THE DEPRESSION CURE: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs by Stephen S. Ilardi (Lifelong Books, Perseus books/DaCapo, Cambridge, Mass) reviewed by Nancy Yanes Hoffman, the Writing Doctor, email@example.com
When I first looked at Stephen Ilardi’s THE DEPRESSION CURE, I thought it was one more how-to article enlarged to be a book selling to anyone and everyone who felt depressed, which includes a lot of us. But I was wrong. For Ilardi has done a good job at transforming old lifestyle concepts into accessible, workable form. While the stories of his patients’ successes and lifestyle changes are surely not new, what makes his book worthwhile are the organizational skills his book recommends to overcome depression.
His recommended lifestyle changes are not new but worth revisiting:
A diet high in omega-3 fatty acids; concentrating on enjoyable activities; lots of exercise; plenty of sunlight (a impossibility in the Northeast); forcing yourself to have as much social support as possible; acquiring regular sleep habits.
Ilardi’s difference is in the valuable methods he offers to overcome depression’s problems. He cites how to tolerate omega3 supplements and buying a 10,000-lux light box to enhance the Northerner’s lack of sunlight. Further, he suggests increasing intake of Vitamin D daily, and of course, avoiding anti-ruminative activity which fosters and perpetuates depression.
THE DEPRESSION CURE won’t cure depression but it will help little and big sufferers confront and deal with it.