Dr. Stephen Ilardi is a professor of clinical psychology and the author of The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression Without Drugs. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duke University in 1995, and has since served on the faculties of the University of Colorado and (presently) the University of Kansas. The author of over 40 professional articles on mental illness, Dr. Ilardi is a nationally recognized expert on depression. His work has been honored by the American Psychological Association's prestigious Blau Award for early career contributions to the field, and his research on the neuroscience of depression has been funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH).
Dr. Ilardi has also received several major teaching awards in recognition of his dynamic, engaging classroom presence. Recently, he was selected from a pool of over 2,000 instructors as the recipient of the school's highest instructional honor, the HOPE Award for teaching excellence. He also maintains an active clinical practice, and has treated several hundred depressed patients over the course of his career. Dr. Ilardi lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife, Maria and daughter, Abby.
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I believe so many people are depressed mainly because not enough human and social interactions, I'm a first generation immigrant and in the old country there is a lot more family and social interaction people always visiting the house and when I was a kid I remember we use to come and go every week, and go to the beach to travel go camping several times a year with everyone all my aunts and uncles now we only see each other on holidays we assimilated into the American way of life and seeing both worlds I can tell you in America we spend our lives working and not enough time with family and friends everyone is in their own world alone many of the times, that is why many of us are unhappy, also second to that is we dont do enough physical activity we spend all day sitting in office after we are mentally drained go home and sit on couch and lay down to sleep.
exercise is addictive. just another chemical high. And just as dangerous in the long term. i can't stand people who generalize about the lives and illnesses of others. They only have their journey to talk about - they have no right to extrapolate that onto others. Causing damage and making huge and inaccurate assumptions and presumptions in the process.
WIFI - microwave cell phone towers and the frequencies that can be modulated and directed towards individuals and groups are responsible for a lot of these. As nice as this man is - he only has part of the picture. But yes - there is a spiritual aspect to this.
The mobile phones or cell phones people use and sleep with at night are changing and altering their brains. Also - making them physically sick. Mobile devices emit radiation and anyone holding a device to their head for more than an hour a day as a 40% greater chance of developing brain cancer. The number for brain cancer are soaring.
They learned a long time ago - what frequencies cause what responses in the human brain. They experimented on millions of people without their knowledge or consent.
Even the "hearing voices" is part of that technology.
I'm afraid so many people are now out of the picture in terms of the reality around them. Frequencies are changing people too. Altering consciousness.
Please watch : Dr Barry Trower to find out more about this REALITY. Share this information please.
I know many well-to-do people who exercise and are still depressed. What makes us happy it's a wretched childhood where we work like in a concentration camp; then when we grow out of this dismal life, we embrace life with its ups and downs and it appearsso sweet. We exercise because it feels good, like I did since the age of 7. What's wrong with our society is the fact that we have too much.
Anyway,\ I bet my bottom dollar that if you were sending your kids in a concentration camp, they will be happier than drinking coke and eating junk food in a boring suburban area. A disciplined-structured tough life is a thousand times better than being bored in a rich neighborhood like I see around Washington D.C.
I wouldn't agree because mice run on wheels all the time people love sports and wrestling and love to play and chase each other and little kids love gymnastics people love rock climbing, hiking and other such I think people like to swim children like topple play sports for eons and animals also like to play the way Ive always heard it is exercise gym is just the playground for adults
You know what all of those lifestyle changes boil down to, even the fishing? Novelty. We evolved as a species in every way to be able to adapt. Now that our lives generally only change in minute amounts (as in which buttons to push to create outcomes), our entire beings are railing against the hierarchical, stagnant social structure and what our daily lives are comprised of. We are surrounded by and drawn to constant mental distractions because it simulates the novelty of a hunter-gatherer life.
Even the lifestyle changes mentioned are but a pale comparison to our evolutionary needs. Exercise becomes habitual, as does everything else on that list. I've had trouble with depression since I was six years old, even when I met every single one of the criteria he listed. Soccer nearly everyday for nine years in the Texas sun (indoor and out), my favorite foods were sushi and oysters, around people most of the day (though I rarely enjoyed other children's company). All of the "healthy" things mentioned I did for the majority of my childhood. Though to be honest, I never liked other people. Why does he skip the entire existence of INTROVERTS, while insisting that everyone needs more social time? That is patently false.
What he's missing in his talk is the deeper point. It isn't a list. It's just novelty. Of course as a product of Western education he will tend to compartmentalize and try to isolate factors but no amount of testing can point to the broader behavioral patterns of our society as a whole. The whole point of modern science is isolating variables when our reality is completely interrelated. It's all just novelty - body and mind require it.
