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  • The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression Without Drugs

    The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression Without Drugs
    by Stephens S. Ilardi, Ph.D. (Da Capo Press 2009 - 277 pages)

    A six-step program should not be labeled a "cure" when one considers how difficult diet and exercise can be under the best of circumstances. Six steps to be taken over time also don't help much in the middle of a major life crisis, with suicidal ideations. However, Therapeutic Lifestyle Change does offer a long-term prescription based on "elements from our evolutionary past." Together or separately, the steps can help prevent or manage depression.

    • A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids
    • Vigorous physical activity
    • Abundant natural sunlight exposure
    • Getting enough sleep
    • Staying socially connected
    • Focusing on tasks to avoid excessive "rumination"; i.e., dwelling on negative thoughts
    Each step has a physiological dimension, which is explained, along with practical tips. This is a good reference for self-help, but take the author's enthusiasm with a grain of salt and don't change your treatment plan without consulting your doctor first.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression Without Drugs started by David Baxter View original post