Depression is a debilitating disease that affects as many as 20 million Americans in a year. It can take a terrible toll on health as well as on family and work relationships. Many drugs are prescribed to treat depression, but the evidence is not impressive that they offer most patients great benefit.

Our guest, Dr. Stephen Ilardi, has come up with a number of non-drug approaches that may work at least as well as antidepressants for mild to moderate depression. These lifestyle modifications require effort, but they are inexpensive and don’t have dangerous side effects. Could the cure to depression be within your grasp?

Guest: Stephen S. Ilardi, PhD, is associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Kansas. His book is The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs.
Links for Dr. Ilardi:

The Depression Cure/ Amazon page:

The book’s homepage:

His university homepage:

The page for Therapeutic Lifestyle Change:

His Psychology Today blog page:

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  1. J T

    I have been listening to your radio show for years and it is always so interesting and informative.

  2. D. Meredith

    I am a service connected DV and the VA has prescribed me a generic Clonazepam, that is different then what I have previously been prescribed that is not the same, instead of helping my anxiety so I can function they knock me out, has anyone had the same issue? I know that they (VA) purchase medications in bulk and am sure this is not the same medication.

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