The IPC reported that by year 2030 the world’s climate would have warmed 1.5C and only drastic changes to our growth frenzied capitalist economies would perhaps mitigate that number. The Kalulis will probably survive the collapse of civilization just fine. I predict that the next great emigration will be to hunter and gatherers time while the suicide numbers spike exponentially! Hey, but aren’t you guys happy now that Amazon raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour and that Facebook has an awesome FaceTime portal for real human connectivity?
I already knew pretty much everything he said and I can do most of the things he recommends, although it is hard. The only thing I can't achieve is social connection. Once you go down a path of isolation it's very hard to get out of it. All the other recommendations are straightforward but social connection isn't. I really don't know how to do it anymore. It's just so hard putting yourself out there all the time only to be disappointed. People seem to already have good relationships. It seems like I'm the only one who's isolated so I don't want to be bother people if they're already happy with their relationships.
Superb. I was not into the pleistocene comments, I see them as theoretical. But the factual historical connection of the change of mankind from hunter gatherer and agricultural societies to Industrial and Information age and modern stress, sedentary societies was superb research. The Solutions he gives are noble and worthy of use in every treatment center today to beat back the epidemic of depression. He and his team should get a damn Medal...!
The power went out where I live as a result of Hurricane Florence. I am further inland and live in an elevated area, so we didn't experience much flooding, but we were without power for almost three days. During that time, my sleep quality remarkably improved, my anxiety changed: I was more concerned about what my family and I were going to eat than I was about problems in other parts of the world, and a lot of body aches I normally experienced vanished. I had to limit the use of my smartphone to emergency updates over Facebook for concerned friends and family members. I had to take cold showers and read by candlelight, but I felt like a kid again. I was experiencing emotions I hadn't felt in literally fifteen years. As soon as the power came back on, I was thankful for central air and other modern conveniences, but I felt my old discontentment creeping back in. I don't like any of the things I used to love anymore; it's like I am slowly dying inside. Because of where I live and my income, it's difficult for me to exercise.
Mostly, I just feel confused and numb; furthermore, I can't feel things that I once felt, and I know those feelings are still there, but they appear to bubble to the surface at the most inconvenient times. I want to be me again, but I am not sure who that is anymore. The world just appears to be unfriendly, dangerous, and filled with equally hurt and angry people.
Have everything, feel like nothing!
Soft life has really messed you.
How about this..?
From now on your annual semester is sharing life with the locals in some 3rd world village.
Have everything, feel like nothing!
Soft life has really messed you.
How about this..?
From now on your annual semester is sharing life with the locals in some 3rd world village.
He is not talking about the illness of depression he is talking about a down mood due to situational circumstances...depression is an entirely different beast not unlike schizophrenia...these are serious illnesses not lifestyle issue ...ask any psychiatrist they have a much deeper insight and much more intense/ longer education and they would never agree with any of this...it's neuro chemisty and it needs to be treated with meds or ECT. go to any mental hospital and that is what they do- treat with meds always and not even bother with psychology for good reason ..it doesn't work and it can't for people with chronic or severe depression...psychology is for those that have life issues or very mild depression only.
It has nothing to do with lifestyle lol otherwise everyone would be depressed...they were treating it since ancient Greece when there was no internet etc..all up throughout the middle ages and victorian period .sylvia plath / Van Gogh/ joan of arc/ winston churchill / lincoln...endless figures throughout history.. ...it always existed and always will... it mostly has to do with childhood trauma / neglect/ abuse that just screws up the neurochemistry in the brain later in life ..if you had a good childhood it acts as a buffer against any future traumas so you can bounce back. medication or ECT is the only solution for severe depression or even chronic dysthymia..that or you become a drug addict or alcoholic/ and usually eventually commit suicide.
Depression exists in animals too.
We keep forgetting that.
But the same things that animals get depressed about, humans don't get depressed about; at least looking inward from an outside perspective.
When we actually look at the root cause of depression, it begins to make sense.
Animals get depressed when their mother was seen killed in front of them, or get depressed when they have their child eaten. They see that and feel a loss. These are real reasons for depression. And it happens the same way in humans; when humans experience loss, we go into depression. Animals will jump off cliffs, bite themselves, or remain passive around a predator; these are natural responses to depression; the animal has no concept of suicide, yet does everything to endanger itself when it's depressed. We see the same thing with humans, except humans have the capacity to understand what they're doing. It makes me think "How could an animal evolve such a behavior", and it begins to make sense once you understand that mammals are social animals. We're designed to thrive in society. Depression does more good than bad for group animals, because it makes the ostracized ones (Maybe they're deformed or have a medical condition) be passive towards their own death. This is an advantage in a lot of animal species, because it means that only the fittest individuals will both have the mental and physical resources to continue to breed.
