Stephen S. Ilardi, Ph.D., is associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Kansas and the author of more than forty professional articles on mental illness. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas.
While the use of antidepressants has increased in recent years, so has the rate of depression. Ilardi (clinical psychology, Univ. of Kansas), a private clinician, presents his alternative approach based on cognitive-behavioral therapy with an anthropological twist. His "Therapeutic Lifestyle Change" (TLC) model prescribes dietary supplements, physical exercise, sunlight exposure, social support, and improving sleep patterns-and discourages "ruminating" on negative thoughts. Research findings (including the author's own study on the treatment's efficacy) are translated into readable terms. The book concludes with a treatment schedule, trouble-shooting guide, and professional bibliography. Verdict: The positive aspects of the TLC model are obvious, but Ilardi's composite program-rooted in the hunter-gatherer way of life-is novel. Practical, straightforward, grounded in persuasive research, this book is recommended for anyone seeking an alternative approach to treating depression.-Antoinette Brinkman, M.L.S., Evansville, IN Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Bookviews.com "[Ilardi's] program helps patients reclaim six ancient lifestyle elements that can improve or eradicate depression. These include a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, the critical building blocks for brain structure and function; enjoyable activities that keep us from dwelling on negative thoughts; exercise that stimulates important brain chemicals; sufficient sunlight exposure to keep the body's clock in sync; social support to avoid isolation; and healthy sleep habits that allow the brain and body to recover. It works for me and it will work for you!" Metapsychology Online Reviews "A very good self-help book. Ilardi writes clearly, avoiding jargon, and speaking eloquently about many topics. His depiction of negative lifestyle influences on people's emotions and actions are on target... this is a splendid book because the recommendations made should lead to a healthier lifestyle for most people...Overcoming depression is not a simple challenge but one, I suspect, has a chance of success by reading this book." Kansas Alumni "Ilardi's theory draws on discoveries in cognitive neuroscience and evolutionary psychology, which add heft to his common-sense advice...The Depression Cure arrays data that may inspire action." Harriet Lerner, author of The Dance of Anger "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." Bookslut Founder Jessa Crispin in The Smart Set "Those who have suffered recurring, meaningless bouts of depression might want to reach for The Depression Cure rather than Unstuck, especially those sick of hearing how they should search their mental illness for wisdom." "The Bookworm Sez" (nationally syndicated column) "Intriguing. Author Stephen S. Ilardi seems to be onto something when he points out that our ancestors didn't sit at a desk all day and fight traffic to go home stressed-out...Pick up a copy of The Depression Cure. With your doctor's blessing, a fair amount of effort, and this book, 'snapping out of it' might be a snap." "Dr. Ilardi reminds us that our bodies shouldn't be sleep-deprived, or subjected to poor diets and frenzied twenty-first-century life...The book describes an easy-to-follow, clinically proven program that follows a clear system to what our bodies need." ?Huffington Post