The Depression Cure!

Thursday, February 03, 2011

I just read The Depression Cure by Stephen Ilardi, and I'm impressed! It basically outlines parts of a lifestyle that affects depression. He mainly blames depression on an unhealthy lifestyle and calls it a "syndrome" rather than a "disease". His lifestyle approach gives valuable tools for combating depression beyond medication and cognitive therapy. The six lifestyle areas he outlines are: diet (namely, omega 3 deficiency), thinking vs. doing, physical exercise, sunlight, social support, and adequate sleep. His writing really meshes perfectly with everything I've read about depression. Improving these areas of one's life is beneficial for everyone!

I've started his program. I'm taking cod liver oil for omega 3 and vitamin D, and have been getting outside everyday. Cod liver oil doesn't taste as bad as I feared! (There's also flavored varieties but I got the plain variety because it was cheap.) And it's not even noticeable mixed into strongly-flavored food. I made a salmon dip spiked with cod liver oil: equal parts cream cheese, sour cream, shredded smoked salmon, and cod liver oil. Yummy!
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    I have found that taking magnesium supplements also helps with depression.
    2542 days ago
    It is an interesting article and for sure all those elements are good to be followed by any person in order to avoid depression. Still, sometimes (like in Kaye`s case :( ) more actions are needed.
    2545 days ago
  • MERLE641
    Thanks for the info. I suffer from depression, though I think it's mild, it seems to be getting worse as I get older. When I was younger, I think I made it a point to get all the things you mentioned except maybe the sleep part. I think I knew intuitively that I needed to do these things. Now I sometimes don't feel motivated to do these things, except for the exercise part. I love to work out and I am very thankful for that. That keeps me sane most of the time, but sometimes that doesn't even help.
    2545 days ago
  • KAYE454
    I don't know if I believe in his theory. I do great most the timme but I have lost my son and husband and I don't know aboout his theory.
    2545 days ago
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