightful, and surprisingly easy to read.

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