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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (1 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091929814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091929817
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"promising results" (US News & World Report)

"This book isn't just about depression. Dr Ilardi's program can help all of us live with more zest and a greater sense of well-being" (Harriet Lerner, author of The Dance of Anger)

"[Ilardi] presents his alternative approach based on cognitive-behavioral therapy with an anthropological twist . . . Research findings (including the author's own study on the treatment's efficacy) are translated into readable terms . . . Practical, straightforward, grounded in persuasive research, this book is recommended for anyone seeking an alternative approach to treating depression" (Library Journal)

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A groundbreaking treatment that has been clinically proven to deliver a lifelong cure for depression

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86 of 86 people found the following review helpful By J. Goddard on 7 Aug. 2010
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Reading this book was a breath of fresh air. It isn't merely Ilardi's rejection of a drug-based approach to treating depression; such rejections are two-a-penny in the 'alternative therapy' field. No, what sets this book apart is that it is balanced, well-researched, undogmatic and rooted in the careful use of scientific evidence.

The core hypothesis is simple. Depression rates are rising because we are increasingly living a lifestyle that takes us further and further away from how our ancient hunter-gatherer ancestors lived. Our bodies and minds are, in evolutionary terms, essentially the same as they were 13,000 years ago. In order to cure our depression we need to compensate for the fact that we no longer - and cannot any longer - live as they did. We can, however, do a number of things that learn from that earlier existence (and from how some people with very low depression rates still live). Ilardi focusses on six areas we can change: 1) improved diet (he focusses on Omega 3 supplements), 2) exercise, 3) more sunlight, 4) better sleep, 5) stopping ruminating, 6) spending time with other people.

He's clearly pushing what he believes is a radically improved way of dealing with depression, but much of what he says makes a lot of sense whether you are suffering from depression or not. He also does the proper medical thing of looking at evidence from clinical trials and from a range of different sources. The language and discussion can be a little simplistic and folksy in places, but that's a small price to pay for what is an excellent treatment of a controversial subject. In my case, I could see elements where I'd have to modify to a small degree some of what he recommends (solitude isn't always a bad thing).
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By H. Nye on 13 Oct. 2011
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What a fantastic book - and a whole new way of tackling depression! I can honestly say it has changed my life.

Until I bought this, all the books I'd seen or read on depression seemed to focus on trying to tackle the problem by cognitive means, whereas this book is full of purely physical / practical advice. Whilst I agree that changing how you view or think about problems and situations can make a huge difference to your depression (eg as in Flip It by Michael Heppell - another excellent book), The Depression Cure explains why modern lifestyles can predispose us to depression, and gives simple, step-by-step physical ways to overcome this.

This book has helped me enormously, and I would recommend it to anyone. In fact I told my CBT therapist about it around a month ago - and at my latest (and final!) visit, he thanked me very much and said that he had gone on to recommend it to quite a few of his patients - all of whom had reported back to him that it had made a huge difference to their lives too!

Very, very good.
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By hanran on 9 Dec. 2010
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I would like to say first of all that the authors description of what depression actually is and what it is like to be a genuine sufferer is by far and a way the best I have ever read. I actually felt for the first time ever that somebody had put into words exactly what my life has been like for over twenty years. That alone is worth buying the book for, just to hear it so well explained. I have to congratulate him and thank him for that.
I will be giving it to close friends and family who have struggled over the years to understand, as I feel they will gain much insight from just a few pages.

I had through my own searching and desire for help and relief come across much of what the book contains, however i had not fully understood or appreciated the far reaching impact or relief possible by combining the several elements explained in the book over a period of time.

Everything is explained well and in plain english, giving clinical trail evidence and support for its inclusion. this is not padded Opera fluff. this is evidence based clinically trailed and proven techniques, supplements and devices, combined to provide what I believe to be the best opportunity for lasting relief from clinical depression.

I have read so many books on this subject, none has so sparked my interest or desire to apply the counsel given. This book actually makes you want to take action.

I have suffered with a life threatening debilitating soul destroying condition for most of my adult life. almost nobody has even noticed.

so many people out there I now know, feel the exact same way. I have tried my very best to over come this beast many times, this time I genuinely feel I may have been handed a tool thats up to the Job.

I hope this helps.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Paul on 3 Feb. 2011
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If you suffer from depression and want a simple, effective and well researched way to help lift your depression, then I would highly recommend this book to you.

My situation is as follows: I have suffered from depression for over 10 years. Part of the reason I have suffered for so long is that until fairly recently I didn't realise my problem was depression, and the other reason is that I hadn't found very effective help for depression. Once I realised I had depression, I tried to help myself by going on anti-depressants and doing other things like exercise which I had heard were good for depression. Those things helped a bit, but I was still essentially depressed. After having found this book and used it's principles for about 6 months, I am not completely depression free, but I am off anti-depressants and feel good enough to not feel the need to go back on anti-depressants. I also feel confident that I will continue to improve.

One thing to note, although this book is sightly anti-drugs, I used the principles while still on anti-depressants, and it is perfectly complementary. I found I felt much better while taking drugs AND using the book's advice, and then reached a point where I felt I could cope without the drugs, and so far so good. I would disagree with the book in that anti-depressants are basically useless for moderately depressed people, but I would agree that they are useless for a permanent long term cure for any depressed person (but that's just my own experience).

That said this book is very well written and very effective. It is well written in that is sympathetic, positive and inspiring, and easy to read. I can say that it is effective for 5 reasons:

1) I have used it and I have felt the results.
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