Depression is a disease of civilization: Stephen Ilardi at TEDxEmory

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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31 thoughts on “Depression is a disease of civilization: Stephen Ilardi at TEDxEmory

  1. While all of this sounds very good and very hollistic, it's not the CAUSE of depression. I have Bipolar Disorder and I respect this doctors words but Major Depressive Disorser is not going to be cured by socializing. Again I respect this Doctor but I have to whole-heartedly disagree.

  2. Perfectly agree with the speaker, depression and many of the diseases of the mind is due our unhealthy content in our mind, unhealthy feeding to the mind, unhealthy activities going on in mind. just like snacking on fast food on most days, poor sleeping habits, smoking, etc.

  3. I would highly recommend that anyone with whom this talk has resonated, reads a book called "Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization” by by John J. Ratey, Richard Manning. It very much pursues a similar line of thought to this talk but it is much broader in scope and obviously much more in depth. It's also just a fascinating read!

  4. he is exactly right our society transformed so much that we are unable to mutate/catch up.we are never design to live in isolation it is very sad but I feel that our society will continually grow and evolve and humans will fall in vain..

  5. We crammed everyone into seas of people, have replaced all the wildlife with cement, destroyed the nuclear family and have made them value money over their own offspring.

    I'm not a psychologist, but maybe this isn't healthy.

  6. The worst part about (((Depression))) is, that you land in a circle after a time, a circle of bad habits and bad thinking that will never change, from where most people with serious depression can't get out themselves. In germany we call it "Teufelskreis" translated it means "Satan's Circle".

    So i think taking medication, first natural, then chemical, can help one crumble pieces of the circle. Once it crumbles you can look at it from another perspective and you can see what you need to change in order to get better, but this is also a very very very big step and needs a lot of help and motivation. Sadly, if one does not get help soon enough they either kill themselves or drink themselves to death, so please, if you sense any symptoms of an beginning depression, take all the steps he mentioned in the video + be open about it and do whatever you can to get out of that mood, before it's too late and you're trapped.

  7. go for Gene Mutations test, e.g MTHFR or MTR etc, lot of people have that and if you get proper cure…you will feel much different, i am one who is feeling much better

  8. A great tip I have (from my own experience) which I found surprisingly effective in combating depressions moment to moment 'Churning Thought Mulch' is to try video-gaming, I know, I know, even if you don't think it's 'your sort of thing' – Gods know I wasn't any kind of fan either, even when I was a youngster (I'm 41 now) – "Psshh! That's just kids stuff!" – until a friend sat me down out of the blue 12 years back with a couple of really good ones, and I was blown away by their quality and _passion_.

    What it (really successfully) did for me is it helped me concentrate on something other than the appalling internalized circus of (apparently endless) self defeating misery/ cycles of anxiety and loathing etc etc, and channeled my thinking in the moment into 'solvable challenges' / engaging Puzzles / new patterns of slow definite overcoming / a real aesthetic involvement with incredibly drawn places etc.

    I'm not advocating the pass-time as any kind of CURE-ALL at all of course – just as really useful in _those times where you have only unproductive self loathing worrying and useless stress to suffer through_, and cannot concentrate enough to read (as was my problem)

    – be it via an engagement through tactical / strategic situations with WWII battle-tactics and scenarios in titles like Company of Heroes or on the more ancient battlefields of the Roman era, with the magnificent Rome:TotalWar

    – A really well crafted story narrative with, say, Journey or ICO The Vanishing of Ethan Carter or Grim Fandango – Great genre pieces like the superb 'western' stories seen in Red Dead Redemption or the imaginative secret lives of a bunch of
    Japanese High-school students, told with such empathy and kookiness in Persona 5

    – Top-notch Puzzling with the ingenious and humorous Portal or the more contemplative The Witness

    – or Pure meditative experiences like ABZU or Flower or The Unfinished Swan

    – Or maybe Simulations (Like I really enjoyed learning to fly a WWI era Sopwith Camel in Rise of Flight or trucking from Norway to Morocco in the surprisingly relaxing Euro Truck Simulator 2

    – Many people love to build their own cities and experiment making little societies in titles like Banished or Cities: Skylines or be head honcho of a banana republic in the comedic Tropico4

    There really is flavours for all tastes!

    The point is that it opened doors into whole places I had _no idea about_, (Honestly, I think it appealed to that part of me that has always looked at paintings and wondered "What's happening up that chalk path leading over the hill?" "Who lives in the cabin there by that woodland that edges over by the winding stream?" – you know, the idea of _walking into a work of art – its world! – and exploring there_)

    As little as the idea of "Gaming" may appeal to you, (you don't have to involve yourself online with it at all – all these can be played privately at home without the internet) BUT : If you do it you'll instantly see how better it is than sitting stewing uselessly in your despair from one moment to the next (when you're having one of those days)

    And you *feel better*, after a while, simply through NOT having spent 48 hours that week beating yourself up/putting yourself down/gnawing over largely insoluble global problems/politics etc etc…..And more able to reach a space where you CAN begin to clearly, pragmatically plan for the change in your life where needed!

    (Broken into small do-able chunks! – no big mountain size plans! – They SQUASH!)

    Worth a try, no?

    PEACE 🙂

  9. i never once said my problem was more than another's i never ever even thought it before but the things is people tend to think that its a simple explanation and they dont even want to understand it people are afraid to break

  10. when i was a little kid i didn't believe in depression and i had to put my self into the state of mind to understand it .it sickens me that i believe in depression now

  11. The list is missing a big one, IMO

    #7 PETS

    Getting a dog is not a miracle cure, but I'll bet it is as powerful as most of the other items on the list.

  12. This video is very insightful and he is right on the mark. Depression is the most difficult thing I've ever been through, but I do believe it has great spiritual value in a "dark night of the soul" kind of way.

    I am on the other side of a major depressive episode and doing well, and am now much more of an insightful person for having been through it.

    Meditation has helped me recover more than I would ever have believed it could.

    See my channel for my "Things they Don't Tell You About Depression" video. Much love.

  13. body designed to spend energy to reach our species specific diet,sleep at sunset,rise at sunrise,nap after lunch ,n care for outdated n teach them self sufficient life,not slavery n dependent on others for jobs,take back you lands

  14. humans designed to grasp n climb trees,to escape predators to reach raw leaves n pick wild trees. lettuce has oils n steroids bit. E precursors join us land collectives grow lettuce trees

  15. WOW! THANKS so much for your very informative and INSPIRATIONAL talk!!i will share this with my family since sadly we all seem to struggle with at times is dabilitating depressive episodes.

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