Humans don't have the same connections as animals do. We've given up an active life for a life behind a screen, but more importantly, and regardless whether we're outside or not, we've given up on socialization. There is no family dynamic anymore; as soon as a child reaches 18, they become autonomous; they see new faces every day; the population, to us, is replaceable, and I think that's a big problem. Meaning in life can only be attributed to how we treat others; and because we don't have anyone in our lives to treat well/bad, we have no meaning.
I do believe that depression does come from not living the life we want, insecurity, not meeting our needs. Most of us want to risk it all and live life how we imagine but would require us to start from 0 and lose what we have. But the risk can fix depression. Live your life experience things ignore social media.
The more advanced a country is, they more suicides and depression they have, example: Japan. So what he's saying is totally true. Our current cultures and life styles are just making this problem way bigger than it should be.
People are depressed because the people around them are terrible, godless, narsisists who are constantly on their phones avoiding others. Humans are like little spoiled babies. It's a loveless world. That's why people are depressed, or sad. Good people are sad because they expect more
Don't blame civilization or other people. No need to study Papua New Guineas (OK, bad humor). Many people do lead decent and healthy lives in civilized and developed countries. Study them if that's your thing. Don't connect for connection sake. Only genuine and sincere ones matter. Anything toxic that you feel or sensitive to is best avoided. Your belly/abdomen/stomach/gut is the best judge if something is toxic. Never trust only your eyes.
this talk confirms what I discovered recently working in a building where elderly people live together and suffer mostley loniliness being seperated from the people that really matter(their children and grandchildren and great grand children. When looking dead in the eye approaching fast you realise this western life style is only leading to unhappiness and emotional and physical suffering. This life style is killing our souls and putting all other species close to extinction. in 2 century's we have grown like a virus and consumed all resources and species and forests.
This talk is informative, but I;m not sure if everything applies to me. I've taken Kpop dance lessons and eventually a one-year training program, but having no friends out of it and the low views on my YT violin/dance covers have worsened my depression. Well I guess dancing for fun helps with depression, but dance practice for covers is more than exercise, as I'm constantly trying to create fine products. Having made no friends from dancing and having low YT views are more social problems than exercise problems. About diets, I actually get some relief from depression about eating delicious foods which include meat! I guess getting more Omega-3 could make me better though. Also, about having face-time with closed ones, living with my parents doesn't help too much if I 'm socially disconnected and desperate to move to my dream country for my dream career and social life.
Over the last 5 years I had begun to have increasingly withdraw into a downward spiral of depression. But these days I can really say that I wanted to live and help a lot of people by the aid of this depression remedy “fetching kafon press” (Google it). At this time, I can really say that I am free of depression.
Banksters, politicians and ill economic system is guilty IMO. Lack of work & over-work, unstability of job, lack of time to relax, weekends, holidays etc. In Japan "karoshi" suicides proove the role of overworking. In fact oversitting at firm and even pretending making work! But they are so long as chief is in the company, chief is no shorter that chief of the chief is there etc. It's sick
I got into chronic mild depression as well in the past and did not desire to speak with people.I was in treatment for it, but it didn’t really do the job and I always wondered why. Life became so excellent after I discovered this depression therapy “fetching kafon press” (Google it). Examine it to see how it can assist you!
After more than twenty years of fighting depression, many psychologists and many psychiatrists and so many cycles of medication, this simple personal insight brought me home!
To all those beautiful people who have suffered from depression I would like to say “Thankyou, Simply Thankyou” for doing such a wonderful job. Thankyou for being such beautiful and courageous messengers , such shining beacons!
I hear your pain , I have felt your pain, and now I hear your message and I hear it loud and clear for your message is simply the pain of humanity and the way it has to live now. The way we are living now is so wrong, so wrong, there is so little human-ness left in the way we live. We need to change, and we need to change now! So now relax in the knowing of a job well done, your message has been heard, that there has never been anything wrong with you, you are simply a gifted messenger!
I know that place you go to; that deepening, darkening tunnel, which you shuffle down with trembling knees, and your body full of terror and panic. I know that place you go to, where the tunnel ends, where your bare feet are on solid ground but your toes are dangling over nothingness, an empty abyss, and it is so dark and frightening. Then dimly just ahead there is a feint outline, misty at first, that slowly forms into a shape, a doorway, and it's only about five feet away.
And I know that moment when you are rocking on the balls of your feet, trying to decide wether to jump or not. “ I wonder if I can leap across in one bound or shall I take a few steps back and take a running jump?”
Then for some reason, you stop rocking and plant your heels firmly back on the ground, and from somewhere deep, deep inside you grab hold of something primal, something essential and you turn around facing back the way you came and take a deep breath. I thank you in this moment for choosing to return to life rather than taking the leap of death.
All ahead is blackness and you squint your eyes and then dimly percieve a minute spec of light, so small you are not sure it is real at all. So you slowly retrace your steps, and that little spec of light gets bigger and bigger as you shuffle fearfully upwards.
You are heading back to the light and it is your light, and it is getting brighter and brighter until it's the colour of Cornish Ice cream and you can feel it's warmth enfold you, and suddenly you are out of the tunnel, back in the gallery of life.
So you take your light and sit down, and relax and look back at where you came from. The tunnel is gone, the entrance has been bricked over, then plastered over and some artists have painted a mural over the place honouring the purpose of the tunnel.
You are Home, you are safe! Well done and Simply Thankyou!
Namaste' Bob and Barnaby Eden. Woof.
The Economies which dominate the planet have as their central focus~ Money... aka the bottomline.... Not human well being, health, happiness, relationships, planetary balance and connection... Money~ which is simply a technique to use numbers to measure the value of goods and services in exchange has come to rule over all major societal decisions everywhere and the fixation and narrowness of this focus driven by one essentially simple technique is bringing us into a state of major global imbalance.Not surprisingly this wildly out of balance economic scheme is driving many people to be depressed. Its an honest response to what is an increasingly unhealthy pattern of living. If we want a healthy people and planet our societies must be based on the views and practices of healthy economic ideas.
Sooooo true! Especially, this generation. High expectations, lack of gratitude, materialism, declining moral, values & respect. Isolation/loneliness, due to social media. Most of all a lack of belief in a Creator God, Jesus is the only way, life & truth. 🥀💒🇦🇺
That's hardly a solution, it doesn't solve any problems. A good high once in a while is a fine pleasure, but just getting high all the time will probably bugger your life up more than it will make it better!
In other words, people like being high--but in and of itself, it doesn't accomplish much.
We are over worked, deal with a pyramid scheme as a life model where a few on top do well and every level below gets more and more like slavery. Too many hours working, lack of humanity and compassion, major Disrespect on a daily basis, legal abuse, everything from bosses degrading us to our government robbing us and setting rules/laws that take advantage and are impossible to live with, barely being able to support ourselves and our families working full time jobs, no vacations or only a few weeks a year if you qualify! Humans need rest, respect, joy and balance in life! The lack of these therefore leads to a struggle to find joy or meaning in life!!! No medication is ethical!!! Humans need balance in life in everything! Humans need a say or choices in life, and I don't mean picking between A and B!!! I mean doing what's right for each of us individually without being punished!!! No one should be in charge of you to the point of devastation! We are all born on Earth! We all own it, including the creatures! We need food, water and shelter to survive!!! Yet we are not entitled to survive with a home, food and water, let alone health care!!! We have plenty of food, yet have starving! We have abandoned houses, yet homeless! Pay for water, the one thing you cant survive without! We are used, abused and taxed to death!!! Freedom is an illusion, and we label people as crazy when they've had enough and want out! Who's the crazies??? The ones that control us are!!! And we are for allowing it!!! We need to change the system! Therefore changing our well being!!! No medication needed. Just being decent and doing the right thing!!! Humanity doesn't know what Love is. They know one thing. Control. It gives them power, advantage, and worse they are a disease to the rest of us.
In all fairness, they *do* work for some people.
It isn't up to you to tell everyone to "say no" to them. They have to try them for themselves, because it seems that just about everybody reacts differently to them.
If you got hit by a car, would you advise the whole world to "say no" to driving?
That one point with humans needing other humans that they like around them actually explains why i oftten feel down during weekends and longer periods of time without school. My family often just makes me feel bad about myself and in general, with my sister being always very judgemental and my mom not taking me / my problems serious.
Antidepressants are medications that can help relieve symptoms of depression, social anxiety disorder, anxiety disorders, seasonal affective disorder, and dysthymia, or mild chronic depression, as well as other conditions.
They aim to correct chemical imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain that are believed to be responsible for changes in mood and behavior.
Depression Medications (Antidepressants)
These are the most commonly prescribed type of antidepressant.
Serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are used to treat major depression, mood disorders, and possibly but less commonly attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, menopausal symptoms, fibromyalgia, and chronic neuropathic pain.
SNRIs raise levels of serotonin and norepinephrine, two neurotransmitters in the brain that play a key role in stabilizing mood.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. They are effective in treating depression, and they have fewer side effects than the other antidepressants.
SSRIs block the reuptake, or absorption, of serotonin in the brain. This makes it easier for the brain cells to receive and send messages, resulting in better and more stable moods.
They are called "selective" because they mainly seem to affect serotonin, and not the other neurotransmitters.