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The Depression Cure

Postby dhamma_newb » Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:23 pm

The lifestyle of the average person today is quite different than that of our ancestors. Those living before the 20th century did not have the luxury of many of the innovations we have today. People’s days were active and spent outdoors, hunting, farming, building, and traveling. Communities were small and tightly knit. Sleep was more regular and diets were quite different (no McDonald's on every corner or 80 varieties of cereal at the grocery store).


Today, many of us feel the pressure of our fast-paced and demanding lives. We may work long hours, run from activity to activity, and be faced with a constant barrage of news and requests made possible by technological innovations (when was the last time you weren’t on your cell phone or in front of your television or computer screen for an entire day?). As a result, our diets have become filled with processed convenience food, our sleep is often shortened and disturbed, and we spend more time sitting at desks or on couches than being active outdoors. Additionally, in a culture that values independence and success over social connections, we have become increasingly isolated, living farther from family and having smaller groups to look to for social support.


While our lifestyles have changed dramatically over the last few centuries, the evolution of our bodies has not kept up. Our bodies were designed to live the lifestyle our ancestors lived, with a balanced diet, as well as plenty of exercise, sunlight, sleep, and social support. Dr. Ilardi developed the TLC approach based on increasing evidence of the mismatch between our modern environment and the environment our bodies were designed to live in. The elements of TLC can serve to combat this mismatch, thus helping to protect against a medley of mental and physical illnesses, including depression." - http://psych.ku.edu/tlc/


The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs
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Re: The Depression Cure

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:36 pm

Think The disclaimer on the site should be heeded
The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only, and is not to be regarded as a substitute for psychotherapy or psychiatric treatment. This information is not intended as treatment for major depressive disorder or for any other form of mental illness or medical illness.


The book does not show who the intended audience is and may well be aimed at a popular market looking for help with low level depression, not serious cases.

and it is worth remembering the fourth term of service
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Re: The Depression Cure

Postby micalhassi » Tue May 29, 2012 7:48 am

Now these days there are very bad situations of economic conditions. There are the main causes of depression. Dispute with family members, friends, or financial problem then a person stay in depression. I thing if a person are depressed he need to busy in some interesting work or go for tour with some one.
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Re: The Depression Cure

Postby hanzze_ » Tue May 29, 2012 8:42 am

The OP is a good observation and Buddha had the way out of the circle of dept and its natural depressions. That is why we need to learn gratitude right gratitude first:

These two people are hard to find in the world. Which two? The one who is first to do a kindness, and the one who is grateful and thankful for a kindness done."
— AN 2.118


They are rarely depressed and even on the way out.

The Lessons of Gratitude

Conditions are made by your self.
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Re: The Depression Cure

Postby miriamshookaf » Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:58 pm

cure to depression hmmm sounds very interesting you should get over the issues that are bothering you and move forward in life get relax and enjoy what is yet to come depression is cause by your own thoughts you can only find it easy to get it over you self
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Re: The Depression Cure

Postby Eccedustin » Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:48 pm

Depression has existed all through history, it used to be called "melancholia" . Reports of depression date back to early Greek times thousands of years ago. Depression is not, by any means, a "modern disease" and thus relying on a cure based on that assumption has to be faulty.
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Re: The Depression Cure

Postby manas » Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:40 pm

Eccedustin wrote:Depression has existed all through history, it used to be called "melancholia" . Reports of depression date back to early Greek times thousands of years ago. Depression is not, by any means, a "modern disease" and thus relying on a cure based on that assumption has to be faulty.


The four Brahma-Viharas might be useful in countering depressive states of mind:

Loving-kindness (metta)
Compassion (karuna)
Sympathetic Joy (mudita)
Equanimity (upekkha)

Head & Heart Together
Bringing Wisdom to the Brahma-viharas
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Thanissaro Bhikkhu: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... heart.html

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Re: The Depression Cure

Postby dhamma_newb » Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:01 am

Thank you everyone for your replies. Over time I've come to see that the best medicine to cure depression is the Noble Eightfold Path.

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Re: The Depression Cure

Postby greggorious » Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:12 pm

I'm always a little sceptical about the 'Beat depression without drugs' titles that seem to be all the rage these days. I agree that a lot of milder forms of depression can be solved with a change in lifestyle, exercise, meditation, vitamin supplements etc. For very severe forms of depression (of which I suffer from) anti depressants can literally save your life.